LOS ANGELES– Orange County Music & Dance, a non-profit community performing arts school, founded by Pick Up Stix founder Charlie Zhang, sets to create a once in a lifetime chance for underserved youth to learn and perform alongside professional musicians. Grammy-award winning bassist and producer Randy Jackson will emcee the show. John Rzeznik, guitarist and front man of the Goo Goo Dolls, will headline the concert, performing several solos pieces, as well as songs with the youth musicians. Nancy Wilson of Heart will perform.
From Classical to Rock was founded in 2016 by renowned Chinese violinist Yutong, rock musician Marten Andersson and acclaimed cellist Stan Sharp to help benefit music education. Stan, Marten and Yutong co-produced the first concert with bassist Robert DeLeo from the band Stone Temple Pilots and the late Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. The concert was a huge hit (it was also the last concert Chester performed with Stone Temple Pilots). The concert raised $50,000 for public music education.
In addition to headliner John Rzeznik and emcee Randy Jackson, special guest artists include Alex Boye, Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart, The Doors) Lynn Harrell (acclaimed cellist), Monte Pittman (Madonna), Chinese violinistYutong (Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), Marten Andersson(Steelheart, George Lynch, Lizzy Borden), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), acclaimed cellist Stan Sharp and many more.
This unique concert features high profile musicians from classical music, jazz and rock with original music scored by one of the biggest Hollywood composers Mr. Nathan Wang, playing a wide range of genres and joined on stage by members of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, members of the Donald Bren Honors High School Orchestra and Chorus, and the honorees of the Orange County Artist of the Year in music, voice and dance.
OCMD’s CEO Doug Freeman has curated this masterpiece and devotes his energy to “giving Orange County students the best teachers in the world and a learning environment in which economics don’t get in the way of their ability.”
“This concert embodies who and what we are as an organization. We’re here to help the next generation of artists find their way to success. When the arts flourish, we all win.” Doug hopes to engage and attract a wide audience of children and adults to demonstrate just how broad the music world can be while integrating talents of performing professionals and aspiring young musicians.
*Line-Up Subject to Change; Additional Special Guests TBA
John Rzeznik – Front man of the Goo Goo Dolls
Hosted by Randy Jackson – Producer, bassist, American Idol judge
Monte Pittman – Musician, songwriter and studio musician, and Madonna’s long-time guitarist and member of Prong
Nancy Wilson– Guitarist of Heart
Alex Boye – Pop & YouTube Sensation
Lynn Harrell – Renowned Cellist
Miljenko Matijevic – Lead Singer, Steelheart and The Doors
Yutong – Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Stan Sharp – Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Marten Andersson – Steelheart, Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob
Roger Kalia – Assistant Conductor Pacific Symphony
Chas West – The Jason Bonham Band, Foreigner
Nathan T. Wang – International Music Composer
Cameron Wright – Pop Sensation
Chris Broderick – Ex-Megadeth
John Tu – Jazz band leader
Christopher Lennertz – Famous Music Composer
Emma Lee – Principal Cellist
Jane Lee – Keyboardist/Choir Director
Stephen Chesney – Guitars
Ben Zelico – Drums