Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

BAROQUE CONCERT

Music with select soloists and small ensembles performing a delightful array of music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Johann Sebastian Bach       Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, RV 580
Georg Philipp Telemann Canonic Sonata No. 1 for Flute and Violin
Arcangelo Corelli Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D Major
Arcangelo Corelli Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F Major
Nicolaus Bruhns Praeludium in G Major

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

HEAVEN AND EARTH

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

Samuel Barber       Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24
       Heidi Moss, soprano
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4
       Heidi Moss, soprano

conducted by Music Director Lara Webber


General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Heidi Moss 

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Heidi Moss, soprano, relocated to the Bay area from NYC in 2003 and has performed with area companies such as West Edge Opera, Ensemble Parallele, Festival Opera, Pocket Opera, Livermore Opera, Fremont Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, West Bay Opera, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera. She also has been a part of the San Francisco Opera family as Rosina in their outreach production of The Barber of Seville and with the Adler Fellows in a premiere of Gang Situs opera The Grand Seducers. This past year, she also worked with composer/benefactor Gordon Getty to record his new opera Usher House with both the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. She was also thrilled to be a part of Ensemble Paralelle and SF MoMA's groundbreaking production of "4 Saints in 3 Acts" in August of 2011.

She was thrilled to make her regional house debut as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera with Opera Memphis in February, 2003, for which she received rave reviews. In 2001 she traveled to Italy for the prestigious IVAI program, where she performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Metropolitan Opera coach and pianist Kevin Murphy, husband of soprano Heidi Grant Murphy. While living in New York City she was engaged as a resident young artist at Dicapo Opera Theater, where she was seen in numerous productions such as Gianni Schicchi (Nella)Falstaff (Nanetta) and La Cenerentola (Clorinda). While pursuing her studies in Music and Biology at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, she performed with the renowned maestro Robert Spano as Papagena in The Magic Flute and also with New York City Opera conductor Scott Bergeson as Mlle. Silberklang in The Impresario

Heidi has also garnered recognition in major vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New York District first place winner), The Liederkranz Competition (winner), the MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers (semi finalist), New York Vocal Artists (finalist), and several others. 

She was one of three finalists (and the only vocalist) in the 2008 KDFC Classical Star Search, which resulted in a concert with renowned pianist Lang Lang. 

Her love for concert repertoire has precipitated several song recitals, including participation in the Joy in Singing master classes, collaboration with LIEDER ALIVE! including a master class with Marilyn Horne, a solo concert sponsored by the Liederkranz Foundation, and a solo concert launching the anniversary season for the Trinity Noonday Recital Series in New York City.  She also loves contemporary music, and tries to program new or current works whenever possible. In addition to being a nw member of the CMASH consortium, she has worked in conjunction with Jake Heggie, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons, Luciano Chessa, Gordon Getty, Dusan Bogdanovic, Peter Salvi, Henry Mollicone, Luna Pearl Woolf, Liam Wade, Kurth Erickson, and others and hopes to foster new relationships with composers to help realize their visions. 

She recently formed a trio with soprano Ann Moss and pianist Steve Bailey called 'M2B'. They strive to perform new works as well as create a new sound sphere for existing pieces as a unique soprano voice pairing. They premiered their formation at the Noe Valley Chamber Music concert series in 2011 and will have another full recital in the Old First Church concert series in August of 2012.

In addition to an active musical life, Heidi continued her biological studies and spent many years working as a research scientist, most recently at the Rockefeller University. She published her data in many prestigious journals including a landmark paper in Cell which was featured in the New York Times in 1999. In an additional fusion of science and music, she was privileged to be the regularly hired soprano by nobel laureate Dr. Jim Watson, of double-helix fame, giving concerts at his numerous events and benefits.

Heidi is the proud mother to two amazing girls: Ava and Hana.

Unfortunately, Heidi was stricken with a severe version of Bells Palsy in 2007 which left the right side of her face permanently partially paralyzed. She continues to sing despite her disability and is grateful to those who have given her the opportunity to return to the stage.

Her disability has inspired her to learn more about vocal physiology and pedagogy, particularly how it relates to facial musculature, and is on a new scientific venture in pursuit of this understanding. She has been blessed to have the support and advice of the late renowned pedagogue Richard Miller, and was fortunate to be in communication with him in his final months. In addition, her recent mentor, W. Stephen Smith, author of 'The Naked Voice' has written a personal recommendation touting her teaching methods.

Her current musical ventures include intensive study vocal pedagogy and continuation of her passion for opera, lieder, and art song in addition to her many performances.


