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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
This Friday, October 10, our community school kicks off its weekly Friday Night Recitals and faculty recital series. Swing by Mayman Hall at 7:30 pm for our first Friday Night Recital of the season, or drop in and enjoy a free faculty recital at 7:30 pm in Zipper Hall with chamber music coach and cellist Jacob Braun and Colburn piano faculty Robert Thies performing Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms.
For more information about these performances and others, visit our website calendar.
Acclaimed 21 year-old violinist 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 the Colburn School'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.
Join Colburn President and CEO Sel Kardan on Monday, October 6 at 6 pm for a lively discussion on the topic of child prodigies with guest Tim Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic, author, editor, and USC professor. Page won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1997 for his work as the Washington Post's chief classical music critic, and wrote a well-received book on his living with Asperger's syndrome. Refreshments will follow the discussion. Tickets are free; reservations are required. Reserve your seat here.
The Artspeaks series is sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP.
You're invited to attend a conservatory master class at Colburn on Monday, October 6, led by Steven Isserlis, who the Guardian quotes as having the ability to " turn a single note into a smile or a lament." Distinguished for his diverse interest in repertoire, this award-winning soloist has traveled around the globe to perform with some of the finest orchestras, including Berlin Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Mr. Isserlis is known for his love of performing works by lesser-known composers, and for a deep interest in authentic performance and contemporary music. Stop by and observe our conservatory cello students perform for this master artist at 1 pm in Mayman Hall. This master class is free and open to the public.