Rob Frear Guests at Atlanta Trumpet Festival

Rob Frear was guest clinician and soloist at the 10th annual Atlanta Trumpet Festival last week. The website features Rob performing Rychard Cooper’s Still Water.

Their philosophy is: Attend with a trumpet in one hand and a notebook in the other. The festival is a hands-on educational experience for the youngest middle school student to our oldest “mature” adult participant. The festival invite the world’s best artists to hold clinics on various aspects of trumpet topics that are relevant to every participant.

Althea Waites in Concert of Works for Piano and Organ

Althea Waites collaborated with organist/music director Peter Bates, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in downtown Long Beach. The program consisted of works for piano and organ by Cesar Franck, along with a performance of the Symphonic Variations with Mr.Bates transcribing the orchestral part on the organ.

The concert was sponsored by the Long Beach chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and was enthusiastically received by the audience.

The Choruses Rang Out with Fabulous Splendor

Mark Swed, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a triumphant review of Britten’s War Requiem performance at Disney Hall on Monday, November 23. “The choruses rang out with fabulous splendor,” he wrote of the combined forces from USC, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Chapman University Singers, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and the 
New Zealand Youth Choir.

Swed added that the had wished President Obama, who was in Los Angeles during the performance, had heard the “exalted young performers offering hope for the future of idealism and even, some distant day, peace.”

Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / November 26, 2013,0,594755.photogallery#ixzz2ltSanQgD


“Stunning” Performance of War Requiem at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Robert D. Thomas, music critic of the Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News wrote a magnificent review of the Britten War Requiem performance.

“The choral forces delivered a beautiful tone and were amazingly precise throughout the 84 minutes, but particularly in the extended fugal writing in the “Dies Irae” sections.” and “Two bells — C and F-sharp — continue to toll as they have throughout the piece and the chorus finally dies away in a mysterious vapor. The capacity audience sat spellbound, silent for 20 seconds, before erupting in wave after wave of standing ovations for the performers.”

BBCM represents at CCM

Benjamin Britten’s opera, Owen Wingrave, performed at CCM (College Conservatory of Music at Cincinnati) was touted as “breathtaking” in the review on The article as stated that, “In the pit, the CCM Concert Orchestra, expertly led by CCM alumnus Johannes Müller-Stosch, traveled through the unsettled score, setting atmospheres both bright and ethereal.” The lead photo featured BCCM alumni Tyler Alessi and Simon Barrad. Jessie Shulman was also in that cast.