Category Archives for "Events"

Oct 02

Making Friends Everywhere

By billalpert | Events , The Kitchen Sink

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Friends of the Studio The Pacific Trio perform in Rybnik, Poland

Our dear friends John Walz, Edie Orloff and Roger Wilke write:

Greetings from Europe. We are having a wonderful tour with the Pacific Trio. We have done concerts in Poland and Germany so far, tomorrow we are in France, then back to Germany. We finish up in Munich, playing at the Gasteig, which is the release concert for our new CD of American works.

This, the latest of many European tours by The Pacific Trio, brings home to us the universal nature of music. A great performance of live music will capture the imagination of people across any culture, social class, political or religious belief. Our performing artists have done much to promote understanding and cooperation across the far corners of the Earth.

Frequently we see the world in a distorted view of controversy, conflict and turmoil on TV and in newspapers. Yet as a race, humans share much more that connects us than separates us. Follow our intrepid three friends across the planet and you’ll find living rooms and auditoriums full of diverse audiences that celebrate the universality of great music.

In what city, country or continent could Gershwin’s Second Piano Prelude (arranged for trio) not melt your heart?

Jul 16

Now Playing!

By billalpert | Events , Studio News

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Darrah Carattini-Garcia and Brandon Alpert featured as Rosie and Albert in Bye Bye Birdie (photo: Deborah Tracey Photography)

Bye Bye Birdie opens July 24
Bye Bye Birdie opens July 24 – Design: Carlos Musquez

Bye Bye Birdie is a favorite of the Broadway musical theater stage with book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.

Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, this satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,” is word play on the name of Conway Twitty, who is remembered today mainly as a country music star but was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals in the late 1950s. The original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions. (courtesy Wikipedia)

Come support your Alpert Studio students and alums, many of whom are participating in this family friendly production of a true Broadway classic!

Performances are Friday, July 24th, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25th, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 26th 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 31st, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 1st, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 2nd at 2:30 p.m. at Los Osos High School, 6001 Milliken Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Jul 05

A Truly “Wicked” Master Class

By billalpert | Events

Eden Espinosa Master Class presented Broadway Experience

Be it an opera of Mozart or a scene from any current Broadway hit, a great score, polished singing and thoughtful acting are all integral to a convincing performance. So found a contingent of young Alpert studio students and alumni who participated in a recent master class presented by Eden Espinosa in conjunction with Broadway Experience.

Kudos to all of our students who attended and/or performed at the event. It was a great opportunity to learn from a well known performer at the top of her game. Ms. Espinosa’s insights received rave reviews from all in attendance. We’re all indebted to her as well as Sergio Mejia who led a dance workshop.

Thanks to Broadway Experience for hosting the event and to Debbie Jackson for providing the photos in this slide show.

Jun 12

Summer News for Violin Students

By billalpert | Events , violin


High Energy Eclectic Fiddle Fest: Barrage (see Concerts, below)

Just a few quick reminders for violin students of the Alpert Studio:

Summer Schedule:

Violin lessons are scheduled all summer long, with the exception of August 3 – August 14. Additionally, some lessons between August 17-19 may be impacted, however I plan to reschedule those lessons later that week, or during a mutually convenient time. As always, your regular monthly tuition will apply during the summer, as it is based on a total of 40-45 lessons during the year, payable in 12 installments.

If you plan to travel during summer months, please let me know at your earliest convenience, so that I can help you schedule make-up lesson time.

A Musical Summer

Summer often affords students more time to focus on musical activities. I’ll be talking to you about some possible summer projects, if you’d like to put some extra energy into your violin. Let’s talk!

Listening Challenge:

Can you name a famous violinist that performed in each of the following time periods?

1900-1935
1936-1950
1951-1979

Extra Credit: Share an audio/video link to a performance by each of these violinists. I’ll post your selections on the studio website!

Free Outdoor Concerts

Come see the fabulous fiddle group Barrage perform at the Redlands Bowl on Tuesday, July 14. Cody Bryant and the Riders of the Purple Sage perform on Friday, July 10. And I’ll be performing with the Redlands Symphony on Tuesday, July 28. Info: http://www.redlandsbowl.org/programs.htm

Have a wonderful, safe and musical summer!

Bill Alpert


Jun 05

Inland Idol Update

By billalpert | Events , Student News

Update: A hearty round of congratulations to eleven year old Genevieve Ellis (who recently participated along with 30 other finalists) in the Inland Idol competition last Sunday. Genevieve advanced through a field of some 600 performers, aged 7-18 who entered the competition and took second place in her age category. Kudos, Genevieve.

