A MULTIMUSICAL, MULTIMEDIA VISUAL TOUR OF IRELAND AND CELTIC MUSIC WITH AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Friday, April 12, 2002

Aaron Plunkett, noted multi-ethnic percussionist, educator and recording artist, featured studio musician for Irish percussion sound tracks in the film “The Titanic”, will use slides of Ireland to highlight a program of Celtic music. Interweaving music skills and awareness through beat, rhythm, cross-polyrhythm, pitch, melody, dialogue, etc., Aaron will take the audience on a journey through “How-To” and “Hands-On” participation to a rousing conclusion where everyone plays Classic Irish Music – A Jig and a Reel.

 

“LUCKY CHARMS, LEPRECHAUNS, AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER-A CELTIC ROMP!”

Friday, November 9, 2001

Join us as we step beyond our borders and cross the sea into the world of Irish and Scottish culture and lore! The acclaimed performance and recording artists known as BLACKWATERSIDE will take us there…Through the magic of their music, we will learn more about such Celtic instruments as recorders, pennywhistle, bodhrans, bones and more! On hand for the fun will be fairies, leprechauns, and yes…the Loch Ness Monster!

 

“HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL BRASS ENSEMBLE”

Friday, April 6, 2001

The Hamilton High School Academy of music is one of LA’s prime resources for quality music education. Mr. Robinson will lead the distinguished brass ensemble in a concert and demonstration of music for trumpets, French horns, trombones and tuba. This is a wonderful opportunity for all children to learn more about brass instruments.

 

“USC WOODWIND QUINTET”

Friday, December 8, 2000

The USC Thornton School of Music ranks as one of our nation’s best music schools, having produced some of our finest composers, performers, artists and teachers. The members of the USC Woodwind Quintet will demonstrate their instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, as well as perform a variety of classical and delightful new music.

 

“CELLOMAN” by Eugene Friesen

Friday, April 7, 2000

A special concert for young people Friesen's touching blend of humor and pathos in this performance piece speaks directly to that part of all of us that is forever young. His use of masks, mime, characterization, and music brilliantly reveals the passion that is behind a life dedication to the discipline of music; a passion that is at the heart of all creative expression.

Christoph Bull, an internationally acclaimed organist and a professor of UCLA, demonstrated the many facets and colors of the organ, also known as the King of Instruments. In this program he featured composers from Germany and France, as well as some of his own work. The repertoire included a work by Olivier Messiaen, who would have turned 100 this year, which incorporates sounds transcribed from bird song. Dr. Bull will also demonstrated how an organ worked and gave examples of its various stops and its capacity to create an astounding range of sound.


 


October 16, 2007

Koji Nakamura, one of Japan’s finest taiko drummers, and Marco Lienhard, an outstanding shakuhachi player originally from Switzerland, performed traditional Japanese music and introduced various Japanese instruments to the children; taiko, shakuhachi and shamisen. Both artists were former members of Ondekoza, one of the top taiko groups in Japan, which spawned another equally accomplished taiko ensemble called Kodo. This concert was part of the Art and Ideas, Pasadena Festival of Skin since taiko drum heads are made of cow skin and the shamisen is made of cat skin.

Guest artist: Mike Penny, shamisen

Eastern Thunder and Wind


For more than 700 years the violin has captured the listeners’ imagination with its distinct sounds. Linda Wang, a brilliant concert violinist who made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of nine, uses her violin, a 1767 Guadagnini, demonstrated the workings of this fascinating instrument, including how to make the violin sing. She is currently an assistant professor of violin at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado.

The Magic of the Violin: Capturing the Imagination
This concert was supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
December 7, 2007

This concert was supportyed in part by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Organica:An Organ Concert by Christoph Bull

March 7, 2008
This concert was supported by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Church Organs Inc.

“Why Wood Sounds Good: Making and Playing Violins”
November 18, 2008
We imagine the solitary violin maker, a craftsman and an artist, finding just the right combination of woods. Chamber Music Express discussed the art of making violins, and the players who make those instruments come to life. Violinist Paul Stein and cellist David Garrett of the Los Angeles Philharmonic were joined by violist Andrew Duckles.


