Seemingly against all odds, L.A.’s artists always find surprising ways to reinvent themselves, their art, and their community. This performance captures the sprawling grandness of Grand Avenue, from Chinatown, past historic Pershing Square and Angel’s Flight, all the way to L.A. Memorial Coliseum, home to the Olympics in 1932 and again in 1984. The musical story of Downtown Los Angeles has always been rich—from the epic scores of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more; to the vibrant neighborhoods of Olvera Street and Chinatown; to the long legacy of music venues and jazz clubs around every corner.
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ABOUT OUR ARTISTS
Savion Glover, Tap
Savion Glover, esteemed tap dancer, renowned choreographer and long-time collaborator with MUSE/IQUE, whose long list of credits include Happy Feet & Happy Feet 2, So you Think YOu Can Dance, Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, The Grammys, and even the Olympic Games!
LAVANCE COLLEY, VOCALS
LaVance Colley has fused the presence, range, and fervor of a Gospel singer with the versatility of Jazz, and the heart of R&B to develop a style all his own. As an accomplished vocalist his credits include working with legends like: Beyonce Knowles, John Legend, Shawn Mendes, Pharrell Williams, Diana Ross, and Lizzo, to name a few. LaVance is also widely recognized as the lead vocalist, and Emcee on tour with international sensation group Postmodern Jukebox. His live performances and studio sessions are truly spectacular and highly sought after by many artists in the industry.
Charles Yang, Violin
Recipient of the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Award and described by the Boston Globe as one who "plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star", Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis, and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in concert in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Not only confined to classical violin, but Mr. Yang's improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have also led him to featured performances with a variety of artists and in numerous international festivals
Richard Mata, member of The Mata Family Mariachi Band and co-founder of The Mariachi Conservatory in 2007. Richard Mata, Esperanza Juarez, and daugthers Angelica and America Mata have performed in various community events for the City of Boyle Heights and are also members of the highly acclaimed Mariachi VoZ de America which is directed by Richard Mata.
Karen Han Erhu
Karen Han-Ottosson is an internationally renowned Er-Hu virtuoso, composer and vocalist. Karen was the youngest person to ever receive a Masters Degree in Performing Arts with Honors from China's best music academy, the "Central Conservatory of Music." The academy's awards include "Top Artist" and "First Class Er-Hu Soloist." We have all heard Karen's solo Er-Hu in movies like "The Joy Luck Club" and "The Last Emperor" as well as numerous television scores. "The Last Emperor" won an Oscar for Best Original Music. There, her playing of the musical score was remarkable, not only for its intricacy but also for the emotion it conveyed. She brought forth from her diminutive instrument a song of poignancy and power.
The MUSE/IQUE Orchestra
Led by Rachael Worby
Michael Valerio (Principal) Bass/Arrangements
Jamey Tate Drums/Arrangements
Alan Steinberger Keyboard/Piano
Errol Cooney Guitar
Alyssa Park (Concertmaster) Violin 1
Ashoka Thiagarajan (Assoc. Concertmaster) Violin 1
Marisa Kuney Violin 1
Lisa Donlinger Violin 1
Mina Hong Violin 1
Loránd Lokuszta Violin 1
Zlata Grekov Violin 1
Ina Veli (Principal) Violin 2
Neel Hammond (Assoc. principal) Violin 2
Lucinda Chiu Violin 2
Gallia Kastner Violin 2
Fernando Arroyo Violin 2
Shawn Mann (Principal) Viola
Rodney Wirtz (Assoc. Principal) Viola
Aaron Oltman Viola
Erik Rynearson Viola
Charlie Tyler (Principal) Cello
Ginger Murphy (Assoc Principal) Cello
Marshall McDaniel Cello
Mia Barcia-Colombo Cello
Tim Eckert Bass
Thomas Harte Bass
Amy Tatum (principal) Flute
Johanna Borenstein Flute
Jenny Cullinan (Principal) Oboe
Sarah Beck Oboe
Don Foster (Principal) Clarinet
Sal Lozano Clarinet/Sax
Damian Montano (Principal) Bassoon
Amber Wyman Bassoon
Dylan Hart Horn
Allen Fogel (Assoc. Principal) Horn
Katie Faurado Horn
Rob Schaer Trumpet
Dan Rosenboom (Principal) Trumpet
Christopher Gray Trumpet
Michael Stever Trumpet
Steve Suminsky Trombone
Ryan Dragon Trombone
David Goya Trombone
P. Blake Cooper Tuba
Theresa Dimond Timpani
Jason Goodman Percussion
Sidney Hopson Percussion
Allison Allport Harp
Maurice Ravel's Bolero is performed by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. , Sole Agent in the US, Canada and Mexico for Durand S.A. Editions Musicales, a Universal Music Publishing Group company, publisher and copyright owner.
Thank you to our generous season sponsors:
The Havner Family Foundation, The Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, Anonymous (2), Alyce de Roulet Williamson, Ellen and Harvey Knell, Andrew and Avery Barth, and Michael Casey.