The Peninsula College Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local low-income, underrepresented, first-generation college students achieve their educational and career goals, will hold a reception and concert called "High Notes for Higher Learning” Saturday, March 2 at the Homor Center at Sacred Heart Preparatory, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Featuring performances by Joan Baez and Bella Sorella, the event includes a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 p.m. and a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $125 for an individual reserved seat to $1,000 for VIP seating and parking. Tickets can be purchased at www.peninsulacollegefund.org.
The eighth annual Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, hosted by Marilyn Mindell Director Heidi Hau, was held Saturday, Jan. 26. The morning featured the junior division, and the afternoon featured the senior division, which were selected based on a recordings of a concerto piece and a sonata piece.
The winners of the junior divisions are: Vincent Liu, Leyla Kabuli and Ethan Kau. Honorable mentions go to: Alice Jiang, Catherine Huang, Dara Phung, Jamie Cleron and Sooyoung Park.
Winners of the senior division include: Alex Chien, Bellamine College Preparatory, in first place; Hanson Tam, Menlo School, in second place; Mindy Cheng, American High School, in third place; and Sonata Winner Hanson Tam.
Winners of both the senior and junior division will participate in Peninsula Symphony’s Bridges to Music program which brings classical music to the adopted schools, who have cut arts and music from their curriculum. As for Chien, he will be performing at 2013 Family Concert "Three-Ring Symphony” with his winning concerto piece on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the College of San Mateo theater. This free concert event is one of the Bridges to Music programs that unites the community through music as well as educating and inspiring young minds.
Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Heather Murtagh. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at email@example.com.