TEMPO ~ Inside the Winds, Vol. 5, February 2019

A Message from the Maestro


Dear LA Winds Family,

Let me begin by thanking all of you for making the “Maestro & Mozart Birthday Dinner/Concert” such a rousing success! It was a birthday party I will never, ever forget. Nearly 200 subscribers, donors, musicians, cooks, servers, board members and friends of the Winds joined in a truly memorable celebration. Special thanks to members of the Song of Angels Flute Orchestra and their director—our very own Chuck Fernandez—along with the nearly 15 select members of the LA Winds who helped provide the musical entertainment.

All the Winds will be back on stage, however, when we perform for our upcoming Sunday, March 3rd concert taking place at 3:30 pm in the beautiful Performing Arts Education Center at Agoura High School, (28545 Driver Ave., Agoura Hills, CA 91301). We’ll feature a tribute to noted composers of Italian heritage—past and present—who have left their mark on our eclectic musical landscape. Works by Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, as well as contemporary composers Rosario Galante, Norman Dello-Joio and Frank Ticheli, will be performed. Star soprano Sarah Salazar from the Center Stage Opera will be our featured soloist.

After the concert, members of the “Maestro’s Circle” will be treated to the annual “Thank You” dinner at the Marmalade Café in Calabasas (see flyer below). Even if you’re not a “Circle” member, come by Marmalade to say “Hi” to me, the Winds members, and our soloist. Marmalade has promised to donate 15% of our bills to the Winds’ Annual Fund, so you’ll not only enjoy good food and good company, but you’ll also contribute to the Winds’ ongoing success. Finally, as we begin the 2nd part of our spectacular 2018 – 2019 season, allow me, on behalf of my colleagues in the band and the Operations Committee, to wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

See you at 3:30 pm on March 3rd, at Agoura High School!!!

Please present a printed or digital copy of this flyer to your server at the Marmalade Cafe in the Calabasas Commons (4873 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302) so the LA Winds can benefit by receiving 15% of the funds from the amount of your delicious meal!

Yours musically,


Stephen Piazza, Director, Los Angeles Symphonic Winds


TEMPO ~ Inside the Winds, Vol. 6, August 2018

A Message from the Maestro


Dear LA Winds Subscriber………

As a valued member of the LA Winds family, I want to remind you of 2 very special events that are taking place prior to our October 7 opening subscription concert of the Winds’ 2018-2019 season.

The FIRST event is our annual “Intimate Afternoon of Chamber Music Concert” which this year will be held at 2:30 pm, Sunday August 26 in the new auditorium of the Valley Outreach Synagoguelocated 26668 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA  91302.

This concert will feature members of your LA Winds as well as the ever-popular “Song of the Angels” flute orchestra in a concert celebrating“Chamber Music by Legendary Jewish Composers”.  Local Jewish music scholar Neal Brostoff will serve as the MC and your guide through what promises to be a unique and exciting afternoon of music making. I’ve attached a flyer so you can share the information about this concert with your family and friends. This is a free concert providing your Winds with the opportunity to reach out to a new community and expand our subscriber base.

The SECOND event is our annual appearance at the Leo S. Bing Theater of the LA County Art Museum on Wilshire Blvd. Your Winds will perform Sunday September 23 at 6:00 pm.  If you feel like having an afternoon of visual art culture, experiencing the cooler west side weather and hearing the Winds in a classic auditorium that may no longer be a part of the future museum complex, join us for this free concert on Sept. 23.

In the meantime, I hope to see you August 26 at the Valley Outreach Synagogue. And for those of you who have not yet renewed your subscription for our 2018-2019 season, I would urge you to download the form, because we will be mailing out the tickets over the next several weeks.  Don’t be left out!

Yours musically,


Stephen Piazza, Director, Los Angeles Symphonic Winds

West Side Story Production – Conejo Valley Players

Greg & Sue Anderson join the Pit Orchestra

A beautiful quaint theater in Thousand Oaks has a very talented cast in their production of West Side Story. Greg (LA Winds Trumpet) and Sue (LA Winds Flute) can be heard in the small pit orchestra.

8:00 PM – Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: August 2 – 18, 2018
2:00 PM – Sunday: August 5, 12 & 19

Conejo Valley Players Theatre
351 S Moorpark Rd.
Thousand Oaks, California 91361-1008



Kian Pasha (Trumpet) USC DMA Recital

Kian Performs Doctoral of Musical Arts Recital

Kian presents his 2nd USC DMA Trumpet Recital featuring Jahyeoung “Jackie” Koo on piano in Northridge.

  • Leopold Mozart, Trumpet Concerto in D
  • Ernest Bloch, Proclamation Vincent Persichetti – Hollow Men
  • Robert Russell Bennet, Rose Variations
  • Leonard Bernstein, Rondo for Lifey

Post recital reception with snacks and refreshments. Possible dinner following at a Korean BBQ nearby.

5:30 PM – Friday, August 10, 2018

Northridge Methodist Church
9650 Reseda Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324



Shahid Osuna (Flute) Junior Recital

Shahid (LA Winds Flutist) Performs Junior Recital at CSUN

Junior recital at Cal State Northridge, featuring works by Debussy, Mozart, and Godard. Free admission.

2:30 PM – Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cypress Recital Hall
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge 91330

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TEMPO ~ Inside the Winds, Vol. 5, March 2018

A Message from the Maestro

Stars of the LA Winds

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Agoura Hills HS Performing Arts Education Centre
28545 W Driver Ave, Agoura Hills, CA 91303

Dear Friends and Members of the LA Winds Family,

Thank you so much for sharing your Valentine’s weekend with us last month!  I’m sure you’ll agree that our February 11th concert was among the finest LA Winds concerts in our group’s history. Not only did our instrumentalists give us exciting and heartfelt renditions of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Samson and Delilah”, but our vocal soloists, Courtney and Christina, turned the afternoon program into an unforgettable event.  It goes to show you how much star soloists can make a concert a truly memorable experience. With that in mind, I want to remind you that our March 25 concert, “Stars of the LA Winds” will feature equally memorable soloists drawn from the ranks of your very own LA Winds.

