Pasadena Chorale Presents Student Composer Concert LISTENING TOT HE FUTURE April 2

Pasadena Chorale will announce that tickets are now available for its next performance, “Listening to the Future,” Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena.

Spectators will discover 17 new pieces composed for the choir by 9 student composers. The tracks, all written within the last two years, have never been heard before! Tickets will be offered for $0 on a “listen first, then give” basis and can be reserved at

Established in 2015, the annual Listening to the Future program pairs Pasadena-area high school students with professional mentor composers and culminates in the performance of selected pieces in concert. This relatively new concept has already seen the creation of 62 choral pieces by 24 student composers who have worked with 6 professional composer mentors.

While the Pasadena Choral was unable to gather, rehearse or perform during a 16-month period of the Covid-19 pandemic, “Listening to the Future” continued its schedule, with student composers meeting on Zoom to continue. to write the music that the public will finally hear this April.

• Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, Arian Cazares, contributed a new arrangement of Munequita Linda as well as the original composition The Old Green King. Cazares began his musical studies playing the viola at the age of 9 and continues to play in his high school symphony orchestra and string ensembles. In 2021, Cazares won second place at the American Viola Society Solo Competition in Los Angeles and also competed in statewide competitions.

• Yoni Fogelman, 19, currently works with the nonprofit Musicians at Play and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles to promote music education in Southern California. He studied composition with award-winning composer Juan-Pablo Contreras and big band arranging with famed Hollywood bandleader and orchestrator Ladd McIntosh. Fogelman’s pieces include an arrangement of American Spiritual All My Trials and an original composition To a Rose with text by Eli Staub.

• Hyomin Kim is currently studying at KyungHee University in Seoul, South Korea and continues to practice piano, cello, drums and songwriting. Kim composed the original music Once Again, with lyrics written by Hyomin Kim and Rachel Yun.

• A multi-talented composer, Olivia Marie is a singer, dancer, actress, composer, lyricist, librettist, trumpeter, pianist and conductor. Marie has written the book, music and lyrics for four award-winning musicals and is currently studying composition at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Pieces performed by Marie include the original composition A Minor Bird with text by Robert Frost, as well as a new arrangement by Wayfarin’ Stranger.

• Prince Takano, a student at Princeton University, is currently studying politics and music composition. His background includes both classical and jazz. Takano’s area of ​​musical interest is composing music for video games and movies. His contributions include a rearrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic and the original composition Laudate Dominum.

Saunder Choi, a Filipino composer and backing vocalist based in Los Angeles, mentored student composers during these two years. His works have been performed by the Phillipine Madrigal Singers, Crossing Choir, LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers, Sacra Profana, Toality, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, World Youth Choir, Asia Pacific Youth Choir and many others. As a tenor and SAF-AFTRA session vocalist, he sang in the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King live-action remake (2019), Disney’s Mulan live-action remake (2020), and ‘others. He is currently director of music at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.

“Listening to the Future” premieres Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Universalist Unitarian Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103.

Pasadena Chorale’s “Listening to the Future” performance was funded by a grant from the City of Pasadena. Additional support was provided by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. For more information on Listening to the Future, visit

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