May 03

Hear My Song

By Melanie Alpert | Events

Hear My Song Event Flyer •  Presented by Broadway Experience

Hear My Song Event Flyer

Please join The Alpert Studio and Broadway Experience for an intimate evening of contemporary musical theater by Jason Robert Brown, presented in concert version. This musical celebration will include selections from Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years, Thirteen, Parade and selected songs from the Jason Robert Brown library.

This production will feature many students and alumni of the Alpert Studio. These exciting and polished performers have won acclaim and awards for their singing including several who have been semi-finalists in the prestigious Los Angeles County Music Center Spotlight Awards.

I am very proud of this production, while not a kid’s show and includes mature themes, I urge everyone above the age of 12 to attend. Please forward the attached event flyer (link above) to everyone you know!

Hear My Song
The Works of Jason Robert Brown

Presented by Broadway Experience • Barbara Hinrichsen, General Director
Production directed by Melanie Alpert with assistant Directors Brandon Alpert and Cesar Quintero

Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23 at 7:30pm
Sunday May 24 at 1:00pm

All performances at: The Theatre Company • 1400 N. Benson Avenue, Upland, CA 91786

For information call (909) 982-5736

Presented by Broadway Experience • Non Profit 510(c3). Our thanks to Jason Robert Brown who graciously extended permission for this public performance.

Apr 07

Spring Recital Announced

By billalpert | Events , violin , voice

Mark your calendars!

The Alpert Studio Spring ’09 Recital will be held on Saturday, May 16th at 4:00 p.m. All voice and violin students are required to participate.

Recital Rehearsal (with piano) will be held on Friday, May 15, between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. You will be assigned an approximate arrival time at your lesson prior to the event.

Let’s all prepare for a wonderful and enjoyable event, in a fun and supportive environment. So polish up your songs!

Mar 11

Solofest Competition Time

By billalpert | Events , voice

The 2009 San Bernardino County Music Educators Association Solofest will be held on April 4, with finals on April 11. You can find more information online in this document. The application form can be found here.

Interested students should download the application and send it (along with application fee) directly to the SBCMEA by March 20. Additional information and a contact e-mail can be found on this page.

We encourage everyone who has two polished and prepared selections to participate. There are age categories from 4th grade through high school. If you choose to participate, please let us know!

Remember, if you’d like to receive early notification of updates to the studio website, just sign up for e-mail notification by following Subscribe to The Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin by Email this link

Feb 09

Custom Made Chin Rests for Violin and Viola

By billalpert | Events , violin

The Alpert Studio, in association with Frish and Denig of Fairfax, Virginia, is proud to offer custom chin rest fitting.

A historical first in the string world, this unique fitting process is designed to enhance physical comfort and therefore, technique and sound. The Alpert Studio is proud to serve the Central Coast  California area.

In most cases, a custom fitted chin rest will eliminate or minimize the need for a shoulder rest, and will create a healthier, more intimate and more comfortable playing experience. Fitting is currently available for 4/4 and 3/4 size violins, as well as fractional instruments for kids.

For additional information, visit our chin rest page.

Jan 31

An exciting February

By billalpert | Events , Student News , Studio News , voice

February 3 Ariel Fazekas will be performing with the Pioneer Jr. High Choir at Disneyland.

February 5,6,7David Nicholson will be featured in the Upland High School Production of The Fantasticks. Performances at 7:30 p.m.

February 13 – Broadway Experience performs at Disneyland

Friday, Saturday Sunday, Feb 20-22 – Honk Jr. the Musical Dessert Theater presented by Broadway Experience. Show times: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. Limited seating. Directed by Bonnie Kovar, Musical Direction by Brandon Alpert and Choreography by Cesar Quintero.
Tickets available in advance at Theatre Company.

February 26-27 – Los Osos High School’s Broadway Nights featuring Sarah Jackson, Maggie Anderson and Marissa Henkel. Tickets available at the box office and presale from students.

February 27-28, March 1 – Lindsay Rupp will perform Citrus College Musical Theater Workshop’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Coming in March:

March 7 – Alpert Studio Students field trip to see the Met production of Madame Butterfly in live HD at one of our local theaters. Stay tuned for details.


Please remember to come out and support your fellow studio students in their performing endeavors.