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  • Jan. 20, 2007
  • Toyota Symphonies for Youth Concert Explores Language of Jazz for Young Audiences

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2007, AT 11 AM and

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2007, AT 11 AM

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's 2006/07 Toyota Symphonies for Youth (TSFY) concert series at Walt Disney Concert Hall continues on Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m., with Jazz and the Orchestra, an original production designed especially for young audiences. Hosted by Christian McBride, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Carolyn and William Powers Creative Chair for Jazz, the program explores the unique language of jazz, demonstrated through interactive performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Assistant Conductor Joana Carneiro, and Christian McBride's own jazz quintet. The program repeats on Saturday, January 27, at 11 a.m.

    Guided by engaging conversation between Joana Carneiro and Christian McBride, Jazz and the Orchestra explores musical questions about the differences and similarities of jazz for a symphonic orchestra and traditional jazz quintet. Through insightful commentary, listening games and playful performances, the audience learns how the language of jazz is spoken within different musical settings. Audience members are treated to excerpts from Dvorák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World", special renditions of Mingus' "Better Git it in Your Soul," Leonard Bernstein's "Times Square: 1944," Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing," and variations of the popular nursery rhyme "Itsy Bitsy Spider." With an original script by Ed Barguiarena, developed in collaboration with NcBride, this production is directed by Debbie Devine.

    On Saturday, March 17 & 24, 2007, the Toyota Symphonies for Youth concert series celebrates The Music of Brahms. Associate Conductor Alexander Mickelthwate leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the story unfolds through the eyes of a young girl desperate to finish a music homework assignment. TSFY concludes with the most theatrical concert of the season, A Medival Journey, on Saturday, May 19 & 26, 2007.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's 2006/2007 Toyota Symphonies for Youth concert series takes place on eight Saturday mornings throughout the season. Before every concert, Walt Disney Concert Hall becomes a musical playground with hands-on art making, musical activities, dance, and storytelling or theater. Judi Garratt, Los Angeles Unified School District Elementary Theatre Teacher for the Arts Education Branch, coordinates all pre-concert activities which take place in the lobby spaces one hour prior to the performance from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    JOANA CARNEIRO was a finalist of the 2002 Maazel-Vilar Conductor's Competition at Carnegie Hall where she was recognized by the jury for demonstrating a level of potential that holds great promise for her future career. Since then, her profile has grown quickly both in the U.S. and Europe, and recent engagements have included performances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Algarve Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Carneiro recently completed her tenure as music director of Los Angeles' Young Musician's Debut Orchestra. In past seasons she served as music director of the Campus Philharmonia Orchestra (Michigan), and as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Chamber Orchestra and the Beijing Orchestra at the International Musica Festival of Macau, the Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra, and the Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra. A native of Lisbon, Carneiro began her musical studies as a violist before receiving her conducting degree from the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon. Carneiro received her master's degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate with a full scholarship at the University of Michigan, where she studies conducting with Kenneth Kiesler. In March 2004, Carneiro was decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Jorge Sampaio, with the Commendation of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique.

    Grammy Award-winner CHRISTIAN McBRIDE is THE bassist-in-demand. Over the course of three albums as a leader and over a hundred as a sideman, Christian McBride has arguably become the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist to emerge from the jazz world in the 1990's. His passion for musical diversity has led him to work with everyone from Chick Corea to Pat Metheny, from Kathleen Battle to D'Angelo, from Diane Krall to Bruce Hornsby, from Quincy Jones to Sting. Given that the bass is the heart and soul of any music, this makes McBride's versatility all the more impressive. McBride has a recording coming out on Ropeadope that resists pigeonholes. His first release for the label, Live at Tonic, captures his capacious quartet joined by an array of guest artists, including eight-string guitar ace Charlie Hunter, Logic, pianist Jason Moran, violinist Jenny Scheinman, beat boxer Scratch, and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno. McBride holds Artistic Director posts at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass summer program. In January 2005, he was named co-director of The Jazz Museum in Harlem. While working for the museum in Harlem, McBride has been racking up frequent flyer miles as the second Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He works with the organization year-round, building on the Philharmonic's presence in the musical community as a leading presenter of jazz

    ED BARGUIARENA was born in San Jose, California and began his musical adventure listening to music performed by his family - amateur singers and guitarists. At age 10, he studied drumming and quickly started banging on everything in sight. Today, he is a music producer and composer, creating music for film, television, theater, dance, performances and recordings. He has received numerous grants and awards including a 2004 BBC Jazz Innovator Award nomination. Recent projects: The Sierra Club Chronicles (2006), a documentary television series.

    This concert is sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Marie Baier Foundation with additional support from Gordon & Adele Binder Foundation, Employees Community Fund of Boeing California, Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, Edison International, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates, B.C. McCabe Foundation, MetLife Foundation, David and Linda Shaheen Foundation, and State Street Corporation.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.


    SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2007, at 11 AM

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2007, at 11 AM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Jazz and the Orchestra


    JOANA CARNEIRO, conductor


    ED BARGUIARENA, writer

    JOHN BEASLEY, keyboards

    PETER ERSKINE, drums

    BOB SHEPPARD, saxophone

    ALAN KAPLAN, trombone

    CAROLYN PALMER, producer

    ED BARGUIARENA, writer

    JUDI GARRATT, activities coordinator

    DVORAK Symphony No. 9, "Finale"

    MINGUS "Better Git it in Your Soul"

    BERNSTEIN "Times Square 1944" from On the Town

    ELLINGTON "It Don't Mean a Thing"

    ELLINGTON (arr. John Clayton)"It Don't Mean a Thing"

    BARGUIARENA "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"

    O'LAUGHLIN "Arachnology"

    Tickets ($18) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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