FROM ACTION TO ANIMATION
July 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM
International Pentecostal Church
Hello everyone and thank you for joining us for Synesthesia Sinfonietta’s From Action to Animation concert program! As Interim-President of our organization, I am grateful to work with a board of incredible and passionate people. And as a musician, I am constantly impressed by the talent of this diverse group. It is surreal to see a group like this come together and create such an extraordinary experience for each other and audiences alike, and we look forward to sharing many more great music as we continue growing as an organization. Thank you again for coming to enjoy and celebrate the efforts of our musicians and members, and we hope you enjoy tonight’s performance!
PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK
In response to Los Angeles County's recent reinstatement of masks, we will be asking all guests to remain masked when inside the venue throughout the duration of the performance.
SYNESTHESIA (N) - when the stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic experience in another sense.
At Synesthesia Sinfonietta, our purpose is to evoke in our audiences an experience of orchestral musical selections which goes beyond the mere enjoyment of sound production. By showcasing selections from the familiar to the lesser known, from the past to the relevant present in a thematic format, we invite listeners to find personal connections within the programming that takes them on journeys to imagined sights, smells, and feelings. Additionally, we seek to unite audiences within these multi-sensory experiences while working with up and coming musicians, composers, and artists in our unique programming approach.
IN LOVING MEMOERY
GARY HAENDIGES, PRINCIPAL TROMBONE
March 5, 1966 - December 2, 2020
DAVID MURPHY, TIMPANI
May 24, 1953 - April 27, 2021
...rest in peace...
A SONG FOR JAPAN
Steven Verhelst (b.1981)
In memory of Gary Haendiges
Nathan Fulmizi, trombone
A LITTLE PRAYER
Evelyn Glennie (b.1965)
arr. Isaiah Castro
In memory of David Murphy
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST OVERTURE
Alan Menken (b.1949)
MONONOKE HIME MEDLEY
Joe Hisaishi (b.1952)
arr. Tommaso Annoni
MUSIC FROM FROZEN
Kristen Anderson-Lopez (b.1972) & Robert Lopez (b.1975)
Arr. Bob Krogstad
Sarah Lonsert, soprano
THEME FROM JURASSIC PARK
John Williams (b.1932)
*raffle tickets will still be on sale during intermission*
RAIDERS MARCH FROM INDIANA JONES: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Rebecca Hernandez, assistant conductor
MUSIC FROM ROCKY
arr. Patrick Roszell
MUSIC FROM SPIDER-MAN
Danny Elfman (b.1953)
Michael Huynh, associate conductor
PORCH FROM AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Alan Silvestri (b.1950)
arr. Isaiah Castro
PORTALS FROM AVENGERS: END GAME
arr. Stefanos Kemanetzis
Artistic and Music Director
Responsible for overseeing all programs and events, Isaiah Castro is an award-winning conductor, composer, and founding member of the Synesthesia Sinfonietta. Castro studied instrumental conducting and composition at California State University Fullerton’s School of Music. His love for music began at the age of 10 with piano and various brass instruments, later inspiring him to express interest in conducting and composing at the age of 12. His most recent accomplishments feature:
• Commissioned to compose original music for the San Jose Youth Symphony
• Received recognition through the American Harp Society for his work "Love Is" written for harp and choir.
• Scoring music for Embark Dance Theatre's first full-length production, "LOST/find.”
• Achieving status on the Grammy Awards ballot for his piece "Dios Mío", written for award-winning soprano, Sarah Lonsert.
• Writing arrangements for Pacific Symphony Orchestra's program "OC Can You Play?"
Concurrently, Castro enjoys collaborating with solo artists, and ensembles, creating new music one work at a time. He is in high demand by several organizations throughout California as both a composer and conductor. Not only is he artistic and music director of Synesthesia Sinfonietta, but he is also the music director of Buddha's Light Youth Symphony Orchestra (BLYSO) at Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, CA and serves as the primary pianist and organist at International Pentecostal Church in Bellflower, CA. Presently, he rides in Chino, CA where he is dedicated to the development and success of the Synesthesia Sinfonietta.
Responsible for overseeing chamber programs, Michael Huynh, conductor and clarinetist, is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University where he studied orchestral conducting with Christopher Russell.
As a conductor, Huynh has an interest in the orchestral and operatic repertoire. In 2018, he was selected to appear at the College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference with Alan McMurray in a master class setting. Recent conducting engagements include assistant conducting Opera UCI’s 2019 production of Die Fledermaus, where he also served as the chorus master, leading the California Solisti in collaboration with the Arts at St. Margaret’s, and performances with the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California. Future engagements are scheduled in 2021 with his new appointment as Associate Conductor of Synesthesia Sinfonietta.
