Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts 10/2/19

Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10-12:40 pm
On Wednesday OCTOBER 2, 2019 at 12:10-12:40 pm:


GIACOMO PUCCINI (Italian, 1858-1924)
Crisantemi for string quartet (1890) 

CARL MARIA VON WEBER (German, 1786-1826)
Clarinet Quintet in Bb Major, Op.34 (1811-1815)
Menuetto, capriccio presto
Rondo, allegro giocoso

James Sullivan - clarinet
Adriana Zoppo, Jacqueline Suzuki - violins
Alexander Knecht - viola
Jonathan Flaksman - cello

Please scroll down to read artist bios.

The Glendale Noon Concerts series now takes place
in the Sanctuary at
610 E. California Ave (at Isabel St)
Glendale, CA 91206
Glendale Noon Concerts
is not accepting artists to the program.)
Call 818-244-7241 (office)
or email
General info & parking:
Accessible for
 wheelchairs. Seating available next to wheelchairs.
Loading zone near California Ave. entrance.
UPCOMING CONCERTS in the same series: 

At the Edendale Branch Library in ECHO PARK

Artist Bios:
James Sullivan explores the versatility of the clarinet and bass clarinet family in an expansive scope of styles and repertoire. Collaborations range from free improvisation with Vinnie Golia, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat with Martin Chalifour, and several years with the Brad Dutz Quartet, a jazz chamber ensemble. Based in the Los Angeles area, he honed his microtonal skills studying maqam while playing for a decade with classical Arabic ensemble Kan Zaman. His just intonation background includes premiering and recording Ben Johnston’s Parable and participating in the creation and recording of composer Andrew McIntosh’s Symmetry Etudes. Additionally, he has performed with Partch ensemble in Harry Partch’s Oedipus, where he became special friends with the Chromelodeon. Classical orchestral performance includes work with LA Phil, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and studio film and television recording. He has appeared as soloist on the series Jacaranda, Green Umbrella, Boston Court, and Microfest. When taking a break from music, he likes to spend the day running
in the mountains of Southern California.

A Winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions of the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music PresentersAdriana Zoppo performs on the violin, viola, baroque violin, baroque viola, and the rarely heard viola d’amore. She has played regularly with the Santa Barbara, Pacific, and Long Beach Symphonies, Pasadena Pops, Long Beach Opera, St. Matthew Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles in the area. Director/Curator of the Glendale Noon Concerts’early music sub-series Adriana, with Ergo Musica, is heard there frequently. Previously a member of the Carmel Bach Festival and L.A. Baroque Orchestra, she plays with the original instrument ensembles Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, L.A. Baroque Players, Bach Collegium San Diego and the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival, where she has appeared as viola d'amore soloist.  Adriana has played for motion pictures, TV shows, video games, solo artist recordings, Broadway musicals, and live shows of all musical styles from classical to jazz, and was part of the band for the musical Hamilton during its recent run in Los Angeles. Adriana holds a Bachelors degree from U.S.C. and Masters from the University of Michigan, both in violin performance.

JACQUELINE SUZUKI, violin, is a longtime member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara Symphonies. A native of San Francisco, she began her earliest chamber music studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has performance degrees from the Mannes College of Music (BM), where she studied with William Kroll, and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA).
As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed with many ensembles and in many genres, from rock, jazz, Latin and Arabic, to playing in the pit for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists: Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner, Placido Domingo and many others, and appears on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip down the Green River in Utah. Tours have taken her many times to Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the US.

Alexander Knecht, violinist and violist, born in 1991, is a Juilliard graduate with a passion for virtuosic arrangements of music across genres both old and new. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California under full scholarship, where he studied with Bing Wang and Brian Chen. He holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Masao Kawasaki. He was awarded a Career Grant upon graduation from Juilliard for his work with original viola transcriptions including Franz Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. He is a proud alumnus of La Sierra University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and violin in 2013, studying with Jason Uyeyama. During recent summers, he has been a fellow at the Astoria Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and the Aspen Music Festival, and has played in masterclasses for Paul Kantor, Paul Coletti, and Donald McInnes. He was a member of the piano quintet Quintessential, winner of the 2013 JCM-USC Chamber Music Competition, and winner as soloist of the 2013 Redlands Bowl Young Artists auditions and La Sierra University Concerto Competition. Apart from school and concert performance, he has volunteered as a musician at the Jerry Pettis Memorial VA Hospital and LLU Medical Center in Loma Linda, and has been a mentor teaching strings in the CKC-Music community engagement program in San Bernardino, CA since its founding in 2008. Outside of music, he has recently worked as a mathematics instructor at La Sierra University. He maintains a busy private music teaching schedule and is also active as a private academic tutor.

Recent performances in Los Angeles include concerts with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra where he is principal second violinist, and performances with the new, conductorless Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Recent concert appearances in New York City include performances with Juilliard alumni at the Center for Jewish History, the Apollo Music Café, and Subculture. Throughout his time at Juilliard he was a member of the Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan, where he served as musician as well as organizer and performer in their Carnegie Hill Concert Series. He was invited to participate as a finalist in the second George Gershwin International Music Competition, in addition to the 2015 Hudson Valley Philharmonic Concerto Competition. He has also been featured as a chamber musician in the Focus! contemporary music festival in 2015 and 2014, and among other pieces, participated in the U.S. premiere of Akiko Yamane's Plastic Babys for violin, viola and cello. He is a devoted advocate of new virtuosic arrangements both for solo instrument and piano and for chamber groups, many of which are featured on his youtube channel.

Jonathan Flaksman, born in 1981 in Akron, Ohio, started playing the cello at five years of age. His first regular teacher was Madalena Burle-Marx. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron and the Juilliard School with Fred Sherry. In 2002 he moved to Germany and graduated in 2007 from Mannheim University in the class of his father Michael Flaksman (former professor at Cal State Northridge), completed an artist diploma in orchestral studies in 2010, and was a member of Live Music Now. He has had master classes with Bernard Greenhouse, Harvey Shapiro, Youngchang Cho, Jens Peter Maintz, Frans Helmerson, Maria Kliegel, and Ralph Kirshbaum among many others. He attended the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Aspen Music Festival in the United States, masterclasses in Portogruaro and Lucca in Italy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, the summer academy in Łancut, Poland, and Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden.
In 2013 he was a fellow at the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. He has played in the Orchestra of the Nationaltheater Mannheim, as principal cellist of Mannheimer Philharmoniker and Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, as continuo cellist of the La Folia Baroque Orchestra, and has toured as a member of the Philharmonie Der Nationen. His activities as soloist and chamber musician have brought him all over the United States and Europe as well as to Asia. He performs annually at the Chamber Music Festival