Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

8 pm* Saturday, December 5, 2015

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)

Viola Night!

Aaron Copland

Paul Hindemith


Gustav Mahler

Hector Berlioz


Ceremonial Fanfare


Geri Actor, viola

Symphony No. 10 (1st movement)

Harold in Italy (Symphony in Four Parts
      with Viola Obbligato), Op. 16

Mimi Dye, viola

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Geri Actor

Geri Actor has been principal viola of the Palo Alto Philharmonic since 1988. She performs with a number of Bay Area ensembles on viola, piano and percussion, coaches string musicians and groups, and teaches piano. Semi-retired from a lengthy career in high-tech, she occasionally still consults in business and marketing.

Mimi Dye

Mimi Dye, prominent American violist, violinist, composer and educator, is consistently praised for her artistic mastery, beautiful tone, and eloquent playing. Since her New York Debut Recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie, she has become well known to audiences throughout the United States and beyond as a soloist and chamber musician. Her engagements have taken her to San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Weiss Kirche in Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. Festivals where she has performed or taught include artist-in-residence at Four Seasons’ festival in Yachats, Oregon, the Australian Youth Festival in Sydney, the Capriccio Chamber Music Festival in northern California, and the International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy. Her orchestral engagements include performing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the San Francisco Ballet, touring with Barbra Streisand, and recording movie scores in Los Angeles. Her first CD, "Spiritual Songs of Hildegard," her adaptation for unaccompanied viola of the original songs of 12th century composer Hildegard of Bingen, has been enthusiastically received worldwide. A composition student of Darius Milhaud in college, her own compositions for solo viola, string orchestra, and jazz ensemble have been described as "well-conceived, fresh and delightful!"

A native of Oklahoma, Mimi Dye has studied at Mills College, receiving a BA in music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College, where she received her MA in music, the Manhattan School of Music, where she pursued advanced studies, and Berkeley’s Jazz School. Her principal teachers have been Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Vardi, Germain Prevost, and Nathan Rubin. A dedicated and passionate educator herself, she is currently teaching violin and viola and directing a chamber orchestra at her private studio in Palo Alto, CA.