May
19
3:00 PM15:00

FAMILY CONCERT

  • De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

featuring the Winners of our 2019 Concerto Movement Competition!

Flyer

Henri Vieuxtemps       Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor (1st mvmt)
       Cassandra May, violin
Camille Saint-Saëns Havanaise, Op. 83
       Shannon Ma, violin
Antonín Dvorák Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (1st mvmt)
       Ajay Mallya, violin
Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (1st mvmt)
       Andrew Wang, piano
 
Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor (1st mvmt)
       Karina Tseng, piano
Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (3rd mvmt)
       Spencer Cha, piano
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (1st mvmt)
       Ryan Wang, piano
Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26 (1st mvmt)
       Solomon Ge, piano
       Directed by Assistant Conductor Lee Actor
VPAC_map.png

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning one hour prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not able to accept credit cards at the door.


Cassandra May

Cassandra_May_cropped.jpg

Cassandra (Cassie) May, age fourteen, is an eighth-grader at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. She began violin lessons when she turned four and has been studying with Patricia Burnham for the past seven years. Cassie really enjoys performing, as a soloist and in ensembles large and small. Besides collaborating with friends and family and participating in summer chamber programs, Cassie spent two seasons with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and is currently in her fourth consecutive season with Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO). Cassie has performed at the Junior Bach Festival, been awarded first place at the MTAC VOCE competition, and is a three time winner of GSYO’s annual concerto competition, soloing with the Sinfonietta and Senior orchestras. 


Spencer Cha

Spencer_Cha_lowRes.jpg

Spencer Cha has been taking piano lessons since the age of 3, and currently studies with Lena Grozman. He has won multiple competitions, including the CAPMT State Honors Competition, CAPMT Northern California Concerto Competition in two age groups, the Marilyn Mindell Competition, the Chopin SF Competition, and the Thera Rabinowitch Competition. He won Outstanding Gold Medalist twice in the 2018 U.S. Open Music Competition and has placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in various USOMC categories over the years.  In March 2017, he performed at Carnegie Hall after winning 1st place in the American Protégé Competition of Romantic Music and 2nd place in the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition.  Spencer was also 1st place alternate in the MTAC Solo Competition and MTAC Concerto Competition and has performed at the MTAC State Convention.  He placed 2nd in the 2019 Marilyn Mindell Competition (Senior Division) and participated in a master class with Frank Wiens in the finals of the 2019 Zeiter Piano Competition.  He is a 9th grader at Harker School and enjoys composing music, soccer, skiing, and tennis.


Karina Tseng

KarinaTseng_cropped_240px.jpg

Pianist Karina Tseng, seventeen, is a junior at Carlmont High School. She is currently studying with Olya Katsman and previously studied with Sujeeva Hapugalle for ten years. Karina is a first prize winner of the Pacific Musical Society Competition, Marilyn Mindell Competition, New Millenium Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, multiple US New Star competitions, and US Open Music Competitions (Showcase and Concerto), and was awarded “overall top performer” at the U.S. New Star and USOMC Competitions. She was invited to perform in Weill-Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival's International Competition, and in 2016, was a soloist with the El Camino Youth Sinfonietta. In 2018, Karina was presented with MTAC Panel Honors, placed highly at the MTAC Solo Competition, and was a finalist at the Mondavi Young Artists Competition. She has played in master classes for Simon Trpčeski, Roberto Plano, Gila Goldstein, Rohan de Silva, Mack McCray, Ian Swensen, the Horszowski Trio, Henschel Quartet, Morgenstern Trio, Miro Quartet, and Trio Con Brio Copenhagen. Currently, she is a member of the Fervida Trio (as a part of the Young Chamber Musicians program directed by Susan Bates), which won the 2018 Galante Prize Competition. Over previous summers, Karina has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Pianists Program, Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Workshop, and SFCM Summer Music West.


Shannon Ma

ShannonMa.jpg

Shannon Ma, age 13, is an 8th grader at Redwood Middle School in Saratoga. She started playing the violin at the age of three and currently studies under Ms. Zhao Wei in the Pre-College Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Shannon was the 1st prize winner at the 2013 CMTANC music competition and the 2014 DVC/HNU Young Artist String Competition. She also won the 1st place at both 2016 and 2018 Pacific Musical Society Competitions. In addition, she performed at the 2018 Junior Bach Festival and also received 1st prize at the 2018 USIMC International Music Competition. This year, she had the honor of being chosen to be the concertmaster of the 2019 CASMEC Junior High All-State Honors Orchestra. Outside of being a violinist, Shannon is also an accomplished dancer and competes at regional and national levels year-round. She also enjoys reading and writing, having won top prizes at numerous writing contests.


