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Our shows span the spectrum of musical styles and eras, mixing renaissance music with modern classical works, jazz tunes with pop and rock songs, folk ballads with doo-wop. We believe great music belongs together, regardless of genre. One of the biggest steps in our growth as a new ensemble was the decision to record a debut album. With the wide range of musical ground that we cover, it felt like a daunting task to construct something that was cohesive, but also represented our versatility and love of crossing musical “party lines”. We wanted to go beyond simply hitting “shuffle” on an eclectic playlist and calling it a day. With this project, we dared to mix genres and styles not just from track to track, but within individual songs. For example, our take on George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun was inspired by James Taylor and Yo Yo Ma’s re-imagined version, and then adds some silky jazz harmonies and an homage to immortal composer Claude Debussy with a “Clair de Lune” intro. Even the way we recorded the album was a challenging nut to crack, but the dilemmas we faced led to innovation. We incorporated techniques typically used for pop a cappella and applied them to jazz and classical songs, and vice-versa. We took the idea of fusion and ran with it as far as we could go. In the end, we gave our debut album a title that expressed the essence of our conformity and our rebellion in the D.C. arts scene, all at once: Opening Statement.

James Conlon will conduct War Requiem by Britten as a part of the Britten 100/LA celebration at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and again at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. USC Thornton Symphony orchestra manager Josh Roach is excited to work with Conlon. Its a great opportunity for the students to work with a world-class conductor, James Conlon, gain exposure to one of the great choral-orchestral repertoire pieces of the 20th century, and perform in two fantastic venues: Disney and Segerstrom, Roach said. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be playing this concert as a part of their Sounds About Town series, one of their many concert series of the season. Another event that is sure to excite is the Tchaikovskyfest. An eight-part concert series, Tchaikovskyfest will include various educational events in Los Angeles and end with a grand finale with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. With larger-than-life intensity, music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct Tchaikovsky symphonies with the L.A. Philharmonic. As a young boy, I discovered Tchaikovsky through great recordings and he has had a very special place in my heart ever since, Dudamel said. In light of the L.A. Philharmonics 2012 Mahler Project, the orchestra will collaborate with partner orchestra Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the work of Tchaikovsky during their series beginning in February 2014. On top of a star-studded season, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is going a step further and is offering $10 tickets for select concerts throughout the season. Some of the selected dates include an All-Beethoven concert, an organ recital by Hector Oliver and a special Halloween treat: live organ accompaniment to the film The Phantom of the Opera. With some of these special offer concerts already sold out, these tickets are sure to be a hot commodity in the community. Elisa Ruiz, a graduate student studying opera performance, feels theres plenty to be excited about.

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