"Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban" performed LIVE with the Phoenix Symphony!!!

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Laura will be traveling as a Recorder specialist to join with the Phoenix Symphony in performing the John Williams film score, "Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkabahn" along with the film LIVE over the Thanksgiving weekend.

For more information, click here

New Merrill Collins release!

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"Serenely peaceful world-class improvisations on Gregorian Chants" writes reviewer, Dick Metcalf of pianist Merrill Collins' new release featuring Laura on flutes with Maksim Velichkin on cello and tenor Andrew Robert Bennett.

Available now at CD BABY, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Recent Recording Projects

  • MESTO Orchestra is recording a new album at the brand new state of the art recording studio on UCLA campus. Music composed by Wahab, an internationally recognized composer from Egypt.
  • Merrill Collins is recording her signature structured improvisations at Stagg Street studios.
  • CELA the Los Angeles based Composers Ensemble is also going into the studio to record compositions newly created for the ensemble by its in-house award winning composer/members.

More info soon...

Saturday, April 30th Appearance with guitarist Gregory Newton at Japanese Garden Teahouse

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Join us in the Teahouse of a World Class Japanese Garden.
Saturday, April 30th at 3pm.

Experience an afternoon of beautiful music in this extraordinary, tranquil environment - a San Fernando Valley cultural treasure!


The Program Features:
Gregory Newton, guitars
Laura Halladay, flute and recorders

A brief, personal conversation with the musicians completes the program. Afterwards, enjoy traditional Japanese Cuisine, sake and white wine.

For more information, click here

MESTO Concert - Sunday April 24th!

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Maestro Nabil Azzam, conductor
Guest Artist, Karima Skalli
Sunday April 24, 2016
UCLA, Schoenberg Hall @ 6:00 pm
(Herb Alpert School of Music)
445 East Charles Young Dr. LA 90095
Tickets, click at UCLA Central Ticket Office
or call (310) 825-2101

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Program includes instrumental selections: Ra'fat El-Haggan (Ammar Shere'ie) Amm Ahmad (Omar Khairat) Song Without Words (Dr. Magdi Tadros) Kallimuni Tani ('Abd al-Wahhab) Ritual Fire Dance (de Falla), Andalucia (E. Lecuona) Maribel and Violin Sonata "Mutlaq" (N. Azzam) Karima Skalli sings: Hathihi Laylati (song of Umm Kulthum) Talat Salamat (M. Andil) Ana Albi 'Ilaik Mayyal (song of Fayza Ahmad) Zidni (Rashid Zirwal)

For info about M.E.S.T.O. go to www.mesto.org

South American Solo Flute Romp

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I recently had an opportunity to do a solo flute engagement focusing primarily on the music of South America featuring lots of differnet instruments, some backing tracks, etc. (see the set-up in the pic above). All in all, a lot of fun!

Coming soon on Royal Pains

I recorded some Argentinian Tango music with a trio of Flute, Bandoneon and Guitar for an upcoming episode of Royal Pains. It should air sometime this month - Tuesday nights on the USA Network.

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In Concert with The Roger Wagner Chorale

Laura Halladay - Alto Recorder

playing

Bach Cantata 106

with

The Roger Wagner Chorale

Oneonta Congregational Church
1515 Garfield Ave., South Pasadena 91030
Sunday, March 30, 2014
4:00 - 6:00pm

Light Refreshments to Follow

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Music Teachers Association Fundraising Concert - This Sunday!

This coming Sunday (Feb. 9th) at 4:00 PM I am playing in the MTAC San Fernando East Valley Branch Fundraising concert. We raise funds that go directly into scholarships for music students. I will be playing, with pianist Patty Hannifan, a piece called "Andante et Scherzo" by Ganne. As well as a piece by Telemann, playing in a Trio Sonata group.

The concert will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Encino on Balboa Blvd just north of Ventura Blvd. Phone:(818) 788-1147

Suggested donation is $15

Upcoming M.E.S.T.O. Concert

I will once again be performing with MESTO in an upcoming concert on Feb. 22 at 7:30 at the Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd. Downey CA 90241   562-861-8211.

There will be several premieres of newly composed pieces for this World Music Orchestra that specializes in the musics of the Arabic cultures. Tickets range from $30 - $100.

Student Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to two of my piano students, Jenny and Josh Beristain. Both for taking on the challenge of the Scholarship competition last weekend and then for each of them... winning! Jenny won $500 for her piano playing, and Josh, $500 in recognition for his skills as a tubist. I couldn't be more proud.

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Celebrity Mother's Day Gig

Played at a celebrity studded Mother's Day brunch this past Sunday and while I can't tell you whose estate it was at (I'm sworn to secrecy), I can share that there were lots of musicians, composers and music lovers as guests. They loved us so much they even had us stay and play for an extra 2 hours!

Mothers Day Trio Gig

 

This is one of my favorite trio configurations (pictured here with Stephanie Bennett on Harp and Harry Gilbert on Cello)! I love it because we can play music from Classical to Jazz and Rock to everything in between.

"Celtic Fantasy" Video on YouTube!!

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"Celtic Fantasy" Reprise @ Schoenberg Hall

Laura will be reprising "Celtic Fantaisa", Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 with the M.E.S.T.O. Orchestra at Shoenberg Hall on the UCLA campus.

This unique composition for multiple flutes (seven in total), composed by harpist, Stephanie Bennett, "Celtic Fantasia" was comissioned for Laura and the M.E.S.T.O. Orchestra by Nabil Azzam, the orchestra's founder and musical director. Laura performed its world premiere at Zipper Hall in 2005.

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M.E.S.T.O. Middle East Tour

There was much fun, adventure and great music to experience for Laura and all of the MESTO Orchestra on their whirlwind tour of the Middle East this summer!

Laura Middle East

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"Celtic Fantasia" Premiere with M.E.S.T.O.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, Laura gave the premiere performance "Celtic Fantasia", a concerto for flute and orchestra composed by harpist, Stephanie Bennett and commissioned by Nabil Azzam, musical director of the M.E.S.T.O. Orchestra, specifically to feature his orchestra's principal flutist.

In composing "Celtic Fantasia" Stephanie Bennett set out to explore the unique multi-ethinic capabilites of this orchestra, which in turn made special demands on its soloist as well. Across the duration of the piece, it was necessary for Laura to play seven different flutes, ranging from Penny Whistle to Piccolo. The concert took place at Zipper Hall in dowtown Los Angeles.

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Laura Halladay, Stephanie Bennett, Nabil Azzam

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Student News
  • MTAC Certificate of Merit for flute and piano students is coming up - March of 2019!
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