La Sierra orchestra director Anderson to debut with Mozart

Oct. 8, 2013
By Darla Marti Tucker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ( Dean Anderson, music director of the Dana Point Symphony, will take up the baton this weekend in his conducting debut with the La Sierra University Orchestra.

Anderson moves into the position of director of orchestral studies while his predecessor, John Carter, fills the role of wind ensemble assistant conductor and orchestra development director at La Sierra. Anderson’s first concert with the La Sierra group will feature a cornucopia of works by mid-18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The “All Mozart Concert” will be held Sat., Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at La Sierra’s Hole Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free.

The program will feature “Overture to Don Giovanni,” “Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra” with Jacqueline Marshall, harp and Martin Glicklich, flute, and “Symphony No. 35 in D Major, ‘Haffner Symphony.’”

Anderson said he was fortunate to discover the job opening at La Sierra, a Seventh-day Adventist institution and the alma mater of several family members. “Having grown up Adventist, I was of course familiar with La Sierra University. Plus my father and several of my relatives attended LSU. I was attracted to working in an environment that would allow me to utilize my two passions -- music and my spiritual life,” Anderson said.

“My goals for the orchestra are to give each of the students the highest level of orchestral experience in terms of repertoire, rehearsals and concerts,” he said. “I hope to expand the size of the ensemble and hope to do more outreach events. Our upcoming season includes works by Mendelssohn, Bloch, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Ravel and much more.”

Anderson is also currently the artistic director and principal conductor of Symphony Irvine, a fledgling orchestra of volunteer musicians from Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and Los Angeles. He teaches orchestra and applied strings at Fullerton College and has held past music director positions with the Orange County Symphony, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, the Missouri Youth Symphony, and the Stephens College Theater Orchestra.

His credits include work with such top artists as Smokey Robinson, Manhattan Transfer, John Tesh, Jimmy Hopper, Lincoln Mayorga, Arlo Guthrie and Dick Dale.

His varied work as a guest conductor includes directing the Ho Chi Minh Ballet Symphony in 2011 for the 20th anniversary of the Saigon Times, making him the first American to conduct in Saigon since the end of the Vietnam War. Most recently, he has made guest appearances with the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and the Siam Sinfonietta in Bangkok, Thailand.

He has collaborated with several theatrical organizations as music director for such productions as “Cabaret” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” and conducted several performances of the Anaheim Ballet including “Peter and the Wolf” and “The Nutcracker.” He recently conducted a recording session at Capitol Records’ studios in Hollywood for a documentary on the life and work of Stan Lee entitled “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010).”  

Anderson will continue his positions with the Dana Point Symphony and with Symphony Irvine while carrying out his new responsibilities at La Sierra. “I hope to eventually offer these outside musical endeavors as opportunities that will benefit the program at La Sierra,” he said.

For more information about the “All Mozart Concert,” call the La Sierra University music department at 951-785-2036. La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside.

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