Article and photo by Baretta
A poem by Malibu High School 1997 graduate Pablo Capra was set to classical music by UCLA student Daniel Gall, and performed in the Undergraduate Composers' Concert at the Jan Popper Theater on April 27.
Capra's poems is about the sad life and death of John, a bum who hung around Topanga State Beach for many years. John's story was sung by four imaginary characters whose everyday lives he had touched: a businessman, a valley girl, a student, and a beachgoer.
The musicans who performed the piece were Danielle Crook (soprano), Athena Greco (alto), Arian Khaefi (tenor), Jesse Rosenman (baritone), Andrea Chang (piano), and Gillian Singletary (cello).
This is the second collaboration between Capra and Gall. Their "Life as a Poet" was performed by The Los Angeles Cello Quintet last year. Capra's work is published by Brass Tacks Press (www.lifeasapoet.com), and Gall's work can be found online at www.danielgall.com.