DAILY NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY

Spend Thanksgiving at Salt Creek Grille

Permalink 10/31/14 18:30, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Business

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Salt Creek Grille will host a traditional turkey dinner Nov. 27 with stuffing, candied yams, roasted fall vegetables, cranberry orange relish, whipped Yukon gold potatoes, pan gravy and pumpkin or pecan pie.


The eatery will also feature a limited menu that boasts Turducken, oven-roasted boneless chicken, turkey and duck served with cornbread stuffing.

Patrons can also opt for Chilean sea bass, Filet Mignon, spaghetti squash ravioli and the restaurant's signature Grille Chop. A kids' menu includes chicken strips, pizza and mac and cheese.

Turkey dinner is $35 for adults; $16 for kids. Other menu items range from $10 to $39.


The restaurant is located at 32802 Pacific Coast Highway. Dana Point, CA 92629

For more information, call 949-661-7799.

Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

Elks Scholarships announced

Permalink 10/31/14 14:01, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, Charitable

CALIFORNIA-HAWAII ELKS ANNOUNCE 2015-2016 UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

For the academic year 2015-2016 the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. Board of Trustees will offer over $48,000 in undergraduate educational scholarships.

During the years in which this annual scholarship assistance competition has been in existence, the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities has increased from five scholarships of $1,000 each to twenty to thirty scholarships of $1,000 - $2,000 each.

Scholarship recipients can reapply each year. If qualified, they can receive up to a total of four years of assistance.

This scholarship is a financial needs-based and academic use scholarship. It is intended for undergraduate work at a licensed vocational school, accredited community college, or four-year college.

The funds are to cover academic expenses, which include tuition, books, lab fees and on-campus room and board only.

Individuals applying must be a United States citizen and a resident of California or Hawaii; have a physical impairment, neurological impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and/or speech-language disorder; and be a senior in high school, a high school graduate, or have passed the General Educational Development (GED) Examination or California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE).

The Scholarship Committee of the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. will review applications. All persons involved will be notified of the results. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available after November 15, 2014 from the Elks website at www.chea-elks.org/youth-activities/scholarships.

Please obtain an application packet that is designated for the approaching academic year. The applicant is responsible for properly executing and forwarding the completed application to the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2015 and received in the office of California-Hawaii Elks Major Project 5450 East Lamona Ave. Fresno, CA. 93727-2224

 

“KEEP COMMUNICATING”
Andy Costello
2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman
Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

This Sunday: Music of Prokofiev, Purcell, Nielsen, and Weber at Cal State Fullerton

Permalink 10/31/14 13:36, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

NOVEMBER 2ND, 2014 AT 4 PM

MENG HALL AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY - FULLERTON

800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831

Program:
Nielsen: At the Bier of a Young Artist
Prokofiev: Quintet in G minor, Opus 39
Purcell: Fantasia Upon One Note
Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Opus 34

Salastina returns to Cal State Fullerton's stunning Meng Hall in a concert featuring our friend Håkan Rosengren.

Guest Artists:
Sarah Koo, cello
Laura Pearson, viola
Stephanie Payne, bass
Håkan Rosengren, clarinet
Lara Wickes, oboe

Tickets for this concert are being sold directly through Cal State Fullerton. Please click here to purchase tickets.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Saddleback College

Permalink 10/31/14 13:32, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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It’s Christmas Time for Charlie Brown


Mission Viejo, CA – The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is thrilled to present A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz on December 5-13 in the Studio Theatre at Saddleback College.

This holiday play with music is based on the beloved annual television special including the classic song "Christmas Time is Here" and the music of Vince Guaraldi.

Its Christmas season, and Charlie Brown is depressed. He confides in Linus this fact, citing his dismay with the over-commercialization of Christmas. His depression and aggravation only get exacerbated by the goings-on in the neighborhood.

Directed by Olivia Trevino with accompaniment by Lex Leigh, this holiday treat is perfect for the whole family.

