Dana Point Symphony Orchestra musicians on musical influences, performing with the DPSO
By Andrea Swayne
Leading up to the 2015 “One World” season of the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra opening on April 18, we are running a series of question and answer articles, with artist bios, to help you get to know some of the musicians of the DPSO.
This week we are featuring violin concertmaster Pierre Flores.
Flores graduated from UC Irvine in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. He was awarded a fellowship to continue graduate work at UCI and received his Master of Fine Arts in Violin Performance in 2011 and then went on to study orchestral repertoire with Paul Manaster, assistant concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.
An active freelance musician, Flores is also a member of the San Bernardino Symphony. He also maintains a busy teaching schedule as strings coach at Corona del Mar High School, a violin/viola teacher at Vienna Music Institute and has a private studio of talented violin/viola students in Orange County.
DANA POINT TIMES: Why did you start studying music?
PIERRE FLORES: Growing up, I was surrounded by music at home. My mom would play classical music on her LP player while she cleaned around the house, so I naturally took an affinity to it.
DPT: Who has influenced your musical style the most and why?
PF: My college professor, Haroutune Bedelian, has had the biggest influence on my musical style. He not only taught me how to achieve good sound production and sensitivity to tone color, but also how to approach the instrument with humility, honesty and assertiveness.
DPT: Why do you like performing with the DPSO?
PF: Playing with the Dana Point Symphony gives me an opportunity to work with great musicians and share great music with my Orange County neighbors.
DPT: What are your three all-time favorite songs, symphonic or otherwise?
PF: Currently, according to my iTunes play count, it would be “Ivory Road” by King Charles, “Dreams” by the Kinks, and “El Paso” by Marty Robbins.
DPT: Describe your musical career in 10 words or less.
PF: So far, so good!
The Dana Point Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 “One World” season begins April 18, 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward’s Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera.
The symphony, under the direction of Dean Anderson, music director and conductor, will perform an evening of music from Spain, featuring guest conductor, Ignazio Terrasi and Jacobo Christensen Fabuel on violin.
The program includes:
- Manuel de Falla, “La Vida Breve”
- Juan Colomer, Selections from ballet “Sorolla” (Commissioned by National Ballet of Spain)
- Granados, “Goyescas Intermezzo”
- Pablo de Sarasate, “Fantasía sobre temas de la pera Carmen Op. 25”
The season will include four concerts, once a month, through July. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and military. A season pass is $60.
Tickets are available online at www.danapointsymphony.com, and on a first come, first served basis at the door before the performance.