FROM ACTION TO ANIMATION

July 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM
International Pentecostal Church

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WELCOME!

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!

Vanessa Maez

Interim-President

 

HOLY ROAST CAFE

The Holy Roast Cafe will be open for all patrons beginning at 5:30 PM prior to our performance.

Holy Roast Cafe accepts card and contactless payment 

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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.

 
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MISSION STATEMENT

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

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GARY HAENDIGES, PRINCIPAL TROMBONE

March 5, 1966 - December 2, 2020

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DAVID MURPHY, TIMPANI

May 24, 1953 - April 27, 2021

...rest in peace...

 

PROGRAM

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)

   

 

INTERMISSION

*raffle tickets will still be on sale during intermission*

 

RAFFLE DRAWING

 

RAIDERS MARCH FROM INDIANA JONES: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

John Williams

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

Alan Silvestri

arr. Stefanos Kemanetzis

    

SUPERMAN MARCH

John Williams

    

 

OUR CONDUCTORS

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ISAIAH CASTRO

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.

 
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MICHAEL HUYNH

Associate Conductor

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.

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REBECCA HERNANDEZ

Assistant Director

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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HELP US GROW

Support Our Work

Synesthesia Sinfonietta is a community orchestra dedicated to providing our audience with a variety of quality programming. Our organization is thriving thanks to our generous benefactors, and we are highly grateful for the help we get in doing what we love the most. Interested in contributing a helping hand? The sky’s the limit when it comes to all the options.


Synesthesia Sinfonietta has obtained 501(C)3 status under the IRS, making all of our donations tax deductible! Get in touch today and see how you can help!

 

FEATURED ARTISTS

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NATHAN FULMIZI

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.

TOMMASO ANNONI

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.

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SARAH LONSERT

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
Bret Iwan
Loretta Malaby
Mark and Noriko Malaby
Bill Rogers and Camille Dixon

 

OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

We thank our sponsors and partners for their contributions towards Synesthesia Sinfonietta.
Without them, our operations would not be possible!

 

SUPPORT US WHEN YOU SHOP THROUGH AMAZON SMILE

Do you shop on Amazon? What better way to support us than to do it while you shop! Simply go to Amazon Smile, choose "Synesthesia Sinfonietta" as your charity of choice, and a portion of all orders placed through Amazon Smile will go towards Synesthesia Sinfonietta.

 

THE ENSEMBLE

concertmaster     *principal

VIOLIN

Aryan Blourchian

Chujian Li

Christopher Mach

Lawson Madlener

Carmen Marquez

Lauren Miller

Jonathan Nagano

Meri Sheegog

Jacob Tassos

Isaac Visoutsy

Samantha Vuong

Forrest Xiao

Youssef Zakaria*

VIOLA

Joshua Allen
Dana Apolonio
Kimberly Inglis
Janine Lai*
Joanna Mackinson
Daniel Oviedo
Adam Tassos

CELLO

Emily Balderrama
Josie Boyer
Annabelle Carlson
Maranda Li*
Benton Preciado
Paul Tassos

BASS

Andrew De Stakelberg*
Kenrick Lee
Miguel Martinez
Katie McNamara
Michael Selfridge

PICCOLO

Luis Alvarado
Eyana Fomby

FLUTE

Luis Alvarado
Marlon Arriaza
Madeline Brydges*
Eyana Fomby

OBOE

Claire Hom
Sydney Streightiff
Rohan Ramanan*

ENGLISH HORN

Sydney Streightiff

CLARINET

Carlos Herrera
David Sanchez
Jenna Tatiyatrairong*

BASS CLARINET/E-FLAT CLARINET

Carlos Herrera

BASSOON

Dan Abrams*
Alec Richard

HORN

Alexander Delperdang
Daniel Gallardo
Avery Jett
Star McAfee
Jennifer Ornelas*
Keith Pepper
Cynthia Trostler
Brandon Villon

TRUMPET

Julie Morimoto
Andy Owens
Troy Sargent*
Christopher Verastegui

TROMBONE

Terry Dawson
Nathan Fulmizi
Adrian Reyes*

BASS TROMBONE

Christopher Colocho

TUBA

Joseph Jackson

TIMPANI

Evan Guzman

PERCUSSION

Chris Amaro
Alejandro Lopez Jr.
Brandon Pozzo
Hiram Rivera*

HARP

Elisabeth Zosseder

PIANO, CELESTA, ORGAN

Christine Araoka
Lindsay Parsons*

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

DEELISA HURTADO

Venue Coordinator

NICOLE HERNANDEZ

Stage Manager

JOSEPH THOMPSON

Audio Technician

SULEEN MENCHACA

Audio Assistant

PRESCILA TRAN

Lighting Technician

ALFREDO GO

Live Stream Technician

MICHAEL ARES

Photograpy

RICKY HURTADO

Videography