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Music Program Tunes Up Fall Schedule

Friday, October 17, 2008

The hills from Linda Vista to Rancho Bernardo to Ecuador will be alive with the sound of music, USD-style, throughout the coming year.

“The new year is always exciting for us,” says Angela Yeung, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the USD Symphony and Chamber Music Ensembles. “There are always new students, and we don’t play the same (music) pieces each year, so it’s always different.” 

The music program at USD includes students, faculty, staff and community members, in varied groups. These include choirs, the symphony and chamber music ensembles. The 2008 schedule of concerts kicks off Sunday, Oct 19 in Rancho Bernardo, a neighborhood in northern San Diego County.

The fourth annual USD North County Music Showcase, a free concert, begins at 4 p.m. at San Rafael Catholic Church in Rancho Bernardo. The USD Symphony, San Rafael Parish Choir and the Immaculata Parish Choir will perform Anton Bruckner’s “Te Deum”. Two USD soloists, Tori Lund ’08 (soprano) and senior Amanda Leger (alto), will be featured and Yeung will conduct.

The showcase has been an annual crowd-pleaser — last year’s performance drew 400 people — and the Immaculata Parish Choir is performing in the event for the first time. San Rafael pastor is Monsignor Dennis L. Mikulanis ’73, 2002 Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award recipient. Therese Bulat, adjunct performance faculty for voice, is the San Rafael Parish Choir director.

Trio Licenza, comprised of USD faculty members Alyze Dreiling (violin), Yeung (cello) and Linda Scott (piano), offers a Chamber Music Recital on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., in the French Parlor, Founders Hall. The group will perform piano trios by Johann Nepomik Hummel. Tickets for this event are $10, general admission; $8, USD alumni, faculty and staff; and $5, students with valid ID. 

USD Symphony concerts on November 21 and 23 are fundraisers for a March 2009 trip to Quito, Ecuador. The symphony will perform Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“The Emperor”), at Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall. Concert times are 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 23. Tickets prices are the same as the Trio Licenza event. 

The trip to Ecuador serves as the symphony’s first foray to South America. The symphony, Yeung says, takes an international trip once every two years. In 2007, the symphony collaborated with the Sinfónica Juvenil de Tijuana, a youth orchestra, for performances, sightseeing and interaction with other Tijuana musicians. That tour was made possible by an intramural grant from the Trans-Border Institute and concert fundraising. 

This year, in conjunction with the symphony tour, the International Study Abroad program is offering an Intersession class, “Spanish 201: Spanish Through Music,” Jan. 12-23, on campus, that concludes with the Ecuador trip. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 20. For more information, e-mail Professor Michael Agnew at, visit the International Center in Serra Hall, Room 315 or e-mail 

The final 2008 event is the third annual Messiah Sing Along, taking place Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Chapel, Founders Hall. This audience participation favorite, featuring the USD Symphony, is a fundraising event for the James H. Kolar Amadeus Music Fund. Admission is a freewill donation at the door.

For more information about the Oct. 19 concert or directions to San Rafael Catholic Church, located at 17252 Bernardo Center Dr., call (858) 487-4314. 

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