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April 5, 2014 | 8p | $15


Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10

Animé et très décidé

Assez vif et bien rythmé

Andantino, doucement expressif

Très modéré -- En animant peu á peu -- Très mouvementé et avec passion


Kreisler String Quartet in A Minor


Scherzo.  Allegro vivo, con spirito

Prelude and Romance

Finale.  Allegro moderato


Lullaby by George Gershwin, Op. Posth.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Jerome Kern

Crisantemi by Giacomo Puccini


Jason Uyeyama, violin

Jason Uyeyama is Associate Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at La Sierra University, where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music.  He is also founder and director of the Orange County String Studio in Tustin, CA.

Mr. Uyeyama continues to lead an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist.  He has performed regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2005, and has performed with the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Festival appearances include Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, Festicamara in Medellin, Colombia, as well as the festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Taos.

Students of Mr. Uyeyama have been accepted to The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The Colburn School of Performing Arts, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the Mannes School of Music.  His students have also been accepted to numerous summer festivals including Aspen, Music Academy of the West, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Montecito International Summer Music Festival.

An advocate of community outreach, Mr. Uyeyama has been Music Director of Community Kids Connection in San Bernardino, CA since 2008.  Through this program, he has given free violin lessons to underserved children and performances for local hospitals and charity events.

Mr. Uyeyama received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Masao Kawasaki.  Previous teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and Yao-Ji Lin.

Sooah Kim, violin

Violinist Sooah Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and began playing violin at the age of six.  She attended Seoul Arts High School where she excelled not only in music performance but in academics as well.  She received top honors, advancing to prestigious Seoul National University College of Music where she received a full scholarship.

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to United States to earn an Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett.  Additional teachers include Michelle Kim from the New York Philharmonic, and Bing Wang and Suli Xue from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

At Colburn she appeared as a soloist under Jamie Laredo and the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra, and was invited as a soloist by the Pan Pacific Music Festival for a concert in Australia and at the Young Artist Music Festival in Korea. She also appeared as soloist performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons at the La Mirada Performing Theatre and Colburn's Zipper Hall.  She has had numerous performances with internationally renowned  musicians Ron Leonard, John Perry, Paul Coletti, and Antonio Lysy.  As concertmaster, she has led the YMF Debut Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, and the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra.

Among her many accomplishments are top prizes at the Strad Music Competition, the Korean-German Brahms Competition, and the Korean International Music Foundation Music Competition.  She was invited with scholarships to spend summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Beaux-Arts Trio Music Festival, Denis Curs International De Musica, Sarasota Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Musashino Music Academy, and the Encore Music Festival.

Sooah Kim had the privilege of playing one of the estimated 16 remaining violins made by the famed Italian luthier Allesandro Gagliano for 4 years, which was a loan to her from an anonymous donor.

She was a finalist at the Los Angeles Philharmonic auditions in 2009, and currently performs with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.

Toby Appel, viola

TOBY APPEL | violinist/violist/narrator

Toby Appel has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a member of such renowned ensembles as TASHI, and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. Mr. Appel has been a guest artist with the Vermeer, Manhattan, and Alexander Quartets as well as a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and with jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart (NY), Santa Fe (NM), Angel Fire (NM), Seattle (Wa), Bravo! Vail Valley (Co), Chamber Music Northwest (Or), and Marlboro (Vt), as well as festivals in England, France, Korea, Germany, Italy, Finland, and Greece. In 1975, Mr. Appel was featured in a CBS television special performing works commissioned by him for three violas, all played by Toby Appel. In 1980, Mr. Appel was the winner of Young Concert Artists International.

A most versatile artist, Mr. Appel has narrated performances including: A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, by Benjamin Britten, Ferdinand, by Alan Ridout and Munro Leaf, Ode to Napoleon, by Arnold Schoenberg, Histoire du Soldat, by Igor Stravinsky, Masque of the Red Death, by Andre Caplet and Edgar Allan Poe, and Facade, by William Walton and Edith Sitwell. Mr. Appel is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Toby Appel entered the Curtis Institute at age 13 under the guidance of Max Aronoff. He is currently on the viola and chamber music faculties at the Juilliard School in New York City. Other teaching has included professorships at the State University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Yale School of Music. He has toured for the United States State Department and performed at the United Nations and at the White House. Mr. Appel’s chamber music and recital recordings can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1, and Musical Heritage Society labels.

Toby Appel lives in New York City with his wife, Carolyn.

Madeleine Kabat, cello

Following her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 18, cellist Madeleine Kabat has been featured as soloist with most recently the Lima International Music Festival Orchestra (Peru), Gulf Coast Symphony (MS), Minot Symphony (ND), Red de Escuelas de Musica Orquesta (in Medellin, Colombia), Cleveland State University Orchestra, Oberlin Sinfonietta, Cleveland Philharmonic (OH), Spoleto Festival Orchestra (SC), Festival Mozaic Orchestra (CA), Springfield Symphony (MO) and Marin Symphony (CA). She recently made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and stepped in for delayed cello soloist Alban Gerhardt on a few hours notice to rehearse Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto with the Madison Symphony last year.    Ms. Kabat has won top prizes in the competitions of Fischoff, Hellam, Klein International, Young Texas Artists, Akron Tuesday Musical, San Antonio Tuesday Musical, Mid-Texas Symphony, Cleveland Cello Society, and Rice University.

Madeleine currently serves as Visiting Artist at La Sierra University, where she has performed biannually as guest artist for the past four years. This summer she will perform at Festival Mozaic in California for her sixth season, and will teach at the Renova Chamber Music Festival in Pennsylvania for a second season. In January she performed on tour as a member of the Madelle Duo, a violin/cello duo that she formed with Frankfurt Radio Symphony violinist Rachelle Betancourt.

Ms. Kabat has appeared twice as a featured guest artist for the Lima International Chamber Music Festival in Peru, and has also traveled to Medellin, Colombia (South America) numerous times as faculty artist of Festicamara.  She has given masterclasses at Festicamara and La Sierra University as well as at the University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point, Minot State University (ND), and at La Jolla’s SummerFest.  Past festival appearances include Spoleto, La Jolla SummerFest, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Verbier, Round Top, Domaine Forget, and Zephyr (Italy). Madeleine has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists including Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Chalifour, Jon Novacek, Atar Arad, Toby Appel, Orion Weiss, Scott Yoo, and the Jasper String Quartet.

An active orchestral musician, Ms. Kabat performs very frequently as substitute cellist for the Milwaukee Symphony, and has also performed in the cello sections of the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  She will be performing with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra this season, and has made appearances as guest principal cellist with the Amarillo Symphony, Philharmonia Mexico in Mexico City and the Beethoven Festival Orchestra in Chicago, and is currently serving as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Madison Symphony.

Ms. Kabat began cello lessons in Cleveland at age 11, and holds diplomas from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, the Juilliard School, and most recently Oberlin Conservatory, where she was a teaching assistant for Professor Darrett Adkins.

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