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Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

FALL CHAMBER CONCERT

Philharmonic musicians and their friends in wind, string and brass ensembles

General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Older): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

RUSSIAN REMARKS

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Lee Actor       Opening Remarks
Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26
       Solomon Ge, piano
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3

conducted by Assistant Conductor Lee Actor


General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Solomon Ge

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Solomon Ge, age 16, is a pianist and composer from San Jose, CA. He is a High School Junior and currently studies piano with Prof. Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Solomon has won numerous awards in the 2017 and 2019 Zeiter Piano Competition, 2018 MTNA Senior Piano Competition, 2019 Diablo Symphony Competition, and is the winner of the 2019 Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, 2019 CAPMT Honors State Competition and 2019 California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, 2019 Mondavi Young Artists Competition, and the 2019 Golden State Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He has performed with the Palo Alto Philharmonic, Peninsula Symphony, and Round Rock Symphony. He will perform with California Youth Symphony and Golden State Youth Orchestra in the 2019-20 season. His previous piano teacher is Dr. Haggai Niv.


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Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

LOVE STORIES

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Gioachino Rossini       Overture to Barber of Seville
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Op. 64
       Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin
Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: Suite No. 2, Op. 64b

conducted by Music Director Lara Webber


General
Admission: $22
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(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Elizabeth Pitcairn

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Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn has earned a stunning reputation as one of America’s most beloved soloists. She appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music and in the year 2000 gave her New York debut at Alice Tully Hall with the New York String Orchestra. She has since performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Fisher Center and the Kimmel Center. Passionate about youth and education, she serves as President and Artistic Director of the Luzerne Music Center which provides training for gifted young musicians ages 9 to 18 in upstate New York. Ms. Pitcairn attended the Marlboro Music Festival and is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she later taught alongside her former teacher, the renowned violin professor Robert Lipsett, and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Her former teachers include Julian Meyer, Sylvia Ahramjian, Jascha Brodsky and Shmuel Ashkenasi. The artist performs with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy Award–winning film The Red Violin. Pitcairn is featured on the 10th Anniversary edition of The Red Violin DVD in a special feature called “The Auction Block”. Named the Red Stradivarius violin while in the possession of Joseph Joachim, it was a gift from her grandfather in 1990 at Christie’s Auction in London. Originally from a musical family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she began the violin at age three. Pitcairn believes strongly in philanthropy and is a frequent performer for such charitable events as the American Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Helping Hands and Hearts Foundation and the Nakashima Foundation for Peace. Her favorite activities are skiing, tennis, horseback riding, wine tasting. On the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius, she uses the revolutionary Wittner Finetune-pegs. Her carbon titanium violin case is courtesy of GEWA. For Ms. Pitcairn’s tour schedule, please visit www.redviolin.com.


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Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

SPRING CHAMBER CONCERT

Philharmonic musicians and their friends in wind, string, and brass ensembles... 


General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

FANTASTIC FLUTES

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to the Magic Flute
Lee Actor       Double Concerto for 2 Flutes
       Ray Furuta and Natalie Haworth-Liu, flute
Edvard Grieg Symphonic Dances, Op. 64

conducted by Music Director Lara Webber


General
Admission: $22
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $18
Student
Admission: $10

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Ray Furuta

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Raved as "The Rockstar of the Flute" (Informador de Guadalajara), Ray Furuta is highly praised for his "sophisticated" (Repeat Performances) and "strong and attractive" (San Francisco Classical Voice) performances, establishing a reputation as "one of the nation's top emerging young concert artists."(Del Mar Times) 

Officiated as a cultural ambassador to the U.S. in 2014 and a two-time featured musician for the United Nations, Ray Furuta has toured as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher in countries including Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Austria, Czech-Republic, Poland, Hungary and throughout the Middle East and U.S. He has appeared at venues including Merkin Hall, Barclays Center, The Strathmore, Mann Center, Palau de la Musica, PALCCO, Instituto Cabanas, The Liszt Academy of Music, Chopin Conservatory, and Dvorak Hall, while performing for several celebrated presenters including Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Miami Chamber Music Society, The Juilliard School, Banff Centre, Ensemble San Francisco, and the Okayama, Granada (Spain), Mainly Mozart, Icicle Creek, Sarasota, Music in May, and Yellow Barn Music Festivals to name only a few. He performs frequently as a concerto artist and specializes in a wide range of concerti from the virtuosic concerti of Vivaldi to the contemporary concerti of Yuko Uebayashi, Brett Dean, and Paul Schoenfield. After performing the U.S. Premiere of Yuko Uebayashi's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, the San Jose Mercury News hailed flutist Ray Furuta as "the protege of the great flutist, Carol Wincenc" for their likeness in unique sound and musical bravura. 

