Maria Lazarova Completes Online Opera Role

Lecturer Maria Lazarova has wrapped on “Vireo” an opera created expressly for episodic release via broadcast and online media, by Lisa Bielawa, composer, and Erik Ehn, Librettist. Maria appears with the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School Choir, and several excellent vocalists. The opera won the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award.  In spring 2017, KCET will release all twelve episodes at once for free, on-demand streaming, which is a first for the network.

Mostly Kosher on PBS

Mostly Kosher with alumni Leaav Sofer, Casey Solow, Mike, King, and Eric Hagstrom performed at the annual Christmas Eve concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, broadcast live on PBS.

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.

Mike Miley on The Late Show

Alumnus Mike Miley, drummer for Rival Sons, will be on The Late Show with David Letterman on Oct 9.

They are touring on the East Coast now and next month will tour through Europe November 9 to Dec 16. Stops include Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Warsaw, Milan,Barcelona, London and more.

Their album “Great Western Valkyrie” is nominated in the category of Album of the Year from Classic Rock Magazine’s Rock Roll of Honor 2014.

String Students on Ellen

Laura Bedol, Clara Kim, Emma McAllister, Korina Davis, Moni Simeonov, Romario Rivera, Joy Yi, and Hyunji Evonne Yi accompanied Bastille on Ellen. They taped at Warner Brothers on Sept 16th and the show is scheduled to air on Sept 17th. They backed up the British band on their band’s hit “Flaws.”

You can view the video here!