From Classical to Rock Performers
In addition to the incredible lineup of professional artists you see below, From Classical to Rock will also feature nearly 80 student musicians and vocalists performing side by side with many of their favorite stars. Student artists will include members from OC Music & Dance, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southern California Children’s Chorus, and winners of the OC Artist of the Year competition as well as selected performers from the Donald Bren High School Honors Concert Orchestra.
In Alphabetical Order
Alex Boyé is a British-American singer and actor with over 200 million total YouTube views and counting, entertaining sensation Alex Boye is “Africanizing” the pop landscape once again, infusing the explosive rhythms and various languages of his ancestral continent (he was raised by his Nigerian mother) into a highly anticipated upcoming debut pop album—a dynamic collection that perfectly embodies the singer’s belief that “music has no passport.” For full bio
Ben Zelico was raised and currently resides in Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA as a philosophy major in 2016 but never left his passion for music far behind. He currently divides his time between drumming for bands Calamity the Kid and Dylan Dunlap as well as working as a music producer. While on tour with Stone Temple Pilots in 2011, he befriended Robert DeLeo who recommended Zelico as the drummer for the Classic 2 Rock event in 2016. Zelico is thrilled to be a part of this event once again!
Cameron Wright the voice is generally a pleasant sound, Cameron’s is supernatural. Cameron Wright is a singing phenom with a four octave vocal range. He has shared his gift throughout the U.S. and Canada and epitomized the word “prodigy”. Cameron’s gift of song became evident before he could even speak; he was nine months old and whistling! Cameron’s talent was inherited from his mother, Tonia, who started crafting his gift the moment he showed interest in music. By the age of eleven, he became one of the most recognized voices in the Twin Cities after recording a tribute to Rosa Parks with legendary folk singer/songwriter, Larry Long. The single went on to sell more than 100,000 copies domestically. Cameron has performed for over a half million people to date in his career and was even sought out at thirteen years old by Stevie Wonder after Stevie heard him sing “The Greatest Love of All”. He is now managed and represented by industry legend and American Idol judge, Randy Jackson. His vibrance, his sound and his rock and roll appeal declares the timeless artist he’s on his way to becoming. Cameron embodies superstar aura and has an undeniable gift that has been called “otherworldly”. His voice alone has promise to make him one of the most celebrated artists of his time!
Christopher Lennertz is an American musical composer for films, television shows, and video games. He is perhaps best known for his musical score for the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hop, Think Like A Man, and Warner Bros. comedy Horrible Bosses as well as the video game series Medal of Honor created by Steven Spielberg. He composed the score for Supernatural and more recently Revolution, two television series created by Eric Kripke. He also scored Galavant with Alan Menken and Marvel’s Agent Carter.
Chris Broderick is the ex-lead and rhythm guitarist for multi-platinum selling rock-band Megadeth, and current guitarist for Act of Defiance. Chris has been playing guitar since he was eleven years old and has been teaching for the last 13 years. Styles range from Classical, Rock, Blues, and Jazz. He started taking lessons at 14 years of age studying guitar as well as voice, violin, and piano. Chris has a degree in Classical Guitar music performance at the University of Denver and the Lamont School of Music. He has performed in many master classes including ones given by David Russell, Benjamin Verdery, and his primary instructor Ricardo Iznaola. In addition, Chris has taken classes such as Jazz improvisation and chord voicing, advanced music theory, and sight-reading.
Cellist Emma Lee made her solo debut playing at the famed Carnegie Hall’s, Weill Recital Hall at the age of 13. At 15, Lee was also a winning soloist performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, accompanied by the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Emma has just begun her studies as a student of Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory, class of 2021. Previously, Lee has studied with Stanley Sharp on cello and David Dunford on piano. Lee has attended various summer festivals including her recent fellowship to the Music Academy of the West, Summer 2017, and the Montecito Music Festival, Summer 2016. In June of 2017, she graduated summa cum laude from Crean Lutheran High School, where she served as principal cellist for four years. Lee is a huge supporter of music and arts in schools and has held the principal cellist position of her school’s orchestra from the 6th grade through to her senior year of high school.
Gordon Rustvold began his career at the age of 10 starting with guitar lessons. By junior high school years, he switched to playing the bass guitar due to the need for a bass player in a local rock group. Throughout his high school years, he played in various performing rock bands. He attended Orange Coast College where he discovered the music department after two years studying for a computer science degree. He began taking music theory courses while performing with both rock and jazz ensembles. He also enjoyed the opportunities to play with many amazing instructors and musicians in rock and jazz ensembles at many of Los Angeles area colleges. During this time, he continued to work with a variety of performing and recording artists.
