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Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) – Notes Bring Hope Provides Ukuleles and Lessons for Visually Impaired

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Notes Bring Hope, a charitable arm of the Asia America Symphony (AASA), hosted its inaugural event on August 3rd at Torrance Airport - Zamperini Field Meeting Room. Volunteers of Notes Bring Hope shared their love of music with children from Partners for Pediatric Vision.

Eight visually impaired children received ukulele instruction from Mariane Matsuda, followed by a group performance by the children, lunch and a tour of the Western Museum of Flight. The children were given ukuleles to keep so that they can practice and share their music with friends and family. The first event went so well another successful session took place August 31st.

Partners for Pediatric Vision's Executive Director, Tori Schladen said, "This experience had a positive impact on the children's self-expression and self-esteem, developing their coordination, rhythm and concentration. It was a wonderful opportunity for fun and meaningful social interaction. We are grateful to AASA for sharing the gift of playing music with our children who have vision loss. It was a time to overcome challenges and shine. I believe it will have a lasting impact on their lives."

Participant Mia, age 8, adds: "I liked the music." Mia's grandmother replied: "Being able to share the experience and meet families of other children with visual impairments was the best part."

AASA Board Member and Notes Brings Hope's program director Shari Sunada said, "We couldn't be more pleased with the success of our first event. It's greatly rewarding to share the gift of music with the children from Partners for Pediatric Vision. We could not have done it without the support of our sponsors and volunteers, especially Marianne Matsuda, who, along with some of her ukulele students led the instruction."

ABOUT NOTES BRING HOPE:
Notes Bring Hope is a charitable arm of the Asia America Symphony Association (AASA), a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Notes Bring Hope shares the gift of music with economically or physically disadvantaged children through various programs including music therapy and music camps. AASA is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians, exposing and promoting music appreciation.

Contact Program Director, Shari Sunada (310) 722-3292, sharisunada@gmail.com.

ABOUT PARTNERS FOR PEDIATRIC VISION:
Partners for Pediatric Vision, a project of Community Partners, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to turn possibilities into achievements for visually impaired children and their families by providing a critical link between healthcare, education and support. The organization provides free education, support and enrichment activities for children with visual impairment ages birth to 18 and their families throughout Southern California.

For more information about Partners for Pediatric Vision, contact Executive Director, Tori Schladen, M.A., (323) 612-8185, partnersforpediatricvision@gmail.com

Web: https://www.partnersforpediatricvision.org/

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Asia America Symphony Association Announces Name Change from Asia America Youth Symphony to ‘Pacific Vision Youth Symphony’

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. -- The Asia America Symphony Association announces a new name for their multi-talented youth orchestra to the Pacific Vision Youth Symphony (PVYS). The name change reflects the organization's grass roots (originally founded as the Japan America Symphony Orchestra) and ever-growing diversity among its members.

The new name also embraces the unique style of music performed, aligned with its core value of bridging western culture with eastern culture via the Pacific through music.

The Pacific Vision Youth Symphony is one of the premiere youth symphony orchestras of Southern California. It is a combination of youth members performing with professional musicians. Under the visionary direction of the PVYS Music Director David Benoit, this arrangement gives youth the opportunity to experience a professional environment, perform with musical mentors and play in major venues. In performing a wide array of musical repertoire, students are challenged to master diverse musical styles ranging from classical to jazz to film scores.

Eligibility to join PVYS extends to music students up to 19 years old and can play an orchestral instrument with intermediate to advance proficiency and who are interested in classical and jazz music. Auditions for the 2020 concert season will be taking place September 5 - 8, 2019. To learn more or to sign up for the Pacific Vision Youth Symphony, go to http://aasymphony.org/ or call 310-377-8977.

About Asia America Symphony Association (AASA):

The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians, exposing and promoting music appreciation as well as supporting and partnering with similar organizations by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating a wide array of music influences and styles from around the world. The Music Director and Conductor of AASA is renowned pianist and composer, David Benoit.

Asia America Symphony Association, 608 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA, 90274. 310.377.8977. Website: http://aasymphony.org/

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Asia America Symphony and Guild Honors: Roland Corporation, Helen Ota and Gail Gerding Mellert on June 16, 2019

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. -- The Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) and Guild will hold their annual Bravo Awards gala recognizing the Roland Corporation, Helen Ota and Gail Gerding Mellert for their contributions to AASA and the community. Master of Ceremonies is David Ono, KABC 7 News Anchor.

Musical entertainment will be provided by David Benoit, AASA's Music Director and Conductor, and the Asia America Youth Symphony, The black-tie optional event will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 5pm, at L.A. Grand Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://aasymphony.org/ or by calling AASA's office at 310.377.8977.

