Ian Brekke Lands Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Las Positas College

Alumnus Ian Brekke who so ably lead Jazz ‘N Tonic this year as a lecturer, accepted a full-time, tenure-track teaching position as the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, starting in the Fall 2015 semester. He will be the head of the vocal department and direct both the choral and vocal jazz ensembles.

Raymond Torres-Santos in Puerto Rico

Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos will present “Puerto Rican Film Music,” a retrospective of music from 1950 to present, all curated and arranged for symphony orchestra by Dr. Torres-Santos. He will conduct the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra at the Symphony Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event is sponsored by the Puerto Rico Art Museum, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. In July, his jazz quintet and I will perform his CD, “Antillano” at the Heineken jazz event, Ventana al Jazz, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

David Garrett in Concert

David Garrett performed the Brahms Trio, Op. 114 and the Smetana String Quartet No. 1 on the Philharmonic’s recent chamber music program.

Garrett also performed at the Laszlo Varga memorial service at San Francisco State University. Varga, Principal Cellist of the NY Philharmonic under Mitropolous and Bernstein and long-time professor at SFSU, was Garrett’s teacher.

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem premiered in NYC

Raymond Torres-Santos’ Requiem for soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, children’s chorus and orchestra had its New York premiere by the Albany Pro Musica, the New York Capital Youth Chorale and members of the Albany Symphony with the participation of Lucile Beer, Robert Honeysucker and Oliver Nathanielsz on May 2, 2015 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York. Dr. Torres-Santos gave a pre-concert talk.

Also, his organ concert piece, “Jubilum,” is the subject of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.

George Wheeler’s “Arise” at REDCAT

George Wheeler’s Arise for percussion quartet was performed by the CalArts Percussion Ensemble at REDCAT last weekend on a concert by The Next Dance Company. Alumnus Justin Scheid also had a new dance work on the program.

Chamber Choir in Dido and Aeneas with Mark Morris

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will present the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and the Mark Morris Dance Group in Henry Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aeneas” by choreographer Mark Morris May 15 and 16 at the Irvine Barclay Theater.

Junior Andy Konopak will sing the role of the Sailor.