CEMALA (Classical European Music Academy Los Angeles) TO APPEAR AT Arcadia Presbyterian Church, Arcadia, CA

Top Quote CEMALA (Classical European Music Academy), established just 8 months ago, presents their first Holiday Concert, featuring the Cemala Children's Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Magdolna Berezvai and guest appearance of San Gabriel Valley Children's Chorus under the direction of Samuel Lin. End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) December 15, 2012 - The orchestra features children ranging in age from 7 to 13 and soloists include the California Champion in her age group, Abigel Szilagyi playing "Latin Dance".

    The orchestra highlights will include Monti's Csardas, Paganini's 24 Variations for String Orchestra, Hungarian Recruiting Dance, Mozart's Small Divertimento, Fiocco Allegro, and many other exciting pieces.

    CEMALA provides its young musicians a doorway into the world of music, setting standards of excellence that could prepare them for careers in music at an international level.

    Nonetheless, the Director strives to maintain an element of fun and enjoyment among her students, best summed up by one of her students who wrote, "I like to show my feelings through my violin, like painting colors on a canvas". CEMALA students just recently won 9 golds and numerous 2nd and 3rds in summer violin competitions in Arcadia and the prestigious Southwestern Youth Music Festival in Long Beach.

    Future plans for the orchestra include a 2014 European concert tour to the cradles of classical music in Budapest, Vienna and other European cities where the famous masters' legacy still lives on.

    The Academy is under the leadership of the Hungarian born violinist Magdolna Berezvai, who has brought to Los Angeles the skills she learned in her musical studies in Budapest, proving again that music is truly an international language! Says Director Berezvai, "Though our Chamber Orchestra plays at very high level, the Academy welcomes beginners to our ranks. The little ones get to learn the basics of music and have lots of fun in the process of developing into proficient and accomplished artists.

    During concerts, we know we have achieved our goal when the spark jumps over to the audience! Our music entertains our guests and is fun for us to make. We practice hard and gather new experiences from numerous performances. That's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun, as we take various opportunities to combine practices with other fun evens like swimming, water-balloon fights and performance trips to theme parks, shopping malls and other community venues."

    Our guest for this concert is the San Gabriel Valley Children's Chorus.This group prides itself on its pursuit of musical enrichment and excellence. They celebrate diversity through the study of choral music, and share with their surrounding communities the cross-cultural diffusion of musical traditions.Their major accomplishments include:
    The opera, "The Travel of a Little Balloon" at the Luckman Fine Art Complex in Los Angeles. Co-hosting the concerts for the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Chorus From Taiwan. Co-hosting the concerts for the Czech Children's Lark Choir from Zidlochovice, Czech Republic in 2007. Being invited to the 11th Japan International Youth Musicale at Shizuoka, Japan in July 2009. Performances throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, New York, Washington D.C., Hawaii, China,and Japan. They have been invited many times to participate in the Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration events.

    This group employs a rich repertoire, which covers motets of the Renaissance period, classical masters' works, contemporary choral works, folk songs and musicals. The chorus has proven its superb quality not only through beautiful harmony, colorful tone quality, sensitive musicality, but also by demonstrating its unique way of appreciating and interpreting music of all origins and times.

    The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy an evening of fresh and entertaining performances from this young group of entertainers.

    For more information on CEMALA, contact Magdolna Berezvai , artistic director, at 323-678-3239 or visit www.cemala.com

    For information on San Gabriel Children's Valley Chorus, visit http://sgvccmusic.org/

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