Beethoven Meets Graffiti

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Alejandro Sabre, composer

Alejandro Sabre is an award winning pianist, composer and educator. Born and raised in Mexico City, Sabre started playing the piano at age 4. He has performed extensively throughout Mexico, the United States and a few countries in Europe and Asia.

On his 20th year as professor of music, Sabre is director of the piano and music theory programs at Modesto Junior College. His busy schedule includes teaching as well as performing and writing music. His performances are centered around the lecture-recital format. Sabre is a fervent believer in musical literacy for all, encouraging and challenging audiences to better understand music and active audience participation. Sabre served on the board of directors of the Gallo Center for the Arts from 2001 to 2011 where he was instrumental in developing the Arts Education Program. He is the founder and director of Music Lives!, a successful recital series in its 4th season dedicated to art music and a partnership between MJC and the Gallo Center for the Arts.

He was invited two years ago to act as editor of the first edition of 36 Lyrical Piano Pieces “Canasta de Juguetes para Chicos y Grandes” (Basket of Toys for the Young and the Old) by Mexican composer José Sabre Marroquín (his grandfather), a colorful set that will add significantly to the world of piano literature. It is scheduled to be released later this year by Editorial Ponciano Arriaga in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. In September of 2017 he presented the same set of 36 Lyrical Pieces on a sold-out multimedia lecture-recital at the Foster Theater / Gallo Center for the Arts where he talked about the historical and stylistic context of the pieces and paired his performance with art vignettes. The program also included piano music by Mexican composers from the early 1900’s, among them José Sabre Montiel, Sabre’s great-grandfather.

Even though he took composition classes during his undergraduate studies at the National School of Music in Mexico City, Sabre is largely a self-taught composer. During high school he  wrote incidental music for independent films in Mexico.  As a composer he has primarily written songs in a variety of genres. In 1999 he was awarded second place in the John Lennon International Song Writing Competition. In 2008 he spent one year in residency at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he took classes in composition and contemporary media. This past year he has been working with Slovenian composer Max Simoncic, who has acted as his composition coach and mentor. Graffiti Jive, Scenes from 10th Street Nightlife Modesto California c.1955 is Sabre’s first symphonic work.

Sabre holds degrees from Mexico’s National School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University and the Eastman School of Music where he earned a doctoral degree in piano performance and literature with a minor in music theory. His principal teachers include Luz Maria Puente, Irene Schreier, Rebecca Penneys, Malcolm Bilson and Steven Laitz. 

He lives in the central valley with his wife and ‘son’ Remington, a 4 year old Airedale Terrier.  He loves hiking, cooking and practicing Tai Chi.

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Dale Trumborecomposer

Hailed by the New York Times for her “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies,” Dale Trumbore has been widely commissioned and performed by ensembles including the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Boston New Music Initiative, California ACDA's All-State Honor Choir, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children's Chorus, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, and Vocal Essence. She has served as Composer in Residence for Nova Vocal Ensemble and Artist in Residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Copland House, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Willapa Bay AiR.

Recently, Trumbore's choral music was recorded on Choral Arts Initiative's new album How to Go On: the Choral Works of Dale Trumbore, which debuted at #6 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart. Trumbore's works for voice have also been recorded by Choral Arts Northwest, The Esoterics, New York Virtuoso Singers, Six Degree Singers, and soprano Gillian Hollis. Trumbore's interest in the convergence of music and language leads her to collaborate frequently with contemporary poets. Her compositions are available from Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, and Music Spoke.

Trumbore holds a dual degree in Music Composition and English from the University of Maryland as well as a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Morten Lauridsen and Donald Crockett. A New Jersey native, Trumbore currently lives in Los Angeles.

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John Hillebrandtcomposer

John Hillebrandt keeps an active schedule as a pianist, composer and educator. His numerous and highly acclaimed performances each season include solo recitals, chamber music, concertos, and original compositions. He retired in 2011 from California State University, Stanislaus, where his remarkable career as staff accompanist and lecturer for 15 years included more than 500 performances. He has been the Principal Pianist and Keyboardist for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra since 1996, and plays with other regional orchestras including the Sacramento Philharmonic and the “Music in the Mountains” festival orchestra. He has taught many award-winning students, and is a regular adjudicator for the United States Open Music Competition, the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and others. He is also currently teaching online courses through Modesto Junior College, and performs regularly on faculty artist concerts. 

