Category Archives: Music – News

Winter Music Concert December 11

  AVPA Winter Music Concert Friday, December 11, 7pm Robert Frost Auditorium The Culver City High School AVPA Music program presents its annual Winter Concert on Friday, December 11, at 7pm in the Robert Frost Auditorium. Featured ensembles are: Concert Band String Ensemble Jazz Ensemble Jazz Combo Chamber Singers Sax Ensemble and a special surprise… Continue Reading

Fall Music Concert October 29

  AVPA Music Presents a Halloween Musical Evening Thursday, October 29, 7pm   Musical tricks and treats are in store at the AVPA Music Department’s Fall Concert, coming to Robert Frost Auditorium at Culver City High School on Thursday, October 29. Starting at 7 p.m., the free, family-friendly evening will feature Halloween-inspired music plus a… Continue Reading

AVPA Jazz at LACMA

AVPA Jazz at LACMA

    On Friday, September 4, I, and a small combo consisting of Reno Behnken, Josh Zucker, and Patrick Gardner (2015 graduate of AVPA), opened for an event honoring Kenny Burrell at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In the middle of summer, I was asked to put together this combo by Larry… Continue Reading

Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Perform at Music in the Parks

Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Perform at Music in the Parks

{fshare}The Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble performed at the Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday, May 9. Following a competition and adjudication in the morning at Valencia High School in Placentia, the students sprint the day at the Disneyland Resort. An awards ceremony for all the students participating in the festival that weekend was… Continue Reading

Spring Music Concerts May 22 and 29

Spring Music Concerts May 22 and 29

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 Small and Large Ensemble Events Culminate a Rewarding Season of Performances and Competition

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will present two spring music concerts, giving all of its instrumental and vocal ensembles a chance to share with the Culver City community works they have rehearsed and performed throughout the semester. Both concerts take place at 7 p.m. in the Robert Frost Auditorium at Culver City High School. Admission is free; donations are always welcome. On the calendar:

Friday, May 22: AVPA Showcase featuring smaller ensembles, including The Jazz Combo, Sax Ensemble, and several chamber music ensembles. The Jazz Combo has been making the rounds throughout the community; in addition to its annual entertaining gigs for the Culver City Education Foundation at “Sip for Our Schools” in October and “Tribute to the Stars” at Sony Pictures in May, the group also was a hit at the Culver City Mayor’s Luncheon and the PTSA Honorary Service Awards. The Jazz Combo and Sax Ensemble have been under the instruction of Dr. David Brennan, AVPA faculty member.

Friday, May 29: Large Ensemble Concert celebrating the talents of the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and several chamber music ensembles. The Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble recently performed at the Music in the Parks Festival. Both ensembles won 1st Place in their categories, as well as receiving ratings of “Excellent.” The Concert Band also performed at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Festival in March, receiving a rating of “Excellent” for their performance, and “Superior” for their sight-reading. On this concert, the Concert Band will feature 2 “theatre” works. “Cave of the Winds” by Russell Peck gives the Band a chance to move around the stage, accompanied by lighting designed by our student designers. “Liquid Compass” is an electroacoustic work by composer Alex Shapiro. Alex has created a recorded soundtrack to accompany the live Concert Band, creating a fascinating atmosphere for the piece. 

The Chamber Singers performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 1 as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival. More than 900 choral students from throughout the region performed several works in the hallowed hall. Three members of the Chamber Singers — Isabel Parra, Alberto Cruz, and Niko Vlahakis — were also selected to perform as part of the festival’s Honor Choir.

Various chamber music ensembles have been rehearsing throughout the spring and will perform different repertoire over both concerts. They are under the direction of String Ensemble director Dr. Tania Fleischer. The Chamber Singers are directed by Danielle Koplinka-Loehr and Dr. Tony Spano. Dr. Spano also directs the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble.

 

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Chamber Singers Perform at Disney Hall

Chamber Singers Perform at Disney Hall

{fshare} The AVPA Chamber Singers participated in the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, May 1. 900 students from around the area learned several songs to perform together in the hall. 3 members of the Chamber Singers – Isabel Parra, Alberto Cruz, and Niko Vlahakis –… Continue Reading

Jazz Combo Gets Around

Jazz Combo Gets Around

{fshare} The AVPA Jazz Combo has been popping up all over town lately. The ensemble has recently performed at: Culver City Mayor’s Luncheon, PTSA Honorary Service Awards show, CCEF’s Tribute to the Stars at Sony Pictures Studios, as well as the Health Center’s Fundraiser in February. The Jazz Combo also provided entertainment for the Ballona… Continue Reading

Students Perform for Honor Band and Honor Choirs

Students Perform for Honor Band and Honor Choirs

{fshare}Ten AVPA music students participated in the California State University, Los Angeles Honor Band and Honor Choir over the Jan. 23-25 weekend. Three members of the AVPA Chamber Singers were selected to sing with the L. A. Master Chorale’s Honor Choir. 100 students were chosen from over 900 who will participate in the Master Chorale’s… Continue Reading

AVPA Jazz Festival a Big Hit

AVPA Jazz Festival a Big Hit

{fshare}jazzfestival1Students in the AVPA Jazz Combo hosted an afternoon Jazz Festival with Culver City Middle School and Elementary students on Saturday, Jan. 31. The afternoon workshop included learning jazz standards and how to improvise. Students also performed with the Jazz Combo that evening for Jazz Night. They will also perform at the CCUSD District Music Festival on Feb. 17.

Top:  Jazz Combo performs at Jazz Night
Middle: The afternoon workshop featured the Jazz Combo teaching a variety of jazz music to the student participants
Bottom:  Middle School and Elementary student participants pose along with the Jazz Combo members

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