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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), building upon its long history of presenting other children’s choirs from the U.S. and abroad, hosts the highly anticipated Southern California debut of the illustrious German boys and mens choir Windsbacher Knabenchor on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The exchange is part of Windsbacher’s 13-day U.S. tour, its first in 23 years, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s subsequent reunification. Noted for its distinctive soaring sound and invigorating performances, the choir, which hails from the town of Windsbacher, Germany, is under the direction of Martin Lehman. The concert also features LACC’s acclaimed Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. The three choirs perform separately, then combine forces for the finale to sing James Erb’s moving arrangement of Shenandoah. Last summer, LACC’s Concert Choir participated in a workshop and performance with Windsbacher Knabenchor while touring Germany.
Windsbacher Knabenchor’s broad repertoire spans the Baroque era to contemporary music, but for the performance, the choir performs mostly German a cappella sacred and secular music, selecting from such works as Pachelbel’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, Bach’s Ich Lasse Dich Nicht, and Bruckner’s Os justi, as well as German “hiking songs,” love songs and madrigals, among others.
LACC’s Concert Choir, conducted by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, highlights the season’s theme Celebrating American Song with performances of Copland’s Ching-a-ring chaw; a haunting setting of the prayer Ave Maria sung in Spanish composed by Bay Area artist, Henry Mollicone; and Guide Me as I Walk Along, a work sung by the Cherokee Nation during their displacement on the Trail of Tears, which the chorus will sing in Cherokee.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, directed by Dr. Steven Kronauer, adds a Germanic touch performing such works as Bach’s Der Herr segne Euch, and Brahms’ Lass Dich nur nichts nicht dauren, as well as Jonah by renowned American composer Henry Leck.
“We are pleased to host this international choral exchange and welcome the esteemed Windsbacher Knabenchor to Southern California for the first time,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “These amazingly talented boys have captivated audiences around the globe.”
Founded in 1946 by Hans Thamm, Windsbacher Knabenchor, a “cultural ambassador“ of Nürnberg’s Metropolitan Region and a “trademark” of Franconia, acheived national and international renown under his successor, Karl-Friedrich Beringer. In 2012, Martin Lehmann was named conductor of the choir. Hailed for its musicality, precision and purity of sound, it regularly performs with such leading orchestras as the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Akademie füralte Musik Berlin, and has appeared at such music festivals as the Rheingau Musikfestiva and the Bachwoche Ansbach. It has also toured Europe, Japan, North and South America, Israel, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and the Peoples Republic of China. Its numerous CDs, radio broadcasts and television appearances have garnered raves from music critics and audiences alike.
In addition to its Southern California appearance, Windsbacher’s tour this fall includes performances in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA; Groton and Boston, MA; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia and Gettysburg, PA; and Washington, D.C. Windsbacher’s tour is supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture (“Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur”). The choir previously made its U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 1986, returning there in 1991 for the Center’s German Festival.
The concert is free (suggested donation $10) and reservations are not required. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. For more information about the concert and LACC, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, with appointments beginning at 4:30 pm. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training, providing boys with essential tools to help them sing through their vocal transition and a forum where they can learn more about the healthy development of their maturing voices at their own pace in a fun, understanding and encouraging environment.
Kronauer notes that one of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir is adjusting to the needs of each individual voice to ensure that each boy sings in a range that is healthy for him.
Established in 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (5:30 – 7:15 pm) and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards.
Among numerous highlights, YME has toured Germany, Austria, Italy and Alaska; performed with Cuba’s celebrated Sine Nomine and the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club; attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music; and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels and world famous tenor Ben Hepner.
Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
100 Years of Piano Music by Mexican Composers
Max Lifchitz, piano
Carlos Chavez, Manuel Enriquez, Max Lifchitz,
Manuel M. Ponce, Maria Teresa Prieto,
Silvestre Revueltas & Brian Banks
Monday, May 5 at 8 PM
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023
Max Lifchitz celebrates the Cinco de Mayo Holiday
performing works by three generations of composers from Mexico.
