Catherine Baker

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2018 San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition Finals
Apr
28
to Apr 29

2018 San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition Finals

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Final Round Repertoire / Program

If selected to perform in the live final round, contestants will play the following selections from the recorded preliminary round:

J.S. Bach ~ Partita in A Minor: I. Allemande (no repeats) 

and

R. Muczynski ~ Three Preludes, Op. 18: III.  Allegro molto
 

In addition to the unaccompanied pieces above, contestants will choose *one* of the following pieces (in its entirety) to perform live with a pianist:

H. Dutilleux ~ Sonatine (Leduc), or
Flute World | 

 

 

Final round closed to the public.

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American Youth Symphony // Freedom: A Celebration of Human Rights
Apr
21
5:00 PM17:00

American Youth Symphony // Freedom: A Celebration of Human Rights

Saturday, April 21, 2018

4:30 pm Q&A
5:00 pm Concert
7:30 pm Gala Dinner
Royce Hall

4:30 pm Q&A

Panelists: Clara Long and Joanna Demers

The concert is preceded by a Q&A at 4:30 pm, exploring the use of music to uplift the human spirit and effect change. Panelists include Clara Long, a specialist on US immigration and border policy, working as an advocate with Human Rights Watch; and Joanna Demers, Chair of the Musicology department at USC’s Thornton School of Music, who writes both scholarly and creative works examining philosophical themes in music. 

Concert  – 5:00 pm

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Robert Desiderio, narrator

Izcaray: Strike Fugaz, original composition, world-premiere
Revueltas: Homenaje a Federico García Lorca (11 minutes)
Copland: Lincoln Portrait (15 minutes)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (48 minutes)

Tickets: Free   /  Reserve Now

This year’s gala concert features repertoire celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in a first-time collaboration with Human Rights Watch, with works by Revueltas and Beethoven, along with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by actor Robert Desiderio. 

We are also thrilled to present the world premiere of Strike Fugaz, an original composition by Music Director Carlos Izcaray. 

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American Youth Symphony: Sounds About Town
Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

American Youth Symphony: Sounds About Town

Carlos Izcaray: conductor  /  Vladimir Feltsman: piano

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (4 minutes)
Adams: Tromba lontana (4 minutes)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 (15 minutes)
Higdon: Blue Cathedral (10 minutes)
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 (16 minutes)

Tickets: $15-45 (Members get a 15% discount – see Members’ Page for details)

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As part of the LA Phil’s Sounds About Town concert series, AYS performs an eclectic array of works by John Adams, Jennifer Higdon and Maurice Ravel.

World renowned Vladimir Feltsman, whose playing has been lauded for its “thunderous power” by the New York Times, joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

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Southeast Symphony: One Thousand and One Nights
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Southeast Symphony: One Thousand and One Nights

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The Southeast Symphony kicks off its 70th season celebrating Women's Month. We also highlight the centennial of the birth of iconic American composer, Leonard Bernstein.

Maestro Parnther opens the program with the music of West Side Story, Bernstein's modernized refashioning of Romeo and Juliet, which has earned its place as one of the greatest musical and commercial triumphs of the 20th century.

Los Angeles composer, Adrienne Albert, worked closely with Leonard Bernstein as a vocal soloist and contractor, alongside a cache of the most influential composers of modern times including Igor Stravinsky, Phillip Glass, and Gunther Schuller. Albert's Western Suite combines Copland-esque harmonies, hoedowns, and minimalistic intertwining throughout. 

Florence Price is the first black woman to have her composition played by a major symphony orchestra. We will present a rarely heard work of hers The Oak in it's Los Angeles premiere. 

Annelle Gregory is the 1st Prize & Audience Choice Award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition and is the featured soloist in Rimsky Korsakov's epic and colorful orchestral masterpiece Scheherazade. 

The Sultan Schariar, convinced that all women are false and faithless, vowed to put to death each of his wives after the first nuptial night. But the Sultana Scheherazade saved her life by entertaining her lord with fascinating tales, told seriatim, for a thousand and one nights. The Sultan, consumed with curiosity, postponed from day to day the execution of his wife, and finally repudiated his bloody vow entirely.

We end our opening night program with the glorious music of Bernstein once again, this time from his Voltaire inspired operetta, Candide. After a journey that has brought young lovers Candide and Cunegonde from Westphalian idyll to disaster at sea, to Spanish bordello, the ravages of war, and back again, the cast unites at a simple farm to start anew in "Make Our Garden Grow".

