Next Up Series

Next Up

Colburn alumni may no longer be studying in our halls, but they are performers for life. Thanks to the generosity of donations both large and small, we are pleased to welcome them back for the Next Up Series.

The 2020-2021 series has concluded, and we are currently accepting submissions for the 2021-2022 series. If you have any questions regarding the series or submission cycles, please feel free to reach out to Michele Yamamoto, Manager of Alumni and Parent Relations at myamamoto@colburnschool.edu.

2020–21 Series

Watch the entire inaugural season on demand, and learn more about the individual programs below.

Bach’s Goldberg Variations for String Trio
Saturday, February 13

Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s fascinating arrangement reimagines Bach’s epic keyboard masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations, for string trio. Though it’s not often performed due to its daunting length and technical performance challenges, this bold trio of musicians resolved to use the space left by the concert cancellations as an opportunity to rehearse it in earnest.

Program Information
BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 arr. DMITRY SITKOVETSKY for String Trio

Ben Ullery (Conservatory ’11), Viola
Grace Park, Violin
Robert DeMaine, Cello (Principal Cello, Los Angeles Philharmonic)

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Eclectic Classical
Saturday, March 13

To help break the mold of what is commonly seen as the stereotypical “classical music” audience, brass chamber duo The Two Gabagools present original arrangements and compositions, covering a wide range of musical styles with the help of Colburn alumni.

Program Information
HAYATO TANAKA Gabagool Fanfare (World Premiere)
RAMEAU arr. T2GBs Deux rigaudons from Pièces de clavecin
MOONDOG Instrumental Rounds in Snaketime I and II
PIAZZOLLA arr. T2GBs/HAYATO TANAKA Libertango
CAROLINE SHAW Dolce Cantavi
DEBUSSY arr. T2GBs La fille aux cheveux de lin
DAVE DOUGLAS Twisted
MORRICONE arr. T2GBs Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
CLARKE Cousins
BACH arr. T2GBs Selected Variations from Aria variata in A Minor, BWV 989
PAUL SIMON arr. T2GBs Bridge Over Troubled Water
MOZART Suite from Marriage of Figaro
SHERMAN/WEISS arr. COLE/T2GBs That Sunday, That Summer

The Two Gabagools:
Conrad Jones (Conservatory ’13), Trumpet
Riley Giampaolo, Bass Trombone

Kevin Lin (Conservatory ’15), Violin
Austin Huntington (Conservatory ’16), Cello
Hayato Tanaka (Conservatory ’17), Trumpet
Anthony Taddeo, Drums

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Retrouvé: Rediscovering the Past
Saturday, April 10

On the heels of recording their album this past fall, alumnus Eric Byers and Kevin Kwan Loucks will perform selections from the forthcoming release as well as a selection from Arvo Pärt.

Program Information
MONSIEUR DE SAINTE-COLOMBE Le Retrouve
ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
STRAVINSKY Suite Italienne
ARVO PÄRT Fratres
MARIN MARAIS Voix Humaines

Eric Byers (Conservatory ’05), Cello
Kevin Kwan Loucks, Piano

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Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet
Saturday, May 8

This solo program showcases a variety of styles and textures for both the soprano and bass clarinets with Monolog by the Korean composer, Isang Yun, as its dramatic center.

Program Information
SHULAMIT RAN For An Actor: Monologue for Clarinet
UNSUK CHIN Advice from a Caterpillar
ISANG YUN Monolog for Bass Clarinet
KINAN AZMEH The Fence, the Rooftop, and the Distant Sea
STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

Alicia Lee (Conservatory ’08), Clarinet
Kristoffer Saebo, Double Bass

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Modern and Popular Music Jukebox
Saturday, May 29

This exciting collection features original works and arrangements by alumnus and multi-instrumentalist Maya Paredes and collaborators. Songs will range from solo works to multi-media ensemble remote recordings from several genres and styles including singer-songwriter, Latin American music, Black American music, popular, indie, and electronic music.

Program Information
MAYA PAREDES Blue
Joey Archie, Trumpet
Levi Gillis, Saxophone
Edwin Livingston, Bass
Andrew Bedows, Piano
Greg Lewis, Drums

MAYA PAREDES Pero Yo
Emilia Moscoso Borja, Percussion
Cole Castorina, Percussion

MAYA PAREDES The Fog as We Know It
Maya Paredes, Multi-Instrumental Looping

MAYA PAREDES/SARA SITHI-AMNUAI My Letter to You
Sara Sithi-Amnuai, Trumpet/Electronics

MAYA PAREDES/ANNA ABONDOLO/KRISTEN GLEESON-PRATA Burning Up
Anna Abondolo, Bass/Voice/Production
Kristen Gleeson-Prata, Percussion/Keys/Production

BADEN POWELL Canto de Xango
arr. MAYA PAREDES/MIROSLAV TADIC/RANDY GLOSS
Miroslav Tadic, Guitar
Randy Gloss, Percussion
Isaiah Ferguson, Experimental Animation/Rotoscoping
Risa Padilla, Dance

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