By Richard Mineards
September 26, 2013
Camerata Pacifica kicked off its 24th season at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall in grand style with the debut of 23-year-old Taiwanese violinist Paul Huang playing John Harbison’s Four Songs of Solitude.
Huang, who plays a 1683 Nicolo Amati, rose magnificently to the challenge, with the rest of the lunchtime concert works by another American named John, with Novacek’s Four Rags For Two Jons featuring a most jolly Warren Jones on piano and Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet, bringing a delightful end to the energized show.
For the evening performance, John Serry’s Night Rhapsody was added to the chamber music ensemble’s repertoire.
For a third work, Harbison’s Songs America Loves to Sing founder and flutist Adrian Spence joined the talented cast, along with Ani Aznavoorian on cello.