Dr. Hillebrandt is the choir director and organist/pianist at First United Methodist Church of Sacramento, where many of his recent original compositions are heard regularly. Hillebrandt’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was featured by the Modesto Symphony Orchestra in 2013. He has recently been performing his Twelve Transcendental Hymn-Fantasies to great acclaim, including as the opening concert of the Sacramento State Piano Series 2017-2018 season.

Hillebrandt is also an avid skier and mountaineer. His climbs include the Grand Teton, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Whitney; and he has hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite more than 50 times. He has completed one ultramarathon (50 km) and skied the Vallée Blanche in the French Alps, a 20 km glacier ski descent of Mont Blanc.

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René Daveluy | Central West Ballet, artistic director

René Daveluy's career was guided with a solid background in dance, infused by mentors such as Ludmilla Chiriaeff, Frank Augustyn, John Hart, Violette Verdy, Andrée Millaire, Daniel Sellier, Vincent Warren, Laurence Haider, Marie-Rose Chammah and Canadian Painter, Christian Thibault. Mr. Daveluy has worked on originality and creative ideology to lead the way. In 2006, René Daveluy received the California Stanislaus Arts Council Award for Excellence in Dance. As a choreographer, he won a prize from the Du Maurier Arts for his One Man Show Daveluy Danse Brel, and for Central West Ballet, has created numerous ballets including Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker. In 2015 he produced the full-length Legend of Sleepy Hollow, composing the music score and co-choreographed the ballet with Jan Clark Fugit.

In his dancing career, Mr. Daveluy distinguished himself as the lead in Brian MacDonald's Time Out Of Mind and Judith Marcuse's Tales from the Vaudeville Stage (Banff Festival Ballet), as The Teacher in Flemming Flindt’s The Lesson, Iago in José Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, and in Balanchine’s Apollo (Ottawa Ballet under Frank Augustyn), as Oberon in Ashton’s The Dream, as Romeo in Michael Smuin’s Romeo & Juliet, as Armand in Val Caniparoli’s The Lady of the Camellias, as the Prince in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, as Dr. Falke in Ronald Hynd's Rosalinda, in Balanchine's Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Lead in Divertimento #15 and Lead in Violin Concerto, as a Lead in Hans van Manen’s Solo and Black Cake, as the Bugle Boy in Paul Taylor’s Company B, as a Lead in William Forsythe’s Artifact II and as a Lead in Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena and Book of Alleged Dances (Ballet West under directors John Hart CBE and Jonas Kåge).

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David Lockingtonconductor

Over the past thirty years, David Lockington has developed an impressive conducting career in the United States. A native of Great Britain, he served as the Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony from January 1999 to May 2015, and is currently the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He has held the position of Music Director with the Modesto Symphony since May 2007 and in March 2013, Mr. Lockington was appointed Music Director of the Pasadena Symphony. He has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, where he was the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor from 2012 through 2016, and in the 15/16 season was named one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, Washington.

In addition to his current posts, since his arrival to the United States in 1978 Mr. Lockington has held positions with several other American orchestras, including serving as Assistant Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado, and Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In May 1993 he accepted the position of Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, assumed the title of Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in September 1995 and was Music Director of the Long Island Philharmonic for the 96/97 through 99/2000 seasons.

Mr. Lockington's guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Oregon and Phoenix symphonies; the Rochester and Louisiana Philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan,and led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia.

Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the New Jersey, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Utah, Pacific, Colorado, Nashville, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Edmonton, Alabama, Tucson and Kansas City symphonies, the Florida and Louisville Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Buffalo, Calgary and Oklahoma Philharmonics. Mr. Lockington's summer festival activities include appearances at the Grand Teton, Colorado Music, Interlochen, Chautauqua and Eastern Music festivals.

David Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, Mr. Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his Master's degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra for three years before turning to conducting.