CHICO

Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) concerts are held during October, November, January, March, and May, at two locations; Camarillo and Ventura, California.

CHICO’s Young Artists Series 2019 features 15-year-old David Shiang performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (1st mvt); 16-year-old Stephen Saw performing the Bruch Violin Concerto (1st mvt); 15-year-old Noah Laber performing the Marcello Oboe Concerto (2nd mvt) and guest conductor Daniel Newman-Lessler. Also on the program is Brahms’ Tragic Overture, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture, Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants, and Benedetto Marcello’s Introduction, Aria and Presto.

St. Mary Magdalen Church, Camarillo

Friday, January 25, 2019 performance begins at 7:30 pm, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 25 N. Las Posas Road, Camarillo.

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1st United Methodist Church Ventura

Sunday, January 27, 2019 performance begins at 3:00 pm, at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, 1338 East Santa Clara Street in Ventura.

Personnel

CHICO is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization administered by a 16-member board of directors. Dr. KuanFen Liu is CHICO’s artistic directorCHICO includes more than fifty professional musicians from Ventura County. For example:

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KuanFen, David Singer

Prior to moving to Camarillo, CHICO’s first clarinetist David Singer  was principal clarinetist of  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Prior to retirement, he performed at the White House for Presidents Carter and Clinton and played more than 100 recordings that included Grammy awards. He also recorded chamber music with Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Serkin, Yo Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Orion, and Shanghai String Quartet.

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Mariana Smith

Flutist Mariana Smith has performed all kinds of music: solos, ensembles and symphonies. She has played in concert halls throughout Britain, Germany and other parts of Europe. Since 1998, Mariana has been on the faculty of Ventura College. She teaches private lessons and works as a freelance musician, performing on flute, piano and organ.

Looking for a music teacher? Click HERE to learn more about CHICO members who also teach!

Outreach

Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra provides a high quality venue for talented young performers in Ventura County. CHICO invites local youths, 21 years or younger, to audition to perform a solo with the orchestra. For audition information CLICK HERE.

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2017 Soloists: Rebecca Beerstein (violin) Peter Glass (piano) Celina Wu & Ashley Wong (clarinets) Angela Marvin (cello)

CHICO and the Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) provides an opportunity for vocalists and music students to perform a major choral work with full orchestra. Mozart’s Requiem will be performed May 7 and May 12, 2017 with CSU Channel Islands Choir.

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Support

CHICO is a community resource that needs your support. We are looking for donors, sponsors and volunteers.

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