Performance of 2019-2020 - Our 61st concert season.
Performances were held at the Wilshire Auditorium of Fullerton College
Syrinx Reed Quintet
Victoria Lee, oboe; Micah Wright, clarinet; Mathieu Giradet, bass clarinet; Patrick Olmos, saxophone; Jeffrey Wasik, bassoon.
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The Syrinx Reed Quintet is bringing a new voice to the Southern California chamber music scene. Founded in 2018, the quintet boasts a versatile and colorful combination of avid teaching artists with backgrounds from all across the nation. Experienced in a wide variety of styles, the ensemble offers bold and innovative repertoire with performances of unstoppable spirit. Syrinx Quintet effectively communicates all music - from the Renaissance to contemporary and popular genres. Built and driven by its homogenous instrumentation, Syrinx Quintet is proud to inspire new perspectives and collaborations in sound.
Program: Francaix arr. Homan (Petit Quatuor), Gershwin arr. Reynolds (Three Preludes), Logan Rutledge (Point Blank), Ives arr. Reynolds (Variations on America), Rameau arr. Hekkema (La Poule), Ton Ter Doest (Circusmuziek).
The Dali Quartet brings its signature mix of Latin American, Classical and Romantic repertoire to stages and audiences of all kinds. The quartet's passionate energy is poured into everything they do, generating critical and audience acclaim for their Classical Roots, Latin Soul. Its tours include appearances for distinguished chamber music and cultural center series in the U.S., Canada, and South America.
Program: Villa-Lobos - String Quartet No. 5 (1931), Schubert - String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major (D. 87), Mendelssohn -String Quartet No. 6 in F minor (Op. 80).
Thalea String Quartet with Michelle Cann,piano
Christopher Whitley, violin; Kumiko Sakamoto, violin; Luis Bellorin, viola; Titilayo Ayangade, cello; Michelle Cann, piano.
Thalea String Quartet with Michelle Cann
Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has been praised for their "vibrant performance" and "sincere expressivity".
The quartet has has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Massey Hall, and Weill Hall and were the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Florence Price was disadvantaged as a classical composer in being both African American and a woman but her music is now being rediscovered.
Program: Beethoven (String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1), Akshaya Avril Tucker (New Commission (2019), PIAZZOLLA Piazzola (Four for Tango), Copland (Movement for String Quartet), Florence Price (3 Folksongs in Counterpoint), Piano Concerto (Transcribed for Piano Quintet).
Duo Turgeon, born in Montreal and Toronto respectively, Canadian pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon have been playing together since 1988, and performing professionally since 1996. Critically acclaimed as one of the top piano duos of our time, the Turgeons have given hundreds of performances, including a European debut at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and a New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, to name a few.
The Turgeons are graduates of the University of Toronto and Yale University, where they earned doctorate degrees in the year 2000. They received the highest graduating awards and prizes from both institutions.
Program: Ravel (Rapsodie Espagnole), Francisco Mignone (Valsa Choro No. 11, Valsa de Esquina No.2), Saint-Saens (Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 35), Milhaud (Braziliera from Suite Scaramouche), Valery Gavrilin (From Shetches: March, Little Clock, At the Coachman's Corner, Having a Dream, Troika), Rachmaninov (Suite no.1 Op.5, Suite no.2 Op.17), Lecuona (Malaguena), Dvorak (Slavonic Dances Op.46 no.8 in G Minor (Encore)).
Sakura Cello Quintet - Cancelled due to pandemic restrictions.
Cello's: Michael Kaufman; Benjamin Lash; Stella Cho; Yoshika Masuda; Peter Myers.
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Sakura Cello Quintet, A unique and versatile cello quintet, hailed as "brilliant" and "superb" by Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, the SAKURA Cello Quintet is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members. Drawing from the rich heritage of a repertoire that spans eight centuries, inventive programs are constructed around conceptual threads, with a commitment to opening new vistas of beauty and expression. In the tradition of the great chamber ensembles, the quintet distills its interpretations through time, reveling in the pure sonic pleasure of a unified and colorful sound.
Program: Debussy (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (arr. Myers)), Faure (Cinq melodies "de Venise" Op. 58 (arr. Myers), Beethoven (Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67), I. Allegro con brio (arr. Kaufman), Britten (Four Sea Interludes (arr. Myers)), DONALD CROCKET (New Work (commissioned by New Music USA)).