Ryan Wang

RyanWang.jpg

Ryan Wang, is a 7th grader at Egan Junior High in Los Altos. He began to take piano lessons when he was almost 5 years old. He currently studies with Professor Hans Boepple. Ryan was awarded Outstanding Gold Medalist and won 1st place in the US Open Music Competition showcase piano solo, 2nd place in the United States International Music Competition, and 3rd place in the San Jose International Piano Competition. In 2018, Ryan won first prize in the SF Chopin piano competition. first place alternate in MTAC piano concerto competition, and as a soloist, he performed with Golden State Youth Orchestra. This year, he performed in the Junior Bach Festival. Besides love of music, he enjoys math and outdoor sports.


Andrew Wang

Andrew_Wang_cropped_240px.jpg

Pianist Andrew Wang, 17, is a senior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont. He began piano lessons at the age of five with Mrs. Sandra Shen until age 8, then moved under the tutelage of Mrs. Olya Katsman. He was recently inducted into the Young Artist’s Guild class of 2018. His other accomplishments include first prize and the Contemporary Award in the East Bay Music Competition, first place and audience award in the Contra-Costa Sturm-Page Piano Scholarship Competitions, Honorable Mention at the CAPMT Concerto Competition, 1st alternate award at the CAPMT Honors Competition, master class at the Henry and Carol Zeiter Competition, multiple acceptances into the Junior Bach Festival, and MTAC Panel Honors. Andrew is also an active member and treasurer of the Music Student Service League, an outreach program which performs regularly for seniors and other citizens in the community. Andrew has sung in choir for 10 years, and played cello for six, participating in an all-state honor orchestra in 8th grade. In his free time, Andrew enjoys badminton, listening to music, and traveling.


Solomon Ge

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 Peninsula Symphony, and will perform with the Round Rock Symphony, in June 2019, as well as the California Youth Symphony and Golden State Youth Orchestra, in the 2019-20 season. His previous piano teacher is Dr. Haggai Niv. 


Ajay Mallya

Ajay Mallya, age 16, started learning violin when he was 3 years old, and is a student of Zhao Wei of the San Francisco Conservatory. Ajay has won awards at competitions such as the Pacific Music Society, USOMC, KAMSA, Enkor International, American Protégé, DVC/HNU. Ajay was the Co-concertmaster and Co-Principal at the Carnegie Honors Orchestra in 2016 and served as the Principal and first violin at the California Youth Symphony. In 2017, he was invited to perform at the National Center for Performing Arts in India by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation and also attended the Summit Music Festival where he learnt from American violinist, Maestro Aaron Rosand at his private studio and Mr. Victor Danchenko of the Royal Conservatory. In 2018, Ajay attended the renowned Meadowmount School of Music, where he studied with Prof. Sally Thomas of Juilliard and Mr. Kikue Ikeda of the Tokyo string quartet. Ajay has also participated in master classes led by Ms. Sally Thomas, Mr. Aaron Rosand, Mr. Haik Kazazyan, members of the St. Lawrence Quartet and Trio Solisti. Previously, Ajay attended the California Summer Music in Sonoma for two years. Ajay has studied with Ms. Jo-mee Lee of Stanford and is also thankful to his past teachers, Robin Sharp and Pat Burnham. Ajay is currently part of the Arcturus trio at Young Chamber Musicians, led by Ms. Susan Bates, where his trio won second place at the Galante Competition. Ajay is a sophomore at Bellarmine College Preparatory and is the Concertmaster of the Bellarmine Chamber Orchestra where he also performs as a soloist. This summer, Ajay will be performing with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, under conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, and the orchestra will be representing the United States at major international music festivals with Grammy-winning sopranos.

