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Fullerton Friends of Music 2022-2023 64th Season





The Spirit of Spain

Fire and Grace with

Flamenco Dancer Fanny Ara

Saturday October 22, 2022 at 3:30pm

Fullerton First United Methodist Church

114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, CA.

Fire and Grace is an eclectic collaboration between guitarist William Coulter and violinist Edwin Huizinga. This unique duo explores the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Fire & Grace's repertoire is vast, ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, tango to Celtic tunes, traditional Bulgarian to American fiddle tunes and waltzes, all played with a sense of discovery and commitment to the elements of passion and virtuosity - fire and grace - found in these diverse traditions.

Fire and Grace - violin, guitar

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Mendelssohn, Mark Mellits, Beethoven

Beo String Quartet

Saturday January 21, 2023 at 3:30pm

Wilshire Avenue Community Church

212 E. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, CA.

The Beo String Quartet embraces the breadth and depth available to a string quartet in the 21st-century. By crafting original music and projects, engaging listeners through entertainment and thoughtful demonstration, collaborating with living composers, performing quartet masterpieces in a wide array of settings, and exploring technology's capacity as a musical and social tool, Beo is expanding the role of chamber musicians in today's global culture. Now in its seventh season, Beo has performed over 100 concert works in the US and Europe--including over 45 world premieres.

Jason Neukom, violin; Andrew Giordano, violin;

Sean Neukom, viola; Ryan Ash, cello



WindSync brings Apollo by Marc Mellits to Fullerton in this program inspired by nature and the cosmos, featuring music fit for a day in the garden by
Elgar and Rameau, Latin jazz-influenced works by Miguel del Aguila, and atribute to the ensemble's recent trip to record at Abbey Road Studios.



Saturday February 11, 2023 at 3:30pm

Wilshire Avenue Community Church

212 E. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, CA.

WindSync quintet has established itself as a vibrant chamber ensemble performing wind quintet masterworks, adapting beloved music to their instrumentation, and championing new works by today's composers. The quintet
eliminates the "fourth wall" between musicians and audience by often performing from memory, creating an intimate connection. This personal performance style, combined with the ensemble's three-pronged mission of
artistry, education, and community-building, lends WindSync its reputation as "a group of virtuosos who are also wonderful people, too" (Alison Young, Classical MPR).

Garrett Hudson, Flute; Emily Tsai, Oboe; 

Elias Rodriguez, Clarinet; Kara LaMoure, Bassoon;

Anni Hochhalter, Horn

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Beethoven, Henri Tomasi, excerpts from Goldberg Variations, Piazzolla, Pierné,  Géza Frid

Black Oak Ensemble

Saturday March 18, 2023 at 3:30pm

Wilshire Avenue Community Church

212 E. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, CA.

Black Oak Ensemble The string trio, Black Oak Ensemble is one of the most innovative and exciting  chamber ensembles on the international stage. Praised for their "insightful, committed and masterful performances 10/10 " ( Classics Today) and their "fierce eloquence" ( The Times, London), The Black Oak Ensemble comprises GRAMMY-nominated violinist Desirée Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe of the acclaimed Lincoln Trio, and violist Aurélien Fort Pederzoli,
a founding member of the groundbreaking GRAMMY-nominated Spektral Quartet. They perform regularly in recitals and festivals throughout the world. A recent tour of Europe included performances in Amsterdam, Athens, Grenoble, Lyon, Paris,  Prague , Rennes and Yverdon.

Desirée Ruhstrat, Violin; 
Aurélien Fort Pederzoli
, Viola; 
David Cunliffe, Cello

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Mirror Visions Ensemble

Saturday April 15, 2023 at 3:30pm

Wilshire Avenue Community Church

212 E. Wilshire Ave., Fullerton, CA.

Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE) was founded from a desire to explore the relationship between music and text, initially through the creation of "mirror visions" - settings of the same text to music by different composers. The group's passion for storytelling has produced thematic concerts on surprising subjects, based on scholarly research and laced with humor, leading to the revitalization of art song programming. Featuring soprano, tenor, baritone and piano, often joined by other instrumentalists, MVE's programs take audiences on an imaginative journey through song, showcasing both well-known and oft-neglected pieces, set to texts by poets and historical figures.


The sun has set, the gloaming has gone, and stillness has settled in. As the clock strikes twelve, something mystical begins to stir...the night brings a wonder all its own. Mirror Visions Ensemble's Midnight Magic reflects upon the witching hour as musical favorites by Mozart, Debussy, and Price intermingle with Bonds, Sondheim, and more. Four stunning voices (soprano Mireille Asselin, mezzo Abi Levis, tenor Daniel McGrew, and baritone Mischa Bouvier) are alongside pianist Max Hammond. Live premiere performances of commissioned works feature Carlos Simon's "Dreams" and Andrew Gerle's arrangement of "That Old Black Magic."

Mireille Asselin, Soprano;
Mischa Bouvier, Baritone;

Abigail Levis, Mezzo-Soprano;

Daniel McGrew, Tenor;  Max Hammond, Piano

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