Join us the Maybeck Studio as we welcome back our fearless leader, Patricia Murillo, from her sabbatical with a very special concert with world renowned violinist, Tom Stone, and Latina violinist, Elizabeth Castro Abrams!
Patricia first joined the team as an MSW intern, and for the last nine years has served as our Executive Director. She was granted an O2 Initiatives 2016 sabbatical award, and we are excited to welcome her back from her travels abroad.
For the last 20 years, Alternatives in Action has worked in partnership with over 9,000 Bay Area youth to bridge their academic gaps, uncover their passions, and realize their leadership potential.
This event will support our 20th Anniversary campaign goals of opening an Early Childhood Education Center in East Oakland and a Teen Tech Center in West Oakland. Please consider making a contribution to support our Anniversary goals:
- $250 – Supports youth intern stipends at both centers
- $500 – Receive a 4×8 engraved brick for the Early Childhood Education Center’s walkway
Tom Stone was born in Chicago where he studied music with Hilel Kagan. At age 16 he attended Tanglewood where he coached with Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet and played in an orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. After this experience his focus on music became increasingly intense. Mr. Stone went on to pursue musical studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major teachers have included Donald Weilerstein, Zvi Zeitlin, Gyorgy Sebok, and Bonnie Hampton. Mr. Stone has also performed in masterclasses for Issac Stern and members of the Amadeus, Emerson, Juilliard Quartets and LaSalle Quartets. He has performed with many distinguished artists including Awadagin Pratt, Leon Fleisher, Zuill Bailey, Jon Nakamatsu, Ian Hobson, and Donald Weilerstein.
During his 20 years as a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, Mr. Stone performed in major musical venues all over the world including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress and the Ravinia Festival. He also commissioned and premiered works by George Tsontakis, Jennifer Higdon, Benjamin Lees, Philippe Hersant and Elena Ruehr.
Mr. Stone has served as artistic director of the Centrum Chamber Music Festival and has worked closely with educational and arts organizations throughout the country to conceptualize and implement some of the nation’s most innovative educational programs. He has also served as treasurer of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, board member of Chamber Music America, and panelist for the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Mr. Stone plays on a violin made in Cremona, Italy by Carlos Bergonzi in 1734.
Elizabeth Castro Abrams graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in May of 2015, earning degrees in both Violin Performance and Psychology. She has extensive experience with music teaching, performance, and program development. In 2014, she was selected for the Litomysl International String Masterclass, where she studied with Milan Vitek and Per Enoksson, concertmaster of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and participated in a touring concert series in the Czech Republic. For two years Elizabeth was an active member of the Asociación Nacional de Conciertos (ANC) summer music festival faculty in Panama and pioneered a chamber program there in 2015. She also served as concertmaster for the ANC’s 30th Anniversary Orchestra. After returning to the States, Elizabeth worked at Enriching Lives through Music, an El Sistema inspired music program in San Rafael. She has soloed with the Mill Valley Philharmonic and the Community Women’s Orchestra of Oakland. Aside from music, Elizabeth maintains a great passion for psychology and now works on the User Experience Research Team at Uber in San Francisco.
Tom and Elizabeth’s musical selections include Mozart as well as Bach’s Epic Ciaccona for the solo violin.