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Daniel Suk speaks about Dream Orchestra's Young Stars of Tomorrow Gala Concert

Daniel Suk, Conductor
Daniel Suk, Conductor
courtesy of Dream Orchestra

Los Angeles, CA - Daniel Suk and his Dream Orchestra together with Dr. Heewon Kwon will present: “Young Stars of Tomorrow" a Gala Concert, this Sunday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m. The event will be at Zipper Hall of the Colburn School, in downtown Los Angeles.

Conducted by Daniel Suk, the Dream Orchestra will accompany talented students, some as young as six years old through high school performing on piano, flute, cello, violin and voice in works by various classical music composers. The music director for the concert is Dr. Heewon Kwon,a respected piano teacher and faculty member at the Colburn School. The event is being made possible by the Urth Caffe, the proud sponsor of the Gala. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

The program will include such pieces as the rarely performed Mozart and Mendelssohn's Concerto for Two Pianos, Gabriel Fauré’s Elegy for Cello, and an excerpt form Wieniawski's Violin Concerto. One young soprano, Golda Berkman will perform several arias. Only 15 years old, Berkman recently made her debut with the Dream Orchestra, singing the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem, and as soloist in several other Dream Orchestra concerts.

Founded in 2011 by Daniel Suk, the Dream Orchestra is comprised of outstanding professional Los Angeles musicians and performs many concerts in the greater Los Angeles area. Suk, a young Korean-American who studied voice, piano and conducting in Italy, brings a wealth of professional experience to the podium and has international conducting credits. His insightful and varied programing are a welcome addition to the LA classical music scene.

Speaking with me in a phone interview recently, Maestro Suk spoke about how the concert and the concept came about. "I was introduced through Dr. Kwon last year, to being part of this type of concert and I truly enjoy it...and the musicians in my Dream orchestra are so happy seeing these kids perform. And, due to the success of last year's concert, we have more kids performing than before!"

The challenge was how to fit them into a two hour concert. Suk credits Dr. Kwon, enthusiastically sharing that "she was fantastic in coming up with the idea for the Mozart and Mendelsohn double piano concertos. This way, two kids can play at one time. For each of the three movements, it comes out to six performers per one concerto!"

Acting as the Artistic Director for this event, Daniel Suk attends the rehearsals and reserves the final say on a number. However, Suk is careful to note that the concert isn't about prodigies or perfect form. "I always look at it in the context of youth as well. For example, for a kid that is coming up to play the Mozart or Mendelssohn Piano Concerto, or the Fauré Elegy for cello, if they can do it, let them try it and give it a good show. This great music just flows thru their pure spirits and it's very refreshing to experience."

He believes that providing young musicians with these kinds of special opportunities, not only helps them achieve their goals, but also ensures the future of classical music. With this in mind, Suk looks forward to more such events "where everyone is coming together and appreciating these beautiful compositions played by young students, in their fresh and untouched way."

Believing in the need to continue developing new audiences for classical music, Suk says of the upcoming Gala concert that for him, "it's a very nice vision to see coming to life. When these kids get onto the stage, with a full orchestra backing them up - it feels so good. I enjoy it so much, as do the musicians in the Dream Orchestra."

While the "Young Stars of Tomorrow" is just a part of the Dream Orchestra's current performing schedule, Daniel Suk also firmly believes in the power of classical music to bring families together. As an example, he mentioned that "If you go to a rock concert, sometimes it's not easy to be together as a family, and feel the music. There can be that generation gap. But in a concert like this, we have young people on stage next to seasoned musicians, with families and small kids in the audience - it's truly a multi-generational experience."

Zipper Hall (located in The Colburn School ) in downtown LA, with its excellent acoustics and comfortable seating is a beautiful setting for this concert.

Tickets for "Young Stars of Tomorrow" range in price from $30.00, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.

Purchase tickets or get more information:

Zipper Hall / Colburn School, are located on the east side of Grand Avenue, one block south of 1st Street, diagonally across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Zipper Hall, Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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