It's no big secret that school music have taken huge hits over the last few years, with scores of kids never knowing what it is to play an instrument and learn the likes of Brahms and Beethoven. That's why we applaud the Sacramento Youth Symphony for keeping orchestral music alive for young musicians throughout the area.
Some alumni have embarked on successful musical careers, including Eric Gorfain. The former Greenhaven resident from John F. Kennedy High School has become one of the top session violinists in the Los Angeles area, and toured with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, and backed Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton and many more.
But the Sacramento Youth Symphony still needs plenty of financial support. Along those ends, a fundraising dinner will be held Thursday at Dawson's Steak House inside the Hyatt Regency (1209 L St., Sacramento). 25 percent of proceeds will go towards the Sacramento Youth Symphony, and members will play in various small ensemble configurations from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
To book a table: (916) 321-3600, or reserve online through www.opentable.com.