“We just love it because it makes our family closer, and it’s fun to be with each other 24/7,” Tonanzin said, adding it has given them the opportunity to travel all over the place, including Sacramento, Mexico City and Huitzi’s favorite, Big Bear, where once during a performance the girls saw a snowfall for the first time.
“I love to teach them our culture,” Tonanzin said.
During the act, Arteaga would introduce each of the ancient Aztec instruments, including a whistle that makes high-pitched bird calls.
After the Arteaga’s energetic act, the one-man-band style performers of Street Beat, a STOMP-inspired percussion group, brought a more urban feel to the event, which didn’t stop with one stage in the plaza.
Boasting at six performance areas and many more hands-on work stations, the event truly put its money where its mouth is, bringing the average community member in the doors of the center.
Inside the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall visitors learned about the string quintet, brass instruments and the Opera Pacific. In the center’s other venues, kids learned about different forms and styles of dance, and even got to participate in a few theater workshops.
Outside, families could grab a bite to eat, practice some hands-on crafts with the Orange County Museum staff, watch a puppet show, or pick up a few instruments and learn about the violin, drums and clarinet — or maybe even play a few notes.
“It really helps them to see how different instruments work and have a good understanding of the different families in an orchestra,” said Larried Langer a member of the Pacific Symphony of Orange County’s Town and Country Committee in Tustin. “It’s great exposure for the kids.”
KELLY STRODL may be reached at (714) 966-4623 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.