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Musicians want to communicate with an audience: ‘We’re not complete unless we can do it’

in Around California

LODI – The Stockton Symphony has not been allowed to perform inside its home, San Joaquin Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium, since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.

The symphony has made due to the best of its ability with virtual events and performances, including a town hall meeting on Sept. 8 to celebrate Peter Jaffe’s 25th anniversary as music director. But as the maestro said, nothing compares to a live concert.

Cathy Ettle of Stockton, band director at Lincoln High School and Sierra Middle School, and Andrea Hawkes of Turlock, who both perform with the symphony orchestra, also were part of the sax quartet.

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Turlock song receives professional treatment

in Entertainment/People

Turlock is a special place for many of its residents, but for the first time in its 112-year history the city’s virtues have been extolled in song.

When Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak approached U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy Levens several months ago about using his musical talents to create a song for her State of the City address, Levens said the project sounded like fun.

Levens sings and plays guitar at his local church and this wasn’t the first time he’s written a song. He started the Turlock song project by finding the perfect rhythm. Once he had the sound he was looking for, he started writing lyrics about the different aspects that make up Turlock, including:

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