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Orchestra Nova Presents: Bach, Baroque, Beatles And All That Jazz November 18

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:04 pm

Bringing “beauty and joy” into the lives of everyone they can reach, Orchestra Nova will present “Bach, Baroque, Beatles and All That Jazz” Friday, November 18 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center at the high school campus. Led by conductor and artistic director Jung-Ho Pak Orchestra Nova aims to be to classical music what Cirque du Soleil is for the circus. “The experience makes it different,” said Orchestra CEO Beverly Lambert. She, Pak and select musicians recently met with mayor Casey Tanaka and about 50 members of the community in a private reception at the Coronado Yacht Club.

“We’ve thought about Coronado for a long time,” she said, regarding the decision to perform here. “Once we took a look at the wonderful performance space at the high school campus we knew it would be a good fit for what we wanted to accomplish. We’re very into technology and using multiple media mediums to make the performance that much more captivating and compelling.” Lambert’s staff went through patron databases from past performances looking for those who call Coronado home. “I called about 50 people, told them how much their support meant and invited them to an evening with Jung-Ho and the musicians to discuss the Orchestra in their community.”

In a media release, Tanaka said, “I am elated to see Orchestra Nova coming to Coronado to share their exceptional musicianship and creative interpretation of classical music with our community. This is a priceless opportunity for music lovers to hear musicians who are at the top of their game and it is an equally priceless opportunity for people in our community who would like to learn more about timeless pieces of music explained and interpreted by the eminent conductor, Jung-Ho Pak. This is yet another example of how lucky we are to live in a community like Coronado with so many jewels in her crown!”

Lambert set the scene for what viewers can expect in Orchestra Nova experience. “Jung-Ho likes to greet people before each concert so he’ll grab a few musicians and work the crowd. He’s truly a good human being. It’s all about connects for him and the members of the orchestra. We don’t want classical music to be this far out thing people feel they can’t understand or connect with and with him going out there and interacting with the people who will be present it only helps the audience to further engage and connect with the emotion he and the musicians are conveying. We’re lucky to have some of the best in the business and because they love what they do it’s reflected in how they they interact with Jung-Ho, the audience and each other.”

“Bach, Baroque, Beatles and All That Jazz” will focus on the relationship between music of Bach and Vivaldi during the Baroque period and today’s jazz music, with some Beatles arrangements added to the mix. “When people enter the lobby they’ll see actors in period-themed attire. Everything from the concessions to the décor will reflect each musical period addressed. We want people to understand the vision on every level,” said Lambert.

She continued, “A special feature will be the world premiere of the Concerto for Jazz Quartet and String Orchestra written by San Diego State University alum: performer, composer and educator Richard Thompson. The jazz quartet will showcase Tripp Sprague (tenor and soprano saxophones, flute), Rob Thorsen (bass), Richard Sellers (drums) and Richard Thompson (piano).”

Looking to future, a second Nova Classics concert, Nova Goes Green, will be performed in Coronado on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. With a centerpiece of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, this performance will focus on the celebration of Mother Earth, of hope and renewal, the conservation of nature’s precious resources, the beauty and the joy of the living Lamber said. “We’re emerging on the national stage and in future will perform with Celtic Woman on KPBS. Local live concerts will always be a part of the Orchestra Nova experience but we’re definitely excited about the future and work in the television and online mediums.

Staying true to its mission of remaining universally accessible Orchestra Nova offers $10 tickets to students and educators as well as free tickets to active military members and their families for all Nova Classics performances. For more information about Orchestra Nova or to purchase tickets to a performance go to www.orchestranova.org or call 858-350-0290.

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