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Unless otherwise specified, all music copyright © and (P) 2010 John Sawoski, published by Million Oaks Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Any use, transmission, broadcast, synchronization, or reproduction without owner consent is prohibited. All web content copyright ©2006 John Sawoski, PO Box 7060, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. (310) 590-6000. All rights reserved.

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Updated: July 06, 2013 

For Immediate Release - The Starter Wife, Chopin Scherzo Download, Pageant of the Masters, Emmy Awards, Capistrano Valley Symphony, A Chorus Line, Pasadena Pops, and More

July-August - Pageant of the Masters
September 12 - Kodak Image Awards for Emmy Nominees
September 21 - Capistrano Valley Symphony

News Update:

August 2008 - Scoring Session for USA Network's "The Starter Wife"
July 2008 - Free Download - Complete Chopin Scherzo as played by John Sawoski
May-July - A Chorus Line, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Music Center
May 25 - John Sawoski Plays Keyboards With The Pasadena Pops in Free "Music Under the Stars" Concert
May 10 - Capistrano Valley Symphony
April 26 - Spotlight Awards (Kim Richmond, Musical Director), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center
April 19 - My Fair Lady, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Music Center
April 10 - Flute/Piano Recital with Peter Sheridan at St. Paul The Apostle Church
April 9 - Flute/Piano Recital with Peter Sheridan and Sheridon Stokes at UCLA Popper Theater
April 5 & 6 - Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts
John Sawoski Musical Directs for Academy Award Cinematography Nominees Event
First look at Quantum Leap Pianos
A Glimpse of John Sawoski's Keyboard RigJuly-August 2008 - Pageant of the Masters

John Sawoski is playing first keyboard with the orchestra in all performances of the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. For more information about the Pageant of the Masters, please click

Pictured here is a glimpse of John Sawoski's keyboard rig as used on Pageant of the Masters: Keyboard Wizard software by Paul Nahay, triggering EastWest Quantum Leap Pianos and Orchestra, music orchestrated and composed by Richard Henn, and Roland RD-700GX Stage Piano.
September 12, 2008 - Kodak Image Awards for Emmy Nominees

John Sawoski, Carl Rigoli, and Richard Maloof will play John Sawoski's trio arrangements for Eastman Kodak's Image Awards, a private event and ceremony honoring the 2008 Emmy nominees in cinematography.

John Sawoski performing with the Capistrano Valley SymphonyCapistrano Valley Symphony: John Sawoski will play keyboards in one more summer evening concert - September 21, 2008 with the Capistrano Valley Symphony . David Matthies, Conductor. For tickets and other information, call (949) 240-8584 or see the Capistrano Valley Symphony web site at .The Capistrano Valley Symphony orchestra features classic symphony sounds, show tunes, and popular music from the 40's to the present day in the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano courtyard.

NEWS UPDATE - August 2008
In the studio: August 2008 - John Sawoski played piano and synthesizer on a scoring session for a TV show on the USA Network called "The Starter Wife." Music arranged by Rick Fleishman. More information will follow. For information about the new series, starring Debra Messing, please see: 

July 2008 - Free Download - Complete Chopin Scherzo as played by John Sawoski

In his home studio, John Sawoski recently recorded Chopin Scherzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, to demonstrate the new Quantum Leap Pianos. You can download and listen, and learn more about the Quantum Leap Pianos at:
May-July 2008 - John Sawoski Plays Keyboards in the pit orchestra for A Chorus Line at the Ahmanson Theatre

From May through July of 2008, John Sawoski served as substitute keyboardist on the Los Angeles run of A Chorus Line, playing Keyboard II and Keyboard III.

"A Chorus Line," the classic musical about a crew of aspiring dancers hoping for their big break, returned to Broadway last year, making its way to Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre May 21 through July 6. The winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, it is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever made.
Members of the 2008 "A Chorus Line" orchestra at the Ahmanson
Pictured above are members of the 2008 "A Chorus Line" orchestra at the Ahmanson – Woodwinds: Jeff Driskell, Rusty Higgins, Glen Berger, Bob Carr. Trumpets: Chris Eble, Don Clarke, Marissa Benedict. Trombones: Bob Payne (contractor), Wendell Kelly, Craig Ware (bass trombone). Rhythm: Cliff Hulling, percussion; Alan Steinberger (not in photo), keyboard 3; Ken Wild, bass; John Sawoski, key sub. "A Chorus Line" Road Musicians: John C. O'Neill, conductor; Faith Seetoo, key 2 (associate conductor); Danny Percefull, keyboard 1; Rick Donato, drums.

May 25 - John Sawoski Plays Keyboards With The Pasadena Pops in Free "Music Under the Stars" Concert

2007 Concert Season - Descanso GardensThe Pasadena POPS Presented A Free 'Music Under the Stars,' Sunday, May 25
Family Festival, Concert Attracts Thousands to Pasadena City Hall

The Pasadena POPS, under the direction of Maestra Rachael Worby, presented its annual kick off to summer, "Music Under the Stars," a free community concert event on Sunday, May 25, at Pasadena City Hall.
      Sponsored by Parsons Corporation, Target, Bank of America and the City of Pasadena, "Music Under the Stars" began at 5:30 p.m. with a family festival featuring face painting, stilt walkers, a youth jazz band and more fun. Attendees set up lawn chairs or blankets, brought their own picnics or enjoyed offerings from Pasadena's top restaurants at the festival Food Court.
      The free community concert, beginning at 7:30, featured young singers and musicians from the Pasadena area and special guest, soprano Shana Blake Hill.
This year's event during Memorial Day Weekend featured a musical salute to America's armed forces, as well as patriotic favorites such as America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Stars and Stripes Forever.
      Man's exploration of space was celebrated by a tribute to that day's landing of The Phoenix exploration spacecraft on Mars. Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was guest speaker at the tribute which included John Williams' Star Wars Theme.
      Pasadena City Hall is located at the corner of Holly Street and Garfield Avenue, Pasadena.
      For more information about "The Orchestras of Pasadena," please read:

John Sawoski performing with the Capistrano Valley SymphonyCapistrano Valley Symphony John Sawoski played keyboards in evening concerts Saturday, May 10, 2008 and Sunday, June 22, 2008, with the Capistrano Valley Symphony . John Sawoski will also perform in the September 21 concert with the orchestra this season.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music CenterApril 26 (Saturday) - Spotlight Awards

Spotlight Orchestra 2008For his second year in a row, John Sawoski played keyboards, along with keyboardists John Beasley and Giovanna Imbesi, as Kim Richmond music directed The 20th Annual Spotlight Awards April 26, 2008 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center; 7 PM. Tony Danza was host. Click here for more information. Program will be televised on KCET. Also in the band: bassist Joel Hamilton, drummer Ralph Razze, and guitarist Tom Hynes.


John Sawoski Played Keyboards in the pit orchestra at the Ahmanson Theatre for My Fair Lady

Saturday April 19, 2008
This glorious new production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady was hailed by the Daily Mail (London) as “The revival against which all others will be measured.” My Fair Lady boasts some of musical theatre’s most memorable songs, including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.”

St. Paul the Apostle ChurchRecital at St. Paul's  - John Sawoski performed in:

A Flute Recital featuring the Low Flutes
Peter Sheridan, Low Flutes  (Alto, Bass, Contrabass)
John Sawoski, Piano


St. Paul the Apostle Church

10750 Ohio Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Admission: $10 at the door

Theme and Variations Frederic Chopin (arrangement of 2nd variation by John Sawoski*)
Madrigal (Alto Flute) Phillipe Gaubert
Breath (Solo Contrabass Flute) Daniel Kessner
Small Sonata for a Large Flute*(2007) Gary Schocker
“Below” for Contrabass Flute and Electronics* (2008) Alex Shapiro
Sonatine (Movement I) William Mathias
Irish in the Lowlands* (2008) Sheridon Stokes
Fantasie, Op. 79 Gabriel Faure
 * New works commissioned by Peter Sheridan

Popper Theate, UCLA Music Dept.UCLA Recital John Sawoski played piano with flutists Peter Sheridan and Sheridon Stokes in recital Wednesday, April 9th 7:30PM, Jan Popper Theater, UCLA Music Department.

Peter Sheridan, Alto, Bass, and Contrabass Flutes                                 
Sheridon Stokes, Flutes
John Sawoski, Piano
“Four Etudes” for Low Flutes Arranged by Peter Sheridan  (From Melodic Studies by Hilary Taggart, Demerssemann, and Kohler)
Bruce Lawrence: Elegy (Contrabass Flute and Piano)                                                               
Gary Schocker: Four Duets for C Flute and Bass Flute*(2007)                                               
Alex Shapiro: “Below” for Contrabass Flute and Electronics*(2008)                                  
Vinny Golia: “There is a difference between apples and men”*  (Contrabass Flute and Vibraphone)
Mike Mower: Night in Greenwich (Bass Flute)                                                                    
Sheridon Stokes: Duos for Alto and Contrabass Flute* (2008)                                                
Gary Schocker: Small Sonata for a Large Flute* (Bass Flute and Piano)(2008)
* New works commissioned by Peter Sheridan

Riverside Municipal AuditoriumJohn Sawoski played keyboards with the Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 2008.

For more information about the concert, please see:

American Ideal!
Gala Season Finale
Angel Blue, Soprano

Saturday, April 5, 2008
8 p.m. Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Angel Blue, 2006 Miss Southwest California, sings selections from Broadway and Grand Opera. (“devastatingly moving” - LA Times)Plus hits by John Williams and George Gershwin.

  • John Williams:
    - March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
    - Star Wars Suite

  • George Gershwin :
    - Porgy and Bess Suite

Sponsored by: Donna Knox

Pops style “Promenade” concert. *Optional Gala Upgrade includes table seating with wine and hors d’ouvres. Seating begins at 6:30.

“The audience virtually exploded in response.”
(The Press- Enterprise)

For tickets, call 1-877-PHIL-TIX

 Portions of this concert were also performed Sunday, April 6th at 3 pm in a "Family Concert" at Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

John Sawoski Musical Directs for Academy Award Cinematography Nominees Event

Saturday February 23, 2008 -  John Sawoski supervised, arranged, played, and conducted the music for the Kodak Cinematography Awards Ceremonies (private event for cinematographers nominated for Academy Awards, featuring musical excerpts from the nominated films/TV shows).

Quantum Leap Pianos - First Look - Click here for complete article by Albert Potts.
"EastWest/Quantum Leap debuted their new gigantic virtual piano, which was three years in the making. The pianist that recorded the samples to this library, John Sawoski, is someone I work with here in LA, so I’ve been hearing about this library for quite some time now. As one might expect from a piano lib featuring 270 gigs of samples, it took quite a while to get this product to market. However, the attention to detail has clearly paid off, as the piano feels very natural to play, and the velocity switching is ultra smooth. The realism extends all the way to the very highest and lowest notes on the keyboard, something evident even on the noisy NAMM showroom floor."

Listen to John Sawoski play the Quantum Leap Pianos:
John SawoskiScherzo (Chopin)wavmp3
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