ARTISTS (subject to change)

Southeast Symphony
Anthony Parnther, conductor
Adrienne Albert, composer
Annelle Gregory, violin
Golda Berkman, soprano
PROGRAM (subject to change)

BERNSTEIN: West Side Story (c. 10 minutes)
ALBERT: Western Suite (c. 11 minutes)
PRICE: The Oak (c. 13 minutes)
RIMSKY KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, Op.35 (c. 40 minutes)
BERNSTEIN: Make Our Garden Grow (c. 5 minutes)
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Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia 2018 Young Artist Competition
Mar
2
to Mar 3

Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia 2018 Young Artist Competition

All Finalists will perform the following:

  • J.S. Bach - Partita in A Minor for Solo Flute

III. Sarabande (Finalists must take *both* repeats)

  • Robert Muczynski - Three Preludes Op. 18 for unaccompanied flute

1. Allegro  
2. Andante molto 

AND

  • Henri Dutilleux - Sonatine pour Flûte et Piano (Edition: Leduc)


 

"Winners' Recital" Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018

More information here.

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Ravel: Chansons Madecasses
Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Ravel: Chansons Madecasses

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Join Argenta Walther, Margaret Edmondson, Catherine Baker and Mark Robson as they perform Salon Music on this fine evening! Reception to follow.

Text of Chansons Madecasses:

I.
Nahandove, oh beautiful Nahandove! 
The night bird has begun to sing,
the full moon shines overhead, 
and the first dew is moistening my hair.
Now is the time: who can be delaying you? 
Oh beautiful Nahandove!

The bed of leaves is ready; 
I have strewn flowers and aromatic herbs;
it is worthy of your charms, 
oh beautiful Nahandove!

She is coming. I recognise the rapid breathing 
of someone walking quickly; 
I hear the rustle of her skirt. 
It is she, it is the beautiful Nahandove!

Catch your breath, my young sweetheart; 
rest on my lap.  
How enchanting your gaze is, 
how lively and delightful the motion of your breast 
as my hand presses it!  
You smile, oh beautiful Nahandove!

Your kisses reach into my soul; 
your caresses burn all my senses. 
Stop or I will die! 
Can one die of ecstasy? 
Oh beautiful Nahandove!

Pleasure passes like lightning; 
your sweet breathing becomes calmer,
your moist eyes close again, 
your head droops, 
and your raptures fade into weariness. 
Never were you so beautiful, 
oh beautiful Nahandove!


Now you are leaving, and I will languish in sadness and desires.
I will languish until sunset. 
You will return this evening, 
oh beautiful Nahandove!


II.
Awa! Awa! Do not trust the white men, you shore-dwellers! In our fathers' day, white men came to this island. "Here is some land," they were told, "your women may cultivate it. Be just, be kind, and become our brothers." The whites promised, and all the while they were making entrenchments. They built a menacing fort, and they held thunder captive in brass cannon; their priests tried to give us a God we did not know; and later they spoke of obedience and slavery. Death would be preferable! The carnage was long and terrible; but despite their vomiting thunder which crushed whole armies, they were all wiped out. Awa! Awa! Do not trust the white men! We saw new tyrants, stronger and more numerous, pitching tents on the shore. Heaven fought for us. It caused rain, tempests and poison winds to fall on them. They are dead, and we live free! Awa! Awa! Do not trust the white men, you shore-dwellers! 


 

III.
It is sweet in the hot afternoon to lie under a leafy tree and wait for the evening breeze to bring coolness. Come, women! While I rest here under a leafy tree, fill my ears with your sustained tones. Sing again the song of the girl plaiting her hair, or the girl sitting near the ricefield chasing away the greedy birds. Singing pleases my soul; and dancing is nearly as sweet as a kiss. Tread slowly, and make your steps suggest the postures of pleasure and ecstatic abandonment. The breeze is starting to blow; the moon glistens through the mountain trees. Go and prepare the evening meal.
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American Youth Symphony: Bernstein Centennial
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

American Youth Symphony: Bernstein Centennial

Juan Felipe Molano, resident conductor

Bernstein: Divertimento (15 minutes)
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo (19 minutes)
Ives: Three Places in New England (19 minutes)
Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances (24 minutes)

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AYS celebrates the 100th birthday of a legendary conductor, composer and musician with a Bernstein Centennial concert. This exciting program will showcase works by American composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and none other than “Lennie” himself!

