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.

Carolyn Bremer’s Singing Bowls

Carolyn Bremer was featured in a Press Telegram article about the spring semester’s Tibetan singing bowl concert. She and several faculty, students, and alumni perform a meditative concert at the beginning of each semester.

The audience is invited to sit on stage and be surrounded by the bowls. Later in each concert, the bowls are passed among to audience members to play. After the concert many audience members stay to ask questions or to put the bowls over their heads for a surprisingly immersive experience.

Sal Lozano Releases New CD with Tom Kubis Tunes

Lecturer Sal Lozano released a CD called “Everything’s Gonna Be Great” with music by Tom Kubis. Dan Fornero calls it “simply a must-have for anyone who loves straight ahead-no-nonsense jazz.” Tom Ranier, Trey Henry, Ray Brinker, Mike Higgins, Joey De Leon, Alex Iles, Andy Martin,Charlie Morillas, Dave Moody, Brian Williams, Rusty Higgins, and Ron Stout also performed on the CD.

Sal was interviewed by Bret Pimentel about the album and his career.  When asked about the his job he replied, “The best part is playing music. Doing something I love to do. Hanging and playing with great players and writers and the joy of watching a student excel and succeed.”

Dave Gerhart Premieres Work with Chicago Youth Symphony

Dave Gerhart will  premiere a piece by Baljinder Sekhon with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble on March 28, 2015. Dave organized a consortium commission to fund the work for steel drum and percussion ensemble.  The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra serves nearly 500 talented Chicago-area musicians ages 6-18 through three full orchestras, three string orchestras, multiple steel orchestras and supplemental programs that include chamber music ensembles, music theory and composition. Alumnus Joshua Simonds is Executive Director.

Alan Shockley Nabs Two Premieres

Trumpeter Joe Drew premiered Alan Shockley’s new miniature for double-bell trumpet, “Taoyuan airport (after Arvo Pärt)” on a Composer’s Voice concert in Manhattan on Oct. 12th. Dr. Shockley’s piece “stone guest” (19 fanfares in open form), received a performance in Bogliasco, Italy by performers of the Conservatorio Nicolò Paganini (Genova).

John Barcellona runs 25th Fundraising Marathon

On Sunday, February 1, 2015, Dr. John Barcellona will be running the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach on behalf of the University Wind Quintet Scholarship for the 25th year. These contributions have helped raise funds for The Bob Cole Conservatory’s finest woodwind and horn performers, the University Wind Quintet. This year’s quintet members are: Vanessa Fourla—flute, a graduate student from Greece; Spencer Klass—oboe, a sophomore from Agoura Hills, CA; Sarra Hey—clarinet, a graduate student from Los Angeles, CA; Sarah Kreuger—horn, a sophomore from Irvine, CA and Brian Tuley—bassoon, a senior from Manhattan Beach, CA.

KCAL 9 News recently caught up with Dr. Barcellona to discuss the marathon and fundraiser:

Dr. Barcellona asks to pledge your support by making a donation for each mile that he completes (26.2 if he finishes).  After the race, he’ll let you know how he did and you can donate at that time; or simply mail a donation or pledge now, payable to CSULB 49er Foundation.

We are grateful for your continued support, as this event is a major funding source of scholarships for members of the University Wind Quintet.  Anyone who pledges or donates will receive two complimentary tickets to the University Wind Quintet performance, Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall.

For further information about making a donation, please contact Dr. John Barcellona at john.barcellona@csulb.edu

Yamaha Appoints Dave Gerhart as Product Manager, Percussion Instruments

Dave Gerhart has been appointed Product Manager of Percussion Instruments at Yamaha.

As noted in the Yamaha press release, “Dave brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and education to this position,” said Garth Gilman, general manager, Band & Orchestral Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “As a music educator and performer, his background helps Yamaha further the goal of spreading the joys and benefits of music education and gives him the ability to talk shop with the most knowledgeable percussionists.”

Maria Lazarova Cast in Serial TV Opera

Lecturer Maria Lazarova is featured in Lisa Bielawa’s new opera, designed to be shown in serial installments on TV. “Vireo” focuses on female hysteria and the ways it has been perceived and manipulated by witch-hunters, psychiatrists and artists over the centuries.

The first installment is a 25-minute pilot episode that will be taped in February at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana, California and will premiere in Spring 2015.

The pilot will also feature the Kronos Quartet, mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School choir, baritone Gregory Purnhagen, drummer Matthias Bossi, and in the title role of Vireo, 16-year-old soprano, Rowen Sabala.