Bringing Together the Classics and Contemporary Pieces: Chamber Ensemble Feast

Bringing Together the Classics and Contemporary Pieces: Chamber Ensemble Feast

Camerata Pacifica’s 2011/2012 Season Will Begin Next Month

Marimba Performer and Professor Ji Hye Jung Will Play Once Again in the Season Opening Concert.

Youngjae O’Neill’s Performance, Vicky Ray’s Special Performance, and More

The 2011/2012 season of Camerata Pacifica, the best chamber ensemble in the West Coast, starts on September 16th.

Camerata Pacifica, where Richard Youngjae O’Neill performs as the principal violist, has prepared 8 performance programs for this season, which will continue until May 18th of next year. Among these, three programs will feature marimba percussionist Ji Hye Jung (Kansas University, School of Music), who will world premier pieces commissioned for the marimba. This is only one example of the meaningful, challenging, and exciting programs that the ensemble has prepared for this season.

Professor Ji Hye Jung, a critically acclaimed marimba performer, has shown excellent performance in the season opening concert for Camerata Pacifica’s 2010/2011 Season, receiving praise from the LA Times. The critic Mark Swed described her performance as “spectacular,” likened her to a “discovery” of a performer who will compete with world-famous marimba players, and sent her exceptional praise throughout his piece. During this season, Jung will play in the opening concert in September and concerts in March and April. On the other hand, Youngjae O’Neill will be performing in November, January, February, March, and May concerts.

This season will feature chamber classics by Schumann, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Haydn, and Mozart; pieces by French composers such as Franck, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Duruflé; and pieces for viola, cello, and marimba by contemporary composers such as Bright Sheng, Huang Ruo, Lera Auerbach, and Thea Musgrave. Many classical music fans are anticipating such diverse repertoire.

Performers include member violinist Catherine Leonard, flutist Adrian Spence, violist Yongjae O’Neill, cellist Ani Aznavoorian, oboist Nicholas Daniel, pianist Warren Jones and Adam Neiman, as well as Joanne Pearce Martin, who is LA Philharmonic’s pianist, Vicky Ray, an active participant in Los Angeles’s new music scene, and clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. The September program will include Rachmaninoff’s Prelude (C-sharp minor, Op. 3), George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae for 3 Masked Players, De Mey’s Musique de Table for Percussion, and Reich’s Sextet for Percussion and Keyboards.

This upcoming concert will feature many guest performers. Rachmaninoff’s Prelude will feature Joanne Pierce Martin, Reich’s piece will showcase Martin and Vicky Ray, and percussion pieces will bring forward Ji Hye Jung, Doug Perkins, Svet Stonayov, and Michael Zell.

Camerata Pacifica will present new programs each month and will perform at Santa Barbara’s Hahn Hall, Ventura’s Temple Beth Torah, San Marino, and L.A.’s Zipper Hall. Tickets are 45 dollars for Zipper Hall, Hahn Hall, and Huntington Library concerts, and 40 dollars for the Temple Beth Torah concert. Season tickets and group tickets will be offered a discount.

The September opening concerts will take place in Santa Barbara, the 16th, 1pm; Ventura, the 18th, 3pm; San Marino, the 20th, 8pm; L.A. Zipper Hall, the 22nd, 8pm.

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