Helen Ota is Director of Donor Engagement and Special Events for the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. She is also active in the community serving as a board member of the Nisei Week Foundation (past president), Zentoku Foundation, and the Veterans Memorial Court Alliance. She is an Advisory Council member of Kizuna, and Advisory Artistic board member of Asian Pacific American Friends of Theatre. Helen is a performing member of the Grateful Crane Ensemble and Artistic Director Emeritus of COLD TOFU Improv.

Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, and audio processing devices. With over 40 years of innovation that continues to shape the sound of modern music, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.

Gail Gerding Mellert is a native Southern Californian and graduate from USC's Thornton School of Music. For over 35 years, she has continued to maintain her impressive reputation with her private studio of aspiring violinists. Gail was the recipient of the Studio Teacher of the Year Award by the American String Teachers Association. She is a member of the Peninsula Committee for the LA Phil, Mu Phi Epsilon, MTAC, and the American String Teacher's Association. She is also a frequent adjudicator throughout Los Angeles.

About Asia America Symphony Association:
The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians, exposing and promoting music appreciation as well as supporting and partnering with similar organizations by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating a wide array of music influences and styles from around the world. The Music Director and Conductor of AASA is renowned pianist and composer, David Benoit.

Asia America Symphony Association, 608 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA, 90274; 310.377.8977 (P) | website: http://aasymphony.org/

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One Night Only: Oleta Adams and David Benoit Benefit Concert

TORRANCE, Calif. -- The Asia America Symphony Association (AASA) presents a Benefit Concert for youth in arts featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist, Oleta Adams on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Oleta will be joined by Music Director, Pianist and Conductor, David Benoit, and members of the Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra (AAYS).

The first half of the evening program will be a special tribute to great jazz pianists by David Benoit and the AAYS. The second half will spotlight the velvety voiced songstress, Oleta, as she performs a blend of Soul, R&B and Gospel.

The four-time Grammy(r) nominee will perform her runaway hit, "Get Here" - the Brenda Russell composition that became the unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War.

VIP Ticket holders will be invited to a "Meet-the-Artists Reception" immediately following the concert.

Concert date: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 8 p.m., Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College, Torrance, CA. Ticket prices per person are from $25 to $150. VIP Seats include Meet-the-Artists Reception (limited availability).

Ticket Purchase: https://aasymphony.org/ or call 310-377-8977.

About Oleta Adams:
Since her Circle One album debut in 1990 that went Platinum, Oleta has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel that are intertwined with soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. She has recorded with Tears for Fears, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Toots Thielmans and Shirley Ceasar. Celebrating over 45 years in the music industry, Oleta has released nine albums, received four Grammy nominations and was honoree of the Legends Award at the televised Black Music Honors in 2017.

Her latest album "THIRD SET" (2017), is comprised of songs that she and her band worked out on the road over the years. Filled with stunning arrangements, Oleta states "At this point in my life, it's kind of cool that I don't have to ask anybody's permission anymore about what I want to sing."

About Asia America Symphony Association (AASA):
The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians, exposing and promoting music appreciation as well as supporting and partnering with similar organizations by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating a wide array of music influences and styles from around the world. The Music Director and Conductor of AASA is renowned pianist and composer, David Benoit.

For more information on AASA go to http://aasymphony.org/ or call 310.377.8977.

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Music and Art Come to Life! Asia America Symphony Association and Ryman Arts Present ‘Music On Canvas’ Performed to Gershwin’s ‘An American In Paris’

TORRANCE, Calif. -- The ASIA AMERICA YOUTH SYMPHONY (AAYS) will premiere its first ever, "Music On Canvas". DAVID BENOIT, Music Director and Conductor, will lead the prestigious AAYS in a performance of Gershwin's classic "An American In Paris" while young artists from RYMAN ARTS create inspired artworks live on stage to the music.

"We are so excited to partner with Ryman Arts for our season opener with this unique blending of live music and art. In our quest to reach out to organizations with a similar mission, youth and the arts, the marriage of music and visual arts intertwine perfectly for this performance," says Alison Jamele, AASA President.

Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts continues, "In collaboration with the Asia America Youth Symphony, we are delighted to celebrate the talents of artistic youth in Southern California in both music and art. As guests listen to the beautiful musical performance, they will see the visual art inspired by it take shape on canvas. Alumni artists from Ryman Arts, like the young musicians of AAYS, represent the passion, hard work, skill and creativity that are hallmarks of both our programs."