In recent years, he has focused on modern recording techniques that lead to being involved as a music educator teaching Current Music Technology and Recording Techniques classes at Hope International University.
In 2012 he became a business partner and engineer at Ahhsumlaw Studios with longtime friend and world-renowned drummer, Rick Lawson. Currently, Gordon has joined with OC Music and Dance as a member of our recording studio band and will be offering private lessons in bass guitar.
Jane Lee is a singer, pianist, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. At the young age of 3, her piano teacher realized that she had perfect pitch. By the time she was 14, she had won numerous national and international piano awards. She was the recipient of the OC Concerto Award, The UCR Chancellor’s Award and the Bank of America Musician of the Year Award to name a few. When she was 19, she was signed with Sony Korea as a singer/songwriter. As a Sony Solo Artist, she toured all of Asia, performed on National Television, and was a featured artist on the FIFA World Cup Album for Korean and Japan. Jane also shares many of her piano covers on Youtube which totals close to 5 million hits. Currently, Jane is the Executive Director at Hills Academy of Music, Art and Dance and the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Musical Miracles. She is currently working with more than 1000 students as an educator and continues to provide excellent music education all over the South Bay.
JOHN RZEZNIK – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and The Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik approaches songwriting with a workmanlike craftsmanship and analog sense of soul. He has imparted that energy and ethic into nearly three decades of music, penning cornerstones from the modern American songbook such as “Iris,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” and “Name,” among many others. His songs continue to influence subsequent generations. Everyone from Leona Lewis and Boyz II Men to Sleeping with Sirens and New Found Glory has covered the band, while Avril Lavigne, Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota, and Cash Cash have jumped at the chance to duet with him. Recognizing the impact of his storytelling and songcraft, the Songwriters Hall of Fame bestowed the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” upon the frontman in 2008.
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Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers
This group of performers was formed by Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef to share the “Universal Language of Music” with the world. A high caliber of young vocalists and instrumentalists offering a myriad of presentations with music of all eras and styles. From “Opera” to “Musical Theatre”, from “Motown” to “Rhythm and Blues”, from” Jazz” to “Rock and Roll”, from “Classical” to “Popular Music”, diversity and talent govern their shows. Members of this group have appeared on “American Idol”, “America’s Got Talent”, “The X Factor”, “The Voice”, “House of Blues”, Carnegie Hall Concerts, and supported “Andrea Bocelli” at the MGM Show in 2008. They just returned from their 2016 concert tour in Vienna, Austria. Their mission is to build bridges of understanding, dissolve misconceptions, nurture tolerance, and expand the strands of harmony across cultures through the powerful message of music. .”
Johnny Byrne is a well-respected drummer who has appeared in many types of settings performing within many genres. Johnny Byrne’s impressive technique and flexibility have kept him touring and performing throughout the last 30 years. Johnny started playing drums at the age of seven, influenced by the sights and sounds of New York City, and then as a resident of Miami, Florida during his youth. Johnny played in the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Florida State Wind Ensemble. He attended the University of Miami and graduated with a degree in Music, all the while honing his skills by training in New York City with Robert Pedacchio (who played with Maynard Ferguson) and by performing throughout the United States in a variety of venues..
Johnny has played with artists such as: Clarence Clemmons, Todd Bradley & Next Level, Donna Allen, Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, Blue Notes, Greg Vail, Eugene Wilde, Nicole “Lillie” McCloud, Emmanuel, Drake Bell of the Drake and Josh Show on Nickelodeon and jazz saxophonist, Ed Calle. John has also toured and recorded with KC and the Sunshine Band on the Get Down and Live Yummy compilations. He has played throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, Indonesia and Central and South America. Johnny is currently recording with David Royce Aaron, who has produced and engineered for the likes of Snoop Dog, U2 and the original Sublime lineup. Johnny has also studied with Dave Weckl.”
Julian Miranda is Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Julian graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts specializing in Music. It was during that time that he received the Richie Valen’s Scholarship Awards. At 19 Julian was discovered at “Ciro’s Palmadora” and was asked to opened for the legendary Ray Charles. At age 20 Julian signed his first recroding deal with Michael Sembello, singer and producer of the hit song “Manic”. Julian won the title of Best New Un-Signed Artist on 92.3 The Beat as their Home Jams Contest winner with an original song entitled “Never Love Again”. Julian has competed on Star Search and Natalie Cole’s Big Break television vocal competitions. Click here for more.
