VACAVILLE — Alina Adams believes the arts should be accessible to all.
Once a year, with the help of sponsors, her piano, violin and voice students perform at a free concert. The tradition continues Saturday at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.
“It’s nice to share talent with people who maybe can’t afford (to attend a show),” she said.
Adams grew up in Ukraine. She began playing the violin when she was 6. Her teacher, Yefim Shestun, played a major role in her decision to choose music as a career, she said.
“I didn’t want to disappoint him,” she said. “I was with him for eight years.”
After finishing musical school, she continued her education at the Leontovich Music College and Vinnitsa State Pedagogical University, both in Ukraine.
In 1995, she earned her master’s degree in teaching music, and performing arts and choral conducting.
She went to work for the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, traveling all over the former Soviet Union as a member of the chamber orchestra, folk music group and as a solo performer. Adams also taught music and worked as a model.
After coming to the U.S., Adams began playing with the Solano Symphony and opened a music studio in her home.
She has between 60 and 70 students, whose ages run the gamut from 5 to 78. The latter will also perform in Saturday’s show. Also performing will be Adams’ 7-year-old daughter, Philadelphia Adams, who will sing “I See the Light.”
Like her mother’s other students, the young girl not only learns how to play and/or sing, she also gets instruction on looking her best on stage.
It’s all about taking pride in what one does, Adams said. Shestun set the bar high, she said. Adams does her best to reach, and exceed it.
A few weeks ago, Adams learned one of her former students, Megan Hawkins, was invited to perform at music festivals this summer in Salzburg and Quebec.
“The kids remember you,” Adams said.
Saturday’s show will include a variety of music from classical to Disney and Broadway tunes.
Marielle “Mari” Bautista, 11, will play the piano and sing “Titanium” by David Guetta. She will also sing “Fame” for the finale.
Music gives her daughter self-confidence, said her mother, Christine Bautista.
Teachers have told Christine Bautista they have seen leadership qualities in her daughter. She believes they are the result of her daughter’s passion for music.
“What I really love about Alina is that she does shows,” Christine Bautista said. “It’s like an end to our means. And she keeps the shows free. She’s great. She’s amazing.”
Adams will accompany some of her students at the show. She will also play violin with 15 others on the song “Mountain Spring” by Dean Marshall.
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