Haydn & Mozart
Barry Perkins, trumpet
Dennis Kim, violin
Meredith Crawford, viola
The concert will be led by the soloists.
HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto
MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante
Sundays at Soka: Principal Trumpeter Barry Perkins takes center stage in Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. Then, Pacific Symphony’s new concertmaster, Dennis Kim, and Principal Violist Meredith Crawford are featured soloists in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Considered “one of the most successful concertmasters in the world today,” (Royal Conservatory of Music) Kim was most recently concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic.
These 70-minute, informal concerts are perfect for newcomers to and aficionados of the classical music scene.
Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. A citizen of the world, Mr. Kim was born in Korea, raised in Canada and educated in the United States. He has spent more than a decade leading orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. 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, Mr. Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the United Kingdom and led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut in 2014.
After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with many of the most important orchestras in China and Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. He plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.
Violist Meredith Crawford, a Maine native, studied under the tutelage of Professor Peter Slowik at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She graduated in 2009 after completing Oberlin’s double-degree program with both a B.M. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in English Literature. After being inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society, she received the prestigious Prize for Musicianship, awarded to students judged to be “the most outstanding of those elected to Pi Kappa Lambda.” 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—the first win for a violist in over a decade.
At the age of 22—before the completion of her senior year at Oberlin Conservatory—she won her first orchestral audition and a seat with Pacific Symphony. In September 2012, she was awarded the position of assistant principal viola and five years later, she won her current position with the orchestra as principal viola, Catherine and James Emmi Chair. Additionally, she has been performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since April 2010, and more recently with the Riverside Philharmonic (as principal viola), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Irvine’s Mozart Classical Orchestra. 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, Ore. Crawford is also on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, where she is assistant principal viola of the faculty orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz. She currently resides in beautiful Belmont Shore (where her neighbors include Pacific Symphony’s principal flutist Benjamin Smolen and principal oboist Jessica Pearlman) with her two cats, Twinkie and Rahula.
Principal trumpet of Pacific Symphony since 2004, Barry Perkins has been hailed as "fearless," "first rate" and"phenomenal" by The Orange County Register and the Generalanzeiger (Cologne, Germany). Throughout his career, he has performed with many world-renowned orchestras, famous classical and jazz artists, as well as esteemed conductors. Perkins has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages including those of Munich, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Lucerne, Hannover, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen and Vienna, as well as those of the United States. When he was in his early 20s, Perkins held the position of associate principal trumpet of the Mexico City Philharmonic for 5 years. Since then he has also performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Baltimore Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In addition to his live orchestra career, Barry is an active musician in the Hollywood Studios. A few recent motion pictures in which Barry has played in the trumpet section are: Deadpool 2, Star Wars:The Last Jedi, Ready Player One, Jumanji 2, Orville, The Post, Downsizing, Star Trek Discovery, Logan, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Transformers:The Last Night, Spiderman: Homecoming, Cars 3, Rogue One, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Hidden Figures and many more.
In addition to his career as a performer, Barry is a renowned teacher whose powerful and energetic teaching style has influenced many young trumpeters to become great musicians as well as great leaders. He was a member of the music faculty at California State University Fullerton from 2007 to 2015 and founder of the Barry Perkins Trumpet Academy which has reached hundreds of young musicians throughout Southern California.