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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages eight (by September 1, 2013) to 12 on June 6 -9, 2013, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.
LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who are dedicated to achieving excellence in vocal technique, choral singing and classical music. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.
Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 27th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC is comprised of six choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 60 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s classes for six- and seven-year-olds, First Experiences in Singing, offered in Pasadena.)
Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children take musicianship classes (a six level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music
High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating choral concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters. The choir was also featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, “SING!” which chronicles a year in the life of the choir and is shown periodically on PBS stations nationwide, as well as follow-up documentaries “SING OPERA!” and “SING CHINA!” In addition, LACC tours locally, nationally and internationally.
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.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
The Los Angeles Master Chorale opens the doors of the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the city free-of-charge for its 24th Annual Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival on Friday, April 26, 2013. One of the largest high school choir festivals in the nation, each year it showcases the remarkable vocal talents of nearly 1,000 high school students from 25 Southland schools in a massive choir conducted by Grant Gershon, the LA Master Chorale’s noted music director. The choral concert also includes several works performed by the professional Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, which joins forces with the prestigious 80-voice Festival Honor Choir, also conducted by Gershon and comprised of students from the 25 participating schools nominated by their teachers. The community is welcome to enjoy the vitality and power of these young voices raised in song in the splendor of Disney Hall. For those who haven’t had the chance to peek inside architect Frank Gehry’s iconic concert hall in downtown Los Angeles, this is an amazing opportunity to hear and see the internationally acclaimed venue in action – for free!
The massed choir performs If Music Be the Food of Love by David Dickau set to text from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; the spiritual Keep Your Lamps arranged by André Thomas; Son de Camaguey, a Cuban folk song arranged by Stephen Hatfield; The Promise of Light by Los Angeles-based composer Georgia Stitt; Johannes Brahms’s Der Gang zum Liebchen; and George Frideric Handel’s Baroque gem With Cheerful Notes Let All the Earth.
The Festival Honor Choir and Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers perform Sure on This Shining Night by National Medal of Arts recipient Morton Lauridsen; Ricky Ian Gordon’s New Moon, which features lyrics by American poet Langston Hughes; and Panda Chant II by avant-garde multi-disciplinary artist Meredith Monk.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival is one of the largest high school choir gatherings in the nation. It draws schools from the South Bay, San Fernando Valley and Westside to the San Gabriel Valley, Lakewood and Orange County.
Participating choirs include Agoura High School Mixed Choir (Agoura), John Mosley, director; Arroyo High School Chamber Singers (El Monte), Jennifer Stanley, director; Baldwin Park High School (Baldwin Park), Vicki Salmon, director; Bassett High School Chamber Singers (La Puente), Nona Watson, director; Bellflower High School Vocal Ensemble (Bellflower), Carolyn Kelley, director; California High School Chamber Singers (Whittier), Dan Hawkins, director; Charter Oak High School Advanced Choral Ensemble (Covina), Rebecca Schmalzbach, director; Covina High School Voices (Covina), Susan Silver, director; Culver City High School Chamber Singers (Culver City), Dr. Tony Spano, director; Duarte High School Cantabile (Duarte), Clari Hsu, director; El Monte High School A Cappella Choir (El Monte), Joel Whisler, director; Fullerton Union High School Vocal Ensemble (Fullerton), Scott Hedgecock, director; Grant High School Vocal Ensemble (Valley Glen), Marsha Lynne Taylor, director; Hoover High School Chamber Singers (Glendale), Beth Richey-Sullivan, director; Lakewood High School Madrigal Singers (Lakewood), Ralph Siemsen, director; Mark Keppel High School Aztec Singers (Alhambra), Tony Azeltine, director; Montebello High School Golden Keys (Montebello), Nancy Schwartz, director.
Also featured are Narbonne High School Vocal Ensemble (Harbor City), Carol J. Levin, director; Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Varsity Singers (Rolling Hills Estates), Dan Doctor, director; Ramón C. Cortines High School for the Arts Music Academy Concert Choir (Los Angeles), Desiree Fowler, director; San Gabriel High School Matador Choir (San Gabriel), Cecilia Revilla, director; South High School Southland Singers (Torrance), Elizabeth Turner, director; St. Monica Academy High School Choir (Pasadena), Stephen Grimm, director; William Howard Taft High School Vocal Ensemble (Woodland Hills), Tom Pease, director; Venice High School Allegros (Los Angeles), Wendy Kornbeck, director.