View Event →

Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

A STUDY IN CONTRASTS

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Ethel Smyth The Wreckers Overture
Clara Schumann       Piano Concerto in A minor
       Daniel Glover, piano
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1
Igor Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements
       Guest Conductor John Kendall Bailey

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning one hour prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not able to accept credit cards at the door.


danglover1_lowRes.jpg

Daniel Glover

Pianist Daniel Glover is pleased to be returning as guest soloist with the Palo Alto Philharmonic.  Previous engagements include Chopin Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Prokofiev Concerto No. 1, Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto in C-sharp minor and Lee Actor’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2012).  He has performed in 42 states and 27 countries throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

The San Jose Mercury News said, “Glover is an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player…a natural for hyper-virtuosic challenge.” He has been hailed for his “extraordinary technique, analytical understanding and determined phrasing from the first to the last bar” (Südhessische Post, Germany). The San Francisco Classical Voice remarked, “Brilliant, tender, whimsical, sparkling…Glover brought everything together into a well balanced, evenly measured medium.”  “The elegance and civility of Glover’s approach was musically unimpeachable.”   “Dazzling…golly can he play!  I kept expecting smoke to emerge from the interior of the instrument…a flawless sense of Lisztian style incorporating its emotional depth.”

Mr. Glover has trained with such luminaries as Eugene List, Abbey Simon, Jerome Lowenthal, Nancy Bachus and Thomas LaRatta. He holds a master’s degree from New York’s Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student. Among his numerous competition awards is first prize in the prestigious Liederkranz Competition in 1990. His successful 1992 Carnegie Hall recital in New York was a result of winning the Artist’s International Competition. Mr. Glover also appeared in Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery and at the St. Petersburg Palaces Festival in Russia.

 With a repertoire of seventy concerti and other works for piano and orchestra, Mr. Glover has appeared regularly with seventeen Bay Area orchestras, as well as numerous orchestras nationally and internationally. These appearances include the critically acclaimed “World Premiere” performance of Eric Zeisl’s Concerto in C major (1952) in May 2005 with the Saratoga Symphony, which was honored as one of the “Top 10 Best Classical Concerts in the Bay Area, 2005” by the San Jose Mercury News. In 2013, Mr. Glover gave the world premiere of Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Lee Actor, a work specially commissioned for him by the Peninsula Symphony, and recorded the work with the Slovak National Symphony in Bratislava, May 2014.

Mr. Glover has served on the faculties of New York University, University of the Virgin Islands, University of San Francisco, and Notre Dame de Namur University.

 Mr. Glover has recorded ten CDs, including his latest release "Great Transcriptions by Legendary Pianists" (2015), Franz Liszt, The Profound and The Profane (2008), Spanish Impressions (2006), Romantic Russian Encores (2005), and a recording of live performances of three works for piano and orchestra by Mozart, Strauss and Prokofiev (2005). Previous recordings include the complete solo piano music by Ravel (2003), the Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano with violinist Matthew Reichert (2001).

Mr. Glover recently became a published author and editor for Dover Publications. These include editions of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, an album of orchestral pieces as transcribed by Liszt, and the complete piano music of Paul Dukas.


JKBailey_lowRes.jpg

John Kendall Bailey

John Kendall Bailey currently serves as Music Director of the Mozart to Mendelssohn Orchestra, Music Director of Mesopotamia Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Conductor of San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. In 1994, Mr. Bailey founded the Berkeley Lyric Opera and served as its Music Director and Conductor until 2001. Since then he has been Principal Conductor of Oakland Youth Orchestra, Guest Conductor with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Folsom Lake Symphony, American Philharmonic-Sonoma County, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Ballet, Magik*Magik Orchestra, San Francisco Civic Symphony, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, and has conducted productions for Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, West Bay Opera, North Bay Opera, Trinity Lyric Opera, Pocket Opera, Mission City Opera, the Crowden School, Oakland School for the Arts, Dominican University, among others. Mr. Bailey has taught conducting at the University of California-Davis and Notre Dame de Namur University.

As a choral director, Mr. Bailey has served as Music Director of Voices of Musica Sacra, Chorus Master for Festival Opera of Walnut Creek and Opera San Jose, and has been Guest Conductor for the University of California-Berkeley Chamber Chorus, the University of California-Davis Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Alumni Chorus, Contra Costa Chorale, and the Berkeley Broadway Singers.