Lynn Harrell is a renowned cellist who studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Leonard Rose and then at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Orlando Cole. He made his debut in 1961 playing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. From 1985–1993 he held the International Chair for Cello Studies at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London and in 1993 he became Principal of the RAM, a post he held until 1995. On April 7, 1994, he appeared at the Vatican with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gilbert Levine in the Papal Concert to Commemorate the Shoah. The audience for this historic event, which was the Vatican’s first official commemoration of the Holocaust, included Pope John Paul II and the Chief Rabbi of Rome. In 2001, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra established the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition in his honor.
Marten Andersson is a songwriter and bass player for hardrock bands such as Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob. Lizzy Borden recorded and toured extensively around the world for 20+ years, hitting the top 100 4 times in the U.S., headlining tours and sharing stages worldwide with groups such as Deep Purple, Motley Crue, Dream Theater, Journey, Guns and Roses, Ozzy, Motorhead & many more. Marten spent 7 years with Grammy-nominated guitarist George Lynch and his “Lynch Mob”. Including a much talked about tour that included a marathon 26 shows in 30 days and a feature on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Marten is also known for scoring music in commercials and TV as well as authoring a successful music reference book. In 2016 Marten joined the band Steelheart, currently touring in support of the latest CD. Marten is the co-founder/co-producer of “From Classical to Rock”.
Miljenko Matijevic (Singer from the band Steelheart & The Doors) Miljenko and his band Steelheart has a huge following in many parts of the World, especially in the Asian territories where they charted No. 1 in many countries. “SteelHeart” sold 33,000 albums on its first day in Japan alone. Before long, the album hit platinum – and its power ballad, “She’s Gone,” hit #1 on the international charts, staying there 17 weeks and has been the #1 Karaoke song in many Asian countries for many years running. It has also been covered by many singers including the South Korean Idol television show. Miljenko has worked on several TV and several soundtracks for TV and movies. Including the hit song “We All Die Young” featured in the Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston movie “Rockstar”. “Milli” has also toured with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of rock band the Doors, singing the parts of the late Jim Morrison. For full bio.
Monte Pittman is best known for his long-time relationship with Madonna, beginning as her guitar teacher and culminating with him playing guitar on all of her live tours and albums since 2000. Pittman performed at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna and recently completed The Rebel Heart Tour. He also played guitar and bass with Prong, was Adam Lambert’s musical director on his first tour, and briefly played guitar in Ministry and for Seal. In November 2009, Pittman released his debut acoustic solo album, “The Deepest Dark”. In 2011, Monte launched his second album, “Pain, Love & Destiny”, a No. 1 Rock Album, No. 1 Pop Album, and Top 10 Albums chart on CD Baby while also cracking iTunes’ Top 200. Pittman performed at the 2012 Artists In Music Awards where he was given an award for Best Solo Artist in addition to being nominated in four other categories. Monte has also been honored with a Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. The Los Angeles Music Awards nominated him for Best Male Singer/Songwriter and Best Modern Rock Album for “Pain, Love, & Destiny”. In 2013, Pittman recorded a heavy album with producer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Rainbow) called “The Power Of Three” which got him signed to Metal Blade Records. He is currently working on a new solo album and is a local guitar teacher in both Los Angeles and at the Orange County Music and Dance School.
Nathan T. Wang
Nathan T. Wang is an International music composer and director. He graduated from Pomona College in California and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at Oxford University. He is the winner of the Cable Ace award for the soundtrack to the documentary The Lost Children of Berlin. He also composed the acclaimed soundtrack for the aviation film, One Six Right. Nathan Wang is a Master of Movie Music with The Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA), a high-level, multi-disciplined, application-oriented higher education institution in Shanghai, China.
Nancy Wilson is celebrated as one of the seminal musicians in the history of Rock n’ Roll. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 10, Nancy, and her sister Ann, led the multi-platinum rock group, Heart. Together they have gone on to sell 35 million records. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player and a gifted vocalist. As a songwriter, Nancy has co-written a collection of indelible songs that have earned their way into the classic rock canon including, “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” and “Straight On.”
During an era when females in rock n’ roll were scarce, Nancy helped carve out a place for women to front a band and dominate a rock stage. Her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. That same year, she and her sister received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For Full bio.
