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A photo in promotion of Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's "Swing the Night Away" at the Signature on May 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails at 5:00 p.m.

Swing the Night Away 2018

Thanks to popular demand, we’re back swinging the night away on Sunday, May 20! But this time, it’s a masquerade ball! Join guest artist Deedee Magno Hall and our big band for dinner and swing dancing at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills, Calif.! Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Questions? Or ready to swing and nab tickets? Call:
Robert Shroder | 818.395.8936
Arlene Ferrolino | 213.248.9850
or Andy Tecson | 323.467.5096

A photo of Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) musical director Robert "Bob" Shroder driving students at a FASO Music Education Workshop in a jeepney at the Pilipino Workers Center in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

Vocal Workshop | Kids Grades 3-12

Note: Due to popular demand, we’ve opened up an afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.!

Join one of our clinicians for a Music Education workshop designed to encourage healthy singing for vocalists grades 3 – 12. We offer two sessions, one from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and one from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.! Interested? New applicants, fill out our application form hereReturning students, sign up for a new workshop here.

If you’d like to learn more about what we do our Music Education & Outreach Program, check out our web page!

 

FASO transformed into a swing band, with music director Robert “Bob” Shroder and guest singer Deedee Magno Hall, in last year’s “Swing the Night Away.” Photo by Ruben V. Nepales.

FASO brings back fun-filled ‘Swing the Night Away’ on May 20

Due to popular demand, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), under the musical direction of Robert “Bob” Shroder, will bring back “Swing the Night Away” on Sunday, May 20. “Swing…” is the one night when the acclaimed orchestra transforms into a swinging big band and attendees can dance to their hearts’ content!

And to make this “Swing…” show even swingier, this year’s theme is masquerade ball! So, bring out your masks and dancing shoes to The Signature in Granada Hills, Calif., which will be transformed into a fun, elegant night club.

An exciting line-up of guest performers will be announced soon. Save the date for this annual FASO event, which brings dancing aficionados and music lovers together. DIs or dancing instructors will be available to guests.

A $125 ticket includes cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.The Signature is located at 11130 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344. For tickets, you can call Bob Shroder at 818.395.8936, Arlene Ferrolino at 213.248.9850 or Andy Tecson at 323.467.5096.

GOD Faith Choir Picture with Robert Shroder at the St. Philomena Church Fiesta Concert

Artist Spotlight: GOD Faith Choir

GOD Faith Choir Picture with Filipino American Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Shroder at the St. Philomena Church Fiesta Concert. Photo in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Concert.
The GOD Faith Choir with Filipino American Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Shroder at the St. Philomena Church Fiesta Concert

Today, the GOD Faith Choir, an ensemble based in the St. Philomena Catholic Church in Carson, Calif., is under the spotlight! You can watch this ensemble perform as part of a coalition of community choirs at our Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center!

The GOD Faith Choir behind the scenes at rehearsal in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
The GOD Faith Choir at rehearsal.

1. The GOD Faith Choir, formerly known as the St. Philomena REP Choir, got started in 2003! Catechists in the St. Philomena Religious Education Program brought students enrolled in St. Philomena catechism classes together to sing for church events in 2003. Since then, the ensemble has touched the lives of 3 generations of choristers!

2. The GOD Faith Choir is a community of kids from all over Carson! They practice every Saturday afternoon as part of the St. Philomena music ministry. And this ensemble can’t do all that it does without its team of volunteer pianists, guitarists, advisers and coordinators, many of which are parents of choristers and St. Philomena catechists!

A photo of the GOD Faith Choir volunteer guitarists in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
The GOD Faith Choir’s volunteer guitarists.
A photo of GOD Faith Choir alums and volunteer assistants in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center..From left to right: Megan Dia, Kristelle Arzaga and Camille De Vera.
GOD Faith Choir alumnae and volunteer assistants From left to right: Megan Dia, Kristelle Arzaga and Camille De Vera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. This ensemble also acts! In 2014, the ensemble performed their first Lenten play, a two-day presentation titled “The Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa Pantomime,” which featured the choir’s first generation. The cast was 50 members strong! The second generation of the GOD Faith Choir put on another Lenten play titled “Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa – Re-enactment” in 2016. Both plays were presented to the St. Philomena parish community!

A photo from GOD Faith Choir's 2014 play “The Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa Pantomime" om 2014. Photo in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
The “La Pieta” scene from the GOD Faith Choir’s 2014 play “The Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa Pantomime” in 2014.

