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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.

............................................................................................................................................................................. Juliette HERLIN-GIRET Cello
Recognized as one of the most promising French cellists of her generation, Juliette Herlin has performed throughout Europe, the U.S and Asia. As a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist, she has appeared in such prestigious venues as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Cité de la Musique, the Musée du Louvre, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall in New York as well as at the Minsk Philharmony, in Belarus.
An avid chamber musician, she has shared the stage with Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow, Gérard Caussé, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Roger Tapping, Martin Chalifour, Romain Guyot, Amaury Coeytaux (Modigliani Quartet), and Jérôme Ducros. She is a founding member of the Aletheia Piano Trio with violinist Francesca dePasquale and pianist Fei-Fei Dong. Formed at the Juilliard School, the Aletheia Piano Trio is quickly risen to acclaim. Highlights of previous seasons include performances at the Kennedy Center, Palm Beach Chamber Music Society, St. Vincent College Concert Series, Ukrainian Institute, Shandelee Music Festival.

Highlights of next season include her Korean Debut with a performance of Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Gustav Malher Orchestra at the Busan Maru International Music Festival (South Korea), a China Tour with the Aletheia Piano Trio, as well as performances at the Reading Chamber Music Society, Concerts in the Barn (WA), Macon Concert Association (GA) and Beacon Hill Concerts (PA).
Juliette has had the chance of working closely with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Robert Levin, Ida Kavafian, David Finckel, and Joseph Kalichstein. She has been invited to Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Music Academy of the West , Encuentro de Santander (Spain), the Festival Pablo Casals (France), the International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), and, among others, the Festival Jeunes Talents. She has taken part in master classes given by Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, Torleif Thedeen, Natalia Gutman, Lawrence Lesser, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, and Troels Svane. Winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Competition, Juliette is also the recipient of first prizes at the International Vatelot/Rampal Music Competition and the UFAM Competition in Paris as well as a Beverly Hills National Auditions winner. She has been awarded the Grunin Prize as well as grants from the “Fondation Safran pour la Musique” and the ADAMI. In France, Juliette has performed several times as a soloist with the Orchestre des Universités de Paris, and with the Orchestre des Etudiants du CNSMDP under the direction of Maxime Pascal. She has been featured on the “Performance Today” broadcast as well as many times on “France Musique”, France’s National classical music station.
Juliette is a substitute player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris, Les Dissonances and has performed with the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France and the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain. The conductors under whose baton she has performed include James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Georges Prêtre, Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Zoltán Kocsis, Maxim Vengerov, Alain Altinoglu.
Very interested in music from her time, she was a member of the “New Juilliard Ensemble” and has premiered works by Arvo Pärt, Graziane Finzi, Robin deRaaf, Betty Olivero and, Nicolas Namoradze. Eager to discover various repertoires and to explore historically informed performances, Juliette (who studied harpsichord as a child) has more recently taken baroque cello lessons with Phoebe Carrai, William Skeen and Bruno Cocset.
Born in Paris in 1991, Juliette Herlin was admitted at the age of sixteen to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) where she obtained her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees studying with Jérôme Pernoo. She pursued her studies at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Richard Aaron. Currently, Juliette is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California where she studies with Ralph Kirschbaum. She is the grateful recipient of support from the French Ministry of Culture, from the Balas Company, and from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF).

.............................................................................................................................. François CHOUCHAN Piano
French/American pianist/melodist François Chouchan is no stranger to awards and fame. From the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier) to the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy, his outstanding talent has been recognized all over Europe. Not only has Chouchan performed as a soloist with orchestras and Chamber Music groups in many countries, but he has also been invited to play during Master Classes by several superior Talents such as M. Rostropovitch, Nikita Magaloff, G.Sebok or Magda Tagliaferro, who all acknowledged his unique sensitivity and creativity.

In Los Angeles, where Chouchan has resided since 2007, he has performed at the LACMA Museum for the “Sundays Live Series”, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge (with the Music Guild). He has also appeared at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, at The Zipper Hall and at the Brandeis Institute, and for the Ermitage Foundation.

Chouchan’s deep musical sensibilities. his passion, perseverance and open mind are recognized by professionals and spectators alike who regard him as an inspiring, sensitive and creative musician. He offers a “hip” approach to the classic music and his easy-going attitude and fresh approach to the genre has earned him the affection of fans of all ages, helping develop a younger audience for the art of Chamber Music.

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