» Calendar of Events - 2015/2016

+ - SEPTEMBER 2015

Poster for Sherburn RecitalSeptember 8
Faculty Recital – Rebecca Sherburn, soprano with Louise Thomas, piano
"Love, the fair day": An evening of American parlor music by composers from the Second New England School.  This recital will feature Conservatory faculty Rebecca Sherburn, soprano and Louise Thomas, piano as well as guests Kimberly James, mezzo-soprano (UM), and Tod Fitzpatrick, baritone (UNLV).
Salmon Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
$10 general admission; $5 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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September 17
Postcard for Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey SiegelKeyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The Passionate Love Music of Robert Schumann
Internationally acclaimed pianist and Presidential Fellow Jeffrey Siegel returns to Chapman University for a performance of his celebrated concert series, KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®; a brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format in which lively, captivating remarks precede virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces.  Join us this September for THE PASSIONATE LOVE MUSIC OF ROBERT SCHUMANN which includes piano compositions filled with romantic longing and intense passion… if ever there was a composer whose love life inspired his music, that composer was Schumann.
Salmon Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
$35 general admission; $20 senior citizens, alumni, non-Chapman students and Chapman community
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Poster for Viney-Grinberg Piano DuoSeptember 19
Guest Artists in Recital – Viney/Grinberg Piano Duo
The Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo enjoys an international profile in duo piano performance, involving festivals, major series, live radio broadcasts, and orchestras.  Described as “barnstorming” and “unforgettable… the most compelling case for the beauty and variety of two piano repertory this reviewer has ever heard,” the duo is committed to exploring classics of the two-piano repertoire, but also contributes to the ongoing expansion of that literature through commissioning new compositions.  Program to include Fantasy in F Minor, D.940 (Schubert), Sonata for Piano Four Hands (Vine), touch divided, blocked (Sharlat), and Hallelujah Junction (Adams).
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
$10 general admission; $5 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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+ - OCTOBER 2015

Poster for 2015 Big Band Bubbly BrunchOctober 4
Big Band Bubbly Brunch
Part of the Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration.  Under the direction of Albert Alva, this festive champagne brunch features Chapman’s very own Big Band.  A cross between Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr., this ensemble will leave you wanting more.
11 a.m.
(2015 Event canceled due to inclement weather)

 

 

Poster for Chapman Orchestra-Wind Symphony in ConcertOctober 10
The Chapman Orchestra & Wind Symphony in Concert
Daniel Alfred Wachs, Music Director and Conductor
Christopher Nicholas, Music Director and Conductor

The Chapman Orchestra (under the direction of Daniel Alfred Wachs) and the Chapman University Wind Symphony (under the direction of Christopher Nicholas) combine forces for the first of two fall concerts.  Program to include Academic Festival Overture (Brahms), Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (Mozart), Symphony in B flat, Mvmt. I (Hindemith), Gavorkna Fanfare (Stamp), and Fantasia in G (Mahr).
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Poster for Faculty Recital - Mary Palchak, fluteOctober 11
Faculty Recital – Mary Palchak, flute
Subtitled “The French Flute,” this program will include works by Georges Hue, Debussy, Gaubert, Jolivet and others.
Salmon Recital Hall
2 p.m.
$10 general admission; $5 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Poster for

October 16-18, October 23-25
Opera Chapman presents “Shakespeare in Opera”
Peter Atherton, Artistic Director
Carol Neblett, Associate Director
Christian Nova, Assistant Director
Janet Kao and Paul Floyd, Musical Direction
Program to include scenes from The Fairy Queen, Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Roméo et Juliette, Falstaff and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Salmon Recital Hall
7:30 p.m. - October 16 (SOLD OUT), 17, 23 & 24
3 p.m. - October 18 & 25
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Poster for Percussion EnsembleOctober 27
Chapman Percussion Ensemble
Nicholas Terry, Director
Under the direction of Nicholas Terry, the Chapman Percussion Ensemble (CPE) performs music reflecting the diversity inherent in the world of contemporary percussion.  Their performance repertoire draws from the standard literature, while featuring many of the most exciting contemporary pieces from Europe and Southern California.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

