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Alex Treger, Music Director  of American Youth Symphony

Alex Treger, Music Director of American Youth Symphony


Ukranian-born piano sensation Valentina Lisitsa – heralded for performances of “unexpected depth” (Baltimore Sun) and one of the world’s most watched classical musicians with more than 62 million YouTube views – makes her American Youth Symphony (AYS) debut to perform Rachmaninoff’s scintillating Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini at the orchestra’s “Springtime in Paris Gala,” which includes a free concert on Sunday, March 9, 2013, 6 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, followed at 8 pm by an optional fundraising soirée and bistro dinner to benefit AYS. Music Director Alexander Treger, currently in his 16th season leading AYS, also conducts Gershwin’s beloved An American in Paris, Adam Schoenberg’s Up!, an uplifting fanfare commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and debuted in 2010, and Ravel’s brooding but captivating La Valse. The 106-member American Youth Symphony, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances, is attending the post-concert gala as well.

Lisitsa is considered the first classical music “YouTube star” to have converted her Internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. That success, which also includes an exclusive recording contract with Decca, is the direct result of the recognition she received when viewers flocked to the Internet to watch a collection of hundreds of videos of her practicing piano that she posted on YouTube in an effort to jumpstart a once floundering career. Decca and others in the classical music industry took notice of her impassioned playing and extremely large following, which led to the reinvigoration of her career.

“Valentina Lisitsa is a remarkable talent whose playing resonates deeply with both live and YouTube audiences,” says Treger. “We are very pleased to present her in her American Youth Symphony debut.”

AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.

AYS’s 2013/14 season wraps with “The Alumni Project,” where AYS musicians share a stand with celebrated alumni to perform Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. This season finale also features gifted young violinist Nigel Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition and former AYS Concertmaster.

Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall, but tickets for the post-concert fundraising gala, which begin at $500 per person, must be reserved in advance. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to www.AYSymphony.org.

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Acclaimed harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, founder and music director of Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire makes her Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut when she conducts concertos by Vivaldi, Bach and Boccherini at LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series on Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Sorrell, who “forges a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music,” according to BBC Music Magazine, leads Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, Cello Trevor Handy, Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Flute Sandy Hughes in Vivaldi’s Concerto grosso in B minor (arr. Sorrell) after Sonata in B minor, Op. 1, No. 12, RV 63 (“La Follia”), and Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV 531; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050; and Boccherini’s “Fandango” (arr. Sorrell) after Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major, G. 448.

LACO’s highly regarded “Baroque Conversations,” now it its eighth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. This year the series spotlights how Baroque composers transformed a simple theme or melody into grand, complex and intricate variations and great music. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

Three additional “Baroque Conversations” concerts take place on March 27, April 17 and May 1, 2014.

Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $55) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert.

Jeannette Sorrell

Jeannette Sorrell

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On Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8 pm, the New York City Master Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, opens its eighth season with a “Holiday Concert,” featuring Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio and the New York City premiere of Paul Leavitt’s Magnificat. The concert, to be held at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch (552 West End Avenue at 87th Street), features organist James Kennerley and phenomenal soloists from the Chorale. Tickets are $35 (general admission) or $25 (student/senior) and can be purchased atwww.nycmasterchorale.org or at the door, space permitting.

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Photo of Kathleen Supove by Miriam Hendel

Photo of Kathleen Supove by Miriam Hendel

Neighborhood Classics presents versatile contemporary music pianist Kathleen Supové in concert on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7pm, at P.S. 142 on the Lower East Side (100 Attorney Street). Supové’s diverse program includes Reflets dans l’Eau (from Images Book 1) by Claude Debussy, Cakewalking (Sorry Claude) by Daniel Felsenfeld, Long Distance Call by Randall Woolf,Disney Remixes by Matt Marks, Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz, and Feux d’Artifice (from Préludes, Book II) by Claude Debussy. The performance will be hosted by James Matheson, composer and Neighborhood Classics Artistic Director at P.S. 142. All ticket sales for this one-hour, family-friendly concert benefit the host school.

Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and multifaceted pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is in today’s world. Supové presents solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO, in which she has performed and premiered works by countless established as well as emerging composers. Upcoming projects include new/complete Piano Miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz; Digital Debussy, the piano works/ghost pieces of Morton Subotnick; and performances throughout the UK of Urban Birds by Arlene Sierra in connection with the Commonwealth Games. In June 2013, she and Sideband Laptop Orchestra performed and gave a Google Talk at their headquarters in Chelsea, NYC. In May 2012, Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” She is a Yamaha Artist. Her latest solo album is THE EXPLODING PIANO. For more info, visit www.supove.com .

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Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin

Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin


The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, a powerful work set to a poem about living without sight written by rising mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin. Born blind, Rubin, a 1997 Music Center Spotlight Awards winner, joins LACO for the premiere, marking her LACO debut, on Saturday, October 19, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Sunday, October 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who wowed audiences and critics alike at USC’s 2012 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, makes his LACO debut in Haydn’s exceptionally demanding Cello Concerto in C major, believed lost until discovered in Prague in 1961. Kahane also conducts Mozart’s light-hearted Serenata Notturna, K. 239, and opens the program with Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, the work that catapulted Britten into the international limelight. The concert is part of the noted citywide “Britten 100/LA: A Celebration” curated by LA Opera.

Adolphe, a great admirer of Rubin’s voice who approached her about a possible collaboration, explains the genesis of Do You Dream in Color?: “I asked Laurie to express in words what it feels like to live without sight so I could set it in music.” Rubin wove her singular experiences into the poem, ranging from how she applies make-up and makes jewelry to her joy at a young fan’s request that she sign a program. Rubin recorded Adolphe’s song with solo piano for Bridge Records.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. In conjunction with the Britten centenary celebrations, Kahane discusses Benjamin Britten and his musical legacy. Additionally, composer Bruce Adolphe speaks about his composition for Rubin and a representative from Braille Institute, one of LACO’s community partners, talks about Braille music notation. Braille Institute is also providing a special display of collograms, a type of textural printmaking, inspired by Rubin’s poem and Adolphe’s work. The Royce Hall concert is sponsored, in part, by the Sidley Austin Foundation.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.

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MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events, deconstructs Beatles music through classical, alt-country, gospel, rock and soul filters when it launches its 2013-14 “Uncorked” series with “Self/Titled: The Beatles, The White Album, The Rose Palace,” featuring GLEE star Kevin Michael McHale on Monday, October 14, 2013, 7:30 pm, at Phoenix Decorating Company’s Rose Palace Warehouse in Pasadena, which houses up to a dozen mammoth Rose Parade floats in various states of construction. Artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby curates an evening of Beatles music under MUSE/IQUE’s entertaining “microscope” with such classics as “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Rocky Raccoon,” “Blackbird,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Joining McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams in FOX’s award winning TV show, on the roster of special guests is the Charlie Greene Band, noted for its soulful swamp pop and alt-country; a string quartet led by MUSE/IQUE Violinist Julie Rogers; electric guitarist Michael Brook; and a sextet from Pasadena’s Selah Gospel Choir, acclaimed for its “emotive and bewitching” performances. A complimentary pre-concert cocktail hour for ticket holders begins at 6:30 pm followed by the 7 pm concert.

“The Rose Palace’s industrial space, with its looming floats-in-progress, and our eclectic group of guest artists casting contemporary light on Beatles’ music perfectly frame MUSE/IQUE’s ‘take’ on the Beatles as we examine the brilliant construction of their songs and the counter-conventional influences that inspired their music towards the later stages of the band’s career,” says Worby.

The Beatle’s White Album, hailed by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time, has sold more than 20 million copies since the double recording was released in 1968 when the British pop group was at the pinnacle of its global influence.

MUSE/IQUE’s “Uncorked” series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

The Rose Palace is located at 835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena California 91103. Parking is available at the Fillmore Station parking structure at 750 South Raymond Avenue (about 1/2 block away with an entrance on the east side of Raymond Avenue just sound of Fillmore Street). Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets are also free with MUSE/IQUE membership, which ranges from $125 to $1,000 and includes a variety of special benefits. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.

