CEMALA (Classical European Music Academy Los Angeles), established just 8 months ago, presents their Holiday Concert, featuring the Cemala Children's Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Magdolna Berezvai and guest appearance of San Gabriel Valley Children's Chorus under the direction of Samuel Lin,. The concert performance will be at Arcadia Presbyterian Church on December 15 at 6 pm. The orchestra features children ranging in age from 7 to 13 and soloists include Andrea Zheung 5 years old violinist and the California Champion in her age group, Abigel Szilagyi playing "Latin Dance".
The orchestra highlights will include Monti's Csardas, Paganini's 24 Variations for String Orchestra, Hungarian Recruiting Dance, Mozart's Small Divertimento, Fiocco Allegro, and many other exciting pieces.
CEMALA provides its young musicians a doorway into the world of music, setting standards of excellence that could prepare them for careers in music at an international level.
Nonetheless, the Director strives to maintain an element of fun and enjoyment among her students, best summed up by one of her students who wrote, "I like to show my feelings through my violin, like painting colors on a canvas". CEMALA students just recently won 9 golds and numerous 2nd and 3rds in summer violin competitions in Arcadia and the prestigious Southwestern Youth Music Festival in Long Beach.
Future plans for the orchestra include a 2014 European concert tour to the cradles of classical music in Budapest, Vienna and other European cities where the famous masters' legacy still lives on.