David Roode Joins Danish Symphony on Trombone

In Fall 2014, trombonist David Roode won a position as second solo trombone with the Odense Symfoniorkester (The Odense Symphony Orchestra) in Odense, Denmark. After a grueling nine hour audition, David became the first non-Dane to be appointed to the trombone section in the history of the orchestra.

 

Pacific Opera Project presents Puccini

Los Angeles opera company and grant recipient Pacific Opera Project presented “Tosca” in September 2014, and “La Boheme” in December 2014. Both were conducted and, in “La Boheme,” accompanied by, grant recipient Stephen Karr. “Tosca” featured a twenty-two person orchestra that moved, along with the audience, from scene to scene.

Stage and Cinema wrote: “Josh Shaw and Stephen Karr have once again put together a fantastic operatic production showcasing some of the finest vocal talent available at an extremely affordable price. Under Shaw’s creative direction . . ., La Bohème has been superbly brought to life in a setting that is faithful to the original, as well as intimately and creatively wrought.”

POP will present Mozart's “Abduction from the Seraglio” in Spring 2015.

 

We recently produced a Musicale in New York City at the Union Club on East 69th Street. Tasty hors d'oeuvres, lucious cocktails and a special program of gorgeous music featuring three of our talented Grant Recipiants.

Our Musicale was held on Feb 23, 2016 and was hosted by Arthur Reynolds and Betty Gates with Performances by Zsolt Bognar Pianist, Christina Parsons Mezzo-Soprano and Michelle Trovato, Soprano.

What an exciting evening as we welcomed a diverse audience of Art Patrons and friends of the IFS to this magical and intimate performance in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Pianist Zolt Bognar performed a selection of pieces by Edvard Grieg and followed up with a showpiece by Schubert. Our singers, Christina and Michelle performed both Art Song and Aria in a perfect acoustic environment to fully experience these voices up close and personal. Zolt accompanied them both and showed that he is not only a gifted soloist but has a unique ability to accompany a singer and provide a perfect balance and support for their performance. All three of our grant recipients spoke about how the IFS grant had made it possible for them to further their careers.

We look forward to the next opportunity we have to present the talents of the Artists that we have supported with our grants.