Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, September 1, 2022) – The Colburn School, one of the nation’s preeminent institutes for music and dance, today announced its 2022-23 season, which brings together the School’s exceptional students and faculty with today’s most esteemed artists in a wide variety of free or low-cost programs offered on campus and throughout Los Angeles.
The 2022-23 season continues Colburn School’s signature programs, including Amplify, which celebrates the careers of artists of color with week-long residencies; Recovered Voices, which encourages greater awareness and more frequent performances of music by composers whose careers and lives were disrupted or ended during the years of the Nazi regime in Europe; and Fortissima, an artistic and leadership development program for high school age young women from underrepresented minorities in classical music.
Amplify Artists include Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa, choreographer and teacher Alonzo King, and composer Kris Bowers. Distinguished guest conductors leading the Colburn Orchestra include Artiste Associé of Opéra de Nice Lionel Bringuier, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Stéphane Denève, Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon, Jacksonville Symphony Music Director Courtney Lewis, Italo-Brazilian conductor Simone Menezes, and Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ruth Reinhardt, as well as Colburn Orchestra Music Director Yehuda Gilad. Distinguished artists appearing on the Colburn Chamber Music Society series include composer Andy Akiho, violinist Tessa Lark, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, trombonist David Rejano, clarinetist Afendi Yusuf, and cellist Marc Coppey. Karina Gonzalez and Harper Watters, leading dancers with Houston Ballet, will join Conservatory musicians for the annual “See the Music, Hear the Dance” event, an evening of choreography by Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch and Colburn Dance Dean Silas Farley.
“The Colburn School’s 2022-23 season exemplifies the creative and inclusive spirit of our community; connecting our students, faculty and world-renowned artists in discovery and performance,” says President and CEO Sel Kardan. “From the power of full orchestral concerts at premier venues throughout the region, to intimate music and dance performances and master classes at our downtown campus, we welcome everyone to experience the talent and passion of the next generation of exceptional young artists.”
Quartet Integra—Kyoka Misawa, violin, Rintaro Kikuno, violin, Itsuki Yamamoto, viola, and Anri Tsukiji, cello—has also been named Colburn School’s Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence, the second ensemble to hold the position, after the Viano String Quartet. In this two-year role, Quartet Integra will uphold chamber music as a pillar of Colburn and benefit from coachings, performance opportunities, and teaching possibilities.
Quartet Integra formed in 2015 and won First Prize at the Bartok International Competition 2021 in Budapest. They have also won the Grand Prix Award and the Beethoven Prize at the 8th Akiyoshidai Music Competition. The ensemble studied under Kazuhide Isomura and Nobuko Yamazaki at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. The group is supported by a grant from the Matsuo Foundation.
2022–23 Season Highlights
Colburn Conservatory of Music’s flagship ensemble brings stages to life across Southern California.
The Colburn Orchestra is generously underwritten by Eva and Marc Stern.
Colburn Chamber Music Society
The Colburn Chamber Music Society (CCMS) series features renowned guest artists joined on stage by Conservatory of Music students and faculty for a set of intimate performances.
Celebrate Colburn Gala
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Stéphane Denève, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, conducts the Colburn Orchestra, and violinist Alena Hove at Walt Disney Concert Hall for the annual Celebrate Colburn gala.
This concert of musical poetry features folklore and fancy. Two tone poems tell the stories of Don Juan and Peruvian spirits while a waltzing ballet from Ravel and Korngold’s soaring violin concert evoke feelings of romance and whimsy.
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D Major
STRAUSS Don Juan
RAVEL La valse
Presented by the LA Phil
Colburn School’s Amplify series celebrates artists of color through week-long residencies that include performances, master classes, and panel discussions.
The Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at Colburn brings to life important repertory by composers whose careers and lives were disrupted and destroyed during the years of the Nazi regime in Europe.
Inspired by LA Opera’s 2023 performance of Pelléas and Mélisande, Colburn dives deep into the work of Claude Debussy. Curated by LA Opera Music Director Maestro James Conlon, this week of programming examines Debussy’s piano and chamber compositions in-depth.
Trudl Zipper Dance Institute
Colburn School Presents
Colburn alumni share their unique repertory visions through curated programs that span solo works, chamber pieces, and new music.
For all Colburn School events, reservations and tickets can be secured at colburnschool.edu/season. The Colburn School box office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 621-1050. Please visit colburnschool.edu/calendar to see everything that’s happening on campus.
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About the Colburn School
A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.
Each year, nearly 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community. Learn more at www.colburnschool.edu.