He is an artist-member of the Common Sounds project, a multi-genre ensemble of western classical and world music. In addition, he maintains an active role as a flutist with several dynamic ensembles including the Furuta/Kibbey duo with harpist Bridget Kibbey, Furujii with percussionist, Haruka Fujii, Duo Cassotto with Bosnian accordionist, Merima Kljuco, and the Burkart duo with flutist Carol Wincenc. Additionally, he has collaborated in performance with such luminaries as Peter Frankl, Jon Nakamatsu, Steven Dibner, Ian Swensen, Susan Narucki, William Sharp, The Weilersteins, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble and Juilliard, Takacs, Brooklyn Rider, Kronos, Mendelssohn, Avalon, and Emerson String Quartets. 

As an avid contemporary musician, he has collaborated with and premiered works by many composers including Andy Akiho, Mark Applebaum, Eve Beglarian, Brett Dean, Du Yun, Stacy Garrop, Huang Ruo, Lansing McLosky, Alex Mincek, Laura Schwendinger, Yuko Uebayashi, and Ken Ueno. He can be heard on recordings of Mark Applebaum and Lansing McLosky through Innova and Albany Records, respectively. 

A powerful teaching artist, Ray Furuta is the Artist-Lecturer in Music at Santa Clara University where he teaches Flute, Global Music, Performance Practicum, Professional Development, and Music & Social Justice. Prior to this, and for three consecutive years, he served as a flute and chamber music instructor for the undergraduate department at Stony Brook University as the hand-selected teaching assistant to the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet. Subsequently, he has held residencies and given master classes at institutions including San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, Lebanese American University of Beirut, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State University, Gettysburg College, University of Victoria (BC), California State University at Long Beach, SUNY Albany, New York University, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of the Pacific, among others. In addition, he is a regularly rotating faculty member for Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Guadalajara, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, and Imagine Music Seminar in Beirut, Festival de Camara Guadalajara. 

As a celebrated curator, he is the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Silicon Valley, a leading arts organization based in California, as well as Santa Clara University's weekly Music@Noon concert series. He was named the winner of 2018 X-Factor Arts Prize, which recognizes entrepreneurial and innovative ideas to advance the arts and creativity. And most recently, was announced as the 2019 “ ‘On The Stage’ SVLaureate Prize” winner, designed to identify and recognize the Silicon Valley's finest artists based on the quality of their work and their commitment to enriching the community. 

As a recipient of the prestigious Staller Scholar and Distinguished Alumni "40 under 40" awards, Ray Furuta holds a doctor of musical arts degree from Stony Brook University where he was a pupil of Carol Wincenc and the Emerson String Quartet. Other important influences include flutists Jill Felber, Isabelle Chapuis and Elena Yarritu, harpsichordist Arthur Haas, and pianist, Wu Han. pear here shortly.


Natalie Haworth-Liu

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Palo Alto Philharmonic Principal Flutist, Natalie Haworth-Liu, is a highly respected music educator and performer in the Bay Area. Since 2004, she has performed many of the great symphonies and orchestral works with the Palo Alto Philharmonic, and frequently appears as a soloist for their chamber and Baroque music concert series. In October of 2017, Natalie was the featured soloist for “Dances with Flute,” performing Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto.

As a dedicated teacher, Natalie is the Music Director of Monticello Academy in Santa Clara, CA. Known to her students as "Miss Natalie,” she teaches grades K-8, and directs the band and choral programs. Her flute studio attracts some of the most talented and dedicated students in Silicon Valley.  Current and past students have won concerto competitions, held principal chairs in Bay Area youth orchestras, been selected for all-state and county honor bands (including "first chair"), received command performance scores in competition, and received scholarships for various prestigious summer music programs and university programs.

A native of Eugene, OR, Natalie received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Oregon's School of Music as a Ruth Close and Phi-Beta scholarship recipient. Recognized early on as a "unique talent" by Dr. Richard Trombley, she graduated with top honors and distinction and received the "Outstanding Woodwind Performance Award.” 

Upon graduation, Natalie relocated to the Bay Area where she continued her studies with Isabelle Chapuis, and pursued a varied career in flute performance, teaching, and arts administration.

Natalie currently resides in San Jose with her husband, Paul Prendergast, and her two musical sons, Ethan and Maxwell.


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May
17
3:00 PM15:00

FAMILY CONCERT

featuring music for the young and the young-at-heart!

       conducted by Music Director Lara Webber

General
Admission: $10
Senior Admission
(Age 62 and Over): $10
Student
Admission: $5

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