So, How’s That Going?

So, How’s That Going?

Conversations with Colburn Alumni

Episodes

May 10, 2022 16 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this episode, we speak with Makiko Hirata, who has curated our final Next Up program of the 2021-22 Season. Her program will explore the life and music of Ernst Toch in historical context, performing pieces in chronological order with narration from Toch’s grandson,...

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As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Kyle Kremer (Conservatory ’15) who has curated the upcoming program for the Next Up Series. His program is called Celestial Suite: Combining Music and Astronomy, which will feature a brass quintet from the Colburn Conservatory of Music alon...

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March 14, 2022 15 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Evin Blomberg (Conservatory ’15). Evin curated a program that features solo violin repertoire by Kreisler, Ysaÿe, Marsalis, and Bach. The beautifully rendered solo performance is her inspired answer to the isolated realities brought on by t...

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January 12, 2022 44 min


 
In this episode, we spoke with ballet dancer Samuel Melnikov. After studying in the Dance Academy from 2014 to 2017, Sam joined the New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2020.
 

Music in this Episode

BACH Suite for Violin and Harpsichord in A Major, BWV 1025
Kako Miura (Conservatory ’19), Violin
Ian Pritchard, Harpsichord

DEBUSSY Afternoon of a Faun
Martha Chan, Flute
Wei Pan, Clarinet
Kristina Annamukhame...

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December 1, 2021 25 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Kako Miura (Conservatory ’19), who curated our first in-person program, To Be Bach or Not To Be Bach, which paints a picture of the musical world in which the composer lived.

The concert takes place in Thayer Hall on Thursday, December 9.

R...

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October 4, 2021 17 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Ryan Davis (Conservatory ’19), who curated the first Next Up concert of the year, Chromatophores, which will premiere on Thursday, October 14.

Register for the concert
 

Music in this Episode

RYAN DAVIS: “Colour You Like”

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May 21, 2021 14 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Community School alum Maya Paredes, who curated the fifth and final program, Modern and Popular Music Jukebox, which premiered Saturday, May 29, 2021.
 

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May 5, 2021 10 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Alicia Lee, who curated the fourth program, Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet, which premieres Saturday, May 8.

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Read more about the program
 

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April 26, 2021 44 min


 
In this episode, Emmy Award-winning composer, jazz pianist, and Community School alumnus Kris Bowers talks about his remarkable 2020, his family’s unwavering support of his music from a young age, and the changing landscape of the music industry.
 

Links and Resources

Kris Bowers’ Official Website
A Concerto is a Conversation
Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot In Conversation
 

Music in this Episode

Kris Bowers: SUMMON (2019), an L....

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April 2, 2021 18 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Eric Byers, who curated the third program, Retrouvé, which premieres Saturday, April 10.
 

Music in this Episode from the Next Up Concert:

ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
MARIN MARAIS Voix Humaines

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March 4, 2021 13 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Conrad Jones, who curated the second program, Eclectic Classical, which premieres Saturday, March 13.
 

 

Links and Resources

Next Up Series
The Two Gabagools Official Website
The Two Gabagools Instagram
The Two Gabagool...

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February 11, 2021 12 min


 
As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Ben Ullery who curated the first program of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which premieres Saturday, February 13. Don’t forget to register for the event.
 

 

Links and Resources

Next Up Series
 

Music in This Episode

BACH Go...

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January 26, 2021 33 min


 
In this episode, we speak with internationally renowned violinist and Community School alumnus Anne Akiko Meyers. Get her perspective on the year behind us, the year ahead of us, her earliest days at Colburn, and being tenacious.
 

 

Links and Resources

Anne Akiko Meyers’ Official Website
January 30: Live from the Draylen Mason
 

Music in This Episode

VIVALDI Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “Summer” (L’estate)
 I. All...

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October 27, 2020 65 min


 
In this episode, we touch on issues around the pandemic, social justice movements, and the state of the performing arts from multiple perspectives. Our guests are Blake Lanesskog (Dance Academy ’18), Andrew Brady (Conservatory ’13), and Nokuthula Ngwenyama (Community School ’93). Jazmín Morales, Assistant Director for the Center for Innovation and Community Impact at Colburn, joins us at the end to discuss her experience with th...

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July 15, 2020 43 min


 
Just before our Los Angeles campus shut its doors due to COVID-19, we spent some time with alumnus David Fung (Conservatory ’09), the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music who is now what you might call a Renaissance person.

Follow David
Facebook: @DavidFungPianist
Instagram: @david_piano

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April 6, 2020 59 min


 
We catch up with Anatalia Hordov (Dance Academy ’16), Nicholas Rose (Dance Academy ’15), and the members of the Calidore Quartet (Conservatory ’16), and our own Dr. Nate Zeisler of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact to talk about how the current pandemic is changing the performing arts community and affecting alumni as artists and humans.

Links to resources from the podcast:

From Anatolia Hordov: Michael Tilson Tho...

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