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Company provides grant to sponsor 2015 70th Anniversary China Tour

The San Diego Youth Symphony practice at Balboa Park. — Hayne Palmour IV

For the first time in its history, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory is partnering with Qualcomm Incorporated.

Qualcomm has given the orchestra $75,000 to support its 2015 70th Anniversary China Tour, in which student musicians will perform in Beijing, Shanghai and San Diego sister city, Yantai in late June and early July.

The Balboa Park-based orchestra will also perform for the first time later this year in a public concert at Qualcomm Hall (in the company’s Sorrento Valley headquarters).

“We are proud to be representing the citizens of San Diego and our community’s most prominent corporate citizen, Qualcomm Incorporated on this special 70th Anniversary Tour of China,” said Youth Symphony president and CEO Dalouge Smith. “With Qualcomm’s support, we will connect our student musicians with their Chinese peers and create deeper understandings and open doors for future collaborations.”

Qualcomm was also one of the underwriters of the San Diego Symphony’s highly successful 2013 China tour, which included the same cities.

“We’ve been doing business in China for more than 15 years and have a large employee base in both Beijing and Shanghai, two cities where the San Diego Youth Symphony will be performing,” said Susan Laun, Qualcomm’s vice president of human resources in an email. “Qualcomm has always been a strong supporter of the arts and education in San Diego, and many of its employees have children who are enrolled in the SD Youth Symphony program.”

According to the Youth Symphony, more than 50 Qualcomm employees have children involved in its programs, which include a dozen ensembles divided into three programs (Ovation, Showcase and Inspiration). In addition, the Youth Symphony offers classes for beginning musicians and runs a Community Opus program that has re-energized music education in some South San Diego County schools.

In all, 107 members of the organization’s top ensembles (the Ovation program), and some former members, will be participating in the tour.

Read the article on the UT San Diego website here

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