North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Monday evening May 5 when Max Lifchitz celebrates the Cinco de Mayo Holiday performing a recital devoted entirely to the piano music of composers from México.
The event will start at 8 PM and will take place at the intimate and acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – bet. Broadway & Columbus Ave) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible.
Admission is free (no tickets needed).
Max Lifchitz – the Mexican-born pianist and long-time resident in New York, was described by The American Record Guide as ”a consummate musician …. one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.” The San Francisco Chronicle described him as “a stunning, ultra-sensitive pianist” while the New York Times praised him for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances. Active also as composer and conductor, Mr. Lifchitz has performed throughout Europe, Latin America and the US.
The program will feature music by 20th and 21st century Mexican composers including Carlos Chávez, Manuel Enríquez, Maria Teresa Prieto, Manuel M. Ponce and Silvestre Revueltas. The program will also feature Lifchitz’s recently completed Piano Silhouettes and the premiere of a new work by Brian Banks—the American composer who lives in the Mexican city of Puebla who will be on hand to introduce his music.
The artist is available for interviews and media event and may be contacted through the North/South office at email@example.com
Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Manuel M. Ponce
Maria Teresa Prieto
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Jacaranda’s next concert, on March 8 at 8:00 p.m., will be held at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, which is waiving admission to honor Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. Jacaranda’s inaugural season featured an adventurous young string quartet known as Denali, which played with the series until 2010. Denali was succeeded by Lyris as quartet in residence. This free “Continental Harmony” concert will be entirely devoted to the Lyris Quartet, playing 20th-century American string quartet repertoire spanning 80 years. For the occasion, Lyris will open with their debut performance of the String Quartet No. 2 by Charles Ives (1911-13), followed by a Jacaranda signature work from 1973, String Quartet No. 4, “Amazing Grace,” by Ben Johnston. String Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass (1991), a Lyris specialty, will be followed with String Quartet No. 3 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Composed in Los Angeles at the end of WWII, Korngold’s Quartet No. 3 was performed by Denali in its final season, and will also be performed by Lyris for the first time. The quartet was premiered at UCLA Royce Hall in 1946. Fearing that his film music would be forgotten, Korngold recycled themes from “Devotion” (1943) about the Bronte Sisters, the war themed “Between Two Worlds” (1944), and the classic “The Sea Wolf” (1941) with Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield.
Jacaranda is devoting “Continental Harmony” to the string quartet, for the first time, in recognition of its importance to Jacaranda’s programming.
The UCLA Music Library will host this free concert, underwritten by the UCLA Music Library’s Christine and Hugo Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
Reservations are strongly recommended. To RSVP and for more information, please visit www.JacarandaMusic.org or call (213) 483-0216.
About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery in diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
About The Lyris Quartet: The Lyris Quartet, described as “radiant…excellent… and powerfully engaged” by Mark Swed of the LA Times, was founded in 2008. The founding of Lyris was the culmination of years of collaboration between its members in many different ensembles throughout the Los Angeles area. The individual members of the quartet have won top prizes at such competitions as the Tchaikovsky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival as well as collaborated with renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Argerich, Alban Gerhardt, Boris Pergamenschikov, Guillame Sutre, Myung-Whun Chung, and Richard Stoltzman.
They have collaborated with composers Steve Reich, Krystof Penderecki, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, John Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Wadada Leo Smith, Gerard Schurmann, and Billy Childs.
Lyris has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles including Grammy-nominated groups Absolute Ensemble and Southwest Chamber Music, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa as well as solo and chamber appearances in various festivals such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest, and Oregon Festival of American Music among others.
In Los Angeles, Lyris has performed at the Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, Royce Hall, and Disney Hall. They opened the Long Beach Opera’s production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with a featured performance of the “Intimate Letters” quartet and performed the west coast premiere of David Lang’s “The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.” Other performances have included the South Bay Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles Music Guild, Annenberg Series, and Chamber Music Palisades. This year will mark their fourth season as the resident ensemble for the critically acclaimed series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge.
