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BRIDGE TO JOY

FRIDAY, JULY 28 • 8 PM

THE MUSIC CENTER'S WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

Join us as 300 singers from Southern California and Japan come together for an evening of unity and friendship through music by performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Ode to Joy” and “Choral Fantasy”. The Bridge to Joy concert will be on Friday, July 28, 2017 at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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JEFFREY BERNSTEIN
music director & CONDUCTOR

Known for his ability to inspire audiences and musicians alike, Jeffrey Bernstein is a composer and conductor based in Southern California. He is founding artistic director of the Pasadena Master Chorale, an auditioned volunteer community chorus, and artistic director of the Los Angeles Daiku. Previously Bernstein served as artistic director of the Hollywood Master Chorale and assistant conductor of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS. From 1997 to 2008 Bernstein was director of choral music at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he rejuvenated a century-old Glee Club tradition and taught courses in music theory, counterpoint, composing and arranging, 20th-century music, and the American musical theater. He led over 25 professional productions and served as associate musical director for the national touring company of CATS.

During the twenty-five year span of his career Bernstein has conducted dozens of major works and led choirs on fourteen tours of three continents. Bernstein is the songwriter for the forthcoming PBS children’s television program “Luna Around The World”, set to premiere in 2018. He has composed numerous concert works, and his music has been performed across this country and in Europe, Japan and Australia.

Bernstein grew up in the Northeast, living in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts before moving to California in 1996. He holds music degrees from UCLA, Yale and Harvard, where he also served as acting associate director of choral activities and assistant conductor of the world-famous Harvard Glee Club. Bernstein studied conducting with Jorge Mester and Jameson Marvin and composition with Peter Lieberson, James Yannatos, Jacob Druckman, Roger Bourland and David Lefkowitz. He makes his home in Altadena, California.

 
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ray ushikubo
piano soloist • choral fantasy

Ray Ushikubo (Pianist) Exhibiting an innate musicality well beyond his years, sixteen-year-old Japanese-American pianist and violinist Ray Ushikubo has already performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since his solo orchestral debut at age 10 with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ray has appeared with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang at Orange County’s Segerstrom Concert Hall, and with pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Royce Hall in Los Angeles. A recipient of the prestigious Davidson Fellow Laureate Award in 2014, Ray won the 2016 Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the 2017 Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

During the 2016–2017 season, Ray made his debut with the Pasadena Symphony and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with conductor David Lockington.

Also an accomplished violinist, Ray loves to perform for people and has done so in a variety of settings. In August 2015 he made a special appearance as piano and violin soloist in a concert presented by Grand Performances in Los Angeles. Ray performed as piano soloist at the Los Angeles Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) for a peace ceremony honoring Hiroshima atomic bomb victims.

 
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glenn seven allen
tenor soloist

Glenn Seven Allen has performed on Broadway and at major regional theatres and opera houses throughout the U.S.  Broadway/NY: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Lincoln Center Theater/Nonesuch Records), CAROUSEL (Avery Fisher Hall/PBS Great Performances), GIRL CRAZY (City Center Encores), LA CAMPANA SOMMERSA, CANDIDE (NYCO), CASINO PARADISE (Lincoln Center- American Songbook), A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE (York Theater/JAY Records), A TIME FOR SINGING (York Theatre), RIGOLETTO (Queens Symphony), DER VAMPYR (Carnegie Hall), THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER (Alice Tully Hall), TURN OF THE SCREW (Symphony Space), ORANGE BLOSSOMS (Symphony Space/Albany Records), DI GOLDENE KALE (NYRT) A ROOM WITH A VIEW/The Italiano (Old Globe), CAMELOT/Lancelot (Arvada Center), HMS PINAFORE/Ralf (Opera Saratoga), SWEENEY TODD/Pirelli (Alpine Theater Project) THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER/Alexius (Bard Summerscape), 1776/Rutledge (Goodspeed), THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE/Frederic (Utah Shakespeare Festival), J.C. SUPERSTAR/Pilate (N.C. Theatre),CABARET/Cliff (Arena Stage-Helen Hayes Nominee-Best Actor), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC/Carl Magnus (Indiana Rep), MASTERCLASS/Tony (Gulfshore Playhouse). Training: MFA Acting (U of Washington), BFA Musical Theatre (U of Michigan). Faculty: Yale School of Drama.

 
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mari kumasaka
soprano soloist

Mari Kumasaka was born in Fukushima, Japan. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music as a vocal performance major in March 2006 and completed her vocal music masters course in March 2008. She appeared in the opera The Marriage of Figaro in the role of Susanna at Kunitachi College of Music. Ms. Kumasaka received the Grand Prize at the Tama Fresh Music Competition and received the second place award at the Soleil Music Competition in Tokyo. She has performed in the Tokyo Nikikai production of the Opera L'enfant et les sortilèges as The Fire at the New National Theater in Tokyo and in the Messiah concert as a soprano soloist in Tokyo. Ms. Kumasaka has also appeared in the opera Lohengrin at the New National Theater in Tokyo. She has been featured as a soprano soloist in a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Naruto, Tokushima, Japan and in Los Angeles, both conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein. Other soprano soloist performances include F. Schubert's Mass in G in Tokyo, Faure's Requiem in Tokyo, W.A. Mozart's Requiem in Fukushima, Japan.

