Althea Waites Performs Concertos

Pianist Althea Waites will be the featured soloist in a performance of the Mozart Concerto in B-Flat Major, K.450, with the Cole Conservatory Orchestra on September 19 in CPAC.

She will also appear as guest artist with Anthony Parnther, music director and conductor of the Southeast Symphony in a program of chamber music at First Congregational Church/Los Angeles on September 25. The Southeast Symphony is celebrating its 67th season as one of the pioneer orchestras composed of African-American musicians in Southern California.

Dave Gerhart and Steel Drum Program in Pan Magazine

Dave Gerhart and our Steel Drum program got a very nice mention in an interview with Andy Narrell in Pan Magazine: “I teach at a lot of universities, and there are a lot of good programs now. There are also some high school programs that are playing at a college level and are quite a shock to see. It’s amazing what you can do when you have kids an hour a day, five days a week, for four years. Cal State Long Beach is one of the good college programs; Dave Gerhart did a great job with the band, and I enjoyed playing with them, as well as with the Massive Band they put together with local programs.”

Nick Mancini Quartet at Jazz at LACMA

Nick Mancini’s quartet performed at Jazz at LACMA sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. Jazz at LACMA features leading Southern California artists. Celebrating over twenty years at LACMA, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable offerings. Over 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November.

(photo by Los Angeles Jazz Society)

Alan Shockley Premieres Piece for Shakuhachi and Harp

Dr. Alan Shockley was featured on the Camac Art Centre Facebook page. He just completed a month-long residency at the French Artist’s Colony where he completed a piece for shakuhachi and microtonally retuned harp with an ensemble of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, arpeggione (bowed guitar), and cello. The work is entitled “in oceangreen of shadow,” a line from the “Sirens” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The work was premiered in May in Daniel Recital Hall.

David Garrett performs Beethoven Trio

With L. A. Philharmonic Associate Principal Clarinetist Burt Hara and pianist Junko Ueno Garrett, David Garrett performed the Beethoven Trio, Op. 11 on the Philharmonic’s chamber music series. Garrett also gave a chamber music master class for students in the Young Musicians Foundation program.

Darrin Thaves Performs with Lake Union Civic Orchestra

Alumnus and Adjunct Flute Professor Darrin Thaves will perform the Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra in Seattle, WA on June 13th. He will also be the flute faculty for a sixth summer at the Midsummer Music Retreat in Walla Walla, WA. MMR is a camp for adult amateur musicians in Washington state wine country with an attendance of 250+ musicians annually.