February 17, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Santa Paula Concert Series presents Daniel Newman-Lessler in a program of Romantic Piano Music for Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 17 at 7:00 PM. The church is located at 740 E Main Street in Santa Paula. Admission is $20 donation at the door, from the church office during office hours, or by Paypal on the church’s website: www.uucsp.org/SP-Concert-Series. Credit cards, checks and cash are accepted at the door. Children 12 and under are $10; children 5 and under are free. Seating is first come, first served. Proceeds benefit the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula Building and Historical Fund.
The Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula has been home to a number of musical events throughout its 127 year history. UUCSP is a registered Ventura County Historical Landmark. For more information about the venue, call 805-525-4647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is on the street or behind the church.
Daniel’s BIO: Daniel Newman-Lessler is the conductor of the Kadima Senior and Conservatory Philharmonics, assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale and California State University Channel Islands University Choir, and music director of the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus and Temple Ner Ami Choir. He recently served as the assistant conductor for the Santa Barbara Symphony’s 2017-18 season opening concerto: Mozart in Dance, and was also the pianist for the Singer Chamber Players.
Daniel graduated with honors as a Master of Music in Sacred Music from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he also graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor in Music in Piano Performance with emphases in composition and conducting. While at Thornton, Daniel received a Board of Councilors Mentorship, Discovery Scholarship, Town and Gown Scholarship, Balanced Man Scholarship, and Skull and Dagger Society Scholarship.
In addition to his studies at USC, Daniel has studied conducting, composition, and piano at the following summer programs: Idyllwild Arts Academy; International Summer Academy of Music in Ochsenhausen, Germany; Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Sopron, Hungary; Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling; Los Angeles Conductors Workshop with Kenneth Kiesler; and the Conductors Retreat at Medomak in Maine, also with Kenneth Kiesler.
Daniel has sung in live and recorded performances with Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, and David Foster at the Nokia Theatre, Capitol Records, and Paramount Pictures. He also sings as the Jewish High Holidays cantorial soloist at Temple Ner Ami.
As a pianist, Daniel has won the SYMF and MTAC concerto competitions, repeatedly performed as a soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and performed chamber music throughout Southern California with the Singer Chamber players. He has performed piano on the sixth season of Glee and as a panelist for MTAC’s state conventions. He regularly performs benefit concerts, which have included fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, Planned Parenthood, and the Channel Islands Choral Association to provide after-school choral music education. He has served as the founding Music Director of the Harmony for Humanity Daniel Pearl World Music Days Festival in Camarillo for ten years.
His new work for choir, Emunah, was premiered by the Torrance Civic Chorale, and his award-winning choral arrangement of Jerusalem of Gold was performed by the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale and will be recorded by the USC Thornton University Chorus. Daniel will be touring as the Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale in Canada this coming summer.