Poster for University Singers in ConcertOctober 30
University Singers in Concert
Stephen Coker, Conductor
The 34-voice Chapman University Singers performs a concert of sacred and secular vocal ensemble compositions that spans five centuries of the choral art.
Fish Interfaith Center
7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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+ - NOVEMBER 2015

Poster for Fall Choral ConcertNovember 13
University Choir & Women’s Choir in Concert
Stephen Coker, Conductor
Chelsea Dehn, Conductor

The University Women's Choir under the direction of Chelsea Dehn and the University Choir conducted by Stephen Coker will present a concert featuring a wide variety of choral works ranging from Renaissance era pieces  to contemporary compositions and folksong arrangements from around the world.
Fish Interfaith Center
7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Poster for Chapman Orchestra-Wind Symphony in ConcertNovember 14
The Chapman Orchestra & Wind Symphony in Concert
Daniel Alfred Wachs, Music Director and Conductor
Christopher Nicholas, Music Director and Conductor

This November, The Chapman Orchestra (under the direction of Daniel Alfred Wachs) and the Chapman University Wind Symphony (under the direction of Christopher Nicholas) conclude their fall concert series in the Chapman Auditorium.  Program to include Symphony No. 3 “Rheinische” (Schumann).  Prelude and Fugue B-flat (Bach, trans. Moehlman), Postcard (Ticheli), Variations on a Korean Folk Song (Chance), and Australian Up-Country Tune (Grainger).
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Poster for Big Band and Jazz CombosNovember 17
Big Band & Jazz Combos
Under the direction of Albert Alva, the Chapman University Big Band and Jazz Combos will explore the music of Benny Golson, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and Tower Of Power.
Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
7:30 p.m.
$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students
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Poster for Saxophone EnsembleNovember 19
Saxophone Ensemble
The Chapman University Saxophone Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of classical and jazz music including works by J.S. Bach, Lennie Niehaus and others.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

November 20
2015-16 Instrumental & Vocal Competition
Come Hear Talent: Join the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music for our annual competition, held by The Chapman Orchestra.
Salmon Recital Hall
7 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public.

+ - DECEMBER 2015

Poster for 52nd Annual Holiday WassailDecember 4 & 5
52nd Annual Holiday Wassail Banquet and Concert
Enjoy a traditional Wassail drink; follow a garden path lighted with luminarias as strolling minstrels amuse you; dine on delectable holiday fare; and be charmed by a concert of seasonal music presented by the University Women’s Choir (Chelsea Dehn, Conductor), University Choir and University Singers (Stephen Coker, Conductor), and The Chapman Orchestra (Daniel Alfred Wachs, Conductor).
Reception and Dinner in Fish Interfaith Center
Concert in Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
Banquet & Concert Tickets - $75 per person, includes reception, dinner and concert: 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. concert
“Concert Only” Tickets - $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens, alumni and non-Chapman students; $10 CU community. 8 p.m. concert
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Poster for Early Music EnsembleDecember 6
Early Music Ensemble: Musical Humours
Under the direction of Bruce Bales, the Chapman University Early Music Ensemble will perform phlegmatic, sanguine, choleric & melancholic music of the English Late Renaissance.  Performed on period instruments featuring works by Dowland, Holborne, Hume, Morley & Campion.
Salmon Recital Hall
5 p.m.
Admission is free.

December 6
Chapman Guitar Ensemble
Under the direction of Jeff Cogan, the award-winning Classical Guitar Program at Chapman University has flourished since its inception in 1982.  Guitarists perform as soloists and in ensembles in concerts and classes at Chapman, and on tour.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

December 8
Student Piano Showcase
Grace Fong, Director
The student pianists will perform a program of works from the mid-1700s to the present. The program includes students of Grace Fong, Janice Park, Karen Knecht, and Louise Thomas.
Salmon Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

December 9
Student Pianists in Recital
Janice Park, Director
The program includes students of Ron Anderson, Christopher Brennan, Ruby Cheng, Karen Knecht, Hedy Lee, Janice Park, and Louise Thomas.
Salmon Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