Mr. Bailey is also a composer, and his works have been performed and commissioned in the Bay Area and abroad. In 2010, Carlos Santana and Oakland East Bay Symphony performed his arrangements. As a baritone, oboist, and pianist, Mr. Bailey has performed with the San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Oakland East Bay, Berkeley, Redding, Napa, Sacramento, and Prometheus symphonies, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, the Midsummer Mozart and West Marin music festivals, San Francisco Bach Choir, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Sacred and Profane, Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo, the Mark Morris and Merce Cunningham dance companies, the Berkeley, Golden Gate, and Oakland Lyric opera companies, and many more. He has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Pro Musica, Wildboar, Centaur, and Angelus Music labels. He has also been a pre-performance lecturer for the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Francisco Opera, American Bach Soloists, Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, Gold Coast Chamber Players, and more, a critic for the San Francisco Classical Voice, and a writer of real-time commentary for the Concert Companion.


View Event →
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

SPRING CHAMBER CONCERT

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

Edvard Grieg       String Quartet No. 1, Op. 27
Robert Schumann       Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 for Violin and Piano
Edward Elgar       Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No 1 & 2, for Violin and Piano
Traditional       Four Finnish Dances for brass septet
Arr. Paul Niemisto            
Johannes Brahms       Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op 120, No. 1

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning thirty minutes prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not always able to accept credit cards at the door.


View Event →
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

ARCTIC SOULS

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Modest Mussorgsky       Khovanshchina Prelude
Dmitri Shostakovich Violoncello Concerto No. 1
       Evan Kahn, cello
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1
       Guest Conductor Lara Webber

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning one hour prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not able to accept credit cards at the door.


EvanKahn_cropped_lowRes.jpg

Evan Kahn

A native of Los Angeles, cellist Evan Kahn has been praised as “a cellist deserved of serious listening” for bringing his “electrifying … nuanced and colorful” style to all of his collaborations, from concerti to chamber music to contemporary performances. Intensely passionate about new music and music of non-Western cultures, he has commissioned and premiered over 45 works by composers from around the world, including his father’s Cello Concerto. 

Evan currently serves as principal cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, as well as assistant principal cellist of both Opera San Jose and West Bay Opera. As cellist in the Lazuli String Quartet/Sutro Strings, Evan plays in many local chamber music concert series, and is a sought-after quartet and piano trio cellist in the San Francisco Bay Area. His Pittsburgh-based piano trio, Trio Rizi, won the top awards in the Silberman Chamber Music Competition and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition. He also frequently performs with San Francisco Conservatory faculty, and recently collaborated in performance with Geoff Nutall, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Miro and Telegraph Quartets. Evan is a resident cellist for several Bay Area music collectives and ensembles, such as After Everything, Mythica Foundation, and hip-hop band Ensemble Mik Nawooj.

As a soloist, he has performed with North State Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Veridian Symphony Orchestra, Segah Festival Orchestra, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh String Orchestra, as well as the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, after winning both institutions’ concerto competitions. In April/May 2018, he served as Artist-in-Residence with Performance Today at NPR, sharing some of his favorite works for cello and his philosophies on music and life.

Evan attended Aspen Music Festival on a fellowship, where he studied with Julliard professor Darrett Adkins and played co-principal in the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra, the Aspen Sinfonia Concertante, and the Aspen Philharmonic as an Orchestral Leadership Fellow. In summer 2016, he served as one of 40 student fellows in the Piatigorsky Cello Festival — fellows hand-picked from conservatories around the world — and in summer 2017, Evan attended the Taos School of Music to work with the Brentano, Borromeo, and Shanghai Quartets. 

A recipient of a instrument grant from the Maestro Foundation, he has the great honor and pleasure of playing on the foundation’s “Mendelsohn” cello, a 2001 instrument by Mario Miralles named after the foundation’s head, Aaron Mendelsohn. Evan plays with a Paul Martin Siefried bow, also leant to him by Maestro, and a Belgian bow by Pierre Guillaume.

Evan received a Master’s in Chamber Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jennifer Culp. He graduated with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where he served as principal cellist of CMU orchestras and studied with David Premo. At CMU, he received awards such as The Harry G. Archer Award for Outstanding Senior, Presser Scholarship, four years’ worth of the Wilkins Cello Scholarship, and first prize in the Carnegie Mellon Concerto Competition. Before college, he took lessons with LA Opera principal cellist John Walz and Lyris Quartet cellist Timothy Loo, and loves playing for them whenever he visits Los Angeles. Other important mentors include Paul Hersh, Thomas Loewenheim, Amos Yang, Ian Swensen, and Bonnie Hampton.

