Symphonyonline summer 2012

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Twelfth-grader Elyssa Lindeman’s painting was featured in the Haggin Museum’s annual McKee Student Art Contest & Exhibition, which made this year’s theme conflict resolution in connection with the Stockton Symphony’s Uzu and Muzu commission.

Harmonic A by Edward Ortiz

t first glance the city of Stockton, California, where the Stockton Symphony makes its home, looks no different than any other small U.S. city. A scant 80 miles east of San Francisco, Stockton is nestled in the farm-rich San Joaquin Valley, where an ever-present sun casts a glow over a population of 292,000. But simmering under the surface here is a city vexed by conflict and hardship. In the years since the recession began in 2008, Stockton has been home to high crime rates, one of the highest home-foreclosure rates in the nation, and an entrenched gang population.



R. R. Jones