Upcoming Concerts This Weekend In Los Angeles and Santa Barbara

* Photo by Eric Isaacs

I’ll be playing in two great concerts this coming Memorial Day weekend, which I wanted to share with you.

First up is Now Hear Ensemble’s “Not for the Ears Alone II” at Art Share in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 26, at 8:00 pm. This program is re-installment of our “Not for the Ears Alone” program, showcasing music that exploits the potential for creativity using both the stage space and the performers’ bodies. These works make powerful musical statements, yet they are best experienced with eyes wide open.

On Sunday, May 27 , at 3:00 pm I’ll also be playing in the UC Santa Barbara Wind Ensemble’s 25th Anniversary Alumni Anniversary Concert. The UCSB Wind Ensemble with Paul Bambach, Director, will present its Annual Spring Concert to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the University Wind Ensemble and will also serve as an Alumni Reunion event. The first half of the concert will feature John Frantzen’s symphony for band, Catalyst, with the composer in attendance. In the second half, the University Wind Ensemble and alumni will perform patriotic works celebrating the Memorial Day holiday such as Morton Gould’s American Salute, Charles Ives’ Variations on America, Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of Samuel Ward’s America the Beautiful, and John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. In addition, the concert will also feature graduate assistant Cynthia Vong conducting Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque as a tribute to victims and survivors of the 2014 Isla Vista event.

You can find more details on this performance here.