How it started…
In 2016, From Classical to Rock (FC2R) was founded by the famous Chinese violinist Yutong (Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), Rock musician Marten Andersson (Lita Ford, Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob) and the late acclaimed cellist Stan Sharp (Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra).
In 2016, From Classical to Rock (FC2R) was founded by the famous Chinese violinist Yutong (Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), Rock musician Marten Andersson (Lita Ford, Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob) and the late acclaimed cellist Stan Sharp (Long Beach Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra) to help benefit music education. Stan, Marten and Yutong co-produced the first concert with bassist Robert DeLeo from the band Stone Temple Pilots and the late Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. The concert was a huge hit (it was also the last concert Chester performed with Stone Temple Pilots).
The concert raised $50,000 for public music education. What a great feeling! They were giving back to the community while bridging classical music with rock. With a concert comprised of acclaimed classical musicians, rock stars together with super talented student musicians, they knew right away they were on to something.
In 2018, FC2R joined forces with the OC Music & Dance School to present a star-studded evening benefiting music education for Orange County communities. Hosted by Randy Jackson and headlined by Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, special guest Nancy Wilson of Heart and Roadcase Royale, the concert featured original music scored by Nathan Wang, one of the biggest Hollywood composers, and more than 20 high profile musicians from classical music to Rock and Roll. It was a magical performance of musical poetry, where platinum-selling rock musicians meet acclaimed classical music musicians and classically trained music students. Once again, all in the name of charity. (Click here for poster)
In 2019, From Classical to Rock once again teamed up with The Peninsula Education Foundation and made their ‘main event’ the most successful fundraiser main event in the PEF history. For more information on this concert go to the news section or Click here for the poster.
More From Classical to Rock concerts are planned for 2023 and beyond, including concerts coming to China.
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“Music is a universal language that has been spoken from the human heart for thousands of years, humanity has shown their love, joy and sorrow through this language, it touches one’s soul. No matter what your genre is, From Classical to Rock mission is to bring people the love and peace through one language – MUSIC!”