San Mateo high school musicians in the spotlight

San Mateo High School drummer Justin Bautista, a junior, has been playing drums for six years. On Saturday, he and some 240 music students from San Mateo Union High School District schools in four honor groups — jazz ensemble, orchestra, symphonic band and choir — appear in a concert led by guest directors.

“I am really excited to be participating in this whole new experience, playing with the best musicians in our district. I particularly like drums because I use my whole body while playing, which is a challenge,” Bautista says.

The show, called “In Concert XI,” is at 7 p.m. at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St. Tickets are $5 to $15. For more information, call (650) 345-9543 or e-mail harveymit@rcn.com.  

Chinese festival

Celebrate the 2008 Beijing Olympics this month with the Peninsula Symphony at its Chinese Spring Festival.

The concert features the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Crystal Children’s Choir, along with Chinese bamboo organ, dulcimer and harp soloists. A new commissioned work by Gang Situ, “Passing Bai-Di,” will be performed along with Stravinksy’s “The Firebird.”

Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St., and 8 p.m. March 15 at Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. For tickets, call (650) 941-5291 or visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.  

Youth orchestra

The California Youth Symphony this month spotlights Vivian Fu, winner of the 2007 young artist competition, who will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Maestro Leo Eylar. The program also includes Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.

Performances are at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center and at 2:30 p.m. March 16 at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Tickets are $6 to $12. Call (650) 325-6666 or visit www.cys.org.  

Kohl concerts

Latin American music explodes at a Kohl Mansion family concert with the Quinteto Latino on March 28. The ensemble, which boasts a lute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon, brings new twists to traditional folk songs.

Next up, the Canadian Borealis String Quartet performs March 30 in a program featuring string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven, along with Imant Raminsh’s “A Falcon, a Storm, or a Great Song” and Puccini’s “Crisantemi” (“Chrysanthemums").

Both concerts are at 7 p.m. Family ticket prices range from $11 to $35; general prices are $20 to $42. The mansion is at 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Call (650) 762-1130 or visit www.musicatkohl.org.  

jgross@examiner.com  

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