Breakthrough students and family recently attended the New World Symphony concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for a night of classical music. This fun-filled event was initiated by Heartstrings, a community-wide organization run by The Pacific Symphony that provides opportunities to underserved, local residents. In particular, we experienced the New World Symphony, an orchestra with music written by Antonin Dvorak in 1893 and influenced by both Native American music and African-American plantation songs.

The night kicked off with students, siblings, parents and staff arriving at the Segerstrom Center. We met up with Mary Hawkins and Rachel Schlesinger from Heartstrings to hear a little more about the symphony and its background. We enjoyed the two hour performance which included a beautiful violin solo by Dan Zhu. A big thank you to Mary and Rachel from Heartstrings for the incredible opportunity and for graciously providing us with transportation and tickets.