4. The choir had the honor of performing at the Tulak Karunungan (Learn the Knowledge) Benefit Concert, spearheaded by 2009 “CNN Hero of the Year” Efren Peñaflorida. A teacher and social worker, Peñaflorida founded Dynamic Teen Company, an organization that offers education to underserved Filipino youth as an alternative to street gangs. And each year, the GOD Faith Choir performs at the City of Carson Philippine Independence Day Mass, at Veterans Park!

Watch the GOD Faith Choir on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center! Celebrate the holidays with us and support tons of talented FilAm artists at our Holiday Pops Concert. You can purchase tickets online through this link or through our ticket extraordinaire, Andy Tecson, at 323.467.5096. The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. See you all there!

Picture of Reymond Umali at the St. Philomena Fiesta Concert
Reymond Umali (on the right) at the St. Philomena Fiesta Concert.

This article was written in memory of the GOD Faith Choir’s Assistant Director Reymond Umali, who recently passed away on November 18 of this year. FASO sends its condolences to Reymond’s family, friends and fellow parish community members.

FASO to hold its first gala benefit at Hollywood legend’s estate

The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Filipino music and artists, and the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines, will hold “A Night of Symphony,” its first ever gala benefit dinner. This gala will take place on June 17 at the majestic estate of Hollywood legend Mary Pickford in Hancock Park, Los Angeles.
Edwin Raquel, one of FASO’s board members, and his family will graciously open their home for this event, which will raise funds to sustain FASO’s concerts and music education programs.
The special evening will honor FASO’s first Excellence in Music awardees and distinguished contributors to the pioneering orchestra’s mission and objectives. The names of the honorees will be announced soon.
 
This will be a unique chance to be on the sprawling grounds of the former home of iconic silent film actor and producer Mary Pickford, and a prime filming location for movies like the 2011 Oscar Best Picture “The Artist” and “Rocky IV.”
Filipino chefs making Pinoy cuisine a worldwide sensation will prepare a sumptuous dinner.
 
Guests will be serenaded by FASO under the baton of musical director and conductor Robert “Bob” Shroder. Select performers and Music in Excellence awardees will also entertain the guests.
 
In addition, guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique auction items, including a week’s stay at an apartment on Champs-Élysées in Paris; a round-trip ticket to Manila via Philippine Airlines plus a trip to Coron, Palawan; a stay at the Handumanan estate in Kalibo, Aklan, with complimentary river cruise and sightseeing to coincide with the popular Ati-Atihan Festival, and a stay at Boracay; and a chance to conduct FASO, no less.
 
Another highlight will be the Rigodon de Honor, the traditional Filipino dance by couples.
 
The exciting gala, sponsored by Bank of Hope, Pacific Western Bank, Silver Saddle Ranch & Club, LBC, Omni Hotel, Kanstul Instruments, Philip Stein watch, and the Philippine Department of Tourism, will feature two parts. There will be a meet and greet for a limited number of guests, starting at 4:00 p.m. with the guest of honor, awardees and other distinguished guests.
 
The second part will be the main event – awards program and dinner – which will begin at 5:30 p.m.
This Gala event is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This event is also supported in part by a generous grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.
 
For inquiries, contact FASO board members Rocio Nuyda, the gala’s chairperson (818-602-3214, rocio@msn.com) or Jose Luis Garcia (310-936-2988, jl.garcia@aol.com). More details are available here.

FASO brings back ‘Swing the Night Away’

“Swing the Night Away” was such a fun, rousing success in 2014 that the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines, is bringing it back on Saturday, March 18 at the Hilton Glendale.

A jam-packed, enjoyable event that had guests dancing to big band gems, “Swing the Night Away” drew many requests for FASO to stage it again. This time, the orchestra, under the baton of musical director and conductor Robert “Bob” Shroder, will play tunes by Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang and other artists. Dance Instructors (DIs) will be available on the floor.

Guests can also just sit back, relax and enjoy FASO’s live music, which has drawn standing ovations and cheers in its past concerts. Like in the first “Swing the Night Away” in 2014, the Glendale Hilton’s ballroom will again be the venue of another unforgettable evening.

No host cocktails will start at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are at $125 each (includes dinner). Ticket and sponsorship opportunities information are available through Arlene Ferrolino (213) 248-9850, Bob Shroder (818) 395-8936 and JL Garcia (310) 936-2988. Tickets are also available online at on Eventbrite.

FASO is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The proceeds will be used to sustain the orchestra and to fund FASO’s education and outreach programs, including its annual summer youth music training program.

Swing the Night Away
March 18, 2017
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. & Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Glendale Hilton
100 West Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202

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