Category: Feature

When you are raising a toddler, the time goes by FAST

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It seems like every day they are growing more and more, making you wonder – where did my baby go?! Knowing that soon your little one will start school and other activities, moments spent together become even more precious. Did you know that making music, singing, and dancing with your child is a great way to bond with your child?

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RECAP: OCMD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – NIXON LIBRARY

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The OC Music & Dance Multi-Generational Chamber Orchestra gave an unforgettable performance! The first appearance of the Orchestra was really special. On Sunday, September 22, our students performed at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library for the Autumn Harvest Festival, celebrating 40 years of friendship between the United States and China. Before the main program began, there was a reception in

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Bernstein, Made for TV

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On January 18, 1958, the first Leonard Bernstein “Young People’s Concert” was broadcast live on television. Through the 1960s, the programs took off and were seen in 40 countries. WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers Bernstein’s TV-friendly presence, in this episode of Fishko Files.

An annotated ‘Bolero’

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Here’s an annotated audio file version of Ravel’s “Bolero” that names the instruments playing the melodies with the timings of their entrances. Listen to this: ‘Bolero.’ Pacific Symphony Blog, Dec. 19, 2017.

A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of ‘Star Wars’

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In The New Yorker, Alex Ross takes a look at the new “Star Wars” score from John Williams and discusses its relation to Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle. A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of “Star Wars.” The New Yorker, Jan. 3, 2018.

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Mindy Ball, Harp

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Mindy Ball began playing the harp at age 12, later graduating from Chapman University with honors in harp performance. She also trained with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein. Currently celebrating her 38th year as principal harp with Pacific Symphony, she is also principal harp with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and has held principal positions with Opera

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OCMD: A look back at our first six months

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You’ve got to start somewhere, and so we did April 22 with a grand opening celebration. Droves of kids and parents toured our new facility, met our instructors and heard performances. A couple of weeks later, on Memorial Day, our students and faculty and their associates from local schools boarded a ship in Newport Harbor to tape a YouTube video

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MUSE OF THE MONTH: Carol Lechich-LeMar, volunteer

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Like her family members in Ohio, Carol Lechich-LeMar has volunteered most of her life. Carol thrives on balance, excellence and variety. Most recently she was inspired by OC Music & Dance, whose mission is to nurture, empower and motivate talent. Carol has helped children, the elderly and those in between for many years, including serving with The Irvine Police and Orange

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Interview: Conductor Anu Tali

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The Estonian conductor makes her debut with Pacific Symphony in concerts tonight through Saturday. Interview: Conductor Anu Tali. Pacific Symphony Blog, Nov. 22, 2017.

STAR STUDENT: Daniel Caro

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Daniel Caro began playing drums at the age of 6 because his mother said he had too much energy to burn. He has studied with Johnny Byrne, the drummer from KC and the Sunshine Band, for the past several years. He’s participated in four of Byrne’s Drummer’s Showcases, winning an Outstanding Drummer award. Caro has been performing since the 4th

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