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years. Please see our updated parking instructions.

We are trying something new with this concert, and invite your feedback! AYS Members will be able to reserve assigned seats in the Members’ section through the Members Page; while all other guests will reserve general admission/open seating tickets, and choose their seats (outside the Members’ Section) when they arrive at the venue. Please direct any questions or concerns to Director of Community Engagement, Alice Dutton.

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American Youth Symphony: Family Music Adventure
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

American Youth Symphony: Family Music Adventure

Juan Felipe Molano, Resident Conductor

 

Tickets: Free   /   Reserve Now

Presenting selections from works by Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland, with guiding narration from Resident Conductor Juan Felipe Molano, in the educational tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. Shared as part of the “Bernstein at 100” centennial celebration.

Activities provided by the Amazing Kid Company!

Please note: Parking Structure 5 will be closed for renovations for the next two years. Please see our updated parking instructions.

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New World Symphony - MENDELSSOHN'S ITALY
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

New World Symphony - MENDELSSOHN'S ITALY

Take a deep dive alongside Michael Tilson Thomas into the delightful music of German and Austrian masters. Discovering Italy’s beauty was a rite of passage for many Romantics and Felix Mendelssohn was no exception. Inspired by everything from Roman ruins to sparkling coastal waters, his Fourth Symphony forms a series of sunny impressions. Perhaps the lasting legacy of the original play, Franz Schubert’s drama-filled Overture is quintessentially lyrical, from its theatrical start to its race-to-the-finish finale.

Orchestra Concert

MENDELSSOHN'S ITALY

New World Center

Friday, October 27 at 7:30 PM

Program

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American Youth Symphony: Members Priority Concert - Rameau & Copland
May
14
3:00 PM15:00

American Youth Symphony: Members Priority Concert - Rameau & Copland

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Juan Felipe Molano, conductor
Rameau: Overture to Zaïs, and Dardanus Suite
CoplandAppalachian Spring

Tickets: Free
Reservations Now Open for Members
General Reservations Open: 5.03.17

We end this season with a concert to thank our donors for all they do in support of AYS. In a concert unlike anything we have done before, a chamber ensemble of AYS musicians will play the full ballet version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, in collaboration with a local modern ballet troupe. This performance also includes works by visionary French baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. Celabrate Mother’s day with an afternoon of music from the American Youth Symphony!

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American Youth Symphony: Gala Concert
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

American Youth Symphony: Gala Concert

GALA Concert  6pm

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Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Rachel Ostler, violin

Mozart: Overture from The Marriage of Figaro
Korngold: Violin Concerto, Op. 35, D major
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Tickets: Free

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We commemorate our annual gala with a joyous celebration of classic masterworks and rising talent. Concerto Competition winner Rachel Ostler joins the orchestra for Korngold’s virtuosic Violin Concerto, in an evening also featuring the spirited Overture from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Rachmaninoff’s beloved Symphonic Dances.

GALA Dinner 7:30pm

AYS friends, fans and orchestra members join together on a beautiful, spring evening under the stars in support of the continued success of the American Youth Symphony.

We invite you to share in our biggest fundraiser of the year and help gift these extraordinary concerts to your community!

Individual Dinner & Concert Packages start at $500. Tables for ten start at $5,000

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Series 7 - Mars Festival
Apr
14
9:00 PM21:00

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Series 7 - Mars Festival

Jorge Sanchez-Chiong – Salt Water (U.S. premiere)
Alyssa Weinberg – Paralles (west coast premiere)
Katharina Rossenberger – Spuren (U.S. premiere)
Saad Haddad – Takht
Charles Peck – Mosaic
Jorge Sanchez-Chiong – Jupiter Analogs (U.S. premiere) 

Friday, April 14 @ 9 pm
Angel City Brewery: Beer Hall
216 Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Click HERE for more info about the inaugural M.A.R.S. Festival

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Series 6 - Milhaud, Poulenc, Wolfgang, and Omiccioli
Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Series 6 - Milhaud, Poulenc, Wolfgang, and Omiccioli

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Darius Milhaud – La Création du monde
Francis Poulenc – Sextet
Gernot Wolfgang - New England Travelogue (west coast premiere)
Nick Omiccioli – [fuse] (west coast premiere)
 
Sunday, March 26 @ 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church
1220 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Series 6 - Milhaud, Poulenc, Wolfgang, and Omicciloli
Mar
25
8:00 PM20:00

