Today we’d like to introduce you to Cameron O’Hanlon and Candis Badgley.
Among the new wave of artists in the San Fernando Valley, CSUN alumni Candis Badgley and Cameron O’Hanlon founded Valley Chamber Ensembles with the idea of providing an experience and an education through music, creating enjoyment and further exploration in the arts.
Valley Chamber Ensembles presented their first concert MUSIC+ART in 2016. The concert featured Terry Riley’s minimalist chamber work “In C,” with the ensemble surrounding four artists painting works inspired by the music. Since then, Valley Chamber Ensembles has been producing concerts that not only entertain but inspire its audience to experience classical music in a new way. Whether it be exploring the inspirations behind legendary movie scores, revisiting classic pop stars, or creating new works to viral cat videos, Valley Chamber Ensembles continue to seek out innovative ways to share chamber music within our community.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Anytime you build something from the ground up, challenges and bumps in the road are inevitable. With our first two concerts, the stage in our venue was in need of repair, so we had to be creative in the placement of our musicians. At the time it was one of our biggest obstacles and stressors, but in hindsight, it challenged us to stretch our creative muscles and truly think outside of the box (or off of the stage…).
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Valley Chamber Ensembles – what should we know?
Valley Chamber Ensembles is comprised of a collective of musicians who contribute to bringing the experience of chamber music and live performance outside the realm of classical music and the traditional concert hall. We complete our mission of presenting innovative programming in our concerts by seeking collaboration between different facets of the arts. Our fifth concert, ‘Valley Chamber Ensembles in TECHNICHAMBER’ looked to the relationship between music and video as inspiration, featuring newly commissioned works set to viral YouTube videos as well as a piece for live manipulated analog television and chamber ensemble.
In concerts such as our ‘Behind the Music: Star Wars’, we draw the connection between a pop culture icon to the more traditional forms of classical music that influences film composers today. With video interludes breaking down the technical aspects of the composition, we sought to present the intersection between popular culture and classical music.
We are most proud of what sets us apart – our unique programming and our ability to make it accessible to the general community. Based in the San Fernando Valley, we present an art form that is often viewed as stuffy and unapproachable and give it new life in a community with a growing demand for arts and culture.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Our musicians have been the backbone of our organization. Every concert has featured incredibly talented musicians that help to bring our concepts to life. We have also cultivated close relationships with several of LA’s up and coming composers that have led to commissions for our ensembles and collaborations that enhance our concerts. Quite honestly, these people are some of our closest friends, and who could complain about doing such amazing work with great people?
- All of our performances are free (with a $5 suggested donation)
- Address: 8819 Etiwanda Ave, Northridge, CA
- Website: valleychamberensembles.org
- Email: email@example.com
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- Twitter: twitter.com/valleyensembles
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