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  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Concerts at Van Nuys High School, Pomona First Baptist Church and St. John Chrysostom Church
  • Dec. 17, 2008
  • Conductor Ryan McAdams leads the Philharmonic in a Program of Vaughan Williams, Mozart and Tchaikovsky featuring Soprano Ji Young Yang

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2008, AT 7PM, VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL (FREE); THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008, AT 7:30PM, POMONA FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ($5); FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008, AT 7PM, ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM CHURCH (FREE)

    Neighborhood Concerts (12/17, 12/19) are supported by the Annenberg Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the Weingart Foundation.

    The Pomona First Baptist Church Community Concert is presented by the City of Pomona, Cal Poly Pomona, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Pomona First Baptist Church, Pomona Unified School District and

    Mt. San Antonio College

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic begins its 2008/09 Neighborhood Concert series with three free performances led by conductor Ryan McAdams featuring soprano Ji Young Yang. The program includes Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on "Greensleeves," Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Suite No. 1. The performances at Van Nuys High School and St. John Chrysostom Church are free. The concert at Pomona First Baptist Church is $5.

    Ticket requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The one-hour concerts are presented without an intermission. Advance tickets may be available by calling Van Nuys High School, 818.778.6871 or emailing wolfpackmusic1@gmail.com, for the concert on December 17; Pomona City Hall, 909.620.2321 or 909.869.3500, for the Pomona First Baptist Church concert on December 18; or St. John Chrysostom Church, 310.677.2736, for the concert on December 19.

    The concert at the Pomona First Baptist Church marks the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's community concerts in Pomona.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's neighborhood concerts include free orchestra, chamber music and jazz concerts in churches, community centers and other local venues around Southern California. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has been presenting free neighborhood and community concerts for the past 17 years, as part of the organization's dedication to making music accessible to the widest possible audience.

    Twenty-six year old conductor RYAN McADAMS is quickly establishing himself as one of the major talents of his generation. Currently the 15th Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, McAdams follows in a distinguished line of conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Mischa Santora, and Myung-Whun Chung. A Fulbright scholar, he previously served as Apprentice Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under the tutelage of Chief Conductor and Music Director-Designate of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert. This past spring, he was invited by Lorin Maazel to create the post of Apprentice Conductor for the Chateauville Foundation at the Maazel Estate in Virginia, assisting Maestro Maazel on a production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with singers from the MET Lindemann program and members of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In the 2008-09 season, McAdams appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Wordless Music Series, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony. The 2007-08 season included appearances with the New Jersey Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Rutgers University, and the Juilliard FOCUS! Festival. He also served as cover conductor to David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in performances of Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony and the U.S. Premiere of John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony, and served as assistant conductor to Anne Manson at the Juilliard Opera Center for the New York premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town. This was in addition to his three Carnegie Hall appearances with the NYYS. In 2005 and 2006, he attended the Aspen Music Festival as an Academy Conductor, studying with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin, and participating in masterclasses with Marin Alsop, George Manahan, Leonard Slatkin, Asher Fisch, and James Conlon. In 2006, David Zinman selected him to serve as his assistant on the Aspen premiere of Rorem's Our Town, and was awarded the first-ever Glimmerglass-Aspen Prize for Opera Conducting. In 2008, he returns to serve as the Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Festival. A recent graduate of the Juilliard conducting program, Ryan McAdams has worked with all of the Juilliard orchestral ensembles, and served as a graduate-level Aural Skills instructor.

    Korean native JI YOUNG YANG is a second-year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. Founded in 1977 as the San Francisco Affiliate Artists-Opera Program, Adler Fellowships are performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers and coach/accompanists. Yang made her San Francisco Opera debut last season as the Young Shepherd in Tannh"auser and appeared as Pamina (The Magic Flute for Families), Julia Agnes Lee (Appomattox), A Singer (La Rondine), and The Rose in The Little Prince. She was heard earlier this year as Giannetta (L'Elisir d'Amore) at Boston Lyric Opera. During her 2006 season with the Merola Opera Program she performed Ilia (Idomeneo) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) in staged concert scenes. In 2007 the soprano appeared as Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) at Lincoln Theater in Yountville and as Frasquita (Carmen) at the Mondavi Center at U.C. Davis. Yang began her formal studies at Seoul National University and holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as a post-graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory. She was a New England regional finalist in the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and that same year received the Frank and Carmela Pandolfi Award from the Connecticut Opera Guild. She returns to the Company this fall as Xenia (Boris Godunov) and Adina in The Elixir of Love for Families.

    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.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:



    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2008, AT 7 PM (FREE)

    Van Nuys High School

    6535 Cedros Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91411

    Ample free parking available



    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008, AT 7:30 PM ($5)

    Pomona First Baptist Church

    601 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA 91767

    Ample church parking available



    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008, AT 7PM (FREE)

    St. John Chrysostom Church

    546 East Florence Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301

    Ample church parking available



    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    RYAN McADAMS, conductor

    JI YOUNG YANG, soprano



    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on "Greensleeves"

    MOZART Exsultate, jubilate

    TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker, Suite No. 1

    Neighborhood Concerts are supported by the Annenberg Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the Weingart Foundation.

    The Pomona First Baptist Church Community Concert is presented by the City of Pomona, Cal Poly Pomona, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Pomona First Baptist Church, Pomona Unified School District and Mt. San Antonio College

    Admission for the concerts at Van Nuys High School and St. John Chrysostom Church is FREE. Tickets are $5 for the concert at Pomona First Baptist Church. Tickets are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The one-hour concerts are presented without an intermission. Advance tickets may be available by calling Van Nuys High School, 818.778.6871 or emailing wolfpackmusic1@gmail.com, for the concert on December 17; Pomona City Hall, 909.620.2321 or 909.869.3500 for the Pomona First Baptist Church concert on December 18; or St. John Chrysostom Church, 310.677.2736, for the concert on December 19. Los Angeles Philharmonic information is available by calling 323.850.2000 or visiting the website at LAPhil.com.

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