By E.M. Fredric
PASADENA, CA (The Hollywood Times) 05/03/19 – Music composed by high school composers will premiere on May 4th with the Pasadena Master Chorale’s (PMC) Listening to the Future project. A very special night for lovers of chorale music as they step into the future at 7 PM at Neighborhood Unitarian Church in Pasadena as they meet tomorrow’s composers and hear their works performed.
Composers taking part in PMC’s Listening to the Future project are: Mia Patzakis, Grade 10 (Polytechnic School), Audrey Ouh, Grade 10 (Flintridge Preparatory School), Will Robles, Grade 11 (Polytechnic School) and Celia Deming-Bernstein, Grade 12 (Pasadena Waldorf High School). Each has worked with composer-mentor Nilo Alcala since last November to prepare one folk song arrangement and one original composition for the choir.
“It’s important to PMC to give opportunities to young musicians with a passion for choral music,” says Jeffrey Bernstein, PMC founder and artistic director. “This is especially true for young composers who may not have the chance to hear their music sung and for whom such an experience can be formative. We’re thrilled with the work of our student composers and the overall success of Listening to the Future.”
Bernstein is not exaggerating when he calls the program a success. In February 2019, the Cantabile Singers of Boulder, Colorado presented a concert of music by young people, including three pieces from last year’s Listening to the Future project. The director of the Cantabile Singers, Brian Stone, found the composers online and after listening to all the works created in the program since 2017 selected three pieces: Yo No Tengo Soledad by Katherine Beggs (now a student at Yale University), Lavender’s Blue by Tiffany Shi (now a student at Stanford University) and Looking For Answers by Celia Deming-Bernstein.
Listening to the Future is offered free to the public. Neighborhood Church is located at 301 Orange Grove Blvd in Pasadena, 91103. Parking is limited so please carpool or use Uber/Lyft.
For more information, visit www.pasadenamasterchorale.org or call 626.208.0009.
The mission of the Pasadena Master Chorale is to cultivate appreciation of classical choral music through high quality performance and education.