The San Bernardino Symphony will play host today to a workshop for student string musicians at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts. Lindsay Deutsch is a
The San Bernardino Symphony will play host today to a workshop for student string musicians at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts. Lindsay Deutsch is a keynote speaker. (Courtesy Photo)
Music students get a taste of professional musicianship today when the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra hosts "Symphony Strings for Secondary Students" at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts in San Bernardino.

The special music workshop for middle and high school string students will include keynote speaker and internationally acclaimed violinist Lindsay Deutsch, followed by two workshop sessions, where participants will have the opportunity to work with symphony musicians who offer their expertise.

A special performance by Symphonie Jeunesse youth string orchestra rounds out the day.

String students from San Bernardino, as well as some from Grand Terrace and Redlands will participate in the musical event, according to Symphony Executive Director Valerie Peister.

"We are always looking for ways to promote classical music appreciation and encourage the musical gifts of students in our region," Peister said. "This event seems like a perfect way to do this. "

Peister, who would like to see the workshop become an annual event, said the day is all about music students working with professional musicians.

About half the string students are members of Symphonie Jeunesse youth string orchestra, under the direction of noted cellist and founder Michele Tacchia.

"I think this is a wonderful opportunity for students who rarely get to work with professional musicians," Tacchia said. "In addition to the workshops, they will spend time getting answers to questions they may have. It's going to be a fun day. "

About 100 students will participate in the inaugural workshop that runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St.

The symphony is grateful for a grant provided by Southern California Edison and sponsorship from law firm Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Doninick, LLP, according to Peister.

Bill Lemann, of Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick, LLP, is a passionate advocate for preservation of the event venue, the Sturges Center, a cultural landmark.

"Sturges has a fond place in my heart and memory bank," said Lemann, recalling the theater's history and decades-long efforts to save it.

Lemann, a former San Bernardino Symphony and San Bernardino Valley Concert Association board member, said he had a fondness for the theater and the old friends connected with it.

There is no fee to participate in the Symphony Strings for Secondary Students workshop, and lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Information: San Bernardino Symphony, 909-381-5388.