The yearlong in-school program presented by the Chorale has five components. Several months prior to the festival, all participating Choral Directors meet with Gershon to review the repertoire he has selected. Directors then work in the classroom with their choirs on the music. During the spring, members from the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers, the Chorale’s outreach ensemble, visit participating choirs and conduct masterclasses for the students and directors. A month before the festival, each school attends one of two area rehearsals conducted by Gershon, who works with the singers on their musicianship, musical interpretation and tone balance. The joint rehearsals also provide an opportunity for the students to sing as part of a much larger choir in preparation for the festival, which is the final component of the outreach program. Then, on the day of the festival, all of the schools join together for the first time and Gershon conducts a final dress rehearsal and concert, which is free to the public.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival is FREE and seating is first come, first served. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in Los Angeles. For information, please call (213) 972-7282 or visit www.lamc.org/HSCF.
LA Master Chorale Presents Free Annual High School Choir Festival Concert
Downtown’s best orchestra will be conducted by guest conductor Pierre Vallet of the Metropolitan Opera and joined by soloist David Heiss, principal cellist of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
Who: The Greenwich Village Orchestra, founded by local musicians in 1986, has captivated audiences and critics alike with world-class soloists and emotionally charged concerts for 26 years.
What: All-Tchaikovsky program—Symphony No. 6: Pathétique, Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, and Variations on a Rococo Theme.
Where: Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E. 15th St (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), Manhattan
When: Sunday, March 10 at 3pm
Ticket information: $15 suggested donation. Tickets may be purchased online at www.gvo.org or at the door on the day of the concert.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED VIOLINIST,
ALONG WITH GIFTED PIANIST BRYAN PEZZONE,
PRESENT SPRING RECITAL 2012
FEATURING AN ECLECTIC PROGRAM OF
STRAUSS, PROKOFIEV, CHAUSSON, WIENIAWSKI, & GERSHWIN
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 8:00 PM
Zipper Hall, The Colburn School
EVENT: Critically acclaimed violinist, Radu Pieptea along with crossover pianist Bryan Pezzone, perform an impressive program featuring Strauss, Prokofiev, Chausson, Wieniawski, and Gershwin.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 8:00 PM
Reception immediately following the performance on the South Plaza
VENUE: Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012
Parking available at Disney Hall Garage for $9 or adjacent lots
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953):
Sonata No.1 in F minor for Violin and Piano, Op.80
- Andante assai
- Allegro brusco
Ernest Chausson (1855-1899):
Poème, Opus 25
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Sonata in E-flat major for Violin and Piano, Op.18
- Allegro ma non troppo
- Improvisation – Andante cantabile
- Finale – Allegro
Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
Grande Polonaise No.1 in D, Op.4
George Gershwin (1898-1937), arranged by Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987)
Three Preludes for Piano
- Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
- Andante con moto e poco rubato
- Allegro ben ritmato
About Radu Pieptea
Since making his solo orchestral debut at 14 in Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Hall, Radu’s musical talents have continued to garner critical acclaim and recognition. Das Orchester in Germany called his performance “brilliant” and “flawless” and described his interpretation as “daring and full of fiery temperament…with a strong sense of purpose.” Lauded by the Santa Barbara Independent, Radu is described as “astonishing,” and the Los Angeles Times commended him for his “firm tone” and “technical proficiency and musical resolve.”
Radu has appeared as a soloist with the American Youth Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, Pacific Palisades Symphony, Beverly Hills Symphony, Allen Philharmonic, Max Bruch Philharmonic, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and various other orchestras and ensembles. He served as concertmaster of the Sarasota Music Festival orchestra and has been a featured chamber musician on New York’s classical music radio station WQXR. Radu has performed in recital and as chamber and orchestral musician in countless concerts across the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been heard live on radio in recital on the Sunday’s Live series broadcast from the LA County Museum of Art, performed solo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as a winner of Los Angeles‘ Spotlight Awards, and performed as part of the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. After graduating from Juilliard in 2000, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and continued his studies with renowned violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron at the conservatory in Cologne, Germany while concertizing throughout Europe. After returning from Europe, Radu collaborated regularly with UCLA faculty on their Faculty Chamber Music Series and served as guest artist faculty of the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Festival.
