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MARCH 10th 2019 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

H. DUPARC, R. HAHN, G. FAURE, F. POULENC, C. GOUNOD: SONGS FOR TENOR & PIANO
C. DEBUSSY: STRING QUARTET IN G MINOR OP 10
C. FRANCK: PIANO QUINTET IN F MINOR

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Artists:

James ONSTAD Tenor
Hailed as “sensitive and precise” and “hauntingly beautiful” (New Classic LA), James Onstad is an active and versatile performer at the leading edge of classical music. Audiences across America have seen him as a recitalist, oratorio singer, and operatic performer with companies including the Chicago Lyric Opera Unlimited, Los Angeles' The Industry, the American Repertory Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. 
As an operatic performer, James is committed to new and relevant work. He has performed regularly with the Los Angeles experimental opera company, The Industry, and brought to life the the role of Orfeo in their monumental production of Hopscotch – a mobile, immersive operatic experience, which Alex Ross of the New Yorker called “awe inspiring.” And in 2017, he premiered the role of Ted Hinton in The Industry’s production of Andrew McIntosh's new opera Bonnie and Clyde. James has collaborated closely with the young American composer Matthew Aucoin. He premiered the role of Jake in Aucoin's Second Nature with the Chicago Lyric Opera Unlimited and sang in the world premiere of Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater in 2015, as well as a revival with the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2017.  This November,  James will make his debut with the LA Philharmonic in a production of John Cage's Europeras I & II .Traditional operatic credits include Sam (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Candide (Bernstein's Candide), Amida (Cavalli’s L’Ormindo), and Tom Rakewell (Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress).

James is a passionate interpreter of Art Song and has has honed this craft under guidance of the masters of our time. He was a Stern Fellow at Songfest in 2013, where he studied with Margo Garrett and Martin Katz. In 2017, he was invited to the Hidden Valley Music Festival to study German Lieder with Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allan.  James is engaged for a number of recitals in the 2018-2019 season. In August, he will present a program of French, German, Russian, and modern American songs with pianist Pierre-André Doucet at the Barachois Summer Music Festival in Montréal, Canada. In March of 2019, he will present a recital of French song with the La Salon de Musiques Chamber Music series in Los Angeles. And in the late Spring of 2019, he will tour the Southwest alongside the acclaimed guitarist David Leisner with a program of music for voice and guitar.

On the concert stage, James has made his mark as a soloist. In December of 2017, he was the tenor soloist and evangelist in a one-on-a-part presentation Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio with Musica Angelica--“Southern California’s most important early music ensemble” (LA Times). In August of 2018, James will make his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a street singer in Leonard Bernstein's Mass. Previous concert highlights include the tenor soloist in the Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi, Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony and Cantata Misericordium, Carissimi's Jonas, Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, as well as newer works, including Leonard Bernstein's Songfest and Zachary Wadsworth's Venus and Adonis.
A native of Santa Fe, NM, James Onstad holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in vocal performance from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

.............................................................................................................................. Serena MCKINNEY Violin
Violinist Serena McKinney leads a diverse musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.
She is the founding violinist of the internationally heralded Janaki String Trio, winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and praised by the New Yorker and by the New York Times as exhibiting “irresistible electricity.” Since her solo debut at age twelve, she has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Canada with orchestras such as the Houston, Minnesota, and Cincinnati symphonies and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Ojai music festivals.

Ms. McKinney has performed under noted conductors, including James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, David Zinman, and John Adams, and has collaborated with artists such as Martin Chalifour, Menahem Pressler, Paul Katz, and with New York-based new music group Signal Ensemble and ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ms. McKinney is active in film scoring in Los Angeles, recording with composers such as John Williams, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer and Randy Newman, and performs as a substitute violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the LA Opera.

She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and The Colburn School. Ms. McKinney performs on a Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin, c. 1740.

.............................................................................................................................. Chiai TAJIMA Violin
Chiai Tajima is an avid orchestral and chamber musician, and in demand as a performer of new music. Most recently, she served as concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, some of the world's most prestigious orchestral academies. In addition to her orchestral collaborations she is a member of EDGE, a contemporary ensemble based in Los Angeles and performs frequently with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble that premiers new works alongside standard repertoire.

Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a fellowship recipient. Through this festival, she held a principal position in the Aspen Chamber Symphony and collaborated with renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Julia Fischer, and Robert McDuffie.
Chiai is a laureate of several competitions including the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, Torrance Symphony Young Artists Competition, and the Edith Knox Peninsula Competition. She has soloed with the Torrance Symphony, Beach Cities Symphony and the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra.
She has also given recitals as a recipient of the Herbert Zipper award, and as a guest musician at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Fair.

Chiai holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki as a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. While at Juilliard, she participated in an interactive outreach program as a GLUCK fellow, bringing music to various metropolitan hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Bing Wang. Chiai plays on a 1688 Antonio Casini, generously on loan from the Colburn Foundation.

.............................................................................................................................. Tanner MENEES Viola
Tanner Menees performs the viola largely in a chamber music setting. Mr. Menees has collaborated in chamber music performances with notable artists such as Martin Beaver, Miriam Fried, Clive Greensmith, Richie Hawley, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, and Ronald Leonard.
His summers have taken him to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Menuhin Festival String Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and McGill International String Quartet Academy. Mr. Menees also performed on Ravinia’s annual tour in 2017, which performed at venues in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Stamford. Mr. Menees is also a part of the Los Angeles Ensemble, a piano quartet based in LA.

He has served as principal viola for the Colburn Orchestra under the batons of Yehuda Gilad, Sir Neville Marriner, and Robert Spano. In the 2015-16 concert season, he performed as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra under maestro Thierry Fischer. Tanner Menees is an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn School, where he also received his Bachelor of Music degree.

............................................................................................................................................................................. Gabriel MARTINS Cello
American cellist Gabriel Martins (b. 1998) is the gold medalist of the V International David Popper Cello Competition in Hungary, the silver medalist of the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, and the bronze medalist of the 20th Sphinx Competition. 
  Martins has performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, New World Youth Orchestra and Fukuda Ensemble (São Paulo). His performances of Bach and Beethoven have been aired on National Public Radio's From the Top and were acclaimed as "compelling" and "soulful". Martins has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Darrett Adkins, Edgar Meyer, and Csaba Onczay. He is also the newest member of the SAKURA Cello Quintet, which has been described as "brilliant" and "superb" by the Los Angeles Times.

  Martins began playing the cello when he was five, studying with Susan Moses. He grew up playing with the Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi, touring internationally and performing at venues such as Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires and Carnegie Hall in New York. Other than his long-time mentor, Moses, he also received guidance during this time from Richard Aaron, David Finckel, Csaba Onczay and Brinton Smith. 
  Martins was a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School for two summers, where he participated in the Finckel-Wu Han chamber music studio and won the concerto competition. He is currently in his third year of undergraduate studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, studying with legendary cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. In his freshman year at USC, Martins won both the concerto competition and the solo Bach competition. 

.............................................................................................................................. David Kaplan Piano
David Kaplan, pianist, has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared at London’s Barbican Centre, at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, and worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, National Gallery, and the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA. His recital, “New Dances of the League of David,” infusing Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze with 16 new works, was hailed one of the Best Classical Events of 2015 by the New York Times.

He is a core member of Decoda, the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and the Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a community series in Morris County, NJ celebrating its 30th season. Kaplan holds a DMA from Yale, where he studied with Claude Frank; he previously studied with Walter Ponce at UCLA, where he is now Lecturer in Piano for 2016-17.
Kaplan has recorded for Naxos and Nonesuch labels, and is proud to be a Yamaha Artist. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars.

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