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Maestro David Robertson, Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Santa Monica High School Graduate Returns to Samohi to work with Orchestra Students


Maestro David Robertson is used to making news, and on April 14, just hours before leading the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and solo violinist Gil Shaham in a rare west coast performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, he will return to his own high school to work with Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra students.  This rare opportunity for our local public high school students to work with Maestro Robertson, an internationally renowned conductor, will be held at:


Santa Monica High School in Barnum Hall
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Wednesday, April 14

10 AM – 11 AM

David Robertson works with the Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra on the Barnum Hall Stage
11:00 AM -11:30 AM

Welcome by Principal/Superintendent, presentation of a certificate of commendation from the California State Assembly & Q&A from students


American conductor David Robertson is a compelling and passionate communicator whose stimulating ideas and exhilarating music-making produce riveting performances, captivating and inspiring international audiences and musicians alike.  Hailed by the press as a brilliant artist and master programmer, he is considered one of today’s most important conductors.  His consummate musicianship, fresh stylistic instincts and extensive mastery of orchestral as well as operatic repertoire have secured strong relationships for him with major orchestras worldwide.  In fall 2009, Mr. Robertson commences his fifth season as Music Director of the 130-year-old Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, while continuing as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2005.


David Robertson, a graduate of Santa Monica High School and a product of its extraordinary music program says, “I was a student of this school system from kindergarten through graduation and I cannot imagine my life without the amazing opportunities presented to me starting with the 1st grade, singing in a large choir under Dr. May, followed by individual instruction on the trumpet beginning in 4th grade with Mr. Pasek, and the amazing ability as a 6th grader to play with unified elementary school orchestras on Monday afternoons at Samohi.


In my life as a professional musician conducting around the world, I have seen many different approaches to the instruction of music but I have yet to come across a program as outstanding as the one I experienced in Santa Monica.  No other program compares with regard to welding the experience of art in a hands-on, active, participatory way within the general educational curriculum.  I have extolled the Santa Monica model as a role to people around the world and I feel it would be an unparalleled tragedy were it to be cut back.”


In May, Santa Monica and Malibu voters will weigh in on Measure A, which will provide $5.8 million dollars per year for five years to SMMUSD schools which have sustained unprecedented funding cuts from the State.  If passed, Measure A would help protect teacher jobs, keep class sizes as low as possible, keep school libraries open and protect arts and music programs.


“David Robertson strongly supports Measure A, “ says SMMUSD Superintendent Tim Cuneo, “and knows its passing will go a long way to help preserve the excellent music and academic education that he enjoyed while he was a student at Santa Monica High School.”





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