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.

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.

Kathy Smith to give class “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” to National Piano Tuners Guild convention

Kathy Smith will teach three classes in Atlanta next summer at the National Piano Tuners Guild convention: “Grand Piano Action Rebuilding,” “Mentoring,” and “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” about the skills needed for 1 person to get a grand piano onto a dolly from casters, or vice versa (with minimal equipment and no help). It was standing room only when Kathy presented “And You Can Lift That By YOURSELF?” last March in Phoenix.

Alumnus Jason Lo at the Olympics

Jason LoAlumnus Jason Lo just finished his master’s degree in Piano Performance from USC, and will begin his DMA studies, also in Piano Performance at USC this fall.

Last April, he won first place in the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s regional audition for Southern California and took first place in the statewide competition. Jason was also invited to be a guest piano soloist with the Cerritos High School Wind Symphony, for their European tour. Performances included an adjudicated music festival in Paris, and concerts in London, culminating in a performance at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Lowell Liebermann Congratulates Chris Maldonado

photo by Laura Pluth

Lowell Liebermann, one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded living composers, sent his congratulations to Christopher Maldonado for winning the BCCM concerto competition playing his second concerto.

Christopher Maldonado also won first place in the college-age concerto division of MTAC’s Southern California Concerto-Solo competition, one of the most competitive in our region. Chris will represent Southern California in the state finals in June. Taylor Chan was first alternate in the solo division, second only to Jason Lo, a graduate of the Cole Conservatory’s piano performance program. Notably, current and past CSULB piano students won both the Concerto and Solo competitions, placing above a large group of competitors from USC and other southern California universities.