Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) is now selling tickets for its special collaborative concert “Awakening” that will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. The event will feature more than 200 students from the Classical & Contemporary Dance, Classical Voice, and Instrumental Music Conservatories. They will be performing side-by-side with internationally renowned professional artists and prestigious OCSA alumni. Tickets for this special 30th anniversary presentation can be purchased for $20 to $50 at

This evening of illuminating dance, music, and inspiration will begin with OCSA’s acclaimed Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble presenting a world-premiere commission by alumni composer Katya Richardson (IM, ‘15). OCSA’s Symphony Orchestra will then enthrall the audience with a piece alongside violinist Sean Lee (IM, ‘15), protégé of Itzhak Perlman at Juilliard and 2016 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt. The evening's performance will conclude with a tremendous collaboration of Carl Orff's masterpiece, “Carmina Burana.” Under the baton of maestro Grant Gershon, music director of the LA Master Chorale and resident conductor of the LA Opera, the OCSA Symphony will join forces with the OCSA Classical Voice Chorus and members of the Southern California Children’s Chorus. Select movements will be choreographed for OCSA’s Classical & Contemporary Dance students and distinguished alumni by Jodie Gates, vice dean of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and director of the Laguna Dance Festival.

Prior to the concert at 5:30 p.m., key arts leaders will participate in a compelling panel discussion titled “Modernizing Music: Examining the Role of Classical Music and the Relevance of Arts Education in a Modern World.” This engaging conversation will be moderated by Gail Eichenthal, executive producer of KUSC and KDFC, and the panelists include: John Mangum, president of Philharmonic Society of Orange County; Daniele Struppa, president of Chapman University; and Rob Cutietta, dean of the USC Thornton School of Music.

“Awakening” is a part of the school’s Master Artist Series, which was formally launched in celebration of OCSA’s 30th Anniversary. Through the school’s Master Artist Series, the students have the unique opportunity to study under esteemed guest artists and master teachers who create meaningful and life-changing experiences. Artists who have or will be participating in the Master Artist Series include Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated actor, Matthew Morrison, renowned jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, actress and singer, Ali Stroker, and television and theatre writer, and producer, Kris Lythgoe. To purchase tickets for OCSA’s exceptional concert “Awakening,” visit

“Awakening” In a Nutshell:

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. Panel | 7:00 p.m.  Concert          

Location: Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts

Chapman University | One University Drive, Orange, CA 92688

Ticket prices: $20 - $50

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Written By Sabrina

Former Marketing Associate