From Classical to Rock to headline PEF Fundraiser benefiting education – Featuring members from LA Philharmonic, Steelheart, Ex Korn, Ex Megadeth, Stone Temple Pilots, Pacific Symphony, Ex Anthrax, Lynch Mob, Prong and more.
For Immediate Release
“From Classical To Rock” has once again joined forces with the non-profit Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) to present an intimate star-studded concert benefiting local schools. Set to take place on May 11, 2019 at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Bringing aspiring High school musicians from local high schools, together with rock stars and acclaimed classical musicians, performing together under one roof.
The 2019 PEF Main EVENT Gala is the Peninsula Education Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, featuring a one-of-a-kind concert, auction, and epic party. Black-tie optional, cocktails, dinner, along with wine, silent, and live auctions. Musicians involved with the event contribute their time, energy and talents to support PEF, which provides funds to support essential programs and positions at the 17 schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Programs funded by PEF include, instrumental and choral music, physical education, librarians, STEM programs, Academic, College and Career, and Wellness Counselors, as well as Teaching Positions. PEF also funds Teacher Grants, High School Scholarships and Parenting Education to parents in the Palos Verdes Unified School District. Donations are still critical in maintaining music education in public schools across the country. The Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools in particular, receive less funding per student than nearly all other districts in Los Angeles County. As PVPUSD Superintendent, Dr. Alex Cherniss was quoted, “Public education may be free, but an exceptional public education is not free.” PEF’s pledge to PVPUSD is $3.1M to help sustain vital program and teaching positions throughout their school district.
“From Classical To Rock“ was founded in 2016 by the famous Chinese violinist Yutong, rock musician Marten Andersson and acclaimed cellist Stan Sharp to help benefit education. Stan, Marten and Yutong produced the first concert together with bassist Robert DeLeo from the band STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and the late Chester Bennington from LINKIN PARK. The concert was a huge hit (it was also the last concert Chester performed with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS). The concert raised $50,000 for the PEF.
“From Classical To Rock“ co-founder/co-producer Yutong states: “We are once again so honored and proud to be back working with the amazing organization PEF to deliver the next level of ‘From Classical To Rock‘ concert together with the amazing music students from the PVPUSD high schools. All while benefiting the Peninsula Education Foundation. This is a concert you don’t want to miss.”CONCERT PERFORMERS – More performers TBA:
Yutong– Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl OrchestraMarten Andersson– Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob
Chas West – The Jason Bonham Band, Foreigner, West Bound
Monte Pittman – Madonna’s long-time guitarist, studio musician and member of Prong
Robert DeLeo – Stone Temple Pilots
Neil Turbin – Ex-Anthrax, Deathriders
Wes Geer – Ex-Korn
Elliott Bark – Award winning Conductor
Chris Broderick – Act of Defiance, Ex-Megadeth
Christopher Lennertz – Famous Music Composer
Jimmy Burkhart – West Bound/Session Guitarist
Jane Lee – Sony Recording Artist
Trameka and Joi – Esther gospel group
Ben Zelico – Drums
Shane Tassart – Bulletboys, Wheel in the Sky
Jasmine Star – 15 year guitar prodigy
Makayla Dixon – 17 year old cellist prodigy
Xander Marsden – 14 year guitar prodigy
Featuring PVPUSD high-schools student orchestra and Choir
Additional Special Guests TBA – *Line-Up Subject to Change
From Classical to Rock: www.fromclassicaltorock.com