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Fullerton Friends of Music
2023-2024 65th Season

Valencia Baryton Project

November 18, 2023

At 3:30pm

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Fullerton First United

Methodist Church 

114 N. Pomona Ave., 

Fullerton, CA

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CONCERT PERFORMANCES

Fullerton Friends of Music 2023-2024 - 65th Season
 

Please note that all concerts will take place at 3:30 pm on Saturday at the Fullerton First United Methodist Church.

Parking is free.   

Season at a glance

Saturday November 18, 2023  

Valencia Baryton Project

Saturday December 16, 2023  

Musicians of the Orchestra Collective of Orange County 

with guitarist Steve Thachuk

Saturday February 10, 2024  

Italian Saxophone Quartet

  Saturday March 16, 2024  

Neave Piano Trio

Saturday April 6, 2024 

DeMaeyer/Kende

CONCERT DETAILS:

Valencia Baryton Project

Saturday November 18, 2023 at 3:30pm

Fullerton First United Methodist Church

114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA.

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The Valencia Baryton Project has dedicated itself to the performance of music written for an ancient and little-known instrument, the baryton. A cross between the viol da gamba and lirone, with 10 resonating and plucked strings down the back of the instrument, the baryton gives the traditional string trio an entirely new dimension. At the heart of the ensemble is the traditional formation in trio - baryton, viola, and violoncello - for which Haydn wrote 123 works of outstanding beauty. Their Naxos CD has appeared in Gramophone’s top 20 Classical charts in the UK. 

“delightfully inventive” The Strad


"Apparently small music can be this big. You can’t get enough of it.”  Die Welt (Germany)
 

Musicians of the Orchestra Collective of Orange County

with guitarist Steve Thachuk

Saturday December 16, 2023 at 3:30pm

Fullerton First United Methodist Church

114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA.

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Musicians of Orchestra Collective of Orange County joined by Steve Thachuk, Classical Guitar

Melissa Bausley, cello
Stephanie Getz, flute
Alexandra Grabarchuk, mezzo-soprano
Chad Jackson, viola
Steve Thachuk, classical guitar

Music by Alan Duff Berman, Niccolò Paganini, Astor Piazzolla, Steve Thachuk
 

Italian Saxophone Quartet

Saturday February 10, 2024 at 3:30pm

Fullerton First United Methodist Church

114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA.

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Italian Saxophone Quartet 

The Italian Saxophone Quartet was founded in 1982 by four saxophone soloists, close friends determined to join together to perform chamber music for saxophone at the very highest artistic level. Now nearing the thirty-year mark as a group, they have played to wide acclaim around the world.

"Quartet rocks the house [Headline] A true world-class act . . . It was the total package that wowed the audience. Every note of the evening was exquisite.”  Sarasota Herald Tribune

“Think you don't like saxophone quartets? Oh my, think again! . . . A revelation . . . knocked me out from the first notes.” Monterey Peninsula Herald


“As close to a religious experience as you could get without being in church.” L.A. Observed
 

Neave Piano Trio

Saturday March 16, 2024 at 3:30pm

Fullerton First United Methodist Church

114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA.

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Neave Piano Trio 

Since forming in 2010, Neave Trio – violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura – has earned enormous praise for its engaging, cutting ¬edge performances. WQXR explains, "'Neave' is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making." The group’s 2019 album Her Voice, on Chandos Records, was named one of the best recordings of the year by both The New York Times and BBC Radio 3.  

Neave has performed at many esteemed concert series and at festivals worldwide, including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and concerts in St. Petersburg, Russia and United Kingdom.

   

“Passion, vibrancy and a riot of colours” The Strad

"The performances balance passion with sensitivity and grace." BBC Music Magazine
 

DeMaeyer/Kende violin, piano duo

Saturday April 6, 2024 at 3:30pm

Fullerton First United Methodist Church

114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA.

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DeMaeyer/Kende violin, piano duo 

Praised for their ‘symbiotic playing’, ‘pervasive lyricism' and their ‘powerful yet poetic playing’, the De Maeyer - Kende duo is being recognized as one of the leading musical duos in Europe.

Following De Maeyer’s ‘Editors Choice’ award by Diapason and the ‘Young Soloist of the Year’ award by Belgian classical Radio Klara, Warner Classics released their duo recording, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ in 2016.

 

The CD won the ‘Gold Label Prize’ for best chamber music album of 2016 by Klassiek Centraal. De Standaard wrote about this: “You want to listen to this captivating recital album again immediately after the last track.”

“Completely spellbinding not just in technical matters but in stylistic sensibility and musical characterization as well.”  Gramophone

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