The Coastside Community Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Smith, seeks to bring symphonic music to Coastside residents, provide an opportunity for local musicians to play together, and to encourage the appreciation of orchestral music in children and youth.


In hopes of furthering that last goal, several members of the Coastside Community Orchestra will be giving presentations to third- and fifth-graders at three Coastside elementary schools this week. In addition to adding a bit of culture to the school day, the idea is to help prepare students for their attendance at the San Francisco Symphony’s Concert for Kids program.


The nonprofit Coastside Community Orchestra is paying for 225 students to attend those concerts. It is the fourth year the orchestra has stepped into fund the program. It has sent almost 600 kids to the concerts to date.


Students at Hatch and El Granada Elementary schools got their presentations on Tuesday. Today, 60 Farallone View Elementary School fifth-graders will hear from the orchestra.


The students will attend the San Francisco Symphony Concerts for Kids later this month.


It is a hope that in addition to learning about and learning to appreciate orchestral music, this program will inspire students to avail themselves of the fifth-grade after-school band program, and then take band class at Cunha Intermediate and Half Moon Bay High schools.