Radu is currently active as a recording musician in the Los Angeles studios and has recorded on the soundtracks of major motion pictures too numerous to list. Although his background is rooted in classical music, he has also recorded or performed with artists as diverse as U2, Dr. Dre, Barry Manilow, Andrea Bocelli, Christina Aguilera, Beck, Jewel, 50 Cent, REM, Elvis Costello, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, David Foster, Kenny Loggins, Sarah Mclachlan, Counting Crows, and Earth Wind and Fire, to name a few. Over the past several years, Radu has been performing with the LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and most recently won a position as first violinist with the New West Symphony.
Radu’s musical education includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard, a Diploma in Music Performance from the Cologne Music Conservatory, and a Master of Music degree from UCLA which he received while there on a full scholarship. Born in Romania he moved to the United States with his family when he was 2 and began his violin studies at the age of 6. His most notable teachers include Robert Mann, Alexander Treger, Zakhar Bron, Mark Kaplan, Ronald Neal, and Masao Kawasaki. Radu is also an active teacher and coach and has given master classes abroad.
About Bryan Pezzone
Bryan Pezzone is the consummate crossover pianist of his generation. He has excelled in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist, improviser and composer. Bryan performs with composers and musicians as diverse as Pierre Boulez, John Williams, and John Adams, and records on countless film and television soundtracks. He is the pianist in the group Free Flight; a crossover classical/jazz quartet. These concerts feature many of his own compositions. In addition, Bryan has initiated a performing series that he calls “FREEDOM SERIES” which involves improvisations and verbal musings on life. Bryan has performed with many major symphony orchestra associations, and is known in the Los Angeles area as one of the primary freelance pianists for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music accompany. As a soloist, Bryan has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Santa Monica Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, United States International University Orchestra, U.C. Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony.
Bryan has produced CDs of his own music which blends jazz and classical styles– including “Flying on Water” produced by Steve Wight and featuring M.B. Gordy on drums and Bart Samolis on bass. As well as solo piano CD’s featuring his more introspective music called Piano Prayers.
In addition, Bryan has been principal pianist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991-1999 as well as the former chair and founder of the Multi-focused keyboard department at the California Institute of the Arts from 1987-2000. He abandoned both those positions in order of discovering new paths and is passionate about continuously redefining himself and his role as an artist, musician, and person in today’s complex and eclectic culture.
Free Spring Recital features critically acclaimed violinist, Radu Pieptea and gifted pianist, Bryan Pezzone
Baltimore, MD – On April 1 and 2 at the University of Baltimore’s Performing Arts Theater, The Figaro Project will present its “Contemporary Opera Trio,” three world-premiere one-act operas written by Baltimore-based composers. The production will be performed free to the public.
Operas include Paul Mathews’ crime drama “Piecing it Apart,” Douglas Buchanan’s creation myth “Lux et Tenebrae,” and Joshua Bornfield’s political comedy “Strong like Bull.” Featuring thirteen local performers and accompanied by piano trio, the operas will be fully-staged and sung in English. Jim Stopher will conduct.
After The Figaro Project’s inaugural season, founder Caitlin Vincent pursued an ambitious program of contemporary opera for the troupe’s second season. She formed a collaborative partnership with three Peabody composers, including Peabody Dean of Academic Affairs, Paul Mathews, with the goal of exposing the Baltimore region to new opera in an accessible way.
Mathews notes, “The Figaro Project has prepared these operas for their first hearings as if they were staples of the repertoire. Singers may dream of Italian arias, but real artists engage the problems of our world with the language and idioms of our time. ”
“All opera was once new,” says Vincent, “and this is an opportunity to experience three new operas that were conceived and created right in the heart of Baltimore.”
What: The Figaro Project’s Contemporary Opera Trio
When: Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at 7:30pm
Where: University of Baltimore’s Performing Arts Theater – 21 West Mt. Royal Avenue
About The Figaro Project
Founded in June 2009 with grants from the Peabody Institute and The Johns Hopkins University, The Figaro Project is dedicated to giving performing opportunities to young opera singers and presenting opera in an accessible and affordable way. For more information, please visit www.thefigaroproject.com.