The Lyris Quartet also helps to curate the new music series “Hear Now” which helps to promote the music of Los Angeles composers. They have just completed their first album for Toccata Classics which will be released next month.
Frankenstein: Of Monsters and Men, a major new oratorio with powerful themes of rejection, misunderstanding and regret composed by 100 high school students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts and based on Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel, is being premiere by the students in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, instrumentalists and soloists in free matinee and evening performances on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at noon, and Friday, February 21, and 7 pm, at the high school’s main auditorium. (Ample free on-site parking is available.) Compelling arias and rousing choruses tell the dark gothic tale of the eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque monster during a laboratory experiment, and then, horrified by the result, regrets giving life to the creature he just made. The students composed the melodies and lyrics for the oratorio, which is told in several musical movements. The performances are the culmination of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students to create and perform their own original choral works.
Shelley’s novel, written when she was only 21 years old, resonates with students on a variety of levels. For the oratorio, students have focused on Shelley’s theme of being outcast as their libretto portrays the tale of a lonely creature shunned by his creator and misunderstood and feared by everyone else.
The 9th through 12th grade students worked closely over a 20-week period with the guidance and mentorship of singer Alice Kirwan Murray, lyricist Doug Cooney and composer Jonathan Beard, as well as their own choir teachers, Desiree Fowler and Stormy Sacks. They learned how to adapt a classic work of literature, write a libretto based on the adaptation and create the melodies and harmonic structure for each movement of the oratorio. They also learned techniques for capturing the “voice” of the characters and how to propel the momentum of the plot and paint the mood of a scene. After the work was completed, students auditioned for feature roles and received vocal coaching to prepare for the culmination performance. This is the fourth year LAMC has offered its “Voices Within” program at the school.
An oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text dramatic in character for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, performed with minimal action, costume and scenery. Complex and sophisticated musical works, they challenge even season composers, making the student’s accomplishments particularly noteworthy.
This massive undertaking is an extension of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning music education program, “Voices Within,” which was originally designed to teach fifth graders collaborative and compositional skills by composing and performing their own original songs and has engaged over 25,000 children and created over 350 original songs since its launch in 2001.
Encouraged by previous successful collaborations involving elementary and middle school students, and with the support of the California Arts Council’s Artists-in-School Program, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles Master Chorale adapted the “Voices Within” curriculum to address the advanced maturity of high school students, specifically choral students at the new visual and performing arts high school in downtown LA.
The concert is free, and seating is first come, first served. Cortines High School for Visual and Performing Arts is located at 450 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Campus parking is free (enter on Cesar Chavez Avenue).
Cuban Choir Sine Nomine
The famed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents the highly anticipated US debut of Cuba’s premiere men’s choir Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, in a free concert on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:00 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, launching the nine-member Havana-based choir’s first state-side tour. Noted for its unique configuration of tenor and bass voices augmented by countertenors (soprano and alto), the choir, applauded by critics and audiences alike, presents diverse repertoire ranging from early polyphony to contemporary Cuban works. Sine Nomine performs jointly and separately with LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices.
“It is an honor for Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to present this extraordinary choir and share with the Southland Sine Nomine’s incredible artistry through this community concert,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “This remarkable cultural exchange reflects LACC’s mission of sharing the transformative power of music with people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. It also provides our Young Men’s Ensemble with an opportunity to perform alongside one of the world’s leading men’s choirs.”
Since its inception in 2003, Sine Nomine, which has become a vanguard among Cuban choirs, has won prizes in the prestigious CUBADISCO festival, released two CDs, “Portrait at Capella” (EGREM, 2007) and “Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi “(K617, 2005), toured to Spain and Mexico, and been featured on several film soundtracks. In addition to the choir’s performance in Pasadena, its 16-day tour includes appearances in Long Beach, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Redwood City and Santa Barbara, where the choir is being featured at the annual American Choral Directors Association Western Regional conference. Sine Nomine’s tour is sponsored in part by ACFEA Tour Consultants.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral art throughout middle and high school. It offers quality vocal and choral training along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. Established in 2009, YME features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Germany, Austria and Italy and performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club.