"Waterscapes"

(Photo by Corina Gamma)

April 30, 2009
GRAMMY Award winning Southwest Chamber Music provided a fascinating and unique opportunity for students to hear the music of Toru Takemitsu, one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Playing examples from his Waterscape series, students were exposed to the Japanese concept of “Ma” – space, breath, pause and silence - through brilliantly colorful works.
by Southwest Chamber Music
This concert was supported by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

“Choral Origins: 1000 Years of Choral Music”

Los Angeles Chamber Singers directed by Peter Rutenberg

November 3, 2009

The demonstration-concert featured a survey of choral music written over the last millennium, showing its development beginning from Medieval Era two-part choruses, exploring the Renaissance, Baroque, and New World Colonial Era four-and eight-part works, progressing through the 19th and 20th centuries, and leading up to the art and popular music of today. The program was interactive, with audience participation and questions, and served as a continuation of the ensemble’s previous concerts for the Shumei Arts Council – “What Makes a Chorus” and “A World of Harmony.”


November 17, 2009
“Music and the Five Senses” by Paul Stein
There’s much more to music than just hearing it. Music becomes so vivid that some people see colors, others can feel shapes, and sometimes music even has a fragrance. Examples of some colorful musical works were Maurice Ravel’s piece called Blues, and the Wriggling Tarantella by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, which succinctly captures the wiggling of that little creature. The music of Brahms, Scott Joplin, and Vivaldi make all of your senses come alive as well. The concert featured Paul Stein, a violinist from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, accompanied by pianist, Cynthia Williams.

This concert was a part of the Art & Ideas Pasadena Festival of “Origin.”

Children's Concert by Robert Thies

November 18, 2010

International Prokofiev Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Robert Edward Thies, presented a program of music by Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy and Rachmaninoff among others. Mr. Thies discussed with the children not only the "building blocks" of musical structure, but also how experience and emotion influenced composers. Toward the end of the program, he brought 2 students onstage for improvisational music making and fun.

Children's Concert by Christoph Bull March 9, 2011

UCLA professor and University Organist Christoph Bull, PhD displayed his own versatility and that of the king of instruments, the organ. Dr. Bull, who has performed throughout the world, played selections from his historic premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, ranging from early 14th-century medieval to present day music.

Children's Concert by Linda Wang

November 17, 2011

UCLA professor and University Organist Christoph Bull gave a recital for children. He demonstrated the different sounds and sound combinations that can be created on an organ, how to play with one’s feet, and present examples of classical organ literature as well as contemporary and original pieces.

Brilliant violinist Linda Wang made her solo debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta when she was nine years old. She will present a celebration of violin music from the 17th century to the present, in which children will learn about the history of the violin and hear its wondrous capabilities. With her 1767 Guadagnini, Linda Wang will demonstrate the workings of the violin, including how to make the instrument sing. Observe her agile fingering and technical bowing skills in this educational performance.

Children's Concert by Christoph Bull

March 7, 2012


Children’s Concert: Selected students from USC Thornton School of Music organized by Professor Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu
Students from one of the most respected music education institutions, the USC Thornton School of Music, will demonstrate diverse styles of music for string instruments. Children will learn about the most common string instruments used in classical music, the violin, viola and cello, and hear how the instruments combine, from solo performances to quartet arrangements. The concert will also introduce children to several important composers. The program will be organized by Professor Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, a member of the Strings Department faculty at the USC Thornton School.
November 7, 2012


Children’s Concert: Robert Thies
November 15, 2012

International Prokofiev Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Robert Edward Thies, presented a program of music by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy among others.

The 3rd or 4th grade students of the following schools from the Pasadena Unified School District attended the concert: Don Benito, Field, Longfellow and Norma coombs.

The total attendance was 444 people.

"CelloMan"by Eugene Friesen
November 18 & 19, 2015

The Shumei Arts Council would like to dedicate one of these concerts to Bill Bogaard, the former Mayor of the City of Pasadena who just retired this year, as our token of appreciation to him on November 18, 2015.

Friesen's touching blend of humor and pathos in this performance piece speaks directly to that part of all of us that is forever young. His use of masks, mime, characterization, and music brilliantly reveals the passion that is behind a life dedication to the discipline of music; a passion that is at the heart of all creative expression.

 


 

Children's Concerts

                                                           

 


These young people’s concerts help grade school students gain a familiarity with music
they may not have heard before. The series gives children the opportunity to learn about
composers, instruments, music making, and the rich and diverse cultural landscape from
which music emerges. We hope that through these concerts young people will gain a
wider perception of what music can be by guiding them toward new ways of listening.

The Shumei Arts Council continues to network with the surrounding educational communities, such as Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, and the pasadena Unified School District to establish partnerships for the Children’s Concert Series.

