Orchestras play classics

LMC Music Professor Luis Zuniga will team up with Heritage High School’s Jazz Band and the Golden Gate Radio Orchestra for a dual concert performance event Oct. 24.

The Golden Gate Radio Orchestra, based in San Mateo, focuses on performing music that was popular in the late ’20s and early ’30s, during the early years of radio, to recreate the sound from that era. The Heritage Jazz Band will play their own pieces dedicated to the Golden Age of radio.

Although it’s the first time Golden Gate has come to campus, Heritage has participated in many events with LMC. This concert will showcase classic styles of music and tunes on instruments ranging from violin and cello to tuba, trumpets and trombones.

Heritage will perform five songs during the first half hour and then Golden Gate will play 12 songs for the last hour of the concert.

Zuniga, who will conduct the Golden Gate orchestra for this show, said the best thing about the concert is that the audience will get the opportunity to see something they’ve likely never seen before — popular music that defined the development of radio.

“Music became popular initially through sheet music and then radio,” he said adding that radio broadcasts spread the sounds. “Having an ensemble of that caliber be at LMC” will show students in his History of American Popular Music class how music was played in the early 1900s.

It will also give Heritage High School students a chance to open for a professional group.

High school director and LMC music professor Steve Ernest will direct the Heritage Jazz Band in their first performance at LMC.

Ernest, who has never heard the Golden Gate Radio Orchestra is enthusiastic to be able to open for a group that has a great reputation for stylistically playing great music.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have my jazz band open for the orchestra,” said Ernest. “It will be a nice juxtaposition of styles.”

Ernest thinks people who are interested in period music should take advantage of the chance to see The Golden Gate Radio Orchestra.

The concert will be held in the LMC Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission for LMC students is $5 and general admission is $8.