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Series 6 - Milhaud, Poulenc, Wolfgang, and Omicciloli

Darius Milhaud – La Création du monde
Francis Poulenc – Sextet
Gernot Wolfgang - New England Travelogue (west coast premiere)
Nick Omiccioli – [fuse] (west coast premiere)
 
Saturday, March 25 @ 8 pm
Glendale City Church
610 East California Ave., Glendale, CA 91206

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American Youth Symphony: ICON
Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

American Youth Symphony: ICON

Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Steve Vai, electric guitar

Esa-Pekka SalonenGambit
Steve Vai: Original Compositions for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
StravinskyThe Rite of Spring

Tickets: $15-46

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What happens when you join what Jim Svejda of KUSC hails as “one of the finest youth symphonies on earth” with one of Guitar World’s “Greatest Guitarist of All Time?” See for yourself when AYS partners with three-time Grammy Award winner and former Frank Zappa bandmate Steve Vai to deliver a concert you won’t soon forget, pairing Stravinksy’s iconic Rite of Spring with works by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vai himself!

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American Youth Symphony: Game Changer
Feb
12
4:30 PM16:30

American Youth Symphony: Game Changer

Juan Felipe Molano, resident conductor
Emily Reese, host

BrittenFour Sea Interludes
StravinskyFirebird Suite
Takeshi Furukawa: The Last Guardian Suite
Jason GravesThe Order: 1886 Suite
Austin WintoryJourney Suite

Tickets: Free

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Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Resident Conductor Juan Felipe Molano and our musicians will work alongside highly respected composers of some of the most successful titles in the video game industry. Composers join us for a Q&A and concert pairing critically acclaimed game scores with masterworks that inspired them to enter the field. Gamers and classical music-lovers unite for this rare and exciting blending of contemporary and classical culture!

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American Youth Symphony: Family Concert
Feb
12
11:00 AM11:00

American Youth Symphony: Family Concert

Children and families are invited to discover the world of classical music at our annual family concert! We’re partnering with the Amazing Kid Company to present a fun, interactive performance, and activities for kids of all ages—the perfect way to share classical music with the next generation!

Maestro Juan Felipe Molano
BIZET: Carmen Overture
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes (selection)
With video from Disney’s FANTASIA: 
STRAVINSKY: Firebird, Danse Infernal and
PONCHIELLI: Dance of the Hours
Featuring a selection from the 4:30pm concert:
FURUKAWA: The Last Guardian Suite (to video)

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Premieres & Mendelssohn
Jan
13
to Jan 14

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra: Premieres & Mendelssohn

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Patrick O'Malley - Paths Penumbra (west coast premiere)
Yuan-Chen Li – Wandering Viewpoint  (west coast premiere)
        Michael Kaufman, cello
Oliver Lewin - Dialogues (world premiere)
Felix Mendelssohn - Octet

 

***After party goes past midnight with DJ, dancing, and full bar! 
 

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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
Dec
17
7:30 PM19:30

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is a fun filled holiday entertainment event for the entire family.  The perfect celebration for the holidays as the cast of Cirque Musica performs incredible feats of strength, skill, and grace to great Holiday music favorites performed by a live symphony.
 

More information here.

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American Youth Symphony: Back to the Future – LIVE to Picture!
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

American Youth Symphony: Back to the Future – LIVE to Picture!

Back to the Future – LIVE to Picture!

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David Newman, conductor
Jon Burlingame, host

Alan SilvestriBack to the Future score

Tickets: $15  for the General Public and FREE for members
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Great Scott! AYS is going back to the future, with Maestro David Newman leading the orchestra through Alan Silvestri’s propulsive score for this time-travel blockbuster. Come join us for a thrilling live-to-screenperformance, and experience this classic film in a whole new way! Concert preceded by a Q&A with Alan Silvestri himself, moderated by film music journalist and historian Jon Burlingame.

Fundraiser Dinner:

Support AYS at a Back to the Future themed fête, where you can rub elbows with Composer Alan Silvestri, Maestro David Newman, and other industry luminaries. The ideal way to set the mood for a thrilling evening of music and cinema!
Dinner packages start at just $350! Reserve online, or by phone at 310.470.2332

After Party:

Party like it’s 1985 at our “Enchantment Under the Sea” after party, featuring live DJ, stocked bar, and all-American fare including LA’s famous Pink’s Hotdogs.
Concert+Party tickets start at just $45! (just select $45 seats and the after-party is included)


More information here. Reserve your tickets here.

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