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Sounds of the Season

Saturday, December 7, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Fox Performing Arts Center | Riverside, CA

Sounds of the Season is a one-night event celebrating the music and joy of Christmas.  Come and hear the finest choral, orchestral, and instrumental musicians from La Sierra University and the professional community bring the glorious music of the season to life! Bring friends and family, join in the singing of well-loved songs and carols, and begin the holidays in a festive way. This is a Christmas spectacular you won't want to miss!


Below are some of the pieces and ensembles that will be performing:

Ken Narducci and the La Sierra University Big Band

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Christmas Time i Here
  • Joy to the World
  • We Wish you A Merry Christmas
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Dean Anderson and the La Sierra University Orchestra

  • Sleigh Ride arr. Leroy Anderson
  • Clair de lune by Claude Debussy, arr. by Andre Caplet
  • "Valse des fleurs" from Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

Lesley Leighton and the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, featuring John de Lancie as the narrator for:

  • Christmas Story According to St. by Roger Wagner

The program will conclude with God Bless Us Everyone by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri which will include Raejin Lee, Director of Vocal Studies, and Javier Gonzalez, Adjunct Professor of Music, along with the La Sierra University Chamber Singers and Orchestra.

Ticket Information

Tickets are on sale now at the Fox Box Office. Ticket prices are as follows (not including handling fees):

Senior Citizens and students (with valid school ID) can receive a 10% discount off of tickets. For more information about ticket prices and sales, please contact the Fox Performing Arts Center at 951-779-9800 or visit their website www.foxriversideline.com.

Play Your Part

The Department of Music is proud to present this program as part of a series of annual concerts by our wonderful student vocal and instrumental ensembles, prestigious chamber music artists, and faculty artists. In order to continue this outstanding offering of concerts and artists, and to provide the resources needed for sustaining and growing our vocal, technology, and instrumental programs, we invite you to participate with us in making the future of the Department of Music a bright and exciting one by purchasing a ticket to this event.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing in the building of a musical legacy here at La Sierra University, Department of Music.

LESLEY LEIGHTON, Interim Director of Choral Studies

Whether conducting the 115 voices of Los Angeles Master Chorale,  the 105 voices of Los Robles Master Chorale, or the 80 voices of New West Symphony Chorus, Lesley Leighton's primary mission remains the same: to nurture southern California's rich choral music tradition. A native of Los Angeles, Leighton studied with Paul Salamunovich at Loyola Marymount University, where she earned her BA in choral conducting. She later obtained her MM in vocal performance and DMA in choral music from the University of Southern California.

Leighton's musical activities have taken her across the United States and abroad. A principal solo artist for more than two decades, Leighton sang with many of the world's most eminent conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Bramwell Tovey, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Grant Gershon. Her opera credits include principal appearances with New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Koln Opera, Paris Opera and Glyndebourne.
As a choral conductor, Leighton embraces a broad range of music, from the Renaissance to the Romantic Era, although she is particularly dedicated to twentieth and twenty-first century compositions. A long-time advocate of music education, she inaugurated Los Robles Master Chorale's annual High School Choral Festival, launched the High School Choral Leadership Workshop, and has established LRMC's Young Artist Choral Composers Competition.

Leighton was named the first Associate Conductor in the history of Los Angeles Master Chorale in July 2011 following a year as Assistant Conductor. She was appointed Artistic Director of Los Robles Master Chorale in 2008, and Music Director of New West Symphony Chorus in 2009. Most recently she was appointed Interim Director of Choral Activities at La Sierra University in May of 2013 and Adjunct Professor of Choral Music at Rio Hondo College in July 2013. In addition, she has been guest-conductor for El Dorado Opera, Santa Clara Chorale and the Santa Monica Summer Music Series. Leighton has prepared choirs for Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bramwell Tovey, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Boris Brott and Marcello Lehninger.

In addition to a variety of appearances as a choral conductor with Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, New West Symphony Chorus, El Dorado Opera, La Sierra University Chamber Singers and the Rio Hondo Vocal Arts Ensemble, the 2013-14 season will see Leighton return to the stage as a soprano soloist for the Verdi Requiem with the New West Symphony in March of 2014.

Dean Anderson, Director of Orchestral Studies

For over a decade, Dean Anderson has led orchestras of all levels in Southern California with passion and zeal. In addition to directing the Fullerton College Symphony, he also directs Symphony Irvine and is in his third season as the music director for the Dana Point Symphony. He has performed with artists such as Smokey Robinson, John Tesh, Arlo Guthrie, Lincoln Mayorga, Manhattan Transfer, and Dick Dale. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from Utah, Arizona, and California. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor for the Siam Sinfonietta (Bankgok, Thailand). He is thrilled to join the faculty at La Sierra University as the Director of Orchestra Studies.

He has been invited to guest conduct on numerous occasions and has led the Grumo Festival Orchestra (Grumo, Italy), the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta, Capistrano Valley Symphony, Yakima Chamber Orchestra, and the Cerritos College Orchestra. He was invited to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony in Vietnam and was the first American conductor to conduct in Ho Chi Minh City since the end of the Vietnam War. Most recently, he has directed a tour of an original chamber opera in Italy titled Il Pianista Disgraziato in the cities of Bologna, Assisi, Lora Piceno, Binetto and Grumo. He has directed other operas such as Gianni Schicchi with the Fullerton College Opera Program and Il Segreto di Susanna with the UCLA Opera Department.

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 has 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 Edward Dolbashian. He has also participated in conducting master classes with such prominent teachers as Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Don Thulean and Lawrence Golan. He is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at UCLA and under the guidance of Neal Stulberg.

John de Lancie, narrator

John de Lancie, award-winning actor, director, and writer is perhaps best known for his iconic role as the powerful ‘Q’ on television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Star Trek: Voyager.”

A Philadelphia native whose father was a celebrated principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, de Lancie has narrated performances with a number of the nation’s top symphonies. They include the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, with the Oberlin Orchestra, he narrated the world premiere of the symphonic poem “The Sneetches,” based on the Dr. Seuss book.

In addition he has written and directed 10 symphonic plays, 90-minute, fully staged, orchestrated productions. Together with Star Trek actor Robert Picardo, de Lancie also created a Trek Concert Experience that has been performed with metropolitan orchestras in the United States and Canada.

A graduate of the Juilliard School’s drama program, de Lancie’s numerous feature film roles include those for “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” “The Fisher King,” “Taking Care of Business,” and “Crank2.” The many television series in which he has appeared include “The West Wing,” “L.A. Law,” “The Practice,” and “Touched by an Angel.” de Lancie has also performed many radio broadcast roles and has provided voice talent for characters in several animated series and in video games.

His theatrical credits include membership with the Seattle Repertory Company, the American Shakespeare Festival, the South Coast Repertory and other theater groups. de Lancie has performed or directed numerous plays for L.A. Theater Works, the producing arm of KCRW, KPCC and National Public Radio. He wrote, directed and hosted “First Nights,” a fully staged adult concert series at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic that explored the lives and music of Igor Stravinsky, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler and other classical composers.

He recently returned from a national tour of the “Scopes Monkey Trial” with actor Ed Asner where he played Clarence Darrow, and just completed production of a documentary that sheds light on the growing fan phenomenon surrounding the animated television series, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” de Lancie plays the character of Discord in the series.