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TIS THE SEASON

Brianna Finnell, soprano

David Sanchez, tenor

José Luis Maldonado, baritone

Isaiah Castro, conductor

December 3 & 4, 2021 | 8:00 PM

International Pentecostal Church

 

HOLY ROAST CAFE

The Holy Roast Cafe will be open for all patrons beginning at 6:30 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.

 

PROGRAM

CHRISTMAS FANFARE

Isaiah Castro (b.1994)

 

FANTASIA ON "GREENSLEEVES"

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)

Michael Huyhn, associate conductor

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Alan Silvestri (b. 1950)

arr. Jerry Brubaker

 

SELECTIONS FROM "THE NUTCRACKER SUITE"

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

 

SLEIGH RIDE

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)

 

HANUKKAH FESTIVAL OVERTURE

Lucas Richman (b. 1964)

 

 

INTERMISSION

 

DECK THE HALL

Carmen Dragon (1914-1984)

 

SOMEWHERE IN MY MEMORY FROM HOME ALONE

John Williams (b. 1932)

Brianna Finnell, soprano

GESÙ BAMBINO

Pietro A. Yon
arr. William Ryden

José Luis Maldonado, baritone

WALKING IN THE AIR FROM THE SNOWMAN

Howard Blake (b. 1938)

Brianna Finnel, soprano

Michael Huynh, associate conductor

YOU'RE A MEAN ONE MR. GRINCH!

Albert Hague (1920-2001)

José Luis Maldonado, baritone

WHITE CHRISTMAS

Irving Berlin (1888-1989)

arr. Carmen Dragon

Brianna Finnell, soprano

David Sanchez, tenor

THE CHRISTMAS SONG

Mel Tormé (1925-1999)

 

 
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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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BRIANNA FINNELL

Soprano

Brianna Finnell, soprano, has just recently made her professional debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus with Pacific Lyric Association Opera. She has earned her MFA in Vocal Performance at University of California, Irvine and holds a bachelor of music from the same institution. At UCI, she appeared as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Emily Webb in Our Town. During the Covid 19 pandemic, she was recording vocals from her home studio for various churches and producers. Her videos have been shared by famous soprano Angel Blue, The McCallum Theatre and Theatre 29.

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DAVID SANCHEZ

Tenor

Tenor Soloist, David Sánchez has sung with many groups around the country. He has sung with the Men of Song as a Tenor soloist, and has also had the opportunity to sing at the Hollywood Bowl with Andrea Bocelli. Sánchez has also been seen on stage in roles such as Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman. He can currently be seen singing with the world renowned Gold Medal winning group Westminster Chorus. David Sánchez is a California State University, Fullerton graduate where he studied Music Education with an emphasis on instrumental education. In addition to being a successful vocalist, David Sánchez also studied clarinet and has been a member of the Synesthesia Sinfonietta Orchestra since it’s debut

 
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JOSÉ LUIS MALDONADO

Baritone

José Luis Maldonado, Jr. was born in Montebello, California and grew up in the city of Whittier. He began his musical studies at age 8 as a saxophonist. He did not begin singing until he was 19 years of age, when he studied Bel Canto with world class soprano, Ann Gresham. 


"It is more than singing; we present our souls to the world through our instrument with words, music and body language. As an artist, I always want to create beauty and profundity through my singing."


