David Ortega Scores for Disney

Alumnus David Ortega scored his third app in Disney’s most popular mobile game franchise, a life-like physics-based world of weather mechanics. “Where’s My Mickey?” was named Apple’s App of the Week.

John Barcellona in 24th Surf City Marathon

On Sunday, February 2 Dr. John Barcellona will be running the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach on behalf of the University Wind Quintet Scholarship for the 24th yr. Qunitet: Ryan Murray—flute, graduate student, Richmond, VA; Alexander Zatalokin—oboe, graduate student, Malibu; Abraham Perez—clarinet, graduate student, Montebello; Melisandra Teteris—horn, graduate student, Long Beach, and Adrian Fonseca Tellez—bassoon, junior, San Diego.

Whiplash Makes a Splash at Sundance

“Whiplash,” the film several members of our Concert Jazz Orchestra (CJO) appear in, made its debut at Sundance last week. The LA Times wrote, “”Whiplash” played stronger than any scripted film to open Sundance in years, and though the movie isn’t always easy to watch, it would be surprising if it didn’t find a high-profile buyer and release.

Sony Pictures Worldwide acquired international distribution rights just after its premiere.

Entertainment Weekly wrote that “it electrified the spirits of everyone who saw it” and “Whiplash is one of the rare films that understands high-level musicians from the inside out. “

Christopher Rountree Directs Extravagant Semi-staged Multimedia Concert

Chris RountreeAlumnus Christopher Rountree provided musical direction for “Visitations,” an extravagant “semi-staged multimedia concert” (first heard on the Stanford Live series) of two one-act operas (“Theotokia” and “The War Reporter”) by Jonathan Berger, with a libretto by Dan O’Brien. The New Yorker lists performances Jan 11-13 in NYC at the Prototype Festival.