Battle Hymn of the Republic
Skye Boat Song
Longing for Mt. Geumgang/Reunification
Erika Boychenko soloist
All My Trials
The Golden Boy
Music When Soft Voices Die
The Echo from My Childhood
Jenny Farrell, Erika Boychenko soloists
The Old Green King
A Minor Bird
To a Rose
arr. Prince Takano
arr. Will Robles
arr. Audrey Ouh
arr. Kristine Chang
arr. Arian Cázares
arr. Ellie Choi
arr. Yoni Fogelman
arr. Oliviana Marie
THE PASADENA CHORALE
TALI TADMOR, PIANIST
JEFFREY BERNSTEIN, CONDUCTOR
This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the
City of Pasadena Arts and Cultural Affairs Division, and by a grant from the
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.
LISTENING TO THE FUTURE
Begun in 2016, Listening to the Future is an educational program offered at no cost to Pasadena area high school students interested in choral composition. Each year a group of students is paired with a professional composer mentor, with whose guidance they compose new music for the Pasadena Chorale. Since the beginning of the program 6 composer mentors have guided 24 student composers in the creation of 62 new works. Tonight's concert features music composed in 2019-20 and in 2020-21.
LISTENING TO THE FUTURE 2019|20
LISTENING TO THE FUTURE 2020|21
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS
Arian Cázares (he/his) is in grade 11 at the LA County High School for the Arts where he plays in the Symphony Orchestra and String Ensembles. He began his musical studies playing the viola at the age of 9 at Pasadena Waldorf School. He studies under Andrew Picken at Pasadena Conservatory of music where he is also a member of the Chamber Music Program under Aimee Kreston, since 2016 and has competed in state- wide competitions. In 2021 Arian earned 2nd place in the American Viola Society Solo Competition in Los Angeles. His summer trainings include programs such as Interharmony Music Festival, Sphinx Performance Academy and Idyllwild, where he was selected to play in masterclasses with Guy Braunstein, Hsin-Yun Huang and Roberto Diaz. In his free time he draws with watercolor, pastel and charcoal. He is an avid collector of comic books, graphic novels and classical music vinyl records. Arian is a 2021/2022 Fellow in the LA Phil Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program.
Kristine Chang graduated from the Pasadena Waldorf High School in 2020 and was a student composer in Listening to the Future for one season.
This is Ellie Choi's first experience with composition. She has been a part of KAMA choir for 10 years and several school musicals for the past 6 years. Ellie has 6 years of experience playing the cello and several years of experience playing the piano. Music has been a big part of Ellie's life for a very long time. Her experiences in music have provided her the foundation to be able to engage in the challenge of composition.
Yoni Fogelman’s upbringing as a choral singer engendered an appreciation for melodies that could not be fully satiated until he crafted his own. At 19 years old, he has written for soloists, chamber groups, jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras around Los Angeles, embracing classical, jazz, and pop styles zealously. He studies composition with award-winning composer Juan-Pablo Contreras and big-band arranging with acclaimed band director and Hollywood orchestrator Ladd McIntosh. With awards from the American Society of Music Composers and Arrangers (ASMAC) and honorable mentions from Next Notes and the National Young Composers Competition under his belt, Yoni continues to compose daily. His experiences in the LA Phil’s and the Pasadena Chorale’s Young Composer Fellowships have shaped his love for composition, and he currently works with the non-profit organization Musicians at Play and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) to promote music education in Southern California. For Yoni, composition is not a solo endeavor, but a medium through which he can nurture relationships with fellow writers, teachers, and performers, and he plans to treat music as a social, analytical, and emotional endeavor throughout his life.
Music has been an important part of Hyomin Kim’s life, especially during the three years in Blair high school when I had the chance to dedicate myself to different orchestras and bands. I currently attend KyungHee University in Seoul, South Korea, with an International Studies major. I still practice piano, cello, and drums, and compose songs. My great passion for music comes from composing songs that communicate with listeners, conveying ecstasy and emotion.
Oliviana Marie is a singer, dancer, actress, composer, lyricist, librettist, trumpeter, pianist, and conductor, currently studying composition at USC's Thornton School of Music. She’s a 2021 YoungArts and Grammy Camp winner in the singer-songwriter category, a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist and a proud member of ASCAP. Oliviana has written the book, music and lyrics to four award-winning musicals! Her most recent musical, "Corona's Cabaret: An Act of Destruction" won the Audience Choice Award for Playbill’s first ever Virtual Theatre Festival Live. https://vtf.live/coronas-cabaret/. She is honored to be a part of the “Listening to the Future” program and wants to give a huge thank you to Saunder Choi, Jeffrey Bernstein and The Pasadena Chorale.
Audrey Ouh is a student at UC Berkeley. She attended Flintridge Prep and was a student composer in the Listening to the Future program for two seasons.
Prince Takano attended Marshall Fundamental School in Pasadena, and he is currently a sophomore at Princeton University studying Politics and Music Composition. With a background in both classical and jazz, he loves to explore a variety of musical styles. His musical area of interest is composing music for video games and films. Some of his favorite composers include Tchaikovsky, Arthur Sullivan, Stromae, and Scott Joplin.
THE PASADENA CHORALE
Ann Marie Kolakowski
Jean Pallares Leonard
Dianne J. Waldman
Jeffrey Bernstein founding artistic director
Tali Tadmor accompanist
Bernie Fabig marketing/communications
Anne Ranzani production coordinator
Kevin Johnson grantwriter
Alex McInnes recording engineer
Eric Vesbit chair
Ellen Kirstein treasurer
Cindy Abbott secretary
Jean Pallares Leonard