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Posted 10/27/2014 02:41PM

The Music Academy kicks off the new Guest Artist Series on October 30 with violinist Michelle Kim. Ms. Kim's residency will include a free public performance at 7 pm that evening. Click here to reserve a seat.

Ms. Kim serves as the assistant concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic and has made solo appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pacific and New Jersey Symphonies. She was a Presidential Scholar at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet. Her previous appointments include concertmaster with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, the Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and Asia America Symphony Orchestra. She teaches at Mannes College.

Guest artists provide Music Academy students with opportunities to study and collaborate with leading performers from across the country. During their residencies, guest artists will lead students in focused study during master classes and collaborate with students in performances. The Guest Artist Series is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Jingchao Ma.

Posted 10/27/2014 02:40PM

The Colburn Contemporary Players will join the contemporary classical ensemble wild Up and conductor Christopher Rountree for a program to feature both US and world premieres.

"The collaboration with wild Up underscores the conservatory's commitment to new music, to providing a wide variety of musical experiences for our exceptional musicians," Colburn Conservatory Dean Richard Beene said. "I'm pleased our students have the opportunity to explore new sounds and techniques with such a forward-thinking group."

Conservatory percussion faculty Jack Van Geem will join the ensemble for Steve Mackey's Micro-Concerto (1999), a five-movement piece exploring the different complex and varied roles the percussionist can play in relation to the ensemble. Klepsydra (2009) by Kate Moore is a US premiere featuring an original water instrument built and designed by Moore herself. Also on the program is Derek Bermel's improvisatory and virtuosic Three Rivers (2001), a flowing layering of themes and techniques. Written in six movements for string orchestra and the inspiration for the program's title, USC professor Ted Hearne's Law of Mosaics quotes many pieces of music from composers living and dead, superimposing those works over one another.

"Law of Mosaics represents the variety of ways one can be drawn into the musical experience," said wild Up artistic director and conductor Chris Rountree. "Each piece pulls people in from a different angle: from screaming reeds to ambient water sculptures to shredding violins. The insight and enthusiasm Colburn students bring to collaborative music-making make this a space unlike any other."

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Posted 10/27/2014 02:40PM

Students in the Colburn Dance Academy look forward to welcoming acclaimed ballerina Wendy Whelan to campus. Ms. Whelan will serve as a guest instructor for the students prior to a public performance and discussion on November 2.

Ms. Whelan danced for 30 years with the New York City Ballet, 23 of those at the rank of principal dancer. During her lauded career, she performed principal roles in major works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She was also selected to originate principal roles in new and groundbreaking ballets by the preeminent choreographers of our time. Her visit to the Colburn School is her first endeavor following her retirement from the New York City Ballet.

On November 2, Ms. Whelan will give a public performance with Jared Angle of a pas de deux she originated called "After the Rain," with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and musical accompaniment by conservatory students Simone Porter (violin) and Albert Cano Smit (piano). Jared Angle is principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. A discussion with the artists will follow the performance.

Posted 10/27/2014 02:34PM

Music Academy violinist Hannah Song placed 2nd in the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition for her performance of Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto. At 15 years old, she was one of the youngest musicians in the competition.

Hannah will be featured as the Discovery Artist for New West Symphony, soloing with the orchestra in five performances for thousands of elementary school students in Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard.

Hannah studies with Danielle Belen in the Colburn Music Academy.

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Posted 10/20/2014 05:00PM

Conservatory viola student Da Kyung Kwak makes her orchestral debut as soloist in this Saturday's concert with the Colburn Orchestra, conducted by Gilbert Varga. Hailing from South Korea, Kwak began her studies at with Colburn faculty Paul Coletti Colburn in 2013 and has already achieved great success.

She was awarded the coveted Primrose Prize and Honorable Mention at the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, competed as a semi-finalist at the prestigious ARD Munich International Music Competition in 2013, and this past March she competed at the Atlantic Symphony Concerto Competition and won 2nd prize.

"Soloing with the Colburn Orchestra is such an honor for me because I appreciate the dear friends I will be performing with," said Kwak. "I am so excited to work with conductor Gilbert Varga."

Guest conductor Varga will lead Kwak in Bartók and the Colburn Orchestra in works by Liszt and Franck.

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Posted 10/20/2014 04:50PM

This past Saturday, Colburn Community School voice student Angie Villela performed "Recuerdos" on violin in a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) concert at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts in San Bernardino. The concert was held to honor Mexican musicians, singers, and composers who forged the modern mariachi tradition and to celebrate Mexico's Dia de los Muertos holiday. Villela, a student of Colburn's community school for six years, performed with her Sinfonia Mexicana Mariachi Youth Academy peers, and alongside Southwestern College's Mariachi Garibaldi band and classical trumpet player Jeff Nevin.

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Posted 10/20/2014 04:49PM

You can now get your copy of community school alumnus Billy Childs's critically acclaimed album Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. Just released last month, the album pays homage to singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and features vocalists Becca Stevens, Moira Smiley, and Lisa Fischer.

This past Friday, Childs brought his new album to Segerstrom Hall for the Segerstom Center for the Arts' 2014–2015 jazz series. The event was titled "the extraordinary Billy Childs" and music from his new album was featured.

