Luke Hannington’s Christmas Cantata to be Premiered

Alumnus and Adjunct Faculty member Luke Hannington will received the premiere of his Christmas Cantata, New Life, on Dec 9th. It will be at The Church of the Valley, in Van Nuys at 7pm. Luke describes it as “Possibly the only Christmas piece based on the writings of Christoper Hitchens, New Life is designed to be sung by an amplified chamber choir, like a jazz choir. The music swings back and forth between the 18th century and 80′s pop.”

Katie Cox founds Alaskan New Music Festival

Alumna Katie Cox and a team of three other musicians and collaborators originally from Alaska are starting a new music festival in Homer, Alaska called Wild Shore Festival for New Music. They were recently were accepted by Artspire, an organization of the New York City Council of the Arts, as their fiscal sponsor for the project. They held their first fundraiser in a gallery in Chelsea (NYC) this past weekend with performances by Alaskan-born musicians Dane Johansen cellist of the Escher String Quartet, Celtic fiddle player Caitlin Warbelow, and Redshift Ensemble, who I played with on a piece originally composed for the Robin Cox Ensemble “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by Danny Felsenfeld. Our team at Wild Shore is working to bring Redshift Ensemble up this summer to Homer. The pianist in the group is CSULB alumnus Ryan Brown.

Anthony Moreno Featured in Article

This Week at CSULB featured Anthony Moreno in an article about receiving the Encouragement Award from the MET Regional Auditions.

In speaking about BCCM, Anthony said, ““The other students are absolutely wonderful to work with,” he added. “They are incredibly supportive, and in a profession that can get competitive and at times ugly, it’s good to know that your peers want you to succeed.  I appreciate them so much and I try to return all the support in kind.  And of course, many of us would not be here were it not for the blessings given to us by the lovely Mrs. Regena Cole.  Long Beach offers so much and I savor every day that I am a part of it.”

Laptop Ensemble in the Press

The BCCM Laptop Ensemble has performed concerts across campus and in our community. Recently, the Daily 49er featured the ensemble in an article about their final Fall concert. As the article notes, “After only a year together, the group is one of Cal State Long Beach’s most active music ensembles, performing about six concerts a semester. They recently performed at the University Art Theatre, as well as the Merge and Soundwalk festivals, which both showcase sound art installations. They plan on attending just as many performances in the spring semester, and the group seems full of enthusiasm for the future.”

Orchestra praised in Gazette

The BCCM Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Johannes Mueller-Stosch, received good press this week from the Gazette. “…if you’re a music lover, and I know you’re out there, you should really be attending concerts at Bob Cole. The kids are amazingly talented, and they’re doing some great stuff.”

Anthony Moreno in Met Regionals

Anthony Moreno received an Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Finals. This is an very competitive audition with four rounds. Anthony won his district to advance to the Regionals. Encouragement Awards are given only to very promising singers. Congratulations, Anthony!

Sashell Beck in concert

Alumna Sashell Beck performed on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church as part of series of concerts featuring the winners of the Beverly Hills Auditions. As a result of winning the audition, Sashell will also perform in Encinitas and Manhattan Beach, and in Beverly Hills’ historic Greystone Mansion as well as other concerts presented by the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters.

Kevin Chavez Inaugurates Alumni Concert Series

BCCM’s first Alumni Concert and masterclass on Friday, November 16, 2012. Kevin Chavez graduated with his BM in oboe and English horn performance and then went on to complete his MM at the Manhattan School of Music. He will perform with Manhattan faculty pianist Carol Ann Aicher. They will give a masterclass on Collaboration for all BCCM students in the afternoon.

For their 8:00p performance in DRH, they will be joined by BCCM alumni Jeremy Swem, Fuchou Chiang, Stephen Hughes, Kevin Chavez, Amber Alarcοn, Travis Edward Kane, Christina Wilson, Brian Farrell, Arnel Ignacio, Tabatha Easley, and Angela Wells playing a wide variety of works. It will be an alumni festival!

Inaugural Concert in Amphitheater

Our first concert in the new amphitheater will be on Friday, November 16th from 3:30-4:30pm. The Jazz Forum will move to the amphitheater for this special occasion. Look for Friday noon concerts coming in the near future.

Alumnus Ivan Shulman on surgical mission in Nepal

Alumnus Ivan Shulman is on a surgical mission in Nepal. Ivan is a general surgeon and has been conductor of the LA Doctor’s Symphony for over twenty years. His thesis on the Second Symphony of Charles Ives won Outstanding Graduate Thesis award in 2008.

He is with a team of doctors largely from Honolulu but they have surgeons from all over the US with a wide range of specialties with them. In addition to performing surgeries for free for those in need, they have been training Nepalese doctors. He has previously participated in a number of surgical missions to Africa, Latin America, Oceania, the Philippines and Mongolia. BCCM is thankful that our alumni include such remarkable humanitarians as Dr. Shulman.