Happy Birthday, Bernstein
Orli Shaham, piano and host
Barry Perkins, trumpet
Jessica Pearlman Fields, oboe
Joseph Morris, clarinet
Paul Manaster, violin
Kenneth McGrath, vibraphone
Robert Slack, vibraphone
Molly Morkoski, piano
EWAZEN: Trio for Trumpet, Cello and Piano
REICH: Quartet for 2 Pianos and 2 Vibraphones
BERNSTEIN: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
SCHOENFIELD: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, Steve Reich’s 80th birthday and Frank Ticheli’s 60th, this all-American program features a variety of chamber works in compelling instrumental combinations.
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 on four continents, 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” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony and London's Guardian said Shaham's playing at the Proms was "perfection."
Shaham has performed with nearly every major American orchestra, as well as many in Europe, Asia and Australia. A frequent guest at summer festivals, her appearances include Tanglewood, Ravinia, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, La Jolla, Music Academy of the West and Aspen. Shaham’s acclaimed 2015 recording, Brahms Inspired, is a collection of new compositions alongside works by Brahms and his compositional forefathers. Other recordings include John Adams' Grand Pianola Music with the pianist Marc-André Hamelin and the San Francisco Symphony, with the composer conducting, American Grace, a CD of piano music by John Adams and Steven Mackey with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Robertson conducting, and Nigunim - Hebrew Melodies, recorded with her brother, the violinist Gil Shaham.
Percussionist Kenneth McGrath is a regular contributor to Southern California’s diverse musical landscape. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony and San Diego Symphony he has toured throughout Europe, Asia and North America. His contributions can be heard on numerous recordings including John Adam’s Naïve and Sentimental Music, Phillip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna and Gustavo Dudamel-Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert. Ken also appears frequently with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and serves as section percussionist with New West Symphony. His work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group has included concerts at Lincoln Center, the Ojai Music Festival and the Green Umbrella Series. In 2008, Ken commissioned, performed, and recorded the world premiere of William Kraft’s Encounters XIII: Concertino for Percussion & Woodwind Quintet with Southwest Chamber Music. He has performed on motion picture soundtracks for composers including John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer in addition to national touring productions of Motown: The Musical, Wicked, Curtains, The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera. Ken serves on the music faculties of California State University, Fullerton and the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. An alumnus of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Eastman School of Music, Ken is also an Educational Artist for Marimba One.