October 12, 2011
I am pleased to introduce production and education manager Shawne Zarubica. She comes to LACO with an extensive background in the arts having studied Music Performance/Composition Major at University of California, Santa Barbara. We have all enjoyed working with Shawne and invite you to stop her and say hello at future events. Here is a note from Shawne, reflecting on the LACO mural:
Freeways and murals are two common and often iconic elements of the Los Angeles landscape. Inching along a crowded freeway, barely moving, is also a very Los Angeles experience, one that most of us go to great lengths to avoid. There is however one spot in the complex web of roadways that make up the downtown interchange where one’s inevitable slow progress suddenly and wonderfully transforms into a brilliant vantage point from which to enjoy the marvel that is Kent Twitchell’s monumental LACO mural Harbor Freeway Overture. Towering eight stories above us are many familiar faces, representative of some of the very best music making around. There is the Mona Lisa-esque Julie Gigante and there are the genial Allan Vogel and Roland Kato. There is LACO supporter and mural funder Tachi Kiuchi. Countless times I’ve sat idling in my car and contemplated their images.
It was a therefore a very happy and slightly disorienting moment when recently, after about a week on the job, I stood in the wings of Zipper Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and variously greeted and was introduced to many of the very members of the Orchestra that have for many years so ably graced both our skyline and our musical scene. Los Angeles is incredibly fortunate to enjoy (and smart to support) such an accomplished ensemble, and as you can probably tell, I’m pretty thrilled to be joining the LACO family.
So next time you’re on the 110 freeway heading north through downtown, take another look at the LACO mural and be reminded of the extraordinary and ongoing legacy of LACO’s music making in Los Angeles. L.A. icons indeed.
You can also read Shawne’s full bio. We look forward to seeing you this weekend at Illumination, where you may glimpse Shawne escorting artists through the house, or working with theatre staff to get things moving. If you see her, be sure to say hello, and share your memory of the Harbor Freeway Overture mural on the 110.