GRAND AVENUE

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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Richard Mata

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.

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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

Special Acknowledgements

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:

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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.