Winter Combined Concert! Thursday, December 20th

Join the Garfield Orchestra, Band and Choir for the annual Winter Concert next Thursday at 7 PM in the Quincy Jones Auditorium.

Orchestra highlights include some holiday favorites; The Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah; a world premiere arrangement by one of our Garfield Orchestra students of Das Geisterschiff, and a timpani concerto.

A great evening of music!

Following tradition, there will be a bake sale prior and during the concert. These bake sales are an important part of FOGO and we love getting donations from families. Please sign up to bring treats and/or help out at the bake sale here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ea9ab2aa13-bake

The concert starts at 7 PM, but plan to come early and listen to some chamber music and enjoy a Bahn Mi sandwich and a baked treat. Out of respect to our student performers, please be very quiet if you arrive after the concert has started.

Fall Concert! Thursday, October 18th

Next Thursday, October 18th is the first concert of the year. The students have been working very hard and it should be a great program. A sneak peek at what you will hear is as follows:

Freshman Orchestra: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Divertimento in F: a light-hearted amusement made seriously challenging by its pristine harmonies.

Concert Orchestra: Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre: a tone poem telling the story of Death waking on Halloween to play his fiddle for dancing skeletons on the one night of the year that they emerge from their graves.

Symphony Orchestra: Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 “New World”: inspired by Dvorak’s time in America – a melding of the best of European orchestral writing with rhythmic and melodic inspiration from a new land.

Following tradition, there will be a bake sale prior and during the concert. These bake sales are an important part of FOGO and we love getting donations from families. Please sign up to bring treats and/or help out at the bake sale here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ea9ab2aa13-bake

The concert starts at 7 PM, but plan to come early and listen to some chamber music and enjoy a Bahn Mi sandwich and a baked treat. Out of respect to our student performers, please be very quiet if you arrive after the concert has started.

Are you receiving FOGO emails?

This year FOGO switched to a new system, CHARMS, to facilitate communicating with our families. If you aren’t receiving emails, please send the following information to our Communications team.

Student name: First, Middle Initial, Last
Student grade; orchestra (A, B, C – Freshman strings)
Student mobile phone (if it is OK to send text messages); Student email address
Parent/Guardian information:
Name(s), email address(es) and mobile phone number(s) (if it’s OK to send text messages)

Orchestra A Spring Trip Parent Information Night – Monday, October 8th at 6:30 PM

Orchestra A Parents & Guardians! Come to the Choir Room while your student is rehearsing to learn all about the Spring Trip to Los Angeles.

Trip Dates: Thursday March 7th – Sunday March 10th
(plans are in place for SYSO students to return early for the Concert)

Activities: LA Philharmonic Concert plus Meet & Greet afterwards; Workshop at USC Thornton School of Music; Disneyland (and possible recording lesson)…and more!

Cost: TBD

Rachel Flamm from ACFEA Tour Consultants will be present from 6:30 – 6:55 to answer questions specific to the tour and registration.

Welcome Back BBQ (Pizza Party) – Sunday, September 23rd

Join FOGO, Mr. Kolk and all your Garfield Orchestra friends at the annual ‘Welcome Back BBQ’ (which is actually a pizza party) on Sunday, September 23rd, starting at 4 PM in the Garfield High School Orchestra Room

FOGO will provide the pizza and drinks and we ask families to bring a side dish/salad or dessert to share.

We will start the afternoon in the Orchestra room and will enjoy food and drinks outside in the courtyard. Come meet the new Garfield Orchestra Director, Bryan Kolk, learn about what’s in store for this year’s orchestras and chat with the FOGO board.