graduated from the F. Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2003
and went on to become a member of the Gaia String Quartet, the Hollywood
Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony.
2008, the Pacific Symphony collaborated with the American Ballet Theatre in
Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing
Arts Center in a performance of “Etudes” by Harald
Lander and Knudaage Rissager
and “Rabbit and Rogue” by Danny Elfman
and Twyla Tharp. They joined
forces again in November 2009 for a mounting of Adolphe
In June 2010,
the Gaia String Quartet gave a series of recitals of music by Johannes
Brahms, Franz Joseph Haydn and Robert Schumann at Ascension
Irvine Presbyterian Church and Mission
sponsored Symphony in the Cities in July and August 2010, a mini-tour with
stops in Heritage Park, Pittsford
Park, and Village
Green. The Pacific Symphony
teamed up with vocalists Sean Ghazi and Joni Fukuda-Prado in a program that
comprised Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do” and
“They Say Falling in Love is Wonderful” from Annie Get Your Gun, Georges
Bizet’s “Gypsy Song” and “Habanera” from Carmen, Brahms’
“Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F-sharp minor” and “Hungarian
Dance No. 6 in D-flat major”, Antonin
Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance No. 8”, Alan Jay Lerner’s
and Frederick Loewe’s “I Could Have Danced All Night”
from My Fair Lady, Jacques
Offenbach’s “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld, Cole Porter’s “Begin the
Beguine”, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s
“On the Beautiful Blue Danube” and “Thunder and Lightning
Polka”, and Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers, Op. 71a” from The Nutcracker.
October 2010, the Pacific Symphony scared up some fun with “Halloween
Goes Hollywood”, featuring music from the Harry Potter, Pirates of
the Caribbean, and Star Wars films.
the “Nutcracker for
Kids”, an abridged rendition of the ballet for short attention spans,
on 11th December 2010.
2011, they were joined by conductor and violinist Pinchas
Zukerman for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Concerto in D major for
Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61”, Haydn’s “Symphony No. 83
in G minor” (“The Hen”) and Igor Stravinsky’s
“Concerto in D”.
Pianist Arnaldo Cohen and violinist Ray Chen were the guest
soloists with they performed Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 3 in C
minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37”, “Concerto No. 2 in
B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. ”,
“Romance No. 1 in G major for Violin and Orchestra, 40” and
“Romance No. 2 in F major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 50” on
4th February 2011.
February 2011, they supplied the music as the Magic Circle Mime Company
acted out Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter
and the Wolf.
Horowitz, Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett were
the actors and the Nobertine Fathers of St.
Michael’s Abbey provided the vocals when they produced
“Cathedrals of Sound: A
Journey of the Spirit”.
The first half consisted of Horowitz’s “Bruckner the
Man” and “A Journey of the Spirit: The concert culminated with Anton
Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 9 in D minor”.
March 2011, they presented “Beethoven’s Blockbusters”,
which included selections from the master’s symphonies, although the
concert opened with the first movements of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525” and Antonio Vivaldi’s
“Concerto for Orchestra in G major, RV 151”.
Chorale were on-hand for “Daughter of Light” on 17th
April 2011, when they performed “Plorate filii Israel” from Jephte by Giacomo
in D minor, Op. 48 by Gabriel Faure, and the southern California
premiere of The Little Match Girl
Passion by David Lang.
In May 2011,
Caminos Flamencos kicked up their heels to “Bolero” by Maurice
Ravel and dances from The
Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla. The evening began with highlights
by Isaac Albeniz and “Tzigane” by
Ravel, with solo violinist Philippe Quint.
up another expurgated Tchaikovsky ballet, Sleeping Beauty, on 7th May 2011.
May 2011, they were joined by the Royal Danish Ballet for the full-length Napoli of
“Yujawang Plays Rachmaninoff” was the selling
point of their concerts that took place on 2nd-4th
June 2011. The centerpiece of
the evenings was Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of
Paganini, Op. 43”, although they opened with Bohuslav
Martinu’s “Memorial to Lidice, H. 296” and closed with Dmitri
Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47”.
September 2011, Sarah Chang was the guest soloist for Felix
Mendelssohn’s “Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra,
Op. 64”, although again this featured work was strongly supported by
Hector Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture”, James Newton
Howard’s “I Would Plant a Tree”, and Ottorino
Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome”.
Symphony united with the San Francisco Ballet for a series of performances
in September and October 2011 of Bizet’s “Symphony in C”,
Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet,
and Tchaikovsky’s “String Sextet in D minor, Op. 70”
(“Souvenir of Florence”).
October 2011, they presented “A Halloween Whodunit” which
included “The Composer is Dead” by Lemony Snicket
and Nathaniel Stookey, “Toccata and Fugue
in D minor, BWV 565” by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the finale of
“Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125” by Beethoven.
with the Pacific Chorale for John Alexander’s 40th
Anniversary Gala Concert on 6th November 2011. The eclectic program included John
Beethoven’s “Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op. 85”,
Bruckner’s “Psalm 150 in C, WAB 38”, Gerald Finzi’s “For St. Cecilia, Op. 30”,
Jake Heggie’s “Seeking Higher
Ground: Bruce Springsteen Rocks
New Orleans, April 30, 2006” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Ubi
Caritas et Amor”.
November 2011, Jenny O’Hara and Nick Ullett
took the stage again as the symphony offered up an all-Mahler affair that
opened with a staged reading of “I Beg You to Be Truthful—The
Marriage of Gustav and Alma Mahler:
A Self Portrait in Letters”. The musical portion of the evening
consisted of “Ruckert-Lieder” with
pianist Hye-Yong Kim and baritone Christopheren Nomura and “Symphony No. 9 in D
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