The Importance of Music in Everyone's Life

Music and the Brain



 

               

          
                                                              

                    


"CELLOMAN" by Eugene Friesen

March 16, 2010

October 21, 2005

November 10, 2004

October 14, 2003

November 7, 2002

A Grammy Award winning cellist, Eugene Friesen performed as CelloMan at Shumei Hall. Mr. Friesen's unique blending of sonority, humor, pathos and theatrics spoke poignantly to that part of us which is forever young.

These concerts were sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

 
 

"WHAT MAKES UP A CHORUS"      
     

January 24, 2003

An exciting Children's Concert performed by the outstanding choral group, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, directed by Peter Rutenberg, a veteran of 34 years in the choral music field. They demonstrated how a chorus is built, showing each of its four sections (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and how they function in relation to the six building blocks of music - melody, harmony, rhythm, color, texture and form.

This concert was sponsored by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

Los Angeles Times Article

Pasadena Star News Review

Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella

 


Children's Concert by Christoph Bull

December 10, 2004

November 7, 2003

   

Christoph Bull, professor of organ music at UCLA, demonstrated to the children how thythm has played a role in organ music through the ages. He started with medieval music and move through history via the Baroque period and Jazz to modern times.

   
   
   
 

These concerts were supported by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

Sunday Star Review


"Makoto's Mesmerizing Marimba"
by Makoto Nakura, marimbist March 12, 2004
 
   
   
  The marimba is a 7' foot long, xylophone-like instrument. Mr. Nakura told us about the marimba, and demonstrated the intriguing world of his instrument. He played in an exciting, ballistic manner, and children enjoyed watching his mallet work as well as listening to his music. In part of the concert, he encouraged the audience to collaborate in an imaginative way.  
   
 
 

"Introducing Ashu and his amazing Saxophone"
March 4, 2005  
Concert saxophonist Ashu talked children about the saxophone, demonstrated its remarkable capabilities, and discussed how classical music can communicate vivid stories and emotions.
   
   
  This concert was supported by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the Kawai America Corporation.  
   

Linda's Wondrous Violin
 
December 2, 2005    
This concert was supported by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.
   

A brilliant violinist, Linda Wang (Biography) made her solo debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta when she was nine years old. She presented a celebration of violin music from the 17th century to the present. Children learned about the history of the violin and witness its wondrous capabilities.

   
   
   

Celebrating Vivaldi's Seasons
Hot and Cold Classical March 3, 2006
 

Antonio Vivaldi knows the four seasons inside and out. He paints musical pictures so vividly that you can feel the gentle breezes as they turn into thunderstorms. He even provides his listeners with the warmth of a roaring fireplace. Violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmnic, Paul Stein and pianist Cynthia Williams of Chamber Music Express bring a sampling of Vivaldi's Seasons as well as Beethoven's own Spring Sonata to Shumei Hall.

This concert was supported by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

   
   

The Magical Birth of a New Piece
A Musical Presentation by Stephen Cohn
November 16, 2006  
 
Stephen Cohn is an Emmy award-winning composer and has been an Instructor of Music at UCLA.
         
He showed the children how a composer gets an idea and then develops it into a piece of music, through presenting a trio he composed for Flute, Viola and Cello. He talked about how the initial idea develops and having the musicians demonstrate the different sections. Along the way, they discussed the creative process, experiments with ideas and how they manifest musically. Toward the end, the children heard how all the parts and all the experiments come together to make a piece of music.  
This concert was supported in part by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

A World of Harmony

Demonstration - Concert by the Los Angeles Chamber Singers directed by Peter Rutenberg

December 6, 2006

The Los Angeles Chamber Singers is an outstanding choral group directed by Peter Rutenberg, a veteran of 38years in the choralmusic field. The demonstration-concert featured a selection of American contemporary choral works in a variety of styles from classical to jazz that form the basis of a discussion about harmony. Starting with the musical scales in solfeggio (i.e., do, re, mi, fa...) and seeing how these notes can be combined into a variety of chords, students experienced first-hand the colorful ‘world of harmony’. The program was interactive and continues work begun with the ensemble’s first such concert at Shumei Hall in 2003— “What Makes a Chorus.”

This concert was supported in part by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 


 

Growing Up With Ludwig and Wolfgang

March 13, 2007

What a difference a parent makes! The childhoods of Beethoven and Mozart tell us fascinating stories about musical geniuses and how their parents coped with them. While Mozart's father was a talented music teacher, and Beethoven's father made every mistake that could possibly be made, the sons' musical talents were never diminished. Paul Stein, violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his colleagues, Andrew Duckles (Viola) and David Garrett (Cello) entertained us with Beethoven's and Mozart's beautiful melodies.

This concert was supportyed in part by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Tournament of Roses Foundation.