Hosted by Randy Jackson
Randy Jackson is an American bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality.
Jackson began his career in the 1980s as a session musician playing bass guitar for an array of jazz, pop, rock and R&B performers. He moved on to work in music production and as A&R at Columbia Records and MCA Records. Jackson is best known from his appearances as a judge on American Idol and executive producer for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Jackson has won a Grammy Award as a producer.
Conductor – Roger Kalia
Roger Kalia is hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Roger Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. A recipient of a 2013 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and the Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He began his tenure in 2015, and was recently awarded a two-year contract extension, becoming only the second assistant conductor in Pacific Symphony’s history to receive this honor. Kalia also serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, the premier musical arts festival in the region. Previously, he served for two seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in a variety of performances and invigorated the orchestra’s engagement with the community. Kalia has also held Music Director positions with both the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the state and only its fourth music director. In June 2016, Kalia led the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on a highly successful tour of China, which marked the orchestra’s second international tour and its first to Asia. Click here for full bio
Stan Sharp is an active performing cellist and has played with many symphony organizations: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, New West Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony and Opera Pacific with well known conductors including Simon Rattle, John Williams, Yuri Temirkanov, to name a few. Stan has recorded extensively for numerous Hollywood Motion Picture sound tracks with top film composers, including John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Marc Shaimann, Lalo Schifrin, James Newton Howard, David Newman, mark Isham, John Powell, and Tan Dun. Furthermore, Stan has performed and recorded with leading Rock, Jazz, Pop, and Classic recording artists including, Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Santana, John Legend, Earth Wind and Fire, Elton John, Henry Conic Jr., Aerosmith, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Air, Julio Iglesias, Carpenters, Barry Manilow, David Foster as well as Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean pop singers. Stan is also a full time faculty member of the Orange County Music and Dance School as well as Colburn School of Performing Arts where his students have been accepted to the top conservatories and universities in the United States. Stan is the co-founder/co-producer of “From Classical to Rock”.
Southern California Children’s Chorus
“Enriching children’s lives through distinguished choral music education and world-class performance.” The Southern California Children’s Chorus (SCCC), Orange County’s only chorus dedicated exclusively to meeting the educational and performance needs of children, seeks to do more than introduce youth to music and singing. It strives to enrich the lives of its members through programs stressing musical aptitude, teamwork, discipline, self-confidence and personal growth.
Currently there are more than 250 young singers affiliated with SCCC, ranging from 5 to 18 years of age, and encompassing six levels of sequential vocal and choral instruction. The children come from a wide geographic area of Southern California, sometimes traveling over an hour to attend weekly rehearsals. In August 2017, they were excited to move to the Orange County Music & Dance building in Irvine, which houses their office and rehearsal space.
The SCCC has an outstanding faculty of five choral directors who are highly skilled in their chosen field of children’s choral music. They provide the young singers with a caring, nurturing environment in which a full range of music can be learned. The choristers are immersed in compositions in multiple languages from many cultures, with themes ranging from the classics to folk and contemporary music.
English born guitarist/songwriter Stephen Chesney has a rich background stemming from the performing arts college he attended in England prior to his move stateside along with a musical family. Moving to the US at 20, Stephen has gone on to write and perform with some of the music worlds heavy hitters from bass legends Billy Sheehan and Dug Pinnick, KoRn drummer Ray Luzier and Steel Panthers Michael Starr. Stephen was also asked on multiple occasions to finish the lineup of David Lee Roths infamous Eat ‘Em And Smile band as Gregg Bissonette (now of Ringo Starr) and Billy Sheehan reunited to perform classic Roth hits with Stephen on guitar. Stephen’s compositions can also be found in nationally broadcast television shows on networks ranging from A&E, MSNBC, NBC, Animal Planet and more. Stephen is currently working on a new record for release later in 2018.
Yutong is a Chinese world-class violinist and chamber musician. She is a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Pacific Orchestra, as well as performs with the LA Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Her string quartet has toured Worldwide with ravishing reviews. Yutong has performed on hundreds of motion picture soundtracks, working with accomplished composers such as John Williams, James Horner, David Newman, Randy Newman and Alan Selvester. In addition, Yutong has performed with bands and artists such as Aerosmith, Heart, Journey, Sheryl Crow, Earth Wind and Fire, John Legend, Chris Botti, Andrea Bocelli and many more.