Showcasing Young Talent at Botanic Garden

This post is the first in a series featuring the outstanding young musicians who will perform at the South Coast Botanic Garden Music Fair II Outreach concert on October 21.

To see the full lineup of musicians, review the schedule of performances, and to purchase tickets online, click here.  Adult tickets at $10 may also be purchased at the door.  Youth 18 and under are free.    

Pre-concert activities begin at 12:00.  Come early to visit the Music Mobile van, and purchase a gourmet  sandwich from Twist Burger. To preview the menu, click here.  Ticket price does not include admittance to the Garden.

VOCALITY:  AMUSE Teen Chorus, directed by Deborah La Puma

VOCALITY is a new vocal group just for teens at AMUSE Music.  Under the direction of award-winning composer and Rancho Palos Verdes resident Deborah Wicks La Puma, this group sings contemporary and classic rock while honing traditional choral skills.  Now in its second season, VOCALITY will be singing at various venues in the area, including a combined holiday concert with the Peninsula Symphonic Winds on December 9, 2012.  For more information, find them on Facebook, at, or at

Mrs. La Puma, a graduate of Stanford University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, has directed vocal and instrumental ensembles at The Kennedy Center, Georgetown University, and Marymount College before coming to AMUSE Music.  As a theatrical composer, her music has been heard by thousands of audience members around the globe, from Australia to the East Room of the White House, enjoying both popular and critical success.  Her awards include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, the Robert M. Golden Award, a National Endowment for the Arts’ New American Works Grant, two Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding New Play, two Parent’s Choice Awards, and an iParenting media award.

Asia America Youth Orchestra Woodwind Trio – David Benoit, Music Director 

The AAYO Wind Trio is comprised of the three principal winds from the Asia America Youth Orchestra, founded in 2001 by Music Director David Benoit.  The AAYO provides opportunities for young musicians up to age 18 of all races and cultures to play in a professional level ensemble.  The Wind Trio musicians are:  Isabella Sanchez, flute; Molly Srour, clarinet; and Austin Young, bassoon.  All will be high school juniors this fall.

Under the leadership of conductor David Benoit, the Asia America Youth Orchestra continues to perform before capacity audiences.  The Orchestra is in its 11th season as part of a program for education by the Asia America Symphony.  The AAYO has also appeared at the Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, CA, the Main Stage at the Peninsula Committee Music Fair, and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

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