"Glee" star Kevin Michael McHale

“Glee” star Kevin Michael McHale

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MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events curated by noted artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby, launches its 2013-14 season with “Free For All,” a free family-friendly concert in which jazz, hip hop and orchestral music collide to create a rocking dance party held in conjunction with “ArtNight Pasadena,” on Friday, October 11, 2013, 6 to 9 pm, on the plaza of the Pasadena Civic Center. The annual evening features members of the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra and Double G NineNet, comprised of members of the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, a genre-bending, culture-blending “United Nations of music” led by Geoff Gallegos (Double G). Adding to the lively musical mix of jazz, hip hop, Beatles tunes and more, are a crew of dancers, as well as face painting and other special activities for children. Parsons Corporation is sponsoring all of MUSE/IQUE’s education and community programs, including this concert.

“Double G NineNet will have people dancing in the street, literally, perfectly embodying MUSE/IQUE’s own unique sensibilities with its tremendous energy, genre-defying sound and infectious music that appeals to people of all ages,” says Worby.

The LA-based daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, founded in 1999, presents hip-hop in symphonic form by musicians from wildly diverse musical backgrounds, cultural experiences, artistic tastes and lifestyles who share outstanding musical dexterity and a spirit of curiosity and collaboration. They include formally trained musicians as well as those who are self-taught and others from jazz and contemporary traditions. The orchestra’s first studio album is Unfinished Symphony.

Reservations for “Free for All” are not necessary. The Pasadena Civic Center Plaza is located at 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA, 91101. For more information about MUSE/IQUE, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.

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A concert of works by renowned American composer Michael Hersch will be presented at the DiMenna Center for the Arts in New York City on the evening of October 19.

Photograph by Richard Anderson.

Photograph by Richard Anderson.

Also regarded as one of today’s more formidable pianists, Hersch is the subject of a new documentary film, The Sudden Pianist, which focuses on his life and his work for the piano. At the Oct 19 concert, Hersch will perform some of the music featured in the film: selections from his 2 and a half-hour solo piano work, The Vanishing Pavilions. (A screening of the film, which was released earlier in 2013 and has already garnered significant festival interest, will take place at the Producers’ Club on the morning of the concert; more information about the film can be found at thesuddenpianist.com.) This concert marks Hersch’s only second public appearance as a pianist in New York in the last ten years.

Also on the October 19 all-Hersch program will be “in the snowy margins” for unaccompanied violin; the New York premiere of “of ages manifest” for unaccompanied alto saxophone; Five Fragments for unaccompanied violin; and the New York premiere of How Far the Cradle for soprano and piano. Artists joining the composer on the program are violinist Miranda Cuckson, saxophonist Gary Louie, soprano Ah Young Hong, and pianist Michael Sheppard.

Saturday, October 19 at 8pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Mary Flagler Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Free admission. No reservations required.
For more information, visit here.

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Galilean Suite by Tel Aviv-based composer Moshe Zorman consists of five symphonic pictures of Israeli life. The piece was commissioned by the Kfar Bloom chamber festival in the Galilee, and was originally written for a large ensemble or symphony orchestra in 1993. The performance by the Greenwich Village Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Yahr, will feature the composer’s son, Itamar Zorman, on violin.

Hear an excerpt on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCW3-yc6wXo

November 17, 2013 3pm
Washington Irving Auditorium, 40 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Barbara Yahr, conductor
Itamar Zorman, violin
Moshe Zorman — Galilean Suite
Tchaikovsky — Romeo and Juliet, fantasy overture
Brahms — Violin Concerto

Tickets: $15 suggested donation, $10 students/seniors
Details: www.gvo.orgmosh1

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MUSE/IQUE, known for its counter-conventional performances that feel more like parties than formal concerts, continues “Summer of Sound” 2013 with “Moving Pictures” featuring groundbreaking cellist Matt Haimovitz and Emmy Award-winning actress Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland”) in a fresh take on motion picture scores by Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Erich Korngold as well as the world premiere of Sleepwalking, a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra with images by Peter Golub, prolific composer and director of Sundance’s Film Music Program, on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 7:30 pm, outdoors at Caltech’s Beckman Mall in Pasadena. They join MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby, who conducts the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra, for a pure out-of the-box adventure in sound and cinema. Highlights include Malick narrating a humorous new presentation of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, reimagined by writer Matt Nix, creator of the critically acclaimed television show “Burn Notice,” as well as guest appearances by “American Idol” eighth season finalist Allison Iraheta and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow John Dabiri, director of Caltech’s Biological Propulsion Laboratory. Gates open at 5:30 pm for dinner (ordered in advance) or bring-your-own picnics, with table and bleacher seating and plentiful free parking.