 

Dates:  December 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.; December 13, 14 at 2:30 pm. On December 6th and 7th at 12:30 & 2:30 p.m., a special $5 rate is offered to those who also purchase a ticket to A Feast of Lights (December 5-7). Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Tuesday-Friday) and online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.  Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

 

The Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces several fully-staged shows each year.  All students are given the opportunity to audition for every production yet Theatre Arts students are given priority in the casting process.  In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

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Photographer: Tim Swiss

(left to right): Jonathan Darby, David Patrick Vera

 

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Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

Casting Announced for PIPPIN at Segerstrom Center, 11/11 - 23

Permalink 10/31/14 13:27, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

The National Tour of the 
Four-Time Tony Award®-Winning

Welcomes Kyle Dean Massey 
Direct from Broadway

November 11 - 23, 2014 
at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Kyle Dean Massey assumes the title role in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of PIPPIN. Orange County audiences will see him at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from November 11 – 23, 2014. He will replace Matthew James Thomas.

Massey most recently played this role in the Broadway cast of PIPPIN, and prior to that, he performed on Broadway as Fiyero in Wicked. Other theater credits include Next to NormalXanaduLucky Guy and Altar Boyz. His screen credits include Inside Amy SchumerUp All NightHart of DixieCupidThe Good Wife and Sex and the City 2.

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

LOCAL ELKS ACHIEVE A RECORD HIGH IN MEMBERSHIP

Permalink 10/30/14 16:00, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

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Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge initiated a record number of new members in October. Exalted Ruler (“ER”) Derek Randles said, “This group of twenty-three (23) new Elk members brings our total membership to just shy of one thousand men and women.

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The significant aspect of this milestone is that we will have more members to help carry out our charitable works.” Randles went on to say, “For the most part, these good folks come to us from all over the Saddleback Valley. They all share a common desire to give back to the community and they know that joining the Elks is one of the best ways to do that. We always have a full agenda of giving throughout the year, but the holidays are an even more special time so it’s a wonderful time to become an Elk.”

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The new Elk members from Mission Viejo are David Tucker, Brian Sheehan, David O’Sullivan, and Richard Lambert. James and Diane Carter and Pamela Erickson are from Silverado, Luke Brady from Ladera Ranch, Steven Coffey from Rancho Santa Margarita, Joe Gonsalves, and Michael Howard from Trabuco Canyon, Janet Griffin, Joseph Jordan, and Russ Loftin from Laguna Niguel, Paul Halel from Laguna Hills, David Hart from Irvine, Julie Holmes and Jeffrey Connelly from Aliso Viejo, Stephen Merrill, and Tod Lepper from San Juan Capistrano, Lenee Miller from Costa Mesa, Mark Shelton from Laguna Beach and Russell Smith from Dana Point.

Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 is celebrating 44 years of service to Saddleback Valley Communities. It is one of 10 lodges in the Orange Coast District of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) whose headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. The BPOE is a charitable organization with a 146 history of giving. "Elks Care Elks Share"

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Seated L to R: Brian Sheehan, Julie Holmes, Janet Griffin, Diane Carter, ER Derek Randles, Pam Erickson, Lenee Miller, Steve Coffey.

Standing L to R: Jeff Connelly, Tod Lepper, Joseph Jordan, Richard Lambert, James Carter, Joe Gonsalves, Stephen Merrill, David O’Sullivan, Mark Shelton, Russell Smith, Paul Halel, Luke Brady, David Tucker, Russ Loftin, David Hart, and Michael Howard.

 

“KEEP COMMUNICATING”
Andy Costello
2014-15 CHEA Public Relations Chairman
Mission Viejo, Saddleback Valley Lodge #2444

If you are a high school student with a penchant for art, then sign up for this year’s “Art Beat” Student Art Competition

Permalink 10/30/14 15:51, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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This is the third year the City of Mission Viejo is hosting the competition in an effort to tap the creativity of local youth. The competition is open to all high school students, including those who are home schooled.

Students can submit up to five photos of their fabulous artwork by Friday, November 14 for a chance to receive City recognition by having it on display for a month at the Mission Viejo Library. All mediums are welcome, and the subject matter must be appropriate for all age groups.

The students’ photos will be evaluated by a volunteer panel of local professional artists. An application and photos can be mailed or dropped off at the Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

The City will bestow awards in the categories of Artistic Excellence, Teen Choice Award, Most Creative Use of Materials and more. Art work that is selected will be exhibited at the Mission Viejo Library Gallery from December 4 to January 14.

Award recipients will receive special recognition by the Mayor of Mission Viejo during the City Council’s January 5 meeting.

For more information and an application, visit www.cityofmissionviejo.org/artbeat. For more information, call 949-470-3075.

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Give Mission Viejo Animal Services Center ‘2 Paws Up!’

