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MEET THE BEAT TEEN MUSICIANS TO PERFORM IN FREE RECITAL AT CALARTS.

Byline: Sharon Cotal Staff Writer

VALENCIA - The CalArts Community Arts Partnership will present a free recital Saturday featuring participants in the Santa Clarita Valley Arts Partnership chamber music program.

The concert will be staged at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Main Gallery at California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia.

The chamber music program offers workshops in strings - violin, cello, viola and bass; composition; percussion; improvisation and rhythm; and West African drumming to local youths, who will perform pieces they have been learning in class at this works-in-progress concert.

``The teachers usually have the students start out with something very classic and traditional, and move toward something fun and contemporary,'' said CAP Public Programs Coordinator Marlo Hampton.

The CAP program, which offers classes in photography, video, dance, digital arts, public art, printmaking, puppetry, theater, animation and writing in addition to its music courses, is open to local high school students who would like to bridge the gap between high school and college art courses.

``It opens doors for high school students to get college training in the arts,'' Hampton said. ``There are no requirements for entry into the program, but we usually get the kids who have exceeded the art classes offered at their high schools and would like to do more.''

The music courses offered are not for beginners, but rather for those kids who are already taking lessons and want the opportunity to train with a college instructor and work with other kids, Hampton said.

In addition to music, the most popular classes in the program are the new digital arts course, which adds technology to the artistic mix, and the photography courses. Students in the photography courses have their art displayed at bus shelters throughout the city.

``It gives them an opportunity to display their art in public, so they learn about censorship and setting limits in the art world,'' Hampton said.

The CAP program was recently selected as a semifinalist for the national Coming Up Taller Award, which recognizes outstanding youth arts programs, and is now registering students for next semester's courses.

For information about courses offered next semester or about Saturday's recital, call CalArts' CAP office at (661) 222-2708.

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