“This is ‘movie music night’ the MUSE/IQUE way,” says Worby, who founded MUSE/IQUE in 2011. “We wanted to turn the ‘orchestra goes to the movies’ genre of outdoor summer fare on its head to foster new thinking about what our eyes and ears tell us. From suspense thrillers and Korngold’s Concerto in C to Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, it’s one of MUSE/IQUE’s most ambitious curatorial adventures to date.”

The 90-minute concert is built on the visceral sounds of the cello as awakened by virtuoso Matt Haimovitz and the classic 1946 film noir Deception, starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains, about a war-torn love affair between a cellist and pianist from which Haimovitz performs Erich Korngold’s brilliant work for cello, Concerto in C, the film’s musical cornerstone. Sleepwalking, Golub’s new work MUSE/IQUE is premiering, was inspired, he says, by “the idea of sleepwalking as both an image and as a state of mind.” Malick narrates Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, loved anew thanks to its prominence in Moonrise Kingdom, delivering writer/producer/director Nix’s new libretto, and Worby turns Claude-Michel Schönberg’s show-stopping Bring Him Home for tenor from Les Miserables into a showcase for the soaring talents of Allison Iraheta, whose voice Idol judge Kara DioGuardi exhorted “comes from God…you can’t teach that!” Also performed are selections from other film scores, ranging from the iconic to the lesser known, including Chariots of Fire by Vangelis; Elmer Bernstein’s Summer and Smoke; Jerry Goldsmith’s Russia House; Love Theme from “Heidi” by John Williams; Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone, the theme for the 1986 film The Mission; and Chris Young’s Killing Season; and whimsically thought-provoking remarks by Caltech’s Dabiri, a signature MUSE/IQUE performance element, top off the evening.

MUSE/IQUE’s “Summer of Sound” concludes August 17 with “Lose Your Senses with Ellis Hall,” which brings together celebrated vocalist/pianist virtuoso Ellis Hall, former Tower of Power lead singer, with the MUSE/IQUE orchestra, the Selah Gospel Choir, and scientist Seal Carroll, to unchain the soul sounds of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Bach.

MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events, connects master artists with new voices across a limitless range of styles. Its counter-conventional performances, which feel more like parties than formal concerts, link musicians with great thinkers and compelling visual, cinematic and dance artists. In the two years since MUSE/IQUE was founded by Artistic Director Rachael Worby, it has grown from one performance with a handful of devoted followers to a major cultural presence that reaches vast audiences. Its considerable membership currently numbers more than 500 people. In the fall and spring, MUSE/IQUE presents “Uncorked” evenings at unconventional locations, and in the summer MUSE/IQUE features three outdoor “music parties” at Caltech’s Beckman Mall, all curated by the innovative and visionary Worby. Among MUSE/IQUE’s guest artists are Jessye Norman, Charlie Haden, Patti Austin, Mary Wilson, Flea, Rickie Lee Jones, Ellis Hall, Matt Haimovitz, Angela Bassett, Arturo Sandoval and more. Uncorked’s “pop-up” venues have included Pasadena’s Phoenix Decorating Center (where Rose Parade floats are constructed), Art Center College of Design Sculpture Garden, Castle Press (one of the nation’s largest printing presses), backstage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and others. KIDS/IQUE!, a primary element of the organization, serves boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, in the San Gabriel Valley’s network of foster care services by presenting ongoing interactive experiences with professional musicians and other artists designed to compliment the service goals of the foster care facilities even as they allow MUSE/IQUE to reach otherwise underserved youth. Other outreach programs include free and low-cost tickets for students and community groups, and “Free For All,” a free annual concert featuring a fusion of music with family friendly surprises.

Caltech’s Beckman Mall is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. Pasadena CA 91106. Plentiful parking is free. To reserve a catered dinner that can be picked up on site, please contact Perfect Equation Catering at (626) 529-5585. Concert tickets begin at $10 per person with top tier seating, $96 per person, available to MUSE/IQUE members at the $1,000+ contribution level; students with ID are $10. MUSE/IQUE membership, which ranges from $250 to $2,500, includes a variety of special benefits including priority seating and services. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.
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