Coronado Philharmonia seeks to fill the air with music | News from the city of Coronado
Coronado residents are passionate about art. The two local theater groups enjoy strong support. Visual art dot the city, with even an established art walking tour. Coronado High School is home to the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). We have Art in the Park and every summer Sunday at 5 or 6 p.m. there is a music concert going through town.
In July 2021, residents attended an inaugural Coronado Philharmonia concert sponsored by the high school’s Black Box Theater library. The String Chamber Orchestra, organized and conducted by Osvaldo Mendoza, consisted of 18 professional musicians from the San Diego area who volunteered to help bring attention to the goal of creating a Coronado Orchestra. Publicist Stacy Eaton expressed her hope of turning the group into a high-level symphony of 30 to 40 musicians with wind instruments, brass and percussion. Eaton said, “Our whole vision is to have a full symphony.”
The name Philharmonia is unique and according to Nathan Eaton, the publicist’s husband, â[It] feels really good, smooth and new and state of the art which I think is what we are looking for.
The musicians preformed for the first performance are professionals with impressive references. Coronado must have current, former or retired professional musicians or those who have performed in college, who wish to join a live music group. The hearing dates for the Coronadans will be published soon. As Eaton said, musicians have a passion to play.
When he was musical director of CoSA, Mendoza envisioned a Coronado symphony. Luckily, Eaton, a school worker responsible for shipping and receiving, saw music on the counter as Mendoza prepared copies for his class. New resident with professional experience in the music industry, she was eager to find a band to join. Their conversation led him to share his vision for a city orchestra and his quick response to help get it started. However, COVID has delayed all immediate plans. Since marketing and communication failed, they had to use the connections that musicians have as performers in different quartets. The musicians know each other and word of a new band starting in Coronado has spread. When Mendoza gave the signal to continue, Eaton was ready.
Their first venture, while taking place in a small venue, garnered interest not only from attendees but also as word spread. Representatives of the City and the Arts Council present at the event encouraged the idea of ââpursuing a chamber ensemble that could grow. Eaton has received emails requesting information. “Are you going to do it again?” I want to be part of it. A whole wind quartet said to us: âDo you need a wind? “A harpist who says,” Do you need a harp? Because people want to gamble, especially after a few years of COVID. People are willing to come back there as much as we can. We will be posting the audition dates on our social media for people to see. “
Assembling a quality program requires financial and manpower support. Ivy Weston of the library staff was invaluable in allocating tickets to the Black Box event so that attendees were assured of a seat. Rooms with appropriate lighting and acoustics require funds. âThe current level of musicians is quite professional. They’re pretty high, but to maintain thatâ¦ it’s still money. We need to be able to support them and their time, but we also like to invite community members who are not professionals, adults who just want to play their instruments. According to Eaton, finding out whether Coronado will adequately support a city music program it will be proud of is the next question to be answered.
Several churches have been contacted to host a show. Mendoza is considering the possibility of a Nutcracker presentation in December. The October auditions, securing a location, volunteers to work behind the scenes, sponsors and strong residential support are key factors in proceeding.
Mendoza, while no longer with CoSA, developed an affection for the city and its people. He has been active in musical circles across the country, not only directing but also performing and composing music which has been performed at the Plaza Theater in El Paso, the Strathmore in Washington, DC and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. in Los Angeles. . Mendoza is the founder of The Orchestra Project North America (TOPNA).
Eaton studied violin at Brigham Young University and UVU in Utah and has performed in 8 or 9 orchestras across the country. She has performed in a live orchestra with symphony productions in Las Vegas and was president of the Heber Valley Orchestra in Park City, Utah.
In addition to being an accomplished violinist, she is no novice in creating urban musical groups. âI already did this with another orchestra, brand new, and I developed it for 5 years, and we were able to unite with other artistic groups established in a city, so you would have an orchestra behind … celebrities, country singers Michael Martin Murphy and Suzy Bogguss. [We] also performed for a theater troupe, community group, doing live music for the ‘Music Man’â¦ We also had a choir.
Eaton is adamant that âthe arts uplift a communityâ. She thinks a musical void exists in Coronado. âCoronado has a lot of visual art but no Coronado orchestra. It will be an opportunity for the adults to play. Because once you get out of college, you still want to have a hobby; you still want to play, make friends, enjoy beautiful music. It brings adults out of their homes, makes them socialize. But the other main reason is that it is an example for young people. Young people can admire them and even play with them. When you play with older people it makes you want to stick with it and keep going, then you fall in love with it and you never go away. We must also be an example for younger groups.