In addition to performing and teaching, Evan enjoys making curry, reading postmodern fiction, and watching The Great British Bake Off.


Lara Webber

Widely admired as a dynamic, creative and engaging conductor, Lara Webber is dedicated to inspiring audiences through the power of symphonic music. She has been praised by fellow musicians around the country for her musical depth, genuine expression, strong personal vision, and collaborative spirit.

Ms. Webber brings a broad range of experience to the podium. She has held the positions of both assistant and associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the BSO, she was associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (South Carolina), and music director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Lara currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Livermore Amador Symphony. Her career began as music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, a post previously held by such conductors as André Previn, Lawrence Foster, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Lara Webber's activities as a guest conductor include multiple performances with orchestras around the country such as the Houston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Louisville,
Santa Barbara, Modesto, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago Sinfonietta,
among several others. She has served as a cover-conductor for the San Francisco Symphony and The National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Webber’s operatic associations include posts as the assistant conductor at Glimmerglass Opera, and conductor of the Baltimore Opera Studio.

Strongly committed to arts education and community engagement, Ms. Webber was a conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. These concerts were broadcast nationally by the Disney Channel to millions of viewers nationwide. She has taught student conductors as a faculty member of the League of American Orchestra’s Conductor Workshops, and has coached youth orchestra and community orchestras. At home in Livermore, Lara is active in her community, bringing music to the local elementary schools, coaching chamber musicians and advocating for the arts as an essential part of the educational curriculum, and a vital part of our culture.

Ms. Webber began her conducting studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Robert Spano, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 1991. Her studies continued at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and in the conducting seminars of the both Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Ms. Webber received her Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Daniel Lewis. Ms. Webber was among the first conductors selected to participate in The League of American Orchestra's National Conductor Preview. In recognition for her outstanding service to the community, Lara was honored with a Los Angeles City Council Resolution, upon completion of her tenure with the Debut Orchestra.


View Event →
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

AN EXOTIC MUSICAL JOURNEY

*Pre-concert talk at 7:30

Engelbert Humperdinck       Overture to "Hansel and Gretel"
Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5
       Misha Galant, piano
Anton Arensky Symphony No. 1
       Guest Conductor Leo Eylar

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning one hour prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not able to accept credit cards at the door.


ProfessionalPhoto_cropped.jpg

Misha Galant

Misha Galant is a junior in the Columbia University and Juilliard School Exchange in New York City, where he is simultaneously studying piano and pursuing degrees in Data Science and Russian Literature. He began piano lessons at the age of six and continued for 12 years with his mother, Olya Katsman. Currently, he studies with Dr. Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School and with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang at Weber State University. Misha’s musical heritage includes three generations of pianists, including his great-grandmother who was a student of Maria Yudina along with Vladimir Horowitz, and his great-grandfather who studied with Heinrich Neuhaus in Kiev, Ukraine.

His accomplishments include first prizes in the Marylin Mindell Piano Competition, the Ross Mckee Piano Competition, the Pacific Musical Society competition, the San Jose International Piano Competition, and the Henry & Carol Zeiter piano competition at UOP, along with numerous other local competitions. He was the state winner in the 2010 MTAC concerto competition and again in 2015, when he was inducted into the selective Young Artist Guild. Misha has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra, the Peninsula Symphony, the Livermore-Amador Symphony, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. In November 2015, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the California Youth Symphony and joined that orchestra on a tour of Austria and Italy in the following summer with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. As a winner of the PianoTexas concerto competition, Misha performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony.

            In June 2010, at the age of 12, he gave his first full solo recital in Mountain View and has been performing regularly since then. As a member of the Young Artist Guild, he is in great demand as a recitalist around California.

            In the summer of 2015, he was a prizewinner in the first Van Cliburn Junior competition in Fort Worth, Texas, garnering the Best Classical Sonata Performance and Audience prizes. He also won Third and Audience prizes at the Eastman Young Artists International Competition for which he was offered a four-year full tuition scholarship to the Eastman School of Music.

            Misha transferred high schools in his junior year, but continued to serve as an accompanist for both of his schools’ choirs. He is also a member of the Music Students’ Service League in Contra Costa County, an outreach program that gives benefit concerts in retirement communities. In his spare time, Misha enjoys swimming, reading, hiking, eating, playing chamber music with his friends, and performing to raise funds for various volunteer organizations.