"Childs along with a stellar line up of vocalists took the audience on a loving journey [and] brought the audience to their feet with applause and cheers for a very special night of music."  

Posted 10/20/2014 04:48PM

On October 24, jazz drummer and Colburn Community School of Performing Arts alumnus Jonathan Pinson will perform in the Jazz Bakery's concert in Zipper Hall with Stefon Harris on vibraphone and John Clayton on bass. A student of the school for ten years, Jonathan played in Colburn's jazz bands with Lee Secard and studied drums with Jerry Kalaf. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Music Center's Spotlight Award, the Monterey Jazz Festival's Jimmy Lyons Scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music, as well as the Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship. He is a recent graduate of the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute.

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Posted 10/13/2014 03:41PM

Community School student Gabrielle Current was chosen to be one of seven princesses in the upcoming 2015 Rose Parade Royal Court. Current, who was handpicked from a pool of over 700 young women, was chosen for her intelligence, talent, and passion.

"Just seeing them in their red coats makes me smile from ear to ear," said Current when speaking to the Pasadena Star News about her classmates who came dressed for the occasion.

As part of the Royal Court, she will make as many as one hundred media and community appearances, and has a chance to be crowned The Rose Queen.

Currently a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Current has studied voice at Colburn with Kay Montgomery since the fall of 2008. She recently produced a benefit concert that raised more than $5,000 for the L.A. Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, and plans to major in arts management in college.

Read More in this Pasadena Star News Article

Posted 10/13/2014 03:40PM

Community School alumna, soprano Danielle de Niese, will perform the title role of Partenope in the San Francisco Opera's production of Handel's Partenope. Winner of London's 2009 Olivier Award for "Best New Production," this production will be led by Grammy nominated conductor, Julian Wachner, and stars Danielle de Niese along with famed countertenor David Daniels. "One of the most sought-after singers on the planet (BBC Radio)," soprano Danielle de Niese returns to San Francisco in the title role of Partenope following her impressive Company debut as Susannah in the 2010 production of Le Nozze di Figaro." Read more about the production in Broadway World. de Niese, who now lives in England, says "I am a California girl at heart, so being on the Pacific Coast is very, very special to me." Read the complete interview in Four Seasons Magazine. Partenope opens on October 16 in San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House.

Posted 10/13/2014 03:24PM

Congratulations to Colburn Community School of Performing Arts Dean Robert McAllister. He was just selected as one of seven arts education leaders across the country to receive the 2014 Milestone Certificate of Appreciation from the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Dean McAllister is being recognized for his continuous demonstration of exceptional service and a long-standing commitment to supporting and advancing community arts education for more than twenty years. His award will be presented at the National Guild's Conference for Community Arts Education here in Los Angeles next month. At the conference, he will present two lectures. One lecture will be The Colburn School: A Community Engagement Continuum with Dr. Nathaniel Zeisler and the other lecture will be Fundraising for Impact: Leadership and Vision that is Implemented by Advancement with Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan and Foundation & Corporate Giving Manager Laurie Selik.

For more information about the National Guild for Community Arts Education, click here.

Posted 10/13/2014 03:22PM

On October 30, newly retired New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan will visit Colburn for a four-day residency. This news comes on the heels of her final performance with the New York City Ballet, after a path-breaking 30-year career. Whelan, the "kind of muse who enables the best work from choreographers" (New York Times), will be here teaching and coaching our new dance academy students.

While she is here, she will offer a private technique class to students and will host An Afternoon with Wendy Whelan: The Inner Life of the Artist, a discussion that will include a performance of the pas de deux from After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon on November 2 at 4 pm in Zipper Hall. A limited number of tickets will be on sale to the public on October 20 at 10 am.

We're looking forward to seeing Wendy Whelan around the Colburn Campus.

Posted 10/06/2014 02:55PM

William Hagen, protégé of Colburn Conservatory violin faculty and Jascha Heifetz Chair Robert Lipsett and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, is the newest addition to the roster of Colburn's innovative young artists in-house management program Colburn Artists. Joining the roster comes on the heels of his second place win at the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, where he was an audience favorite.

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Posted 10/06/2014 02:52PM

Yesterday's kick-off party for the Colburn Dance Council, led by Dance Council Co-Chairs Anne Grausam and Aliza Lesser (Colburn board member, community school parent, and Adult Studies student), was a huge success and great fun. More than 70 guests enjoyed a special performance from students of the new Dance Academy and a discussion of the key aspects of dance training with Director Jenifer Ringer.

We would love for you to be part of the next Dance Council event. Click here to join, or contact Amanda Greenberger at agreenberger@colburnschool.edufor more information.

As a dance council member, you'll receive exclusive invitations to dance events, master classes, and performances. Memberships start at $100, which helps provide financial aid to students and fund special dance projects like guest-artist appearances and our annual tap festival, TapFest.

Posted 10/06/2014 02:52PM

You can now get your copy of community school alumna Anne Akiko Meyers' newest album,The American Masters. Just released on September 30, the album features two world premieres by Mason Bates and John Corigliano, as well as Barber's Violin Concerto. One of the pieces on the album, "Lullaby for Natalie," was commissioned by Anne's husband to commemorate the birth of their first-born daughter. For more information about the album, click here and here.

Colburn School Plaza with the Music Center in the background
Colburn School Thayer Hall windows reflecting L.A. City Hall

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