Maldonado has been awarded music scholarships at Cerritos and Rio Hondo College, as well as, California State University, Fullerton. José is a member of the Los Angeles Opera College Advisory Comittee and has performed in several LA Opera Masterclasses. He is a proud member of the professional ensemble, project ERANOS. He was recently the winner of the New Century Singers young Artist Competition and was in Boston as a finalist for Classical Singer Magazine's Audition Plus Competition. José has also toured for schools (k-12) across Southern California performing " Songscapes on Tour," under the direction of Ann Gresham. In the Vocal Performance program at CSUF along with his merit scholarship, he received the Jane Smith Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Award and the Opera Award. At CSUF he performed as Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in 2014. His second operatic role was as Baron Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow, by Franz Lehar, in February, 2015. In March 2015, he presented his first professional recital in the city of Whittier titled: “Dulce et Decorum est...” alongside soprano, Kristin Kenaston. In April he performed the role of il Marito in G.C. Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball. Mr. Maldonado went to Italy joining the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in June/July 2015 as a baritone soloist. In April 2016, he peformed the role of JJ Peachum in Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera. After his senior recital in May, Jose graduated with BM in Vocal Performance from the Cal State Fullerton School of Music. José completed his graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a Master's of Music degree under the tutlelage of Mailtand Peters. At the Manhattan School of Music he performed the role of Haraschta in Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and the role of Kalmán Zsupán in the main stage production of Die Zigeunerbaron by Johann Strauss II in 2017. He recently has performed the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, by W.A. Mozart in March 2018 and the role of Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola in April 2018. In July he performed the title role of Falstaff in Falstaff, by Giuseppe Verdi for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance Opera Festival in New York City. José has performed the role of Poncio Pilatos in the opera El Caminante de Nazaret by Rafael Grulloón with the Mimesis Ensemble in New York City. He has performed with OperaMaya in Cancun Mexico and the iSing Festival in China in the summer of 2019, where he also sang the role of Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen with the Missouri Symphony. In 2021, he reprised Cosî fan tutte with the Opera Next Door in Brooklyn. He then sang in the Napa Vallesy Music Festival as Betto Gianni Schicchi, alongside Lucas Meachem as the title role. Mr. Maldonado performed in Busseto in the Carlo Bergonzi academy as Sharpless in Madama Butterly and performed in recital in Castel Guelfo. This fall he is performing Don Giovanni’s Masetto with Mission Opera, Cendrillon (Viardot) ‘s Pictordu with Santa Monica College Opera Theatre and Papageno from Die Zauberflöte with Music On Site, Inc. in Witchita, Kansas. Maldonado has been reviewed by Opera News as a "seemingly unlimited baritone", and he is a recipient of the Opera Buffs Inc. Career grant and as well as the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. He was also a proud member of the Holland Community Opera Fellowship with Opera Omaha in the fall of 2018. 

 

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 conductor 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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MARANDA LI

Assistant Conductor

Trained as a cellist, Maranda Li received her B.A. in Music from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied with Dr. Margaret Parkins. She has been deeply engaged with classical music from a young age and has performed both solo and in ensembles of varying size, but her first love is the Symphony Orchestra. 


From 2016-2019, Li lived in Amami, Japan where she served as conductor of the Amami Orchestra. There, she oversaw the development of the orchestra through its early formative period, prepared them for performances under guest conductors, created and taught classes for beginner string players, and frequently collaborated with local soloists as both a conductor and a cellist. She also expanded the scope of Amami Orchestra's educational outreach efforts through a series of side-by-side performances with local high school wind bands that continued even after her return to the US.


Li currently studies conducting with Dr. Stephen Tucker. When not on the podium or playing in the orchestra as a cellist, Li enjoys performing chamber music, teaching, and arranging. She concurrently holds a position as community program coordinator for OC Music & Dance, Orange County's premier non-profit music school, which is dedicated to making performing arts accessible to every child.

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

GUERRY COLINS & RENA STONE

BRET IWAN

LORETTA MALABY

MARK & NORIKO MALABY

BILL ROGERS & CAMILLE DIXON

ANONYMOUS SUPPORTERS

 

OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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

 

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THE ENSEMBLE

concertmaster     *principal

 

VIOLIN

Aryan Blourchian*

Noah Cisneros

Olga Ivanenko

Chujian Li

Ariana Mares

Carmen Marquez

Priscilla Rocha

VIOLA

Esra İrena Arin
Janine Lai
Lawson Madlener*

CELLO

Emily Balderrama
Yaebon Go
Maranda Li*
Lydia Lifquist

BASS

Andrew De Stakelberg*

PICCOLO

Luis Alvarado

FLUTE

Luis Alverado
Eyana Fomby
David Ramirez*

OBOE

Rohan Ramanan*
Tate Shoebridge

ENGLISH HORN

Tate Shoebridge

CLARINET

David Sanchez
Amelia Smith
Jenna Tatiyatrairong*

BASS CLARINET

David Sanchez

BASSOON

Dan Abrams*
Carlos Herrera

HORN

Jennifer Ornelas*
Keith Pepper
Cynthia Trostler
Patrick Williams

TRUMPET

Julie Morimoto
Andrew Owens
Troy Sargent*

TROMBONE

Luis Gracia Alonso
Adrian Reyes*

BASS TROMBONE

Nathan Fulmizi

TUBA

Joseph Jackson*

TIMPANI

Shota Hanai

PERCUSSION

Chris Amaro
Taylor Estep
Hiram Rivera*
Jacky Nozuka

HARP

Jessica Brizuela (12/4)
Kaitlin Miller (12/3)

PIANOCELESTA

Marisa Lifquist

MASCOT

Lina

BEHIND THE SCENES

DEELISA HURTADO

Venue Coordinator

SULEEN MENCHACA

Audio Technician

KENZIE JONES

Recording Engineer

PRESCILA TRAN

Lighting Technician

MICHAEL ARES

Photography

RICKY HURTADO

Videography

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

ARYAN BLOURCHIAN

President

TATIANA GIESLER

Secretary