“String Spectacular,” featuring the La Sierra University Orchestra with the strings of the University of California, Irvine Symphony Orchestra. The group will perform Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony,” conducted by La Sierra’s Dr. Daniel Cummings, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” conducted by UC Irvine’s Dr. Stephen Tucker. The UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra will also perform several works. The concert will take place Feb. 12, 2011, 7 p.m., La Sierra University Church. La Sierra University Church is located at 4937 Sierra Vista Ave., Riverside. Admission is free. For further information call 951-785-2036.
Tucker serves as assistant music professor and conductor at UC Irvine. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the University of California, Los Angeles and diplomas in conducting from the Vienna Conservatory and the International Institute of Symphonic Conducting. At the latter institution he studied under Maestro Herbert Blomstedt, former music director of the San Francisco Symphony and the Dresden Staatskapelle.
His wide-ranging conducting experiences include leading the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Budapest; the Slovak Radio Symphony, Bratislava, Slovakia; serving as guest conductor of the “No Boundaries” concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York; as conductor for “Fields of Wonder” recording with tenor Darryl Taylor and players of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera orchestras; and as guest conductor for “Opera Noir,” a tribute to Luther Vandross.
Tucker has arranged, produced, and conducted on more than 15 recordings and served as composer on at least one feature film. He has served as guest conductor or cover conductor for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Experience opera at La Sierra. Enjoy the beauty and pageantry of opera with performances from five operas and operettas at La Sierra University’s Hole Memorial Auditorium. A cast of talented students accompanied by pianist Sergio Leiva will bring to life scenes from Hansel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus, the Mikado, Candide and The Old Maid and the Thief. Opera scenes will be performed Feb. 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 general admission; $5 senior citizens, LSU faculty, staff and students; $20 family admission; free admission for children age 12 and under.