It was just announced today that Colburn Conservatory student William Hagen is one of seven finalists at the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Viena, Austria. Mr. Hagen studieies violin in the conservatory and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around the United States, including the St. Louis Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Utah Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, and Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. The final round of auditions will be held this Wednesday, with the first prize winner receiving $19,400, a CD recording, career management and support, and a coveted solo engagement with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a welcome back to the new school year, we would like to invite Colburn Community School of Performing Arts (CSPA) families to stop by the Colburn Café on Saturday, September 13 between 10 am and 12 pm to enjoy coffee, pastries and conversation with President and CEO of the Colburn School, Sel Kardan. This is the perfect opportunity to come together with other members of the CSPA community to discuss the year ahead and get to know the President. Dean Robert McAllister will also be there, and there will be a table with information on how to become involved in the Parent Association and our annual community school fundraiser, Taste of Colburn. Please drop in and enjoy a cup of coffee and a breakfast treat on us.
Joaquin Valdenpeñas, Principal Clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is visiting us this Friday, September 12 to kick off an exciting year of master classes, and to perform with the Colburn Chamber Music Society on Sunday, September 14. Our master classes give students a chance to work alongside world-renowned, established performers, and provide you with an opportunity to attend a free performance on the Colburn campus.
This first master class is particularly special because Mr. Valdepeñas is an award-winning musician and prolific recording artist who has performed nationally, and has mentored a number of students who have gone on to hold positions all around the world. Come join us, and see him perform with our students at 10 am in Thayer Hall.
Our first Colburn Orchestra concert is just weeks away. Save the date of September 27, and plan to have your socks knocked off by soloists Martin Beaver, violin, Clive Greensmith, cello, and some of the most talented young musicians around. Mr. Beaver and Mr. Greensmith are former members of the Tokyo String Quartet, and they both joined Colburn's faculty in 2013. Led by Music Director Yehuda Gilad, the evening will feature works by Wagner, Prokofiev and Brahms, and will take place in Pasadena's Ambassador Auditorium. Tickets start at $10.
The Colburn Community Chorale, under the new leadership of Dr. Mikhail Shtangrud, is seeking experienced adult singers to join the ensemble this fall. The fall semester begins on September 25, 2014 and meets weekly on Thursday evenings in Mayman Hall. Auditions will take place on Thursday, September 11 and Thursday, September 18. To schedule an audition, click here.
Less than a day after Colburn student Simone Porter took the stage of the Hollywood Bowl to debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she is already the talk of the town. Richard S. Ginell of the Los Angeles Times wrote that she and conductor Ludovic Morlot were a "star combo" and that Ms. Porter's "ripe tone quality sang directly and naturally throughout the first two movements, with a seamless legato, no forcing, and a sure grip of the overall line" of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto.
Tomorrow, conservatory student Simone Porter will take the stage of the Hollywood Bowl and make her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, music director of the Seattle Symphony, Ms. Porter will perform Barber's Violin Concerto, Op. 14 and the concert will feature works by Maurice Ravel and "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copland.
Read more about her solo debut in this recent Los Angeles Times article, which describes her performance style as "known for being bold and dramatic, her body seemingly at one with her instrument, her technical skill and timing carefully honed."
We're gearing up for an exciting concert season at Colburn. Our first performance is a Colburn Chamber Music Society concert on Sunday, September 14, featuring Joaquin Valdepeñas (clarinet). Don't miss your chance to see this award-winning clarinetist perform works by Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms alongside our gifted conservatory students. Tickets start at $10. Click here for tickets and more information.
Last week, over 35 fifth and sixth grade students joined us for the kickoff of our second year of Colburn's Jumpstart Young Musicians Program. Jumpstart provides students throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District with woodwind and brass instruments, 10 hours of instruction per week with experienced teachers, and tools to develop their artistry and discipline—right here on Colburn's campus. The program will reach over 70 LAUSD students in the 2014-15 academic year.
Effective Immediately, students participating in the Adult Studies program at Colburn will no longer be permitted to park in the Olive or Grand structures after 5 pm.
In light of this, Colburn has negotiated a rate at Joe's Parking (Lot 140*) which will be available from September 2014–May 2015. Students can purchase validation stickers in advance from the Colburn Cashier's office. The parking rate with validation will be a $4 flat rate on weekdays (M-F) after noon and a $6 flat rate for Saturdays.
*Joe's Parking—Lot 140 is located on Olive Street between 1st and 2nd street, with entrance on Olive St. When Lot 140 is closed due to filming, Lot 137 (S. Hill Street and 2nd Street) will accept Colburn validation stickers.
The parking garage directly beneath Walt Disney Concert Hall is also open to the public, with entrance on Second Street or Lower Grand Avenue. The parking costs are $3.50 per 30 min with a $20 maximum, and a $9 flat rate beginning at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and a $9 flat rate on weekends. Both the Second Street and Lower Grand entrances will be open 6 am to midnight Monday through Friday and 7 am to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
The Wells Fargo Center Garage located at 235 S. Hill Street is open to the public 24 hours a day/7days a week. The parking rate is $4 every 10 minutes with a maximum of $40 on a weekday and a maximum of $32 on the weekend.
It was announced today that Music Academy student Ray Ushikubo was awarded $50,000 as a 2014 Davidson Fellow Laureate. As the youngest recipient this year, Ushikubo was selected for his music project "Circle of Life in Music," which focuses on the relationship between the performer and his audience, and the teachers, parents, schools, and organizations that support them. The underlying theme of his project is that the performer brings happiness and joy to the audience, and their happiness in turn motivates the performer.
This isn't the first time a Colburn Music Academy student was named Davidson Fellow Laureate. In 2011, violinist Simone Porter was awarded the honor for her project "Performance as Soundtrack of Process and Identity," examining the progression of performance preparation, from the development of technique and interpretation, to the emergence of a professional identity.
Ray Ushikubo studies piano with Ory Shihor and violin with Robert Lipsett and Danielle Belen.
With summer coming to a close, it's almost time for classes to start again for our conservatory, community, dance, and academy students at Colburn. This year also welcomes a brand new program,the Colburn Dance Academy, who has just accepted 12 select students for pre-professional ballet training. Under the artistic vision of Benjamin Millepied and led by former New York City Ballet principal dancers Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette, the dance academy aims to give students excellent training grounded in classical ballet while also instructing them in other dance styles.
Already, news of the new Dance Academy is spreading in professional circles. Recently, choreographer and one-time Dance Magazine editor Wendy Perron called Jenifer Ringer one of the new wave of women leaders in dance, and cited the new dance academy as a program that's making LA a "destination for dance students."