As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this episode, we speak with Makiko Hirata, who has curated our final Next Up program of the 2021-22 Season. Her program will explore the life and music of Ernst Toch in historical context, performing pieces in chronological order with narration from Toch’s grandson, author Lawrence Weschler. The program begins with the Brahms and Mozart of Toch’s early days in Europe—before fleeing the influence of Nazi Germany—through Toch’s very last piano pieces written in Southern California in 1962.
The concert takes place in Thayer Hall on Thursday, May 12. Register for the concert.
JAMES STEPHENSON Celestial Suite for Brass Quintet
Jackson Prasifka, Horn
Diego Stine, Tuba
Gracie Potter, Trombone
Forrest Johnston, Trumpet
Tyler Norris, Trumpet
From Next Up: Celestial Suite, April 27
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Kyle Kremer (Conservatory ’15) who has curated the upcoming program for the Next Up Series. His program is called Celestial Suite: Combining Music and Astronomy, which will feature a brass quintet from the Colburn Conservatory of Music along with Kyle’s narration and visual projections of the cosmos.
The concert takes place in Thayer Hall on Wednesday, April 27.
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MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13
I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
Zi Yang Low, Violin
Blues Zhang, Violin
Haixin Wan, Viola
Angeline Kiang, Cello
From the Music Academy Young Artist Performance, March 19
RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos in C Major, Op. 17
Daniel Wang, Piano 1
Ukki Sachedina, Piano 2
From the Music Academy Young Artist Performance, February 12
In this special minisode, cellist and Conservatory student James Baik discusses his preparation for his performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Colburn Orchestra on April 21 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This is the season closer for the Colburn Orchestra, and it will be under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
Learn more about the Colburn Orchestra concert on April 21
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Evin Blomberg (Conservatory ’15). Evin curated a program that features solo violin repertoire by Kreisler, Ysaÿe, Marsalis, and Bach. The beautifully rendered solo performance is her inspired answer to the isolated realities brought on by the pandemic.
The concert takes place virtually on March 17.
KREISLER Recitativo und Scherzo-Caprice, Op.6
BACH Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
This month is all things Tap Fest! In this episode, we speak with tap faculty in the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute Denise Scheerer and Johnnie Hobbs III about teaching and curating our first Tap Fest since 2019, and the legendary tap dancer and guest artist, Samuel Weber, explains Kahnotation (example below) and the role of dancers as musicians.
Learn more about the Tap Fest 2022
Watch Samuel Weber explain Kahnotation
An example of Kahnotation: