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Membership Meeting and Theatre Speaker

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David Aks, Parade Musical Director

Northridge United Methodist Church
9650 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324
at the corner of Superior and Reseda
enter on Superior


David Aks received his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at Oberlin College where he also earned a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. Additionally he studied at the Minnesota Opera Institute, the Conductors Guild Summer Institute, The Academia Chigiana in Sienna, Italy, and the Tanglewood Conducting Program with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davis, Andre Previn and Gustav Meier.

Mr. Aks' guest conducting appearances have include the American Youth Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, The Black Sea Philharmonic (Romania), The Nashville Symphony and The Antelope Valley Symphony. In addition, hehas conducted the orchestras of Bogota, Medellin and Cali in Colombia, S.A. Mr. Aks also served as Assistant Conductor to Seiji Ozawa for Tosca with the Boston Symphony.

As cellist, Professor Aks has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, American Ballet Theater and has toured Europe, Russia and the U.S. with the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.

Professor Aks has guest conducted the All-State Honor Orchestras of Kentucky and California (twice) as well as the CODA (California Orchestra Directors Association) Honor Orchestra. He has served on the faculty of OperaWorks Summer Intensive Program, the Altenburger Musiktheater Akademie in Germany and the ASTA Summer Institute of Chamber Music. He is a past president of The American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Greater Los Angeles Chapter. He has previously taught at the University of South Florida and the College of St. Catherine.


Friday, March 11, 2016 - 7:30pm to Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 2:00pm

Location:  Nordhoff Hall's Little Theatre 

Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, Parade tells the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia in 1913, who is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Parade explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds while offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance.

Directed by Kari Hayter

Performance Dates: 
Friday - Sunday | March 11-12-13
Wednesday - Sunday | March 16-17-18-19-20

Doors Open: 
7 p.m. with curtain up at 7:30 p.m. except Sunday. 
On Sunday, doors open at 1:30 p.m. with curtain up at 2 p.m. 

Reserved seating/Purchase early for best choice -- No Late Seating

Ticket Info: Associated Students Ticket Office | 818-677-2488


  • General: $20
  • Seniors: $17
  • Faculty/Staff: $16
  • Students: $15
  • Early Bird Students: $9 (when purchased more than 2 weeks before opening)
  • Classroom ThreePak: $8 per show, for students (when 3 or more titles are purchased)
  • Subscription SixPak: $12 per show (when 6 or more season titles are purchased together)
Earlier Event: February 22
Membership Meeting and CTVA Speaker