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Updated: July 06, 2013 


César and Rubén, Academy Awards, Philly Pops, Studio Projects, OperaArts, & News Updates

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS (Click for more information):
Feb. 11, 2012 - César and Rubén (orchestrated by John Sawoski)
Feb. 25, 2011 - Academy Award Cinematography Nominees Event
March 2, 2012 - Gregg Marx
April 15, 2012 - OperaArts Festival
July 7 - August 31, 2012 - The 2012 Pageant of the Masters
NEWS UPDATE - Studio Projects with LA Phil and Chamber Orch players, Philly Pops, OperaArts, & News Updates.


César and Rubén, A Musical by Ed Begley, Jr.
Directed by Perviz Sawoski & Ed Begley, Jr.
Original arrangements and orchestrations by Steve Orich and Maleco Music, LLC. Additional arrangements, new orchestrations, and all music preparation for this production by John Sawoski.

Cesar and Ruben chronicles the life of Chavez through music, imagery and a conversation with slain Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar, who often wrote about Chavez. The show mixes humor and drama, music and dance, history and personal struggles, with songs in Spanish (with supertitles in English) - by Sting, Ruben Blades, Carlos Santana and more.

Saturday February 11th, 2012, 12:30 pm & 5:00 pm
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Forty–Fourth Annual Region VIII Festival 2012, M. Thatcher Allred Theater, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah 84408.

For more information, please see 44/KCACTF_FINAL_MAGREVISED_FEB_04_SM.pdf

This show, with music edited, arranged, and orchestrated by John Sawoski, originally ran at Santa Monica College:
October 14, 15, 21, 22, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
October 16, 22, 23, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
(Preview: October 13, 8p, $10)

and was performed in two benefit performances:
JANUARY 28 @ 8:00 pm
JANUARY 29 @ 2:00 pm

News articles here:,, and .
John Sawoski Musical Directs for Academy Award Cinematography Nominees Event

Saturday, February 25, 2011 - John Sawoski supervises, arranges, plays piano, and conducts the music for the Kodak Cinematography Awards Ceremonies (private event for cinematographers nominated for Academy Awards, featuring musical excerpts from the nominated films).
Friday, March 2, 2012 from 6:30 to 10:00 pm - John Sawoski continues to to arrange, orchestrate, and conduct for vocalist Gregg Marx, an Emmy-award winning actor who is the grandson of one of the Marx brothers. Marx's show at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles in November 2011 featured world-class musicians Jay Mason, Jack LeCompte, and Nedra Wheeler, performing an all Cole Porter show featuring John Sawoski's arrangements. Cabaret Scenes said: Gregg's "rich, smooth, resonant voice" is "so easy on the ears that one can listen to him for hours at a time," John Sawoski provides "imaginative and effective arrangements," and "bassist is too limiting a term for Nedra Wheeler because she makes her bass sound almost like a singer."

Gregg Marx's upcoming performance at Maggiano's Little Italy at The Grove features John Sawoski with Nedra Wheeler. Maggiano's Little Italy at The Grove is located at 189 The Grove Drive Z80, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323-965-9665). No cover charge or reservations necessary.
April 15, 2012 - OperaArts Festival
John Sawoski plays keyboards with the orchestra for the OperaArts Festival of Opera & Art. Conductor: Gualtiero Negrini. Opera show begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 4:30. FREE to the public. See!__festival-of-opera-and-art or call (760) 323-8353 for more information.
John Sawoski's Keyboard I rig, as played on The Pageant of the Masters with 29 other musiciansJuly-August 2012 - Pageant of the Masters

John Sawoski plays first keyboard with the orchestra for his fifth consecutive summer in all performances of the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. For more information about the Pageant of the Masters, please click on

Click on the photo to the upper left to see the Keyboard rig that John Sawoski used on The Pageant of the Masters, with 29 other musicians in the orchestra.

* Roland RD-700GX (Stage Piano) with K-RD700GX1 SuperNATURAL® Piano Kit and SRX-06 Complete Orchestra Wave Expansion Board

* HP DV7T-SE notebook with Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-820QM Quad Core Processor [(1.73GHz, 8MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to3.06GHz] and 1TB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive

* Custom-built ACNT Windows 7 desktop computer with Intel(R) Core2 Quad Processor [Q6600 (TM) 2.4 GHz with 1064 MHz FSB] and 4 drive bays including a WD Raptor 150 GB 10k RPM system drive and several 1TB 7200RPM hard drives, in an Antec Sonata III case

The computers are each running:
* Keyboard Wizard (from
* EastWest Quantum Leap Pianos - see:
* Kontakt 4, with numerous virtual instrument libraries including LA Scoring Strings, EastWest Colossus, EastWest Ra, EastWest Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra, EMU Proteus Pack, ToneHammer Propanium and Circle Bells, MicroHammer Imbibaphone and Music Box, and numerous custom samples

--- See also the Quantum Leap Pianos demos at then click "Demos" (just to the right of "Overview")
News Update:
Armen Ksajikian, cellist, in studioIN THE STUDIO
John Sawoski has recently played for numerous recording sessions, including a special Mahler arrangement of Schoenberg art songs, recorded with members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (like Armen Ksajekian, pictured at left) and LA Philharmonic.

Sawoski has also completed arranging and orchestrating an album of 10 songs for 35+ musicians for a young singer-songwriter (sheet music pictured at right). More information will follow after the project is recorded.
Philly Pops with Peter Nero in PhiladelphiaSawoski arrangement performed in concert by Lisa Vroman with Philly Pops® conducted by Peter Nero
At the Philly Pops' Springtime in Paris concert April 23, 2011 in Verizon Hall (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia), Broadway vocalist Lisa Vroman and the orchestra performed Charles Aznavour's "Formidable" arranged for her by John Sawoski (and orchestrated by Patrick O'Neil), along with a generous helping of other popular music from France, popular music saluting France, and instrumental music from the early twentieth century, from Debussy and Ravel to Cole Porter’s greatest French tunes.
Lessons and Carols - Sunday, December 18, 2011
John Sawoski accompanied three choirs and several soloists in A Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles under the direction of renowned composer Christopher Walker.
Disneyland Candlelight Concert
The first weekend of December 2011, John Sawoski played keyboards for Disney's massive Candlelight Concert with full orchestra and 600-voice choir. For YouTube video, please click
An Officer & a Gentleman The MusicalAn Officer and A Gentleman opens in Sydney in May
The new musical An Officer and A Gentleman, for which John Sawoski did the initial music preparation (copying, transcribing, adapting, and some arranging), will be opening in Sydney May 18, 2012. For more information, please click
Throughout 2011, a film called Bluebird: The Curse of Campbell aired in the UK on the History Channel, about English speedboat racer Donald Campbell, who died in a spectacular crash on England's Coniston Lake trying to break a record. In the film, John Sawoski appears accompanying Campbell's widow, Tonia Bern-Campbell, at her show in Palm Springs, which was videotaped by Sky News / The History Channel in November 2010. Click for information about the film.
Other Continuing Engagements:
Sundays 9:30 am and various other times: John Sawoski accompanies for the Caritas Chorus at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Parish in Los Angeles under the direction of renowned composer Christopher Walker, on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month. St. Paul's is located at: 10750 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
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