Newfangled Four in Workshop and Northern Union Collegiate Choral Festival

The defending International Barbershop Quartet Champions, the Newfangled Four with BCCM students Jake Tickner and Jackson Niebrugge, worked with young singers from ten schools at the fourth annual Youth in Harmony Festival in Santa Maria.

The following weekend they were featured at the 10th annual Great Northern Union Collegiate Men’s Choral Festival in Minneapolis. The shared the stage with the Wartburg College Ritterchor, and the St. Olaf College Viking Chorus.

Johannes Müller-Stosch in Chamber Concert with Long Beach Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch will participate in the first of four Long Beach Symphony chamber-music performances at various community locations throughout Long Beach. Acclaimed soprano Elissa Johnston will join St. Luke’s music director and organist (and our own) Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch, the Symphony’s principal flutist Heather Clark, trumpeter Marissa Benedict, and an intimate string ensemble led by Mei Chang.

Nicolette van den Bogerd In Recital

Nicolette van den Bogerd has been invited to perform a recital as part of the Thursday Afternoon Concert Series at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills on Thursday March 13. She will perform works by Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen, and Vaughan Williams with pianist Valeria Morgovskaya. She will also give a lecture about the repertoire.

Nicola Said at Valletta International Baroque Festival

Nicola Said performed “Scoglio d’immota fronte” from Handel’s Scipone and “Caro! Bella! Più amabile beltà” from Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Valletta International Baroque Festival. She was accompanied by Les Bougies Baroques, an international vocal and period instrument ensemble, in the Throne Room of the Presidential Palace in Valletta

Vocalists with Horizon Chamber Choir

Beth Peregrine, Stephen Salts, and Alumnus Gregorio Taniguchi have been hired to sing with Los Angeles’ professional Bach ensemble, Horizon Chamber Choir, at the Long Beach Bach Festival on Saturday 15 February and in Hollywood on Sunday 16 February. They will be featured as both soloists and ensemble members in the program of Monteverdi, Purcell, and J.S. Bach.

John Barcellona in the Japanese Noh Style Performance

Inside CSULB noted a special performance as part of the series of events celebrating the University Art Museum’s spring show, “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi.” Japanese actress and academic Ryoko Aoki will collaborate with John Barcellona to perform three scores in the Japanese Noh style of theater at the Daniel Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:00p. Aoki received a Ph.D from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She is known for her contemporary adaptations of Noh, the 600-year-old genre of Japanese theater often identified as a strictly male art form.

Rob Frear Guests at Atlanta Trumpet Festival

Rob Frear was guest clinician and soloist at the 10th annual Atlanta Trumpet Festival last week. The website features Rob performing Rychard Cooper’s Still Water.

Their philosophy is: Attend with a trumpet in one hand and a notebook in the other. The festival is a hands-on educational experience for the youngest middle school student to our oldest “mature” adult participant. The festival invite the world’s best artists to hold clinics on various aspects of trumpet topics that are relevant to every participant.

Althea Waites in Concert of Works for Piano and Organ

Althea Waites collaborated with organist/music director Peter Bates, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in downtown Long Beach. The program consisted of works for piano and organ by Cesar Franck, along with a performance of the Symphonic Variations with Mr.Bates transcribing the orchestral part on the organ.

The concert was sponsored by the Long Beach chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and was enthusiastically received by the audience.

Linda Rose in Oregon

Linda Rose performed and gave a Master class at the Siletz Bay Festival in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Two of her high school students recently won competitions. Christine Park won First Prize in the L.A. Area ASTA Finals Competition in the Pre-college Division and will move on to the State finals in 2015. She also won the Valley Symphony Concerto Competition and will play with the orchestra in the fall. Irene Sun won the Colorado Lamont Summer Music Academy Concerto Competition and performed with the orchestra on June 30. She also served as Concertmaster.