Permalink 10/30/14 15:49, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

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The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is hosting the “2 Paws Up”! video contest – giving folks a chance to celebrate the animals they have adopted and the dedicated volunteers who have fueled the facility for the last two decades.

To participate in the contest, which now runs through December 5, you must submit a video that begins with the phrase: “I give Mission Viejo Animal Services Center 2 Paws Up because …”  Videos must be at least 30 seconds and no longer than 90 seconds. A first, second and third place winner will be selected by the volunteers at the shelter.

The first place winner will receive an iPad Air; second place will go home with a mini iPad; and the third-place winner will enjoy a GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Camera.  The prizes were donated by Merchants Landscape Services, Inc. and Spectrum Care Landscape and Irrigation Management.

To submit your YouTube video, visit www.cmvas.org.  Winners will be notified via email on December 19.

For more information, call 949-470-3045 or visit www.cmvas.org.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

American wheelchair tennis great to compete in Mission Viejo Nov. 5-9

Permalink 10/30/14 15:47, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Sports

Nick Taylor croppedNick Taylor doesn’t let anything get in his way of perfection. He has perfected his drive, stamina and tennis serve – all from his power wheelchair.

Nick is one of the top 36 wheelchair tennis athletes on the planet who will compete at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters November 5-9 at Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Tennis Pavilion. This is the second straight year the City of Mission Viejo will host the event. It is the only U.S. venue for the year-end championships.

Taylor, a Wichita, Kansas native, is one of the top American wheelchair tennis players in the world. He holds the #2 spot in doubles ranking and is ranked #6 in quads singles.

He has collected three gold medals with partner David Wagner in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games along with a bronze medal in the 2012 men’s singles.

He and Wagner won the US Open USTA Wheelchair Tennis Championships and together clinched the Men’s Doubles in the Atlanta Open.

Taylor took home the men’s singles title in the Daegu Open in Korea and doubles with partner Mika Ishikawa.   He was the 1999 USTA Wheelchair Tennis Player of the Year, 2012 US Olympic Team of the year with Wagner and the 2013 US Open Doubles Champion. Since 2000, he has won more than 30 championships and shows no signs of slowing down.

Born with arthrogryposis, a congenital disease that contracts and restricts muscular development, Taylor is one of the few that play with a power wheelchair.  By kicking the ball into the air with his foot, Taylor – by far – has the most unique serve of anyone in wheelchair tennis. When he began playing at 14 with the goal of making his high school team, Taylor would practice hitting the tennis ball against his grandmother’s garage while family members tossed it to him. He soon realized that in order to be competitive, he needed to practice much longer and figure out a way to do it himself.  Today, he has a mean 70-mph forehand serve.

Don’t miss this inspirational and talented athlete compete November 5-9 in Mission Viejo.

For more information, visit http://www.itfwheelchairmasters.com.

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Trombonist Ryan Dragon Joins the Saddleback Jazz Lab Ensemble in Concert

Permalink 10/30/14 15:36, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Schools, The Arts

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On Monday, November 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre, Director of Jazz Studies Joey Sellers is thrilled to present trombonist Ryan Dragon with the Saddleback Jazz Lab Ensemble in concert.

Born in Orange County, California in 1987, Dragon began studying trombone at the age of 10 under the leadership of Bill Tole, Ira Nepus, and Joey Sellers.

Dragon attended the Berklee School of Music where he studied Jazz Composition. He spent a short stint in New York freelancing before finally moving to Los Angeles where he currently lives.

He performs with Big Phat Band, Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, and he recently appeared in a United Airlines commercial.

 

Tickets are $10 general and $7 students/seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 949-582-4656 (Tuesday through Friday, noon-4:00 p.m.) or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.

 

Jazz Studies at Saddleback College emphasizes creativity through improvisation and ensemble performance. Focusing on the historical, theoretical, and intuitive aspects of this American music, Director of Jazz Studies Joey Sellers and an outstanding cadre of nationally-recognized musicians comprise the jazz faculty.

Curricula include Improvisation, Jazz Composition and Arranging, Jazz History Syllabus, Jazz History Audio, Jazz History Podcast, Jazz Piano, Saddleback Big Band, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Combos.  Students in Jazz Studies at Saddleback College have transferred to prestigious institutions including University of Southern California, Eastman School of Music, Berkeley School of Music, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, University of California at San Diego, and other regional institutions.

