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Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Tom & Vi Zapara School of Business | Troesh Center | La Sierra University


GUSTAV MAHLER (1860-1911)

I. Trauermarsch

II. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz

III. Scherzo

IV. Adagietto

V. Rondo-Finale

About the Mahler Festival

The idea of producing a regional Mahler Festival geared towards a combination of talented professional, amateur, and student musicians originated with Dean Anderson and a dedicated group of supporters in 2009. The purpose was to bring musicians all over southern California together to experience the challenge and thrill of rehearsing and performing a Mahler symphony at least once a year. The very first Mahler event took place on July 27, 2009 with a dazzling performance of his Symphony No. 1 “Titan” with over 80 musicians participating. Thanks to the support of an independent private arts organization, Montage Arts, which is founded and directed by Terrence and Rose Cheung, there were four consecutive annual performances of Mahler symphonies, also performed in consecutive order. This year marks the fifth year of the festival and thus the performance of Mahler’s 5th Symphony. In the spirit of collobaration, we are excited to combine members of the La Sierra University Orchestra with members of Symphony Irvine to present and share this great work with you.

Symphony Irvine

SYMPHONY IRVINE is a professional-level ensemble based in the city of Irvine and is composed of volunteer musicians from Orange County and beyond under the direction of Dean Anderson, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Our mission is simple: to give professional-quality performances of the world’s greatest orchestral and choral compositions, and to share our passion for music with audiences of all ages in Irvine and adjacent communities. We are committed to enriching the arts in our community, not only through inspired performances, but also through cultural exchanges and educational opportunities for young and rising musicians in Orange County. 

Symphony Board of Directors 

Edith Van Huss, President Stefano M. Stefan, Vice President 

Charla DelaCuadra, Secretary Donn Goldstick, Treasurer

John Acosta, Felix Chen, Jeremy DelaCuadra, Directors-at-Large

Advisory Board

Carolyn Carlisle, Ann Goldman, Mari Haig, Debbie Tindle, Rebecca Zonin 

Honorary Board 

Mayor Steven S. Choi ~ Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway ~ Susan Ali ~ MarlaJoy Weisshaar 

Dr. Michael Busch, Chancel Choir Director, Irvine Presbyterian Church

Ann Barkley, Pianist, Irvine Presbyterian Church 

Paul Czajka, COO, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital


The LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA is an integral part of the campus community and is recognized as a premiere university orchestra in Riverside, CA. Students are trained by faculty that include members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as Hollywood studio musicians. The orchestra is composed primarily of music majors, certificate program students, and non-majors looking to balance their lifelong love of music with other academic pursuits. The orchestra is also open to community musicians and advanced high school students looking to further their study of orchestral literature.

The La Sierra University Orchestra performs a variety of repertoire, from full symphonic works to chamber music, operas, musicals, pops concerts, and both traditional and contemporary worship music. Auditions are held each fall at the beginning of the quarter, but ongoing auditions are held on an appointment basis.

Recent past performances have included a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a full production of The Sound of Music, Die Fledermaus, Fiddler on the Roof, and a tribute performance for Maestro Herbert Blomstedt. Recent guest conductors have included Scott Yoo, Tomaz Golka, Lesley Leighton, and Henry Shin.

Dean Anderson, conductor

DEAN ANDERSON is currently completing his third season as the music director for the Dana Point Symphony. Additionally, he holds a faculty position at Fullerton College as music director for the Fullerton College Symphony, where he also teaches violin and viola. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from across the United States.

He has been invited to guest conduct on numerous occasions and has led the Grumo Festival Orchestra (Grumo, Italy), Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta (Bankgok, Thailand),Yakima Chamber Orchestra, Cerritos College Orchestra, and the Orange County Youth Symphony. In 2011, he was invited to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony in Vietnam and was the first American ever to conduct the orchestra professionally in Ho Chi Minh City.

His past positions as music director include the Orange County Symphony, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, the Missouri Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Stephens College Orchestra.

As a collaborative artist, he has participated in projects with the Chance Theater, Nouveau Chamber Ballet, the Anaheim Ballet, and conducted the recording session at Capitol Records of music by Kostas Christides and Minos Matsas for the full-length documentary on the life and work of Stan Lee entitled With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010).

Mr. Anderson studied violin and conducting at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied with John McLeod and Edward Dolbashian respectively. He has also participated in conducting master classes with such prominent teachers as Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Don Thulean, Neal Stulberg and Lawrence Golan. Recently, he has been appointed the director of orchestral studies at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.

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