Admission is free (suggested donation is $10). For information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, Steve Reich, Uncategorized, tags: Armenia, Beethoven, Brahms, C.P.E. Bach, classical music, Corigliano, dreams, Free, imagination, Liszt, new york city, Performing Arts Library, piano
The New Public York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is pleased to present American-Armenian award winning pianist Sofya Melikyan in a solo concert titled “Fantasies” on Saturday, January 25th at 2:30 pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York (map and directions). The concert, which represents the American debut of Ms. Melikyan’s Fantasies program, is free and open to the public.
Featuring some of the most inspired pages of the Fantasy and reflecting the different esthetics of this genre starting with the 18th century and through the present day, the concert program includes works by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Corigliano, and Liszt. The term “Fantasy” was first used in the 16th century to describe an instrumental piece that was improvisatory and spontaneous in character, free of any formal rules or restrictions. This musical journey invites listeners to dive into a universe full of colors and mystery, and in turn, to explore the fascinating world of dreams and the imagination.
Pianist Sofya Melikyan
…”The Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan literally abducted her audience into the land of fantasy… She offered a fascinating panorama of different approaches – baroque, classic, romantic – to the genre of the fantasy, which in its quality and in the pervasion of the compositions would have been worthy of her home town New York”… Frederik Wittenberg in Westfälische Nachrichten (Germany)
Ms. Melikyan possesses this transcendental force to take the listener to her world of deep poetic intuition and her homeland is the source of the wideness and the depth of her artistic work: she grew up in Armenia, a country characterized by a strong relationship to nature, to the mystical, surrounded by mountains, which lead for centuries the way to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Now a resident of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Melikyan completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano, École Normale de Musique de Paris with Ramzi Yassa and the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she was a scholarship student of Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer, Galina Eguiazarova and Elena Tatulyan. Ms. Melikyan has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States. More information is available here.
The full concert program follows:
Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Fantasy in f sharp minor H300
Johannes Brahms (1836-1897)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Fantasy in g minor Op. 77
John Corigliano (1938- )
For the left hand
Fifths to thirds
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata S 161,
de Anées de Pèlegrinage.
Deuxième année: Italia
GUITAR MARATHON: LAS AMERICAS
FREE for the first time in Festival’s history; 2-5 pm & 7-10 pm
Reservations are strongly suggested. They’ll guarantee you a seat if you arrive 1
5 minutes before showtime. Call 212 501 3330 or reserve online for 2-5 pm; reserve online for 7-10 pm.
Co-curated by Brazilian phenomenon Badi Assad and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet founder William Kanengiser, the six-hour Marathon focuses on classical guitar in North and South America, contrasting rich traditions with bold experimentation. Featured composers include Heitor Villa-Lobos, Egberto Gismonti, Joan Tower, Elliot Carter, Alberto Ginastera, Leo Brouwer, Robert Beaser, Manual Ponce, Antonio Lauro, Agustín Barrios and many more.
About the curators: A founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Kanengiser displays his multi-varied musical interests in recordings of composers as dissimilar from one another as Bartók, Handel and Jerome Kern. Assad hails from a musical family of guitarists-composers.
A singer and percussionist to boot, she fuses pop-jazz with worldbeat in a sensuously Brazilian sensibility.
LAS AMERICAS, PART I: NORTH AMERICA (2-5 PM)
or call 212 501 3330.