December 10
New Music Ensemble
Under the direction of Sean Heim, the New Music Ensemble presents works by current composition majors as well as those by many of the major composers of the last fifty years.  Instrumental and vocal faculty members, along with distinguished guest artists, often participate in the ensemble, offering students a chance to perform with their teachers and mentors as well as their peers.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

December 12
Instrumental Chamber Music
Under the direction of Grace Fong, Robert Becker and Christopher Nicholas, the Instrumental Chamber Music concerts feature students from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in piano, string and woodwind quintets, quartets, trios and brass ensembles.
Salmon Recital Hall
2 p.m. (Winds & Brass)
5 p.m. (Strings & Piano)
Admission is free.

+ - FEBRUARY 2016

Poster for Guest Artist recitalFebruary 2
Guest Artist in Recital – Ning An, piano
Program to include Chopin's 4 Ballades, Schumann's Arabesque, and Liszt's B minor Sonata.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Tickets $5-$10
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February 5University Singers Post-Tour Concert
University Singers Post-Tour Concert
Stephen Coker, conductor
The 33-voice University Singers will present selections from their California tour repertoire, including Renaissance works of Anerio and Monteverdi, Romantic compositions by Rheinberger and Brahms, and contemporary pieces of American composers William Hawley, Richard Burchard, and H. Garrett Phillips. Conducted by Stephen Coker, the choir will also perform folk selections from Scotland, Cuba, France, and the Philippines.
Fish Interfaith Center
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $10-$15
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Flyer for Under the Concord SkyFebruary 10
Under the Concord Sky: A Festival of Music, Culture and Ideas Presented by Chapman University and Pacific Symphony
Experience Charles Ives, the irascible and completely original American composer, brought to life by actor David Prather in an original drama. Transcendental excerpts from Ives' groundbreaking Concord Sonata, played by Chapman's own Louise Thomas, accompany memories and musings of the iconoclast who changed the musical landscape forever.  Presented as part of INTERPLAY 2016: American Visions, American Voices
Salmon Recital Hall
6:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

Michael Kudirka, guitar

February 11
Guest Artist in Recital – Michael Kudirka, guitar
Acclaimed guitarist Michael Kudirka, along with special guests Tara Schwab, Mark Menzies, and The CalArts New Century Players will perform recent works by Chapman University composers Sean Heim and Jeffrey Holmes as well as Chancellor Fellow: Senior Composer in Residence, Chinary Ung.  Works by Los Angeles area composers Donald Crocket and Miroslav Tadić will also be featured on this compelling program of new music for guitar.  Presented as part of the "New Horizons Concert Series."
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
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Shpachenko Supove piano duoFebruary 20
Guest Artists in Recital – Nadia Shpachenko and Kathleen Supove, piano duo
Two pianists from opposite coasts bring together their passion for new piano music on a concert entitled “Quotations and Homages.”  Grammy®-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman performs works by Missy Mazzoli and Vera Ivanova based on her newest recording project of the same name. Kathleen Supové brings quotations and tributes in the form of works by Randall Woolf and others from her Digital Debussy project and recording. Together, they premiere a 2-piano work by Los Angeles composer Jack Van Zandt, as well as the winner of American Composers Forum LA/Chapman's open call for piano duo scores.  This concert is supported in part by the ACF/LA and presented as part of the "New Horizons Concert Series."
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
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February 25Argus Quartet
Guest Artists in Recital – Argus Quartet

The Argus Quartet is deeply committed to the music of our time, and works by living composers make up a large part of their repertoire. As such, the quartet is pleased to present the Chapman community with a preview performance of their upcoming Boston Court Performing Arts Center concert, featuring selections from recently penned works by composers Eve Beglerian, Gabriela Frank, Nick Norton, Kaija Saariaho, and Chapman faculty member Ben Phelps.  Trumpeter Adam Bhatia will join them for the performance of movements from Phelps' quintet, The Angels.  This concert is made possible through the generous support of the Keyboard Collaborative Arts area, and presented as part of the "New Horizons Concert Series."
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Tickets $5-$10 / Package Tickets are also available to all six concerts $50
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+ - MARCH 2016

