Jotaro Nakano Named Conducting Fellow at LB Symphony

Alumnus Jotaro Nakano is now the Conducting Fellow for the Long Beach Symphony, succeeding alumnus Mark Alpizar who is pursuing his DMA at ASU.

Long Beach Symphony celebrates its 81st season in 2015-2016. The Symphony also provides a sequential, comprehensive music education program serving over 24,000 local school children with access to music at their schools, local libraries, hospitals, and community centers, as well as School Ensembles & Youth Concerts for EVERY Long Beach 2nd – 5th grader in the public school system.

American Youth Symphony ads BCCM Students and Alumni

Sophomore Joseph Mora (tuba), Senior Tim Jensen (bass), and MM students Emma McAllister and Momo Enchev (violins) successfully auditioned into the American Youth Symphony. Geoun Shin (violin) and alumni Nina Kang (violin) Annie Reed (viola), and Joy Yi (viola) are continuing members. Alumna Christie Glaser (flute) is on the sub list. Pictured are Emma McAlliser, Tim Jensen, Annie Reed, and Momo Enchev.

The American Youth Symphony provides professional training for musicians through a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from classical masterworks to world premieres and innovative film scores. Competitively selected, Fellows receive a full scholarship, have the opportunity to perform at Royce Hall and work alongside world class guest artists.

Their first concert featured Star Trek Into Darkness performed live to picture, conducted by David Newman and special guest Composer Michael Giacchino, pictured here with Emma McAllister.

Leaav Sofer at Colburn

The Colburn School’s Facebook page shared this quote from alumnus Leeav Sofer: “Music…doesn’t see color; it doesn’t see race; it doesn’t see gender. Music is beyond that; it transcends that. Whether you have kids from schools that have never been able to sing before, or affluent kids that have been singing since their toddler age, you put them both in a room and give them a song to sing, and the joy in that room will just be completely astounding.

“It will bring them all together in this one place for this one cause that is bigger than them as individuals, and instead brings all of their individual voices together as one voice. And I think something like music, being able to do that, is something really important to remember and to keep these kids coming back for more.” – Leeav Sofer, #SummerEncounter15 voice faculty

David Ortega at Harvard University’s Launchpad

Alumnus David Ortega spoke at Harvard University’s Launchpad, sponsored by the Children’s Media Association. His talk entitle Audio Branding for Children’s Media, was an interactive discussion on how to envision, shape and direct audio. David wrote the score for the most successful mobile franchise in Disney’s history: “Where’s My Water?” and its spinoff “Where’s My Perry?”

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.

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.