 

ROBERT MACNEIL
TENOR soloist

Robert MacNeil has been praised by the Los Angeles Times for possessing a voice that is “clarion” and “clear”. After making his San Francisco Opera debut as the High Priest of Neptune in Mozart’s Idomeneo, he returned to perform in productions of Salome, Le Nozze di Figaro and in Werther, for which Opera News said Robert MacNeil “sang with panache.” Mr. MacNeil most recently performed with LA Opera in Lohengrin, after previous appearances including The Stigmatized, Fidelio, Il Trovatore, Der Rosenkavalier, Festival Play of Daniel, Tannhäuser, La Bohème and Il Tabarro. The tenor made his debut with the famed Ojai Festival under Kent Nagano in Orff’s Die Kluge and recorded the role of Martin in Copland’s opera The Tender Land, which was released on the Koch International Label.

The tenor, a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has his B.M. from Chapman University and M.M. from the University of Southern California. At the University of Southern California, he was a Marilyn Horne Scholar and was named Most Outstanding Graduate Student from the Thornton School of Music. Mr. MacNeil is currently on the voice faculty of California State University, Los Angeles and World Mission University and previously taught at Citrus College and Irvine Valley College.

 

hirokazu myochin
baritone soloist

Hirokazu Myochin graduated from the Tokyo College of Music, Vocalist Performance Course. He also completed the 53rd Nikikai (Japan) Opera Training Institute Master Class and received an excellent prize at the time of completion. Mr. Myochin has performed Beethoven’s No. 9, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Händel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass No. 2, Bernstein’s Mass. He was also invited from the Robert Crowder Foundation to perform Beethoven 9 conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein at JACCC’s Aratani Theatre in 2015. While he specializes in performing German songs for concerts, Mr. Myochin has also performed in operas and was seen in Don Giovanni (title role), Le Nozze di Figaro (Il Conte, Figaro), Die Zauberflöhte, (Papageno), La Boheme (Marcello,Shaunard), Don Pasqare (Dottor Maratesta), Tosca (Scarpia), L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Ottone ), Intermezzo (Robert Storch), Arabella (Mandryka), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), La Traviata (Giorgio Germont),Rigoletto (title role), Carmen (Escamillo).

His awards and prizes include the 57th All-Japan Student Music Competition in Tokyo Meeting Prize for Encouragement, the 12th Japan Ensemble Contest for Excellence Player Prize and Zenon Publishing Company Prize, and the first Juilliard School vocal music Audition Prize as Dr. Handa Encouragement. Mr. Myochin currently lives in Paris and Berlin.

 

AIKO SAKAZAKI ANGLIM
SOPRANO soloist

Aiko Sakazaki Anglim was born in Kobe, Japan, and grew up in Tokyo until moving to Los Angeles at the age of 6. Ms. Anglim holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education, and a California Music Teaching Credential from the University of Southern California. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholarship for the Master of Arts in Teaching.

A classically-trained soprano, Ms. Anglim is consistently a featured soloist with the Torrance Civic Chorale and has been the soprano soloist for LA Oratorio Chorus’ annual Japanese Messiah concert since 2012. Some of her other vocal accomplishments include performing with world-renown mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán, performing at Princeton University under the baton of Dr. James Jordan, and singing at Disney Hall with the LA Philharmonic under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Ms. Anglim is also an accomplished music educator. She teaches music full-time at elementary schools for a non-profit called P. S. ARTS. She is an active member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is also a sought-after bilingual choral conductor who is passionate about bringing Japan and the US together through music.

 
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tracy van fleet
mezzo soprano

Tracy Van Fleet, known for her rich and warm mezzo soprano, has earned critical acclaim singing from Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to the Symphonieorchester Lüneburg in Germany. As a soloist, she has performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Lüneburg Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Los Angeles Bach Festival, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, USC Symphony and Chorus, and others. Ms. Van Fleet has had the pleasure of multiple solo performances with the Los Angeles Daiku. She has had many appearances with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Opera Pacific, San Diego Opera and Opera Colorado. In 2017 she was the alto soloist for the multi-national production of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Germany for the Naruto Daiku. In 2016 she was the featured mezzo soloist on a tour of Italy singing the Mozart Requiem at many UNESCO sites. In 2013 she toured Europe and the U.S. with the Los Angeles Philharmonic singing in the new oratorio by John Adams The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Ms. Van Fleet earned a Master and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California, where she graduated cum laude.


Bridge to Joy is being produced in cooperation with the L.A. Daiku Association; Jeffrey Bernstein, Pasadena Master Chorale artistic and executive director and L.A. Daiku music director; the Japan America Society of Southern California; the Japan Business Association of Southern California; All-Japan Association of Daiku Choral Societies; and with nominal support from the Consul General of Japan, Los Angeles.

 


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