March 3
Guest Artist in Recital – Gianni Trovalusci, flute
Beginning in the middle of the 20th century, the flute has become an important medium in the field of Contemporary Music, contributing to a musical revolution destined to change both composition and interpretation and to alter the very idea of musical language. In this recital, Italian flutist Gianni Trovalusci will present an exciting selection of contemporary music for flute, with and without live electronics.  Presented as part of the "New Horizons Concert Series."
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Tickets $5-$10 / Package Tickets are also available to all six concerts $50
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March 5
Guest Artists in Recital – Brightwork newmusic
Brightwork newmusic, the flexible and fearless sextet based in Los Angeles, focuses on playing the best music that’s being written today, while continuing to play the classics of “new” music from the last hundred years. The ensemble will perform works by Rome Prize winner Chris Cerrone, Benjamin Broening, Panayiotis Kokoras, and Pulitzer and Grammy winning composer John Luther Adams. Also on the program is a new work written specifically for the ensemble by Southern California’s own Tom Flaherty. What the listener can expect at a Brightwork concert – at the very least – is exciting, emotionally engaging music presented in state-of-the-art performances as they seek to draw the audience into the creative process.  Presented as part of the "New Horizons Concert Series."
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Tickets $5-$10 / Package Tickets are also available to all six concerts $50
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+ - APRIL 2016

April 1
Chapman Percussion Ensemble
Under the direction of Nicholas Terry, the Chapman Percussion Ensemble (CPE) performs music reflecting the diversity inherent in the world of contemporary percussion.  Their performance repertoire draws from the standard literature, while featuring many of the most exciting contemporary pieces from Europe and Southern California.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

April 8
University Choir & Singers in Concert
Stephen Coker, conductor
The University Choir and the University Singers team up to present an “All-American” concert.  Conducted by Stephen Coker, the featured work will be Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved:  A Bluegrass Mass accompanied by Southern California’s popular Wimberley Bluegrass Band.
Fish Interfaith Center
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $10-$15
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April 10
Faculty Recital – Hedy Lee, piano
Subtitled “Service à la russe” and featuring special guests Tomomi Sato and the Cardinal Winds, the program will include Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 15 (Arensky), Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 45 in E flat Major (Kabalevsky), Sonata for Oboe and Piano (Poulenc), Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (Saint-Saens), and Sextet for Piano and Winds (Poulenc).
Salmon Recital Hall
5 p.m.
Tickets $5-$10
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April 21
Saxophone Ensemble
Gary Matsuura, director
The Chapman University Saxophone Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of classical and jazz repertoire, featuring the works of J.S.Bach, Lennie Niehaus and others.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

April 22-24
Opera Chapman presents Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica
Peter Atherton, artistic director
Carol Neblett, associate director
Daniel Alfred Wachs, conductor

A double-bill delight! Opera Chapman, in collaboration with The Chapman Orchestra, presents Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, two of Puccini’s beloved one-act operas. There’s brilliant comedy and cunning deceit galore in Gianni Schicchi (not to mention the audience-favorite aria “O mio babbino caro”), and pathos coupled with the hope of eternal salvation in Suor Angelica.  One of the greatest composers of Italian opera, Puccini created these gems for the Metropolitan Opera in 1918.  Nearly 100 years later, it’s clear they have withstood the test of time, and are sure to move you to tears and laughter.
Musco Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m. - April 22 & 23
3 p.m. - April 24
Tickets $10-$25
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April 25
Guest Artists in Recital – Vicki Ray and the Eclipse Quartet
Grammy nominated pianist Vicki Ray, one of today’s most “phenomenal and fearless” interpreters of contemporary piano music, will be joined by the equally celebrated Eclipse Quartet to perform Sean Heim’s compositional tour de force, Standing in the Storm of Time, along with other seminal works from the 21st century.  Presented as part of the "New Horizons Concert Series."
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
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April 29
Chapman University Wind Symphony
Christopher Nicholas, music director and conductor
This elite concert ensemble of brass, woodwind, double bass and percussive musicians will perform standard classical and popular symphonic works by some of the world’s great composers.  Under the baton of award-winning educator, conductor and clinician Christopher Nicholas, these outstanding musicians deliver a concert that shines!
Musco Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $5-$15
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+ - MAY 2016

May 1
Early Music Ensemble
Bruce Bales, director
The Chapman University Early Music Ensemble performs music composed before 1800 using period instruments.
Salmon Recital Hall
5 p.m.
Admission is free.