To further entertain you, Maestro Benoit will debut his brand new composition, "The Great Wall," inspired by his travels in Beijing China. Benoit will lead the orchestra in an array of music contours from Gershwin to Borodin's "The Steppes of Central Asia" to a surfin' medley arranged by Benoit himself. Go no further to hear and experience the Symphony's musical palette stretching from the classics, to pop and new genres.

Concert: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7 p.m., James Armstrong Theater, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Ticket prices: Preferred - $40 | General - $25 | Students with ID - $15. Tickets can be purchased online at http://aasymphony.org/ or call 310-377-8977.

About Ryman Arts:

Ryman Arts is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) organization established in 1990 to honor legendary Disney artist and mentor Herbert D. Ryman. Ryman Arts creates access and opportunity for young artists through free studio art skills training and mentoring. Ryman Arts has educated thousands of Southern California teens from over 190 communities and provided outreach to over 20,000 underserved students.

These students choose to attend Saturdays at California State University, Fullerton or Sundays at Otis College of Art & Design. Almost all Ryman Arts graduates go on to college, many alumni work in the creative industries, and all are poised for personal success. Information: https://rymanarts.org/ .

About David Benoit:

David Benoit's career spans over three decades as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer, including over 30 solo recordings that have garnered him five Grammy nominations. Benoit's talents expand into symphonic orchestral music endeavors that include his ongoing role as Music Director & Conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra and Youth Symphony as well as the on-air radio host weekday mornings on KKJZ 88.1 FM. Information: http://benoit.com/.

About Asia America Symphony Association (AASA):

The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians, exposing and promoting music appreciation as well as supporting and partnering with similar organizations by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating a wide array of music influences and styles from around the world. Information: http://aasymphony.org/.

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David Benoit Conducts Film Scores ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Whiplash,’ Jazz and Classical Great Works with Asia America Youth Symphony

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Grammy-nominated DAVID BENOIT will lead the prestigious ASIA AMERICA YOUTH SYMPHONY through a varied program featuring the music from the films "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Whiplash," and works by Tchaikovsky, Bizet and original works by Benoit himself, Asia America Symphony Association announced today.

This exuberant evening of classical and jazz music will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at the James R. Armstrong Theater.

The concert will feature alumni who have moved on to become outstanding professional musicians and soloists: International Flute soloist ALBERT PAE graduate of The Julliard School & Royal College of Music; virtuoso violinist ELEANOR DUNBAR graduate from Southern Methodist University is founder and leader of the Cezanne Quartet; saxophonist JUSTIN KLUNK and graduate from USC performs with Arianna Grande ( https://youtu.be/JJJlWFJou1I ) St. Motel, and Lindsey Stirling.

"The Asia America Youth Symphony was a crucial part of my life and my decision to pursue music," says Justin Klunk, now a professional musician. "I have been fortunate along with a few others to perform at David's concerts on multiple occasions and record with the orchestra, and those experiences will stay with me forever!"

DAVID BENOIT, music director and conductor of the Asia America Youth Symphony has created and programmed a series of dynamic concerts performed by world-class Asian and American musicians. His innovative vision to fuse "East and West," as well as various music genres, has continued to inspire enthusiastic audiences throughout Southern California. Over the last quarter century, as a composer, pianist and conductor, five- time Grammy nominee David Benoit has been a passionate musical innovator committed to the exploration of many art forms on the American landscape. Learn more at: https://aasymphony.org/about/music-director-david-benoit/

The Asia America Youth Symphony is one of the premiere youth symphony orchestras of southern California. In performing a wide array of musical repertoire, students are challenged to master diverse musical styles ranging from classical to jazz and film scores. In addition, students are encouraged to compose their own original composition for the orchestra. Learn more at: https://aasymphony.org/asia-america-youth-symphony/

Spend the evening with David Benoit and these incredible musicians immersed in jazz, classical and pirate lore.

Concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at the James R. Armstrong Theater, Torrance Civic Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive North, Torrance, CA 90503.

Tickets are available online https://aasymphony.org/2018-order-tickets/ or by calling the AASA office at 310-377-8977.

To support Asia America Youth Symphony or for more information go to https://aasymphony.org/

About Asia America Symphony Association:

The Asia America Symphony Association is dedicated to developing and mentoring young musicians by providing educational and performing opportunities in a professional environment featuring classical and jazz concerts and integrating Eastern and Western influences.

*PDF of April 20 event flyer/brochure: http://aasymphony.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AAYS-2018-Alumni-Concert-Flyer-FINAL.pdf

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AASA, 608 Silver Spur Road #320, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. 310-377-8977.

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