Huynh holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Azusa Pacific University where he studied with Christopher Russell. He also holds professional affiliations with College Orchestra Directors Association and Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity.
Rebecca Hernandez obtained her Choral Music Education degree at Cal State Fullerton and has been conducting for over 10 years. During her attendance at Chino Hills High School she conducted the Beginning Women's Choir and her junior year, was named the Treble Choir Student Director. With these groups she conducted at events such as the Disneyland Performing Arts Showcase, the CHHS choir tour to New Orleans, and many choir concerts throughout the years.
At Irvine Valley College in 2016, she made her college conducting debut as guest student conductor of the IVC Master Chorale and the IVC Wind Symphony. Later she went on to guest conduct the IVC Symphony Orchestra, making her the first student to conduct all 3 groups. She was the conductor of the Irvine Valley Chamber Singers in the first ever IVC sophomore conducting recital under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Rochford.
She has studied conducting under Dr. Jeffery Benson during the San Jose State summer conducting program as well as with Dr. Kimo Furumoto and Dr. Robert Istad during her time at CSUF. Outside of school, Rebecca helped to found Synesthesia Sinfonietta with Isaiah Castro.
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A Song for Japan: Trombone
Nathan Fulmizi is a freelance bass/tenor trombonist and music educator from Orange County, California. Nathan has been studying music since he was a small child, and has dedicated his life to his craft of playing the trombone. He decided to pursue a career in music in high school, where he discovered his love of playing the trombone and of teaching his peers. Nathan studied music education and bass trombone performance in college. During this time, he also took lessons with his grandfather, Len Wicks, a professional bass trombonist, professor, and pupil of Craig Ware and Bob Sanders. Additionally, his collegiate career also included playing at several colleges and universities, such as Vangaurd University, Concordia University, Cal State University Fullerton, University Of California Los Angelas (UCLA), and many more. Nathan keeps busy freelancing on the tenor and bass trombone in the greater Orange County and Los Angeles area. He plays many different styles and genres of music, such as jazz, classical, and commercial music. Some groups that Nathan performs with include: St. Andrews Brass, South Bay Pit Orchestra, The Corona Symphony, Bones West Trombone Choir, Big Band 2000, Mordad Orchestra Salsa and Cumbia Band, and King Davids’ Raggae Gospel Band. Nathan also works tirelessly as a music educator. He is a full-time band director for Orange Coast Musical Arts, a private organization that offers band classes to homeschoolers and private Christian schools, ranging from elementary to high school in several locations across Orange County. Furthermore, Nathan works as a brass coach for youth orchestra, BLYSO, and as a private music instructor for multiple music studios in Orange County. Nathan currently resides in Huntington Beach with his lovely wife, Annabella, and is looking forward to continuing his work as a performer and educator.
Mononoke Hime: Arranger
Tommaso Annoni is a music composer who writes for videogames, movies, and television. He is also a flutist with many orchestral appearances (including at Boston Symphony Hall), and plays a variety of ethnic flutes.
In love with the expressiveness of the orchestra since a young age, he studied flute, piano, and composition at Conservatorio di Parma (Italy), theater at IUAV (Venezia, Italy) and around Europe, and Film and Videogame Scoring at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). In the past, he has also been an actor and educator.
Projects on which he worked on won several awards. He has been:
• Assistant Conductor for the documentary Sky Blossom (Best Documentary Feature at Yellowstone International Film Festival 2021),
• Composer for the videogame Two Interviewees (Treccani’s Award for Excellence in Italian Web),
• Orchestrator for the concert series Imparo l’Opera (Filippo Siebaneck Award at Franco Abbiati Italian Music Critic Award).
He is currently a composer for Blue Pink Music Group, and Composer&Editor for Neither Nor Publishing.
Music from Frozen: Soprano
Lyric Coloratura Soprano, Sarah Lonsert, began her singing career as a form of therapy for her High-functioning Autism. Winner of the Vo-Cal Competition, 2nd at NATS, and semifinalist in the Classical Singer competition. She has sung with; Andrea Bocelli, The L.A. Symphony, and John Williams. Notable overseas performances; Rome, Paris, Eglise Notre-Dame des Blancs-Manteaux, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, The Glinka Cappella, and The Rock Church. Sarah’s scholastic achievements are graduating from California State University Fullerton with her BM in Vocal Performance and is currently working on her Master’s in Music at California State University Northridge. Sarah continues to study classical voice under Diane Ketchie. She currently performs in the LA Master Chorale under Maestro Grant Gershon and in the Pacific Chorale under Maestro Robert Istad.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Guerry Collins and Rena Stone
Mark and Noriko Malaby
Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon
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Andrew De Stakelberg*
BASS CLARINET/E-FLAT CLARINET
Alejandro Lopez Jr.
PIANO, CELESTA, ORGAN
BEHIND THE SCENES
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