Beginning with a stirring antiphonal rendition of “Fanfare Canzonique” featuring our brass section, our “Stars” program continues with performances by our trumpet and flugelhorn soloist Gabriel Velasco, piccolo soloist Debbie MacMurray, and alto saxophonist Caryn Rasmussen. The first half closes with the world premiere of Andrea Vancura’s fascinating journey to the fringes of sleep and wakefulness—“Hypnogogia” followed by LA Winds staff arranger, Charles Fernandez and his rendition of Shostakovich’s “Galop”. The second half of our program consists of 2 works sure to please our long-time subscribers as well as those of you who are new to the LA Winds family. We’ll perform the blues and rock movement of  Frank Bencriscutto’s “Symphonic Jazz Suite” featuring Greg Anderson and Mark Marcus. And our “stars” concert closes with Michael Daugherty ’s powerful and fun-filled tribute to Superman—“Red Cape Tango”—part of his “Metropolis Symphony”.  Many of you will recall Daugherty’s exciting and cutting edge “Raise the Roof” which LA Opera’s timpanist Therese Dimond performed with us last season.

Following the concert, join us at Agoura’s own Boar Dough Wine Bar at 5015 Cornell Rd Unit G, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Come and meet the “Stars” at this no-host reception. Those of you who joined us for our “Oktoberfest” or “Maestro’s Circle” receptions know how much fun it is to celebrate with your LA Winds. I’d love to meet and talk with you at this fun-filled wine tasting reception following the concert. Without your continued support, the LA winds would not have become one of the valley’s true cultural icons—and I’d like to personally thank you for your support.

If you need additional tickets, they are available through our LA Winds ticket manager Melinda Benane at melinda.lawinds@gmail.com.  Advance sales tickets are available for $20. Tickets at the door are $25.

See you under the ”stars” at our 2:30 concert on Sunday, March 25th in Agoura!


Stephen Piazza, Director, Los Angeles Symphonic Winds

Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” Production

Juan Rivera (Flutist) joins the Hawkmore Lyric Opera for Vincenzo Bellini’s production of “I Cauleti ei Montecchi.

This March, join us at Hawkmore Lyric Opera for our debut production, Vincenzo Bellini’s hypnotic masterwork, “I Capuleti e i Montecchi.” A stunningly talented ensemble brings new life to this bel canto classic–a stark adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet saga–in an all-new, stripped down-staging, presented with orchestral accompaniment at an intimate, blackbox-style venue. Don’t miss this enterprise in art: catch any of our six performances, at the Hudson Backstage Theater, in Hollywood. Sung in Italian, with projected English translation.

6 Dates: March 16 – 25

Venue: The Hudson Theatres, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles  90038

Tickets: www.plays411.com

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Jazz It Up for Spring – COC Concert

Jim Brown (clarinet) Plays Sax with College of the Canyons Ensembles

This spring concert with the award-winning COC Studio Jazz Ensemble and Lab Bands will feature songs celebrating spring and a varied collection of jazz styles, tempos, and arrangers. Renowned jazz saxophonist Ann Patterson will be our special guest artist for this concert. She is also the founder and leader of the Maiden Voyage Big Band.

Tickets are available through http://www.cocjazzband.com or the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

Time / Date: 7:30PM – Friday, March 16, 2018

Location: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Valencia, CA  91355


Angel City Big Band features LA Winds Trumpets!

Trumpeters Greg Anderson, Jim Bolek and Craig Malcour perform with the Angel City Big Band

The Angel City Big Band is performing at the Woodland Hills American Legion on Saturday Feb 10. Our featured singer this month will be Bonnie Bowden (former lead singer with Sergio Mendez and Brazil ’77). Come for the great food, drinks, dancing, or just the music!

Venue: American Legion Hall, 5320 Fallbrook Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Time & Date: 7:30 – 10:30 PM, Saturday February 10th,

Entry: $15/person or $25/couple

Cookie Contest Winners!

Great Job Bakers | Winning Recipe

Congratulations to our Holiday Cookie Contest winner:


Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Way to go, Kat! You won by a LANDSLIDE!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe
24 caramels, unwrapped (from 14-oz bag)
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

When cookies come out of the oven make a small indentation in the middle and allow to cool. Once cooled, spoon melted caramel into center of cookie to fill indentation and sprinkle a small amount of coarse sea salt over the caramel. After caramel has cooled and set, drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate over the top of the cookie. Cookies can be left out for the chocolate to set or if you would like to speed up the process they can be placed in the refrigerator. When chocolate has hardened cookies are ready to be enjoyed!

Congratulations to our 2nd Place Winners

Debbie MacMurray: Chocolate “Mice”
Julia Damron: Meyer Lemon Almond cookies

With appreciation to all who generously contributed cookies:

And an extra warm thank you to Arlene Sobel for organizing and manning the cookie tables! She reported that the concert attendees thoroughly enjoyed all of your creations and donations — thank you!

  • Emily Warmann
  • Beatrice Luna
  • Deborah Mac Murray
  • Kathryn Cross
  • Steve Woloshin
  • Susan Winsberg
  • Susan Anderson
  • Mark Markus
  • Janis Holland
  • Paula Savastano
  • Leonard Daly
  • Lindsay Affleck
  • Ed Etayo
  • Freddi Rokaw
  • Carolyne Maraaghi
  • Lauren Silverman Appel
  • Julia Damron
  • Herb Silverman