Some of our alumni have gone on to play professionally with Frank Zappa, Diana Ross, and other high-profile artists and organizations.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway and turn left.  Turn right into the campus at the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Take the second left to Theatre Circle and turn right into Parking Lot 12. Parking is free in Lot 12 for these performances.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.  For Fine Arts events, visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

 

 

Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Partners with Second Harvest Food Bank in Holding a Food Drive During the Presentation of Visible Fictions: The Adventures of Robin Hood

Permalink 10/30/14 14:32, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Charitable, The Arts

 

WHAT: In the spirit of giving inspired by the legendary hero Robin Hood, patrons attending upcoming performances of Visible Fictions: The Adventures of Robin Hood at Segerstrom Center are encouraged to donate items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. There will be collection bins and each performance. Those who donate will receive a special thank-you gift.

WHEN: Saturday, November 8 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 1 and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater – 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

SHOW INFO: Bringing in a new and surprising take on the legend of Robin Hood, Visible Fictions makes a stop at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a production The Scotsman newspaper calls, “A timely contemporary twist on the story.” Created by the company that brought the hit show Jason and the Argonauts to stages all over the world, The Adventures of Robin Hoodbreathes life into the outlaw we all know so well.

 

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Frenzied Farce Lend Me a Tenor at Saddleback College

Permalink 10/29/14 14:58, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: The Arts

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The Department of Theatre Arts is thrilled to present Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig on November 6th-9th in the McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College.

Directed by Robert Prior, this non-stop, door-slamming comedy set in a 1930s Cleveland hotel room, follows the antics of a world-famous opera singer preparing to perform his greatest role at the gala season opener.

The play was produced on both the West End (1986) andBroadway (1989).

It received nine Tony Award nominations and won for Best Actor (Philip Bosco) and Best Director (Jerry Zaks). A Broadway revival opened in 2010. Lend Me a Tenor has been translated into sixteen languages and produced in twenty-five countries.

Dates: November 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m.; November 8, 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon-4 Tuesday-Friday) and online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.  Prices are $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

 

The Department of Theatre Arts program at Saddleback College produces several fully-staged shows each year.  All students are given the opportunity to audition for every production yet Theatre Arts students are given priority in the casting process.  In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities through the Entertainment and Theater Technology program.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the third left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.

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Jordan Kay (standing), Andrew Paul (left), Felisha Marie (right)

Photographer: Ken Kinder

_____________________

Nina Welch

Fine Arts Public Information Officer

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

www.saddleback.edu/arts



Free concert includes stimulating wind ensemble repertoire by Alfred Reed, Johan Halvorsen and Eric Whitacre

Permalink 10/29/14 13:32, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony

LED BY NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR GREGORY X. WHITMORE,
PACIFIC SYMPHONY YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE KICKS OFF SEASON
BY PLAYING WITH GUSTO FOR THE CONCERT, “EXCLAMATIONS!”

 

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Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) opens its 2014-15 season with a new music director, Gregory X. Whitmore, who leads the ensemble in a lively display of youthful musicality and captivating wind repertoire.

Titled “Exclamations!” the fall concert features two works by one of the 20th century’s most prolific composers of music for concert band, Alfred Reed. His majestic “Alleluia! Laudamus Te!” opens the program, while the authentic folk melodies of “Armenian Dances” serve as the finale.

In between, Scandinavian composer Johan Halvorsen’s “Entry March of the Boyars”—a stately yet lively piece, tinged with exoticism and full of rhythmic excitement—is followed by Eric Whitacre’s beautiful poem-based composition “Lux Aurumque,” originally written for a virtual choir.

PSYWE’s concert takes place on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

 

Thanks to a generous sponsorship by Barbara Roberts, tickets to this concert are free with general admission seating. To reserve a ticket, call the box office at (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. Tickets may also be picked up at the door.

 

“I have known and had immense artistic and musical respect for Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony for quite some time,” says Maestro Whitmore. “It was an honor to receive a personal call from Maestro St.Clair this past spring to invite me to audition for the position of music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble.

The ensemble is terrific, and I am greatly looking forward to collaborating with these talented young artists throughout the season.”

Also director of bands at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Whitmore’s new directorship follows a 13-year career as director of bands at Cathedral City High School and conductor of the College of the Desert Symphony Band in Palm Desert. He has also conducted ensembles in notable venues in England, France and Germany, as well as in Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

“In my inaugural season as music director of PSYWE, I want to do some big things,” says Whitmore. “PSYWE is the only wind ensemble that will perform at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall this season; this places us in the unique position of carrying the banner for wind literature and wind ensembles through what and how we play. This is an awesome responsibility.”

