Rising Stars Concert
Friday, May 12th, 8 pm
First United Methodist Church
1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA
Nuvi Mehta, Artistic Director
Susan Scott, Executive Director
Thanks to generous underwriting by
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
this year's Rising Stars Concert is a free event open to everyone
Part One: Vocals
The Ventura College Singers
This audition-only ensemble, selected from the student body of Ventura College, performs in a variety of styles and genres, specializing in advanced a cappella and accompanied choral literature.
|The City and the Sea||Eric Whitacre
|i. i walked the boulevard
ii. the moon is hiding in her hair
iii. maggie and milly and molly and may
iv. as is the sea marvelous
v. little man in a hurry
|poems by e e cummings
|Brent Wilson, Director
Mark Holstrom, Piano
Poems by e e cummings (1894-1962)
i walked the boulevard i saw a dirty child skating on noisy wheels of joy pathetic dress fluttering behind her a mothermonster with red grumbling face cluttered in pursuit pleasantly elephantine while nearby the father a thick cheerful man with majestic bulbous lips and forlorn piggish hands joked to a girlish whore with busy rhythmic mouth and silly purple eyelids of how she was with child
the moon is hiding in her hair. The lily of heaven full of all dreams, draws down. cover her briefness in singing close her with intricate faint birds by daisies and twilights Deepen her, Recite upon her flesh the rain’s pearls singly-whispering.
maggie and milly and molly and may went down to the beach (to play one day) and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and milly befriended a stranded star whose rays five languid fingers were; and molly was chased by a horrible thing which raced sideways while blowing bubbles; and may came home with a smooth round stone as small as a world and as large as alone. for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea
as is the sea marvelous from god’s hands which sent her forth to sleep upon the world and the earth withers the moon crumbles one by one stars flutter into dust but the sea does not change and she goes forth out of hands and she returns into hands and is with sleep… love, the breaking of your soul upon my lips
little man (in a hurry full of an important worry) halt stop forget relax wait (little child who have tried who have failed who have cried) lie bravely down sleep big rain big snow big sun bug moon (enter us)
Part Two: Classical Performers
Jerod Frederick is a 17 year old junior at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura. At 4 years old, he was introduced to music and piano at the Children's Music Academy of Ventura. Jerod has participated in numerous area recitals and competitions and completed the state syllabus examination program Certificate of Merit through the advanced level. He is a winner in the So. Cal Jr. Bach Festival and was a concerto soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic earlier this season, performing the Grieg Piano Concerto.
Jardins sous la pluie/Gardens in the Rain
David Fraley is a twenty-year-old Camarillo resident who just completed his junior year at Pepperdine University majoring in Music and Mathematics. While attending Rio Mesa High School he twice achieved the highest level for Syllabus Examinations from the Music Teachers Association of California. David performed a solo recital for the 2012 Ventura Music Festival and since then has been a repeat concerto soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. David was a longtime student of Lily Starobinets of Camarillo.
|Sonata No. 3, Opus 5
I. Allegro maestoso
Both pianists are current students of noted piano professor Edward Francis shown in the photo above with David Fraley. VMF thanks Edward Francis as the producer of Rising Stars. Professor of Music and founder of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, this extraordinary teacher and mentor is a great friend of the Ventura Music Festival.
Benjamin Krasner (age 18) is currently attending the Yale School of Music at Yale University for a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature under the tutelage of Boris Berman and Wei-Yi Yang. He graduated with honors from CSUN with double major in Economics and Piano Performance under Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov. Benjamin has won numerous regional, state, and international music competitions and awards including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition 2014, Southern California Junior Bach Festival and Helen Brown Music Competition. At 7, he was invited to Moscow by Vladimir Spivakov to perform at the “Moscow meets Friends” International Music Festival and later performed at the Telluride International Jazz Festival. He became the youngest laureate in the International Young Musicians Competition “Passion of Music 2008” in Lincoln Center, NY. In 2014, Benjamin gave a debut performance with Pacific Symphony Orchestra, after winning 1st place from the L.A. Philharmonic.
|Toccata in F# minor, BWV 910||J.S. Bach
|Miroirs: Oiseaux tristes/Sad Birds||Maurice Ravel
Quejas o La Maja y el ruiseñor /Complaint or the Girl and the Nightingale
| Enrique Granados
Part Three: Jazz Trio
|Daniel Schauer, piano
Chris Seagraves, bass
Angelo Velasquez, drums
|Blues for Alice||Charlie Parker
|Someday My Prince Will Come||Frank Churchill
arr by Miles Davis
Chris Seagraves, a Moorpark High School senior, currently studies under bass maestro Dave Robaire. Chris is a member of the SBOA All-Stars Jazz Band and is a past winner in the 2016 VMF Student Jazz Competition. In the fall he will be attending the University of Miami on scholarship for jazz studies.
Daniel Schauer, a Westlake Village resident, plays both the jazz and classical repertoire and has performed public benefits since elementary school and with Angelo since Angelo was in seventh grade.
Angelo Velasquez is the 2017 VMF Student Jazz Competition Winner. The Newbury Park High School senior (18) is on his way to CSUN next fall with a scholarship. He is this year’s lead drummer for the Southern California High School All-Star Jazz Big Band and performed last year at the Newport Jazz Festival with other top high school players from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute where he completed a five-day intensive workshop under Chick Corea bassist John Patitucci. Angelo has studied with his father Al Velasquez, Henson’s Music Center drum instructor for 33 years, ever since father gave son his first set of sticks at age 3.
Rising Stars Concert
Audiences experience an outstanding mix of young choral, classical and jazz performers at the VMF’s most popular free concert every year! Thanks to generous underwriting by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, this year's Rising Stars Concert is a free event open to everyone.
Ventura Music Festival
Founded in 1994 by City and civic leaders, the Ventura Music Festival is one of the City’s top cultural assets: the sole nonprofit whose mission is to bring world-class music to the community and enhance the joy of music for audiences of all ages. Current initiatives include the signature multi-genre, ten-concert annual Festival in July which draws 3,000-4,000 and includes a free public concert. This year’s “American Season” features world-class artists ranging from Bluegrass to the Great American Songbook. From our founding, youth education and engagement have been critical mission components and include: a popular Rising Stars concert in the Spring; a delightful concert in the Fall for over 1,000 VUSD third-graders; an annual Student Jazz Competition involving high school-age musicians; plus stand-alone concerts, lectures and other programs throughout the year, both admission-free and ticketed. Our signature education program is Music in the Schools, developed and taught by VMF Artistic Director, Nuvi Mehta. Designed for 3rd through 5th graders and meeting California State music curriculum requirements, the program opens children’s minds to new experiences through live performance, one-on-one interaction and exploration. Up to 4,000 children are engaged yearly in 24 elementary schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and Casa Pacifica settings. Title One schools are a priority. Music in the Schools and our other youth programs are supported by donations to the VMF Young Artists Fund.