Kevin Chavez Co-hosts Greenroom Conversations Podcast

Alumnus Kevin Chavez is the cohost of the podcast “Greenroom Conversations” out of NYC. He and Carol Ann Aicher (faculty at Manhattan School of Music) interview musicians on the topic of “how to make it” in the performing arts.

Kevin is also the owner and editor for “Reed eBooks,” which publishes the new series “Making Reeds Start to Finish.” Under Kevin’s guidance, Reed eBooks published its first volume with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King in August 2012 in Apple’s iBookstore exclusively for iPad, and a second volume in 2014 by bassoonist George Sakakeeny.

Nicola Said Appointed Ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation

Alumna Nicolo Said has been appointed ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation. She “will be singing Malta’s praises and raising awareness about the island’s tourism,” according to an article in The Times of Malta. Nicola is currently studying at one of the world’s top conservatories, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

“The Malta Airport Foundation is part of the company’s strategic decision to use its corporate responsibility funds to implement projects that contribute more directly to the tourism industry by investing in Malta’s heritage and environment.”

Beth Peregrine in Performance with LAMC and LACO

Senior Beth Peregrine was one of 32 singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale invited to perform as a part of a collaboration between Maestro Jeffrey Kahane  and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.”Jeffrey Kahane explores the chilling mystery and score of the incomparable masterpiece Mozart wrote on his deathbed. After intermission, Kahane conducts Robert Levin’s innovative completion of this heart-wrenching work with soloists, full orchestra and the powerful Los Angeles Master Chorale.”

Brad Dutz Celebrates 10th anniversary of his Quartet

Lecturer Brad Dutz celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Brad Dutz Quartet with a performance at REDCAT last week. “Celebrated for bringing an airy, bright, thoroughly original instrumental palette to its blend of 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz, the quartet led by ace percussionist and composer Brad Dutz first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago. It features Dutz on marimba, vibes and all manner of hand percussion, Brian Walsh on clarinet and bass clarinet, Paul Sherman on oboe and English horn, and Chris Votek on cello, with their precise yet fluid contrapuntal work conjuring a vibrant sound like no other. Even as Dutz, one of the most sought-after session percussionists in L.A., forgoes the conventional grooves in favor of color and texture, the band always stirs up a brisk, propulsive swing.”

Matt Pogue and Rychard Cooper at Night Dive

Matt Pogue and Rychard Cooper participated in the Sight and Sound installation at the Aquarium of the Pacific. “Night Dive” is an LGBT event at the aquarium… “from gender bending fish, to other fins with benefits… we will explore fascinating relationships that form beneath the sea.” The Museum of Latin American Art provided an interactive art station.

Mindi Ehrlich in Trekker’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Alumna Mindi Ehrlich will be performing in Pacific Opera Project’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (Mozart), set it in space… the final frontier. Klingons, slave girls, and all your favorite characters from the original Star Trek series sing and dance their way through “Abduction” with a 27-piece orchestra and a new English libretto by artistic director Josh Shaw. Performances are March 6 – 8.