            Misha is indebted to Sharon Mann and Yoshikazu Nagai of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their invaluable and inspirational coaching.

For more information regarding Misha’s upcoming concerts, please visit mishagalant.com.


LeoEylar_lowRes.jpg

Leo Eylar

Conductor-Composer Leo Eylar grew up in a musical family. He began studying violin at the age of nine and was accepted into the private studios of both Jascha Heifitz and Ruggiero Ricci. His early teachers included Virginia Baker, Joachim Chassman and Eudice Shapiro. Eylar attended Northwestern University and the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree Summa cum Laude. His violin teachers included Glenn Dicterow, currently Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Samuel Magad, Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. In 1980 Eylar joined the Seattle Symphony and in 1982 he was awarded an International Rotary Foundation Grant to study conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. After studies there with Otmar Suitner, he returned to the U.S. and completed his Master’s Degree in conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, simultaneously holding the position of Co-Concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony from 1984-89.

Eylar was on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1985-88, during which time he conducted a nationally televised performance of “America Sings” with Bobby McFerrin and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. This year marks his retirement as professor and conductor at Sacramento State University, a position he has held for the past 30 years. Since 1990 he has been Conductor and Music Director of the California Youth Symphony. Under his masterful and spirited direction the orchestra soon enhanced its reputation as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world and won first prize in the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, in July 1994. Over the course of his tenure, the orchestra has performed to great critical acclaim across four continents. He has also guest-conducted extensively throughout Europe and Asia, including prestigious music festivals in Japan, Austria, France, and Australia. Eylar has also been a frequent guest conductor of the San Jose Symphony. With a repertoire of over 300 symphonic works conducted, as well as numerous operas, Eylar brings a vast range of expertise and depth to his conducting.

Eylar is also a composer of international stature. His compositions, which blend a rich, coloristic neo-romanticism with elements of jazz and driving Eastern European rhythmic vitality, have been performed in Carnegie Hall, as well as in England, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Russia, China, and Austria. His original works have been commissioned by the Dutch contemporary orchestra “De Volharding”, the San Francisco ensemble “Earplay”, and the prestigious German “Ensemble8”, among others. In 1993 The Temptation of St. Anthony for Horn and String Orchestra was performed by the California Youth Symphony, and was acclaimed by the press as a “symphonic gem.” In 1994 the Seattle Symphony, along with well-known trumpeter Jeffrey Silberschlag, recorded Eylar’s Dance Suite for Trumpet and String Orchestra on the Delos label, which received plaudits from the press. Also in 1994 his Variations on a Troubadour Theme for String Orchestra was performed by the San Luis Obispo County Symphony. In 1995 Eylar’s Rhapsody for Orchestra, which was subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, was performed by the California Youth Symphony and recorded in Japan the following year. In 1997 he conducted the world premiere of his Violin Concerto, An Orpheus Legend, in San Luis Obispo with noted violinist Ralph Morrison as soloist. An Orpheus Legend was featured by CYS during its Spanish Tour in the summer of 1998, and recorded in Spain with violin soloist Kenneth Hsu.

The world premiere of Eylar’s Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra took place in 1998. In 2004 the internationally recognized German string bass virtuoso Christine Hoockt recorded Eylar’s Suite in Three Movements for Bass and Piano as the leading work on her debut CD.  Recent commissions have included an octet for the German contemporary group “Ensemble8”, a 14-minute orchestral work titled Tonescapes to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the California Youth Symphony, a Sonata dedicated to well-known German bassoonist Frank Forst and a large-scale percussion duo titled Two Klee Sketches composed for CYS’ own percussion director Artie Storch and CSUS percussion director Daniel Kennedy. Eylar recently premiered a work based on the Orpheus legend scored for large symphonic wind ensemble at the Mondavi Center by the UC Davis Concert Band under the baton of Pete Nowlen.

Eylar’s music is published by the well-known German publishing house, Accolade Musikverlag, in Munich.


View Event →
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

FALL CHAMBER CONCERT

Giulio Briccialdi       Wind Quintet No 2, Op. 132
Francis Poulenc       Sextet for Woodwind Quintet and Piano
Max Bruch 3 movements from
(arr. The Kat Trio)      Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 83
Robert Schumann Marchenbilder for Viola and Piano
Charles-Marie Widor Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning thirty minutes prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not always able to accept credit cards at the door.


