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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 the beautiful rose garden that hosted the “East Meets West” Food Festival, with culinary treats provided by Pick Up Stix, Polly’s Pies, and Anaheim’s White House Restaurant. A Special Exhibit displayed throughout the Library commemorated the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relations, including Former President Richard Nixon’s visit to the People’s Republic of China in 1972.

Source: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library

OCMD’s Herald Trumpets opened the show with the Chinese and American Anthems, followed by introductions from the Nixon Library’s Executive VP, Jim Byron, Vice Consul General, Shi Yuanqiang, and OCMD’s own Founders, Charlie Zhang and Douglas Freeman.  The OCMD Chamber Orchestra then delighted the audience with performances of the Butterfly Lovers (He and Chen), the Magic Flute Overture (Mozart), “The Ludlows” from Legends of the Fall (Horner), Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto, and Berlioz’s Air Gai.

After the Orchestra performance, an enormous line extended down the halls for Charlie Zhang’s special book signing of his recently published biography, The Power of One Moment.

Thank you to the Nixon Library for hosting the Autumn Harvest Festival, and thank you to all the many friends and family in attendance! We had such a great time celebrating the abundance of the season with our local Orange County community. We would also like to thank Charlie and Ling Zhang for their generous support of the event, and Director Philip He for conducting OCMD Chamber Orchestra’s first ever performance. With over 700 people in attendance, the event was a huge success!

About the Orchestra

The OCMD Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2019 to provide an opportunity for students of OC Music and Dance to showcase their talents to the local community. It features faculty, professional, and student musicians, ranging in age from 8 – Adult. The Orchestra’s next performance is scheduled for Sunday, February 16, 2020, at the Nixon Library.


About the Nixon Foundation

The Richard Nixon Foundation applies the legacy and vision of President Richard Nixon, America’s relentless grand strategist, to defining issues facing our nation and the world. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum’s primary mission is to educate and inform. Through the work of their archive, museum, education, and public programming teams, they present an educational, cultural, and historical resource for local and international visitors, as well as our global research community. They assist all those who search for knowledge and understanding of the 37th President of the United States, his administration, and his ongoing impact on the world.


Orchestra Members

Thank you to all of our amazing orchestra members! Your talent and dedication made this event a truly memorable evening.

Philip He, Orchestra Director

Philip He graduated from the Ukrainian National P. I. Tchaikovsky Academy of Music. He is pursuing a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and is working with Norman Krieger and Jeffrey Kahne. He is also a student of the distinguished academic professor, Peter R. Webster, Scholar-in-Residence in Music Teaching and Learning.


Brian Chang, (Concertmaster), Bentie Feng, Brisa Perez-Garcia, Sheena Ishida, Yuri Ishida, Gianna Iskandar, Zhao Jie, Om Kamat, Aimee Kreston*, Sandra Lee, Christine Lee, Grace Li, Emily Liu, Karina Lui, Anabella Luo, Meri Sheegog*, Angela Tang, Megan Toal, Rose Yang, Yang Yuri, Katelyn Xu



Bobby Chang, Chloe Chang, Christian Kim, Andrew Chen, Adam Godina, Jason Ho, Anli Ishida, Derek Kong, Anthony Nguyen, Jason Lee, Alexander PhamTuong, Josie Velez, Nathan Wu, Eddie Yu*



Sophia Liang, Sarah Son



Gina Caviar*, Braden Chen, Launa Kressin*, Si Tran*, Jaden Tran, Shruthi Subramauian, Amanda Zhu



Malina Mow, Rudy Xool



Jonathan Rosales



Kaitlin Blam, Alistair Picken



Sarah Lin



Matthew Blam



Milton Salazar*



Lisa Castleman, Jenna Tatiyatrairong



Justin Lansing*, Mosis Wu



Kevin Larsson, Leo Sui



David Dunford*


*OCMD Faculty



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