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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
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World Premiere Of David Robertson's Arrangement Of Bach's Goldberg Variations To Be Performed By Cafe Ludwig Curator Orli Shaham And Pacific Symphony Musicians

Orange County, CA — February 01, 2019

Pacific Symphony musicians Dennis Kim, Bridget Dolkas, Meredith Crawford and Timothy Landauer will join Café Ludwig host and pianist Orli Shaham to perform another unique chamber music concert; the “Bachanalia” program features the world premiere of “A Goldberg Conjecture,” conductor David Robertson’s arrangement of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” The program will also include “Classic Suite” by Perle, Mozart’s “Five Fugues, Transcribed for String Quartet” from Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” and Liszt’s arrangement of Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in A minor.” 

“Bachanalia” takes place on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Samueli Theater. The concert is sold-out. Doors open at 2 p.m. While there is no pre-concert talk, Orli Shaham will introduce the music from the stage. This performance is sponsored by Dot and Rick Nelson. The Café Ludwig series is sponsored by Avenue of the Arts Hotel. For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit

A consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics the world over, Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean.”

Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. He was first appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. As guest concertmaster, Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bridget Dolkas is Pacific Symphony’s Principal Second Violin. As first violinist and founding member of the California Quartet, she co-founded the Connections Chamber Music Series, of which Tim Mangan of The Orange County Register wrote, “a worthy series.” Since the year 2000, the California Quartet has performed in Europe and the United States to great acclaim.  She performed for eight years in the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera Orchestra. She studied chamber music under such masters as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel, as well as with the Juilliard, Alexander and Miro Quartets.

Meredith Crawford is the Principal Viola in Pacific Symphony. She graduated in 2009 from the Oberlin College and Conservatory under the direction of Peter Slowik. Crawford was the first-prize winner of the Ohio Viola Society’s annual competition in 2007, the 2009 Skokie Valley Symphony Annual Young Artist Competition and the 2009-10 Oberlin Conservatory Competition in which she was the first win for a violist in over a decade. Crawford is also an active chamber musician performing frequently with the L.A.-based Salastina Music Society, the Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music Series in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the High Desert Chamber Music series in Bend, Oregon.

The New York Times hailed Pacific Symphony Principal Cellist Timothy Landauer “a cellist of extraordinary gifts” when he won the coveted Concert Artists Guild International Award in 1983 in New York. Landauer is the winner of numerous prestigious prizes and awards, among them the Young Musicians Foundation's National Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Award, the Samuel Applebaum Grand Prize of the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher's Association and the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Award.


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