May 17, 2014 | 8:15 PM | Hole Memorial Auditorium
Dr. Ken Narducci and the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble will be performing the following pieces:
- American Hero - Bruce Broughton (WW 2 Brig. General Robert L. Scott Jr. Memoir God is My CoPilot)
- Hymn to the Fallen - John WIlliams from Saving Private Ryan
- Afterlight - William Pitts
- Stars and Stripes Forever - Sousa
- Rhapsody in Blue - Gershwin/Hunsberger featuring Lewes Mowery on clarinet and Jonathan Mamora on piano
- Viktor's Tale - John Williams
- Khan - Julie Giroux
- Silverado. Bruce Broughton
- Dartmoor, 1912. John WIlliams
- Star Trek. Michael Giacchino
KEN NARDUCCI, DIRECTOR OF WIND AND PERCUSSION STUDIES
KENNETH NARDUCCI joined the La Sierra University music faculty in 2006 as Director of Wind and Percussion Studies. In addition to directing the Wind Ensemble and Big Band, he teaches courses in conducting, theory and composition, and coaches brass and woodwind chamber groups.
He graduated with a BM in trumpet performance from Pacific Union College in 1980 and went on to the University of Oregon on a graduate teaching fellowship. There he played with the faculty brass quintet, wind ensemble and orchestra, and taught undergraduate trumpet majors and brass methods courses, and earned a DMA in Music Theory in 1989.
Beginning in 1982, Dr. Narducci taught at PUC for 25 years, and was recognized with the local and national Zapara Excellence in Teaching Awards in the humanities in 1990, and the PUC Educator of the Year award in 1995. The PUC Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble at the West/Northwest Division CBDNA Conference in 1996, and had many appearances with the CSUF Wind Festival during that time.
Under his direction, the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble garnered high praise in adjudication at the CSU Fresno Wind Festival in 2008, was one of ten featured ensembles at the College Band Directors National Association West/Northwest Division Conference in Reno in 2010, and shared the gala evening concert with Cal State University Fresno at the 34th Annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival in March 2013.
Dr. Narducci is married to Julie, an elementary music education specialist and fellow Zapara recipient, who is now serving as Director of Alumni Relations at La Sierra University. The Narducci’s are owned by three felines, Sukho, Kiji and Latte.
LEWES MOWERY, clarinet
LEWES MOWERY is currently finishing his 6th and final year at La Sierra University as a clarinet performance and music technology double major. He has been awarded Music Tech Senior of the Year award from the College of Arts and Sciences. He has participated in most of the university large ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Big Band, and Orchestra) and several chamber groups, as well as giving two clarinet recitals during his tenure at La Sierra. He was a member of the wind ensemble group that performed for the College Band Directors National Association Western Division (CBDNA) conference in 2010 and the 34th Annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival in 2013. He studied for eight years with Kirk Udvardi at Loma Linda Academy and now currently studies clarinet with Dr. William Wellwood.
In addition Lewes has avidly pursued writing and recording his own music as he has studied music technology. His passion for electronic music has been a driving force in his decision to pursue a second major in music technology. He has served as lead engineer recording department concerts for the past four years. Currently he is working on a music tech project focused on becoming more proficient in Logic Pro and honing his music writing, mixing, and mastering abilities.
Jonathan Mamora, piano
JONATHAN MAMORA, 19 years of age, is a freshman Piano Performance/Pre-Medicine major at La Sierra University. He has been studying piano for the last 14 years and is currently studying with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. His former piano teachers include Helen LaiPang, Dr. Lily Diehl, and Kevin Fitzgerald.
He has competed in many competitions and won many awards, including second prize at the IIYM International Piano Competition, first prize in the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Solo Competition, South Section, Platinum Prize in the Glendale Piano Competition, and first prize in the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Piano Competition. He has been a prizewinner in the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, the Edith Knox Performance Competition, and the Bronislaw Kaper Awards Competition. He has also competed in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. In 2012, he was accepted into the prestigious Young Artist Guild given by the Music Teachers’ Association of California. He was the first place winner of La Sierra University’s 2013 Promising Young Artist Competition, and he recently won the La Sierra University Concerto Competition. He has worked with many world-renowned and local teachers and musicians, including Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Sara Davis Buechner, Stewart Gordon, Daniel Pollack, James Bonn, Bernadene Blaha, and Santiago Rodriguez.
Jonathan has traveled around the nation and performed in many different places, including the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis during the 58th General Conference Session of the SDA Church. He has previously performed with the La Sierra University Orchestra on several occasions, playing the first movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, the first movement of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, and the last movement of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3. At school, he is a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble as a percussionist, and the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, Chorale, and a cappella group UNITED as a bass. He is also active in various student chamber groups, as well as praise and worship teams on campus. He is also a member of the Honors Program at La Sierra University. He often performs as an accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and choirs.