News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra
Contact : Sylvia Baker, Supervising Librarian    650-329-2620
Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library presents another in its free series of events celebrating Silicon Valley Reads: The Distant Land of My Father, by Bo Caldwell, with a performance by the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra.

  • Date: Sunday, February 17
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Rd. 

The Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (FYCO) was founded in 2000 and is made up of young musicians, aged nine to 17, who play traditional Chinese instruments.  In addition to training young people to play Chinese instruments, FYCO performs new compositions and arrangements, such as the grand orchestral suite The Winchester HouseFYCO has won numerous grants and awards and the Arts Council Silicon Valley has named FYCO a "local treasure."               

The Palo Alto City Library will present the final program in the series, In Conversation with Bo Caldwell, on Sunday, February 24, at 3 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road.  All programs are free.

For more information about Palo Alto City Library Silicon Valley Reads events, visit the Library web site at  or call the Library at (650) 329-2436 and select the option for the Reference Desk.

This is the sixth year of the Silicon Valley Reads program, co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Library and the San Jose Public Library Foundation. Visit for more information about Silicon Valley Reads and this year’s selection. The Friends of the Palo Alto Library has generously provided funding for the programs.