- The Festival
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- Young Artists
An outstanding mix of young choral, classical and jazz performers at VMF’s most popular concert every year!
The Rising Stars Concert is a free event open to everyone.
The Ventura College Singers
This audition-only ensemble—selected from the student body of Ventura College—performs in various styles and genres, and specializes in advanced a cappella and accompanied choral literature.
Oceans and Stars Amy Bernon (b. 1963)
The Seal Lullaby Eric Whitacre (b.1970)
Petites voix Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Cinq chouers faciles a cappella pour trois voix d’enfants
Five easy a cappella choruses for three children’s voices
I. La petite fille sage (The good little girl)
II. Le chien perdu (The lost dog)
III. En rentrant de l’école (Coming home from school)
IV. Le petit garçon malade (The little sick boy)
V. Le hérisson (The hedgehog)
Soon Ah Will Be Done African-American Spiritual
arr. William L. Dawson (1899-1990)
Brent Wilson, director
Mark Holstrom, piano
Seryozha La Porte
La petite fille sage
The good little girl came home from school with her basket.
She put on the table the plates and the heavy glasses,
and then she washed up at the pump in the yard without getting her apron wet! And if the little brother is sleeping in his cradle,
she‘ll sit on the worn rock to watch the evening star. Ah.
Le chien perdu
Who are you, unknown one? Who are you, lost dog? You dream, you sleep, maybe you’d like it if I were to scratch you there behind your ears—sweet dog lying on the sidewalk, looking up at my eyes with your black and white gaze. Who are you, unknown one, lost dog?
En rentrant de l’école
By a lost path
I met the moon
Behind the black woods.
She was round and clear
And shining in the air.
Coming back from school
By a lost path
Did you hear
The flying owl
And the sweet nightingale?
Le petit garçon malade
The sick little boy doesn’t want to look at pictures any more. He closes his eyes; he lets his hot hands fall on the covers. His mother opens the window and the white curtain blows in and out above the street on the May evening. He hears the others playing, jumping on one foot and shouting on the sidewalk below. Then he turns his head and cries silently into his small folded arm.
When daddy finds a hedgehog he brings it home. We give it some warm milk in the bottom of a plate. He won’t uncurl when it hears us talking, but if we leave the kitchen, he shows his mischievous head! And if I hush an instant, I hear him softly drinking, I hear him softly drinking, When daddy finds a hedgehog he brings it home. The house!
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 875 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Étude Opus 10, No. 5 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Mina Jung is a 9th grade honor student at Oak Park High School. She began piano at age 7 with Ms. Ornela Ervin, who is also her current teacher. Recent Festival competition honors include: Contemporary Festival, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and YouTube Festimantic! Festival. In 2015, Mina was a finalist in New West Symphony’s Quick Bowman piano competition, and in 2016, the 1st place winner in the 2016 Ann George Scholarship audition. Mina is a four-time soloist with Thousand Oaks Philharmonic; has participated in the Junior Chamber Music program for 3 years; and earned a scholarship to participate in the Montecito International Music Festival in 2018. She plays basketball for her high school varsity team, is an active member of the debate club and National Honor Society club.
Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat Major Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Étude “La campanella” Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840)
arr. Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Elliot Kim is a senior at Westlake High School and has been playing the piano for 12 years, studying with Soon Seop Kim, the late Edward Francis, and now Ornela Ervin, whom he thanks for her guidance and encouragement. Elliot has won the MTAC Festimantic, Contemporary, and Bach competitions multiple times and has passed the Certificate of Merit Advanced level with honors. Elliot also plays the French Horn, and sings and plays the drums and guitar for the Agape Christian International Church. Elliot is a National Merit finalist, a National AP Scholar and his high school Valedictorian.
Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Fiddler on the Roof Jerry Bock (1928-2010)
arr. John Williams (b.1932)
Rebecca Beerstein, 17, is in 12th grade attending Oak Park Independent School and Moorpark College. She started violin at age four with Diana Ray-Goodman and is currently a student of Lindsay Deutsch. In the fall, she will begin a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. Rebecca has performed with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Westlake Village Symphony and Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra and is a long-time member of the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. Rebecca especially enjoys chamber music, and last summer studied at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont. She is also an accomplished figure skater—currently a gold medalist in “Moves in the Field” —and looks forward to completing her Junior and Senior Free Skate tests this year.
Angelo Velasquez, drums
Zephyr Avalon, bass
Keelan Walters, guitar
We See Thelonious Monk (1917-1982)
Recorda Me Joe Henderson (1937-2001)
Great American Songbook Medley Improvisation
(selections to be announced from the stage)
Angelo Velasquez, the 2017 VMF Student Jazz Competition winner, is a Los Angeles based Jazz drummer and band leader whose approach to playing and composition embraces diverse global influences. Angelo has played with numerous jazz greats and at many prestigious events, such as the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and The Jazz at LACMA series.
Zephyr Avalon is a Los Angeles-based composer who studied classical bass at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the California Institute of the Arts, where he received his MFA in Jazz Studies. Amidst a multitude of solo and collaborative projects, Zephyr is known as a reliable sideman on upright, electric and synth bass in jazz, pop, R&B, and everything in between, and he has performed with the legendary saxophonist Bennie Maupin and trumpeter Bobby Bradford, among others. Additionally, Zephyr recently performed in Jakarta where he shared the stage with renowned vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.
Keelan Walters is an award-winning jazz guitarist working in Los Angeles, currently a member of the Jazz Studies Department at Cal State University Northridge and the CSUN Jazz A Band with whom he has toured and played in jazz festivals around the world, including the Wellington Jazz Festival in New Zealand and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He was a founding member of the CSUN-born combo that won the Angel City Jazz Festival Young Artist Competition and placed second at the Monterey Next Gen Jazz Festival.