Liz Gutierrez in Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet

Alumna Liz Gutierrez (bassoon) performed at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica with the Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet last weekend. The OSM Woodwind Quintet is a cornerstone in Orchestra Santa Monica’s educational and community outreach. A large portion of the quintet’s focus is to provide live music programs to schools, local churches, and neighborhood organizations. The quintet often performs in Title I schools, whose students have little access to live concert music.

Mindi Ehrlich in Into the Woods

Alumnus Mindi Ehrlich has been cast as Rapunzel in Into the Woods with the Center Stage Opera (CA). The run is in February at the Madrid Theatre https://centerstageopera.org/

She will also appear in 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.

Aaron Williams in Raditatical

Alumnus Aaron Williams starred in Raditactical, a show created by rhythmic juggling beatboxer Bronkar Lee (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent), and director Ameenah Kaplan (STOMP!, Blue Man Group).

The show was an original immersive rhythmic-theater experience designed to uplift and inspire through music, laughter, and raw energy. Raditatical told a story more through action and music than dialogue. The hero’s journey into rhythm engages the crowd as music is made for — and with — the audience. Each member of the ensemble blended high caliber musicianship with stunts and movement, which was supported by stunning visual effects.

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.

David Garrett at Green Umbrella

David Garrett performed in the L. A. Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella concert featuring the West Coast premier of Mathias Pintscher’s “Songs from Solomon’s Garden.” Garrett also played a recital of works by Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Klengel for Emeritus College in Santa Monica.

Elliot Deutsch at Catalina Jazz

Alumnus Elliot Deutsch got a great review in the International Review of Music for his show at the Catalina Jazz Club.

Elliot’s Big Band was the house band for the “Vintage Masters of Swing” event, a who’s who of jazz greats including  arranger Van Alexander,  Patrick Williams, Sammy Nestico, and  Ralph Carmichael. Elliot was characterized as, ” a bright young bandleader whose big band has been turning heads lately.”

 

Genevieve Artadi with Knower at Broad Stage

Knower, the duo with alumna Genevieve Artadi with Louis Cole, performed on the Quincy Jones Presents series on the Broad Stage’s Jazz Council Initiative last weekend. The Quincy Jones Presents series focuses on jazz mentorship and creating opportunities for young artists.

Mr. Jones wrote of them, “They make me smile and burn me up in the deepest parts of my soul. So please join us on Sunday, October 26th to celebrate the beginning of my four part Presents series with the electronic-funk-pop group KNOWER! You won’t want to miss these guys- they got it going on with Jazz Chops and today’s Chops….will be leavin’ ya’ll on your knees beggin’ for more.”

Karl? Back From 2nd 2014 Tour

Karl? returned from their second tour of 2014; seven shows between Long Beach and Sacramento between October 24 and Nov 2. They also recently performed at The Green Long Beach Event, Dia de los Verde. Karl? includes alumni Rebecca Lynn – Vocals, Violin; Daniel Chavez – Guitar, Vocals; Nic Gonzalez – Bass; and Michael Malinowski – Drums.

Alumni in Opera in the Height’s Rigoletto

Alumni Nathan Stark and Megan Berti appeared in Opera in the Height’s production of Rigoletto which closed last week after a successful run of six performances. Nathan sang the role of Sparafucile while Megan sang Contessa Ceprano. The Houston Chronicle characterized Nate’s performance as “a chilling figure as the assassin Sparafucile, not only because of his voice’s ominous black sound, but also because of the cold-bloodedness conveyed in his face: the pride as he discussed his skill with a knife, the fake courtliness as he greeted a victim, and the stoniness as he demanded payment.”