PREMIERE OF POSTCARDS FROM MEXICO
I was extremely pleased with Sunday's premiere of Postcards From Mexico by the Oakland Youth Orchestra (OYO), a new orchestral work. Under the baton of Maestro Bryan Nies, the performance was masterful. The musicianship and artistry of the OYO students was clearly evident by the performance of this work and others on the program.
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful middle students at the Luther Burbank School District in San Jose California. With the support of Ms. Becki Cohn-Vargas, the superintendent of the school, the residency was made possible and was a project of Opera Cultura. The classroom teachers, a devoted group of educators, were extremely supportive of the project and helped in a variety of ways. I served as composer and Carla Pantoja (actor, teaching artist ) served as director. The students were asked to do a multitude of things, including writing poems, composing music, acting, drawing and much more.
Announcing La Llorona in NYC a co-production with Teatro Latea. Support Opera Cultura and this performance with a donation today. Reminder, Summer Conservatory 2011 early bird deadline February 1, 2011.