View Event →
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

PREMIERE AND FINALE

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

Carl Maria von Weber       Overture to Der Freischütz
Lee Actor Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
       Jennifer Kloetzel, cello
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8
conducted by Music Director Thomas Shoebotham

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning one hour prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not able to accept credit cards at the door.


jennifer-kloetzel-cello-7.jpg

Jennifer Kloetzel 

A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. A founding member of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet (1996-2016), Ms. Kloetzel has toured the globe and performed at such renowned venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories worldwide.

Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. She is a sought-after recitalist, performing recent concerts for San Francisco Performances and on WQXR in New York. Strad Magazine hailed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel is impressively passionate…” A fervent champion of new music, she has received the Copland Award for her work with living American Composers and has commissioned and premiered nearly forty works, including five concertos written specifically for her. In the past few seasons, premieres included a Cello Suite by Daniel Asia and a Cello Concerto, “Cloud Atlas” and unaccompanied cello work “Lift,” which were both written for her by MIT composer Elena Ruehr. The San Jose Mercury News proclaimed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel shines in premiere” and called her a “terrific soloist…with a robust and earthy sound.” Ms. Kloetzel has recorded the Ruehr Cello Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which was released to critical acclaim in October 2014. “Lift” is the title track of an all-Ruehr disc, released on the Avie label, and was included on Keith Powers’ 13 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016. Ms. Kloetzel will be the featured cellist on a 2018 Albany Records release of music by Richard Aldag. In the 2018-19 season, she will also give world premieres of sonatas written for her by composers Richard Aldag, Joseph Landers and Elena Ruehr.

Ms. Kloetzel is winner of The Juilliard School’s top award, the “Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Music,” and a Presser Music Award, as well as a Fulbright Grant to England. In 2004 she was honored with the McGraw-Hill Companies’ “Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach” in recognition of years of outreach work in schools and community centers. She has appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota and Aspen Music Festivals, the Britten-Pears School, the Prague Mozart Academy, and performed as cellist of the Cassatt Quartet during the 1995-96 season. From 2003-2009, Ms. Kloetzel taught cello and chamber music at San José State University, where the Cypress String Quartet was Ensemble-in-Residence. She has given master classes at The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory and at universities throughout the U.S.

Growing up near Baltimore, Ms. Kloetzel began her cello studies at age six. Her teachers included Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, Harvey Shapiro, Stephen Kates and Paula (Virizlay) Skolnick, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Cleveland Quartet. After performing with pianist Andre Previn at the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Ms. Kloetzel was invited to appear as one of his select “Rising Stars” for two seasons at the Caramoor Festival in New York.

Ms. Kloetzel has been featured regularly on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. She has recorded 25 CDs including the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets and Brahms Sextets on the Avie label. She performed as principal cellist of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Baltimore Opera and the Juilliard Orchestra under Maestro Kurt Masur. In addition, she is a frequent soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, performing concertos by Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn, Lalo and Shostakovich. In 2016, Ms. Kloetzel was invited to join the faculty at University of California Santa Barbara, where in 2018 she was named Assistant Professor of Cello and Head of Strings.


View Event →
Sep
8
8:00 PM20:00

BAROQUE CONCERT

Georg Philipp Telemann       Ouverture-Suite in A minor for Flute and Strings, TWV 55:A2
Georg Philipp Telemann Sinfonia à 4 for Strings, TWV 43:A6
Tarquinio Merula Canzona No. 3, La Pellegrina
Johann Sebastian Bach Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 for Violoncello
François Couperin Les Barricades Mystérieuses for Harpsichord
Jean-Phillipe Rameau La Poule from Suite in G major for Harpsichord
Andrea Gabrieli Ricercar del Duodecimo Tuono
Giovanni Gabrieli Canzona per Sonare No. 2
François Couperin Two Pieces
Henry Purcell Two Trumpet Tunes and Ayre

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

Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 hours before the concert. 
Clicking "Add to Cart" will connect to a remote secure server for your transaction. 
You may need to enable "pop-up windows" for the shopping cart to function properly.

Bring your receipt to our Will Call table to obtain a ticket.
Tickets bought online will not be sent through the mail.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door beginning one hour prior to showtime. 
Please bring cash or checks as we are not able to accept credit cards at the door.


View Event →