Reed’s “Alleluia! Laudamus Te!” marks the occasion with a brass fanfare that boils with rich contrapuntal interaction. A lyrical melody follows, and the piece gradually builds to a rich warmth before reaching a sweeping majestic climax representative of the divine.

Halvorson began his musical career as a violinist, and worked in Scandinavia as a professor before he started composing music as an adult. He was close friends with Edvard Grieg, and while his music continues the Norwegian Romantic School of composition, it is also inspired by the French Romantics.

Halvorson’s “Entry March of the Boyars” developed out of a fascination with the city of Bucharest. The music is majestic but jovial and includes a dance-like figure in the orchestral accompaniment that provides rhythmic excitement.

“My programming for the first concert, and all of the concerts set before the PSYWE is about offering the ensemble the opportunity to perform works from across the wind repertory that will inspire, challenge and offer them the opportunity to develop as artists throughout the music-making process,” says Whitmore.

Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” is based on the poem “Light and Gold” by Edward Esch, and was first recorded by a virtual choir of 185 singers from 12 countries. The music is deceivingly simple but has rich melodies and lush counterpoint underlain by complex harmonic structures. Smooth rhythms, quiet dynamics and enriched harmonies create a glowing, shimmering halo of sound.

To conclude his first concert as music director, Whitmore finishes with Reed’s “Armenian Dances,” five movements that reflect the Armenian folk songs collected by Komitas Verdapet. The music is full of bouncy rhythms, a jubilant and stirring climax, and a lively, folk-like atmosphere.

“The students are hard-working, talented, dedicated and a pleasure to collaborate with,” says Whitmore. “They understand the artistic responsibility it takes to be in an ensemble such as this, and I am excited to see them each week in rehearsal. I see them as ‘colleagues in creativity,’ and we work in that way each rehearsal.”

Whitmore received his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance in Ann Arbor. There, he actively performed in the concert and symphony bands and led the University of Michigan Marching Band as “Michigan’s Man Up Front.” He received his master’s degree in music with an emphasis in wind conducting from California State University, Fullerton. Whitmore is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in New York.

Whitmore was included in the 2005-06 edition of the National Honor Roll’s “Outstanding American Teachers,” is a Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Educator Award Recipient and Orion Award Recipient for Excellence in Education, and he was also selected to represent the State of California by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in the 2008 edition of “50 Band Directors Who Make a Difference.”

 

Established in 2007, PSYWE started under the direction of well-known music educator and recipient of the “Band Educator of the Year” award from the California Music Educators Association, Michael J. Corrigan, with support from Larry Woody and the Woody Youth Fund.

PYSWE offers performance opportunities to instrumentalists in grades 8-12, provides members with a high-quality and innovative artistic experience, and strives to encourage musical and personal growth through the art of performance. Each season students enjoy interaction with Maestro St.Clair, as well as with guest artists and the Symphony’s professional musicians.

Each season, PSYWE presents a three-concert series in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and other high-quality community venues in Orange County. Members are selected through annual auditions which take place every year in June.

Mitzi Ortiz has been named Aliso Viejo's new city clerk. She fills the role of retiring City Clerk Susan Ramos beginning Nov. 4

Permalink 10/29/14 13:12, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings



Ortiz comes to the city of Aliso Viejo with a wealth of experience, having worked more than 14 years in city clerk departments.  Most recently, she spent five years in the post at the city of Lathrop, a city of nearly 18,000 in the San Joaquin Valley.

Before that, Ortiz worked in the city clerk departments in Murrieta and San Juan Capistrano.

Along with her city clerk experience, Mitzi has extensive experience with public information and website administration -- skills that will be valuable assets to the city of Aliso Viejo.

Ortiz graduated from Ashford University with a bachelor of arts degree in organizational management.  She is actively involved in the City Clerks Association of California. 

"Mitzi will be a welcomed addition to our staff and a key member of the management team," said City Manager Dave Doyle.

