Pre Concert Discussion- January 2015

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Composer MasaDSC_7272_1 Compressedtoshi Mitsumoto, conductor Fung Ho & soloist Ruslan Biryukov, in conversation with KUSC host and presenter, Alan Chapman.

To celebrate the World Premiere of Masatoshi Mitsumoto’s 2nd Cello Concerto at the Mission Playhouse, we were honored to welcome the soloist, conductor and composer to the stage for a free pre-concert discussion moderated by Classical KUSC presenter Alan Chapman on January 11,2015.

Read more about the artists and presenter here: Jan 11 2014 Artist and Presenter Bio’s

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AlanChapman_color (2) compressedAlan Chapman – moderator

Alan Chapman is a composer/lyricist, pianist, radio host (Classical KUSC – 91.5 FM) and educator. He was a longtime member of the music faculty at Occidental College and is currently a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, he has been a regular speaker on the L.A. Philharmonic’s “Upbeat Live” series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony and has been heard globally as programmer and host of the in-flight classical channels on United and Delta Airlines. Dr. Chapman’s songs have been performed and recorded by many artists around the world and have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. He is much in demand as a creator of original musical material for special events. His children’s opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle was commissioned by LA Opera. He frequently appears with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin, in evenings featuring his original songs as well as classics of the Great American Songbook.