APU Symphony Orchestra Holds Free Concert at Citrus College What: Azusa Pacific University’s Symphony Orchestra performs Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem with APU’s Masterworks Chorale. This concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of the full performance of this monumental work, joined by Angela Blasi, soprano and Ryan Reithmeier, baritone. The concert also features the West Coast premier of Joseph Klein’s Against the gusts of blank repose, A threshold that persists. Admission to the concert is free.

Who: John E. Simons, DMA, associate dean of graduate studies in the College of the Arts, will conduct A German Requiem. An advocate of community music and the arts, Simons founded the Fort Worth Children’s Choir, Fort Worth Youth Chorale, Mercer University Children’s Choir, Georgia All-State Baptist Youth Choir Festival, Southern Piedmont Children’s Choir, North Carolina United Methodist All-State Youth Choir, Brevard College Sacred Music Project, and Church Music Camerata of Oklahoma.

Klein is a professional composer of solo, chamber, and large ensemble works including instrumental, vocal, electroacoustic, and intermedia compositions. He currently serves as the chair of the Division of Composition Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music. Klein graduated from Glendora High School and performed in Citrus College’s Orchestra and Concert Band. This piece is dedicated to Klein’s son, Gabriel, who passed away in 2015. Klein will attend the concert. His composition will be conducted by Klein’s longtime friend, Christopher Russell, MM, chair of the Department of Music Performance and Symphony Orchestra conductor. The Los Angeles Times called him “a forcefully dramatic conductor with a strong technique.” Russell has conducted orchestras on five continents, including in famous venues like Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

When: Sun., April 14, 4 p.m.

Where: Haugh Performing Arts Center Citrus College 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA, 91741


Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
Phone: (626) 815-4502
Email: rewhite@apu.edu