 

Kelly Tokarski
KT Community Relations

Warsaw’s Award-Winning Szymanowski Quartet Returns to Segerstrom Center Celebrating Composers and Music of Poland

Permalink 10/29/14 13:01, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, The Arts

 


Pianist Joseph Kalichstein Makes His Center Debut 
Performing Dvořák’s Masterpiece Piano Quintet No. 2


Segerstrom Center’s Chamber Music Series continues on

Saturday,January 31, 2015 with the acclaimed

Szymanowski Quartet.

For its third appearance, the Warsaw-based ensemble

will perform traditional, popular and rare works by

Polish composers Marcin Leopolita, Wacław of

Szamotuły, Krzysztof Penderecki and

Grażyna Bacewicz.

Pianist Joseph Kalichsteinmakes his Center debut

performing Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 8.

There will be a free Preview

Talk by musicologist and author Herbert Glass at

7:15 p.m. in the  Samueli Theater.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

“WHO’S GOT RHYTHM?” PACIFIC SYMPHONY SANTIAGO STRINGS DOES! FREE FALL CONCERT AT IRVINE BARCLAY FEATURES AFTERNOON OF RHYTHMS FROM TANGO TO JAZZ-ROCK BEATS!

Permalink 10/28/14 10:23, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Pacific Symphony

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WHO: Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS), now in its 24th season and made up of instrumentalists in grades 6-9, led by Music Director Irene Kroesen under the artistic advisement of Music Director Carl St.Clair. Also, guest artists Prelude Chamber Strings (PCS), an advanced group of elementary and junior high school students, led by Music Director Helen Weed.

WHAT: Groovin’ rhythms and beats in the hands of brilliant young string players. PSSS performs the jazzy “Vanishing Pointe” by Richard Meyer, which was inspired by the concept in art of receding parallel lines. “Tango Noir” by Reynard Burns precedes another Meyer piece, “Q&A,” which breaks the “fourth wall” with a creative selection of clap, stomp and snap call-and-response with the audience. The program concludes with “Red Rhythmico” by Kirt Mosier, an infusion of jazz and rock melodies. For the first half, PCS performs Vivaldi’s “Inverno,” arranged by Todd Parrish, “Labyrinth” by Vance Zuehlsdorff, “Sua Gȃn,” a traditional Welsh Folk Song, and “The Skyliners” by Jeffrey S. Bishop, inspired by the Oregon mountains.


Admission to the concert is free. No reservation required. For more information, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.


WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92612


WHY: Come hear the inspiring talent of the youngest members of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles. PSSS represents 30 schools in and beyond Orange County, and provides an experience that nurtures the confidence, poise and musical sensitivity of young musicians through the study and performance of outstanding string orchestra literature.

 

Jayce Keane

Director of Public Relations

Pacific Symphony

3631 S. Harbor Blvd. Suite 100

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Direct: 714/ 876-2383 │Tickets: 714/ 755-5799

 

www.PacificSymphony.org

Recycle those pumpkins after Halloween

Permalink 10/28/14 10:18, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Life in South O.C.

Pumpkins

Halloween celebrations have long included decorative pumpkins that are often tossed into the trash after the holiday. This year, the City’s waste hauler, Waste Management of Orange County, is encouraging residents to give their jack-o-lantern a second life by disposing of it in their green waste cart so it can be converted into compost and put back in the pumpkin patch.

“Organic waste, like this season’s decorative pumpkins, can be composted and reused as fertilizer to help produce healthier lawns, plants and flowers,” said Eloisa Orozco, a spokesperson for Waste Management of Southern California.

To properly dispose of pumpkins, residents should remove any materials like candles, glow sticks and non-vegetative decorations and place the pumpkin in their green waste cart.

Residents can also drop off their pumpkin from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 3-7 at the Irvine Buy Back Center at 16122 Construction Circle East.

The following tips can also help you reduce, reuse and recycle this Halloween:

• Cook the pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds make a delicious treat. When carving jack-o-lanterns this year, save the seeds and roast them afterward. This is an easy, fun and tasty way to use up every little bit of the pumpkin and create a healthy snack, too.

• DIY decorations: Use repurposed materials from the recycling bin to make unique Halloween decor.

• Hold a costume exchange party. Halloween costumes are often worn only once. By trading costumes with a friend, last year’s outfit can get another wear and you can get something new.

•Trick or treat with recyclable bags. Canvas, cloth or other reusable bags are an earth-friendly and affordable alternative to plastic jack-o-lantern buckets. Decorate recyclable bags or old pillowcases with spooky scenes to create a one-of-a-kind carryall to take home sweet treats.

