Kids Club enjoys some fancy fiddlin’

Violinist Paul Stein explained to his young audience the importance of listening for the right sounds. Stein talked about the violin and the terms used for the sounds the violin makes, such as “popcorn” and “black cat” to Max Novak, Matthew Alvarez, Isabelle Cheng and Lucas Del Toro, who gathered Saturday for the Kids Music Club in Founders Auditorium. Stein has been with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 1981. / photo by Reina Santa Cruz
Violinist Paul Stein explained to his young audience the importance of listening for the right sounds. Stein talked about the violin and the terms used for the sounds the violin makes, such as “popcorn” and “black cat” to Max Novak, Matthew Alvarez, Isabelle Cheng and Lucas Del Toro, who gathered Saturday for the Kids Music Club in Founders Auditorium. Stein has been with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 1981. / photo by Reina Santa Cruz

Laura Bucio
Staff Writer

On Saturday, about 50 children and parents of the Kids Music Club had the chance to enjoy the “Popcorn,” “Tick Tack” and “Red Hots” of violinist Paul Stein in a performance fit for all ages.

“Things sparkle a lot with music, music can get very fast very quickly” Stein said.

With that in mind, Stein created a fun and educational show entitled “Fiddle Fireworks.”

Stein began playing the violin when he was just eight years old and has been with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1981.

He produces children’s concerts with the music ensemble Chamber Music Express and often performs in libraries and schools.

Stein has also written some children’s books, including “Vivaldi a the Village,” “Cooking with Ludwig” and “Bach and Buber: Together at Last.”

Last Saturday morning, Stein began by showing the children what the violin looked like and explaining what it is made of.

Stein followed with fun and simple pieces.

Cynthia Bauhof-Williams, music faculty from the Pasadena City College, accompanied Stein at the piano.

“We’re going to show you what popcorn sounds like with music,” Stein said as the kids waited.

He played a piece titled “Tricks and Treats” by Markwood Holmes, which mimicked the sounds of popcorn, candy and even cats.

Stein performed pieces by other well known composers like Ludwig van Beethoven, Amy Beach and Antonin Dvorak.

Each piece was introduced with a brief biography and anecdotes from the lives of the composers.

Kids not only had the chance to hear Stein play the violin, they had an opportunity to participate when Stein offered to teach the kids how to conduct.

Eight children ranging from the ages of two to 10 used actual batons when Stein taught the children how to conduct Bauhof-Williams while she played “Hogwarts Forever,” from the Harry Potter films.

“One thing we need to do when we are the conductor: We don’t eat the baton,” Stein said, referring to some of the younger children.

Lynn Del Toro brought her two children, Lucas and Noel, to the concert.

Lucas Del Toro has been playing the piano for four years and Noel has been playing for one year. Both kids seemed to enjoy the performance.

“Parents can introduce music to a child at a very early age,” Lynn Del Toro said. “It might seem they don’t pay attention but they do.”

The Kids Music Club provides children in the community the opportunity to learn about music as well as introducing them to the University of La Verne.

“It is our form of community outreach” said Stephanie Duarte, organizer of the event. “It is our way of bringing the music to the children”

“I’m glad kids can hear music in their own neighborhood” Stein said.

The Kids Music Club provides the opportunity for kids to listen to music in a friendly environment and with kids of the same age, Stein said.

The concert ended with a book raffle. Three children’s names were picked from a bag and received children’s books. “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” by Lloyd Moss was just one of the books that was raffled.

The last concert for the Kids Music Club series will be held on May 7 in Founders Auditorium and will feature the seven drums of West Africa.

Laura Bucio can be reached at laurab2003@hotmail.com.

Journalism operations manager at the University of La Verne. Production manager and business manager of the Campus Times.

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