by Winston Chua
“This is an important youth concert because it lets people see and encourage the next generation of classical musicians,” said accomplished concert conductor Daniel Suk, who will be conducting the concert. “Classical music is not easy. It takes dedication and sacrifice.”
Each young prodigy is a private music student from The Colburn School and has been selected by his or her teacher as “the best” in their respective musical instruments or voice and will perform with the world class Los Angeles Dream Orchestra, a non-profit organization which began with the vision of promoting, preserving and educating classical music to the local communities.
One of the featured sopranos this year is 14-year-old Golda Berkman, a spinto-soprano opera prodigy who will be returning to Zipper Hall to perform arias from popular Italian operas including Giacomo Puccin’s Gianni Schicci. Golda currently rehearses with the L.A. Opera in a principle juvenile role in Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood.
“We’re excited to have Golda because she’s representing our future (in classical music),” Suk said. “Through her we can see the light that classical music will continue. And she is a wonderful role model for the younger generation.”
Classical music, Suk said, brings something very different to the proverbial table that popular music cannot, namely that it offers a calm and intellectual component to the music people listen to.
“We will be covering large musical eras at the concert, covering 300 years of music in one night,” he said. “People who come will get to hear the most popular concertos ever written.”
The evening’s performers range in age from 6 to 18 and will be performing the works of Mozart, Hayden, Mendelssohn and Puccini. They include Golda from Beverly Hills; Erica Lin, Carlsbad; Hanna Yoon, Granada Hills Charter High School; Sarah Gertz, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School; Mirah Gertz, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School; Dylan Iskandar, Chadwick School in Palos Verdes; Winston Iskandar, Robinson Elementary School in Manhattan Beach; Loren Kim, Canyon Rim Elementary in Anaheim Hills; Heidi Synn, Torrance High School; Jessica Park, Carmenita Middle School in Cerritos; Tracy Lang of Irvine; and Alex Mirzabeigi of Crestview Preparatory School in La Cañada.
At the age of two, Alex started attending the Kids Drum Circles at the REMO Recreational Music Center and has since expanded his music career to include piano, xylophone, guitar and music theory. He has enjoyed performing at many Friday Night Recitals and Colburn School Recitals. Suk began his appreciation for music not only in conducting, but also as an accomplished pianist and opera singer.
For ticket information please call (323) 636-2788 or visit the website at www.ladreamorchestra.com.
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