• Candy wrappers are a big source of litter on the streets this season. Dispose of your own wrappers and carry an extra bag to pick up garbage along the way.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Poll workers sought for upcoming election

Permalink 10/28/14 10:15, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings

Elections VoteThe Orange County Registrar of Voters is seeking poll workers throughout the county for Election Day November 4.

Hundreds of poll workers are sought as inspectors and clerks. Individuals who are registered to vote in California are eligible to volunteer in Orange County.

The polling place inspector is responsible for overseeing Election Day operations at an assigned polling place. This includes managing and working with poll workers assigned to the polling place, coordination of site access, picking up supplies, setting up equipment, assisting and processing voters, completing the closing procedures, and transporting the results and supplies to a collection center on election night. The stipend for serving as a polling place inspector is $130. A training course is required and offered throughout Orange County.

The polling place clerk helps the inspector in the polling place operations. This includes setting up equipment and supplies, assisting and processing voters, and helping with closing procedures. Folks who are bilingual in Chinese, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese are sought. The stipend for serving as a polling place clerk is $95. A training course is required and offered throughout the county.

Interested individuals can volunteer by calling 714-954-1901 or visiting http://www.ocvote.com/volunteer.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

Wheelchair tennis exhibition Nov. 3 sets the stage for year-end championship in Mission Viejo

Permalink 10/28/14 10:09, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Sports

Shingo KuniedaLeading up to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mission Viejo November 5-9, an exhibition game of professional wheelchair tennis will take place inside the Beverly Center mall in Beverly Hills on Monday, November 3.

The 12:30 p.m. exhibition will feature world no. 1-ranked professional wheelchair tennis champion Shingo Kunieda playing a 30-minute match against Michael Jeremiasz of France, a multiple Paralympic medal winner. Fans will have the chance to meet and take photos with Kunieda inside the UNIQLO store immediately after the exhibition match. UNIQLO is a global clothing retailer.

Kunieda has dominated the sport of wheelchair tennis for the past 8 years. In addition to being the top-seeded International Tennis Federation (ITF) player, he has won three gold Paralympics medals and has won multiple singles and doubles Grand Slam tournaments including the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the French Open. From 2007 to 2010, Kunieda held a three year, 106-match consecutive win streak and has a career record of 318-49.

“The City of Mission Viejo thanks the Beverly Center and UNIQLO for hosting an onsite tennis exhibition for this year’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters,” said Jason Harnett, co-director of the Mission Viejo event. “It will be the first time that the legendary Beverly Center has ever held a sporting exhibition in the mall.  This exhibition including Shingo Kunieda and Michael Jeremiasz will be a wonderful promotional event leading into the Masters at Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.”

Hosted by the City of Mission Viejo, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles Masters is one of two prestigious year-end Masters series events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

The public is invited to see the matches November 5-9 in Mission Viejo.

For more information, visit www.itfwheelchairmasters.com.  Information about the November 3 exhibition is available by contacting Steve Bell at sbell@cityofmissionviejo.org or Jason Harnett at jharnett72@yahoo.com.

 

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

TV host, entertainment and dog fashion show highlight Mission Viejo Animal Services Center celebration Saturday

Permalink 10/28/14 10:06, by Susan Espenschied, Categories: Happenings, Charitable

Jackson GalaxyThe Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is gearing up for its 20th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The fun-filled event, which marks the center’s two decades of pro-humane animal care, is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 28095 Hillcrest.

The celebration includes a special appearance by Jackson Galaxy, host and executive producer of Animal Planet’s hit show “My Cat from Hell,” educational booths, children’s activities, wildlife education, safety demonstrations and more.

A cat behaviorist with more than 15 years of experience, Galaxy specializes in helping individuals whose “out-of-control” cats are turning their lives and homes upside down.

The charismatic TV host will be part of a celebration that includes a dedication ceremony of new donor walls that pay homage to the people who have supported the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.

Families will enjoy free and fun activities including crafts for kids, live entertainment, a dog fashion show featuring 15 dogs and pet-related demonstrations. There will be educational booths and food for purchase from Beach Bus Bistro, Flip Truck and Dos Chinos food trucks. Guests will also receive tours of the facility – including the newly expanded cattery.

For more information, visit www.cmvas.org or call 949-470-3045.

 

Kelly Tokarski

The City of Mission Viejo

Public Information Specialist

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