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Inland Valley Symphony Engages New York Conductor John Mario for its 2014-2015 Season


is also the Director of Music at James L. Day Middle School in Temecula. The Symphony presents free recital programs at Grace Mellman Com-


munity Library in Temecula on a bi-monthly basis and features musicians from the Inland Valley Symphony, special guest artists and advanced level students. The programs are personal, educational and engaging for the au- dience with free coloring book pages offered to children who attend, to en- courage creative expression while listening to classical music. In addition to its scheduled concerts, Inland Valley Symphony has been


engaged by the City of Temecula to perform two free public concerts this season. On November 11th IVS presents a “Patriotic Celebration” in honor of America’s Veterans and will be held in front of the Civic Center at 6:30 pm. And, on June 13, 2015 IVS returns to present “Pops Under the Stars” with special guest artists. A full listing of the Symphony’s 2014-2015 Season can be found on the


symphony’s website at www.InlandValleySymphony.org or you may contact the IVS President, Alana Joos at 760-318-0460 for more information


Inland Valley Symphony kicks of its 2014–2015 Season with a new Music


Director and Conductor, Maestro John Mario. A seasoned symphony and opera conductor, John is also the Symphonic Conductor for young vocal star, Jackie Evancho’s orchestra tours.


IVS is very excited for the opportunity


to engage this nationally known Maestro as he transitions from New York to Southern California. Zun-Hin Woo, Violinist and Conductor, has also been recently added to


the staff of Inland Valley Symphony and was appointed Assistant Conductor and Associate Concertmaster. Mr. Woo conducted and performed exten- sively in China for many years before relocating to California. During this 20th Anniversary Season the Symphony will offer six ticketed


concerts and two free concerts, in addition to bi-monthly free recital pro- grams. The season’s opener on October 11th will be a first for IVS as it fea- tures Piano Humorist Wayland Pickard with a program titled “Comedy at the Symphony,” in the PBS tradition of Victor Borge. He will also pay tribute to other famous “Piano Men” such as Liberace, Billy Joel, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis and Schroeder from “Peanuts.” IVS supports an active educational program and offers two youth sym-


phony experiences for young musicians through collegiate level. The Inland Valley Youth Symphony, now in its 7th year, is directed by Thomas Kociela who has just relocated to Riverside from Chicago. Tom was the Assistant Conductor and Winds and Brass Coach at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and was a regular sub on Trombone for the Chicago Symphony. The Junior Youth Symphony offers children an orchestral experience and prepares them for the more advanced IVYS. Scott Merrin conducts JYS and


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