Chris Rountree Conducts at the Ford Theater

Alumnus Chris Rountree and his new music ensemble, WildUp, will accompanied Ezralow Dance at the Ford Theater. The Chicao Tribune has called Daniel Ezralow “One of the best American dancer-choreographers now working on an international scale.”

BroadwayWorld.com reports that “Christopher Rountree is enthusiastic about the collaboration. He is particularly passionate about the planned premiere of a new Bach deconstruction by Chris Kallmeyer (composer of the Bach As A Lens series) and a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 played by a completely different set of instruments than those Bach would have used, which will make the familiar piece sound wildly different and virtuosic. The two Bach pieces will “bookend” the evening.”

String Students on Ellen

Laura Bedol, Clara Kim, Emma McAllister, Korina Davis, Moni Simeonov, Romario Rivera, Joy Yi, and Hyunji Evonne Yi accompanied Bastille on Ellen. They taped at Warner Brothers on Sept 16th and the show is scheduled to air on Sept 17th. They backed up the British band on their band’s hit “Flaws.”

You can view the video here!

Mostly Kosher Releases Sneak Peek

Mostly Kosher, with alumni Leaav Sofer, Mike King, Will Brahm, Eric Hagstrom, Casey Solow, has released a sneak peak of their new album.

Mostly Kosher is a klezmer band based in Southern California, but has the feel of Lower Eastside New York 1930s “radio show” and Depression Era elation and angst. Directed by the multi-talented clarinetist, pianist and singer, Leeav Sofer, in cahoots with Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin and shtick. Band members also include Casey Solow, Mike King, Will Brahm, Adam Levy, Eric Hagstrom and Michael Bolger. Mostly Kosher continues to perform throughout Southern California with plans to tour the East Coast and Europe in the not too distant future.

10 Alumni Work in After School Partnership

Last year the Orange County Symphony partnered with the Anaheim City School District in the “ACSD Orchestra Project“ to provide after-school music classes at 14 elementary schools in the district. This year the program has expanded to a total of 18 schools, each with separate woodwind, brass, and string classes. Ten alumni–Oscar Esteves, Francisco Diaz, Kimberly Fonseca, Ivan Esteves, Miguel Menchaca, Abraham Perez, Jonathan Perez, Richelle Teng, Carole Jacobs and Jorge Ruiz–have been accepted to teach in the program.

Several Alumni including Angela Wells (oboe), Sarah Widner (bassoon), Derek Venlet (horn), David Ickler (violin), and Adam Gerling (trumpet) are members of the Orange County Symphony.

 

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Sandy Collins Spahr awarded Opera Colorado Grant

Alumna Sandy Collins Spahr (2006 double major in Music Ed and Horn Performance) teaches MS and HS Orchestra and Drama teacher at Frontier Academy in Greeley, CO. She won the 2012-13 “Page to Stage,” a grant awarded by Opera Colorado to one high school each year. The grant funded a full production for 31 student ages 14-18 to adapt The Scarlett letter into a musical. Students, with guidance from Sandy, two other teachers, and Opera Colorado, wrote the script, lyrics and music. They also designed props and created costumes, held auditions and acted and directed the production.

The local paper featured their story: Sandy wrote, “I am so thankful for the education I received at CSULB!  I consistently am reminded of what a high-caliber education I received as I’m out in the work world comparing my training with other colleagues.”

Tom Peters Tours Nosferatu

Tom Peters is touring with his live score for Nosferatu. His first stop is Portland, Oregon in October. Tom’s live electronic score seamlessly weaves through Nosferatu’s dark alleys. Tom specializes in creating music for silent films, performing original scores through looping electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes with his bass.