William Kanengiser has invited four brilliant guest artists to help celebrate the guitar of North America. David Mozqueda, a young virtuoso from Gaudalaja, Mexico, will present masterworks by Ponce and Olivas, as well as arrangements of popular Mexican folksongs. Colin Davin, prizewinner in the GFA competition and modern-music specialist, will present compelling works by
Joan Tower, and with flutist Daniel James, a new work by Alaska-based composer Conrad Wilson. Connie Shue, an emerging artist specializing in women composers, will play works by Canadian composer Dale Kavanaugh, Brazilian Clarice Assad (Badi’s niece) and John Anthony Lennon. The ph
enomenal Naumberg Award-winner Jorge Caballero will play the first of his two sets in the Marathon, presenting some of the most important American guitar compositions by Elliott Carter and John Major, as well as the stunning Sonata #1 by Cuban master Léo Brouwer. William Kanengiser will close out the afternoon by presenting an eclectic mix of Mexican, Cuban and American works, ranging from folkloric to contemporary to jazz-inspired.
LAS AMERICAS, PART II: SOUTH AMERICA (7-10 PM)
or call 212 501 3330.
For the second part of the Marathon, Badi Assad has crafted an evening of propulsive rhythm and sensuous melody from South America. The award-winning Brazil Guitar Duo will open the evening with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Gismonti and others. Samba master Rom
ero Lubambo will bring his technical fireworks and serious Brazilian groove to a set of popular pieces by Jobim, Garoto and others. Jorge Caballero will return to the stage to present some of the mo
st important South American compositions for guitar, including works by Barrios, Antonio Lauro, and the seminal Sonata by Ginastera. Making their NY debut, the incredible Duo Siquiera/Lima will present fiery duets by Brazilian, Argentinian and Ecuadorian composers. The grand finale of the Marathon will be the inimitable Badi Assad, who brings a feminine sensibility to her stunning world-beat fusion of pop, jazz and Brazilian music.
Monday, January 20 at 2:00pm. Free.
Details at: http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/new-york-guitar-festival-marathon
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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.
The acclaimed American Youth Symphony (AYS), one of the nation’s leading professional training orchestras for musicians ages 15 to 27, launches its 49th season with a free concert featuring the highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Timothy Andres’ Bathtub Shrine, Tchaikovsky’s elegant Variations on a Rococo Theme, showcasing rising star Allan Steele, AYS’s Principal Cello, and Berlioz’ epic Symphony fantastique on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Music Director Alexander Treger, currently in his 16th season leading AYS, conducts the 106-member orchestra, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances.
Also featured is a free pre-concert screening at 5:30 pm of the film Keeping Score: Symphony fantastique, part of the San Francisco Symphony’s critically applauded Keeping Score film series, which, narrated by Michael Tilson Thomas, tells the story of Berlioz’ purportedly opium-fueled obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson for whom his love, passion and jealousy drove the groundbreaking symphony’s creation. Berlioz’ work was debuted at the Paris Conservatoire in 1830, quickly becoming an audience and orchestra favorite.
“The program is designed to highlight the exceptional talents of the orchestra as well as to provide our musicians with critical training in some of the major orchestral repertoire and contemporary works,” says Treger, who during the 2013-14 season leads a total of five free concerts as well AYS’s annual gala concert.
Andres – hailed by the Los Angeles Times for music that demonstrates “a strong sense of building on classical music tradition, while also moving that tradition into a new and hip place” – composed Bathtub Shrine on a commission by the Yale Symphony Orchestra as a playful response to the widely reverberating acoustics of Yales’ Woosley Hall, which Andre’s describes as having “a staggering 13-second reverberation…the effect of a giant bathroom.” He also wrote the eight-minute piece in homage to the orchestra’s “fierce music-making” and warm “camaraderie”.
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.
This season AYS also appears on the “Sundays Live at LACMA” concert series on October 20, 2013; presents “The Elfman Project II,” the continuation of a three-year exploration of the composer’s brilliant music, on November 24, 2013; showcases the irrepressible music of composer Jefferson Friedman on February 9, 2014; hosts the “Springtime in Paris” gala on March 9, 2013; and wraps the season with “The Alumni Project,” where fellows will share a stand with celebrated alumni in Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. This season finale concert will also feature 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. 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.