May 1
Chapman Guitar Ensemble
Under the direction of Jeffrey Cogan, the award-winning Classical Guitar Program at Chapman University has flourished since its inception in 1982.  Guitarists perform as soloists and in ensembles in concerts and classes at Chapman, and on tour.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

May 3
Jumpin’ with Stan Kenton
The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra – Mike Vax, director
Chapman University Big Band and Jazz Combo – Albert Alva, director

Comprised of stellar musicians who played with the late Stan Kenton, plus many who played with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Count Basie and other legends, the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra tours the United States to rave reviews from jazz and big band aficionados and critics.  In keeping with Kenton’s commitment to jazz education, they particularly love playing at colleges and universities where they always present master classes and workshops in addition to a rousing and thoroughly entertaining concert.  Joined by the student jazz cats of the Chapman University Big Band and Jazz Combo, this swingin’ ensemble evokes the great Kenton era while keeping it fresh with new pieces in the Kenton style.
Musco Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $10-$45
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May 5
New Music Ensemble
Under the direction of Sean Heim, the New Music Ensemble presents works by current composition majors as well as those by many of the major composers of the last fifty years.  Instrumental and vocal faculty members, along with distinguished guest artists, often participate in the ensemble, offering students a chance to perform with their teachers and mentors as well as their peers.
Salmon Recital Hall
8 p.m.
Admission is free.

May 6
University Women’s Choir in Concert
Conducted by Chelsea Dehn, the University Women’s Choir will perform a wide variety of treble choral repertoire including Italian opera choruses of Donizetti and Verdi, Romantic works of Brahms and Mendelssohn, and three works of American composer Eric Whitacre.  The program will also feature folk music selections including African-American spirituals arranged by William Dawson and Moses Hogan.
Fish Interfaith Center
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $10-$15
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May 7
Instrumental Chamber Music
Under the direction of Grace Fong, Robert Becker and Christopher Nicholas, the Instrumental Chamber Music concerts feature students from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in piano, string and woodwind quintets, quartets, trios and brass ensembles.
Salmon Recital Hall
2 p.m. (Winds & Brass)
5 p.m. (Strings & Piano)
Admission is free.

May 10
Student Piano Showcase
Grace Fong, Director
The student pianists will perform a program of works from the mid-1700s to the present. The program includes students of Grace Fong, Janice Park, Karen Knecht, and Louise Thomas.
Salmon Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

May 12
Student Pianists in Recital
Janice Park, Director
The program includes students of Ron Anderson, Christopher Brennan, Ruby Cheng, Karen Knecht, Hedy Lee, and Janice Park.
Salmon Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

May 14
42nd Annual Sholund Scholarship Concert
The Chapman Orchestra – Daniel Alfred Wachs, music director and conductor
Chapman University Choirs – Stephen Coker, music director

Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music pulls out all the stops for the 42nd Annual Sholund Scholarship Concert, held for the first time in Musco Center for the Arts and featuring the combined forces of The Chapman Orchestra and Chapman Choirs. Program highlights will include Mozart’s cantata Davide Penitente K. 469 and more.
Musco Center for the Arts
4 p.m.
Tickets $10-$20
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May 15
Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Alfred Wachs, music director and conductor
Orange County’s official youth symphony orchestra comprised of high school students from throughout the county, OCYSO will travel to Spain this summer for a concert tour of Madrid, Manresa and Barcelona. Hear their tour program in advance: Bernstein’s Suite from Candide, selections from Albeniz’s Suite Iberia and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Musco Center for the Arts
4 p.m.
Tickets $5-$10
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