OC Latino Movers & Shakers

By Albert Ornelas

OC Latino Movers & Shakers

Sheila E. & Arturo Sandoval to perform alongside Orange County Youth Orchestra

Award-winning 80’s pop-music icon Sheila E. and Grammy Award winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will perform at Hope Alive on Sunday, November 11, at 5 p.m. at the Santa Ana High School Auditorium. The show is presented by the New Hope Presbyterian Church and will help support music arts and touch the lives of young musicians from Willard Intermediate and Santa Ana High School.

“The Hope Alive! initiative is what faith is all about,” said Pastor Chineta Goodjoin. “The Music Academy at New Hope affirms the strength of partnership and mission. Last year we had eight students participate. This year, 52!”

Instructors and students from Santa Ana High School and throughout Southern California participated in this academy. Classes were presented in musicianship, vocal technique, sight-reading and ensemble performance. The values of HOPE – Honor, Obedience, Perseverance and Equality – were also emphasized.

This academy culminated with the Hope Alive! Youth Orchestra debuting at an outdoor concert last August, which paved the way for the upcoming November 11 show at Santa Ana High.

“As a strong supporter of music arts programs, I am excited to be a part of Hope Alive! and the vision of New Hope Church to keep music alive in schools,” said Arturo Sandoval. Sandoval came from Cuba, surpassed his childhood dreams as a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, and created his own band in 1981. He began studying classical trumpet at age 12. Today he is an active retiree and a tenured professor from Florida International University, after a prosperous 19 years in the music industry.

Sandoval still works nationally and abroad with the music departments of many universities and institutions, offering several scholarships, music-exercise books, clinics and seminars. In addition, he has given a considerable amount of time working with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ educational program.

Sheila E. has a long list of accomplishments include drummer extraordinaire, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer, composer and humanitarian. Sheila picked up the drumsticks and began performing at the precocious age of 3, after watching her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo, rehearse. She gave her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world.

Her hits such as “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre” – as well as her pivotal work on other Prince-related projects – contributed to her international stardom. Especially proud moments include her participation in the “We Are The World” session and a memorable performance on the Oscars with virtuoso Placido Domingo.

Sheila stays heavily involved in charitable organizations as a philanthropist, with her passion as co-founder and chair of the Elevate Hope Foundation, which focuses on the needs of child abuse victims, by promoting music and arts education as an alternative form of therapy.

As for the upcoming performance Sheila says, “Music arts is a gateway to academic success. I support New Hope Presbyterian Church in its mission, and I look forward to making music and sharing the stage with the Hope Alive! Youth Orchestra at Santa Ana High School.”

Tickets are on sale now. VIP tickets, which includes the use of a VIP lounge, are $60. Premium seats go for $40, general admission is $20, and balcony seats are $10.

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