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Saturday, February 6

Ravel's Bolero

Long Beach Performing Arts Center

300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802


On this evening we explore music of the late Romantic and early Impressionist periods, beginning with Saint-Saens exotic Bacchanale from his opera Samson et Delila, in which Delilah leads a wild and provocative dance to taunt Samson. The piece opens with a beguiling, mid-eastern sounding oboe solo before a steady pulse develops in the orchestra with percussion emphasizing the action. Following that, our virtuoso Principal cellist, Ccilia Tsan, who is known for her powerful and sensitive performances, takes the spotlight in Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1, composed in 1872. Then Ravels Rapsodie espagnole a reflection of the Spanish musical heritage imparted to Ravel by his Basque mother - opens the second half with a foreboding descending 4-note theme that is carried through, building to a tremendous climax at the end with pulsating Spanish dance rhythms, castanets and tambourine. Also reflective of Ravels love of Spanish music is his Alborada del gracioso (Morning Song of the Jester); a technically challenging, highly spirited and humorous dance that concludes with a grand and glorious racket. The evening culminates with Ravels legendary Bolro, which is built over an unchanging rhythm played on snare drums while melodies rise and fall over the top with ever-changing instrumentation. This piece was made popular in the 1979 film, 10.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Dubbed Broadways Last Leading Man by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, in the recording studio and in concert performances. On his most recent record, Simply Broadway, Stokes powerhouse baritone brings storytelling and drama to great heights on favorite classics of the Broadway canon, from Camelot, Porgy and Bess and Company to Man of La Mancha, South Pacific and Les Misrables.

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Monday, February 8

Classical Guitar Concert with Thao Nguyen & Howard Le

Crowell Public Library

1890 Huntington Drive, CA, CA 91108


For everyone who loves music and guitar, Crowell Public Library presents a free concert on Monday February 8th at 7:00 p.m. featuring a program of lilting classical and contemporary music, as well as some new works. Howard Le and Thao Nguyen will demonstrate how one can express different feelings and effects from just a simple wooden box. Various guitar techniques will be presented and explained. They will also play some culturally-themed pieces for the Lunar New Year celebration. This concert is also Thao Nguyens debut concert in the United States, although she is very well known in her native Viet Nam. She has her M.F.A and has been among the top guitarists and guitar teachers at the Saigon Music Conservatory for more than twenty years. Howard Le is a classical guitarist and composer who has been devoted to music for more than 30 years. He believes life creates music, and music enhances life. He has been a member of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, the Amateur Classical Music Association, and the September Concert Foundation of New York City. He has performed annually at the Vermont International Festival since 2012. He has performed at Carnegie Hall New York with ACMA in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and at various events with the September Concert Foundation. He wrote the memorable score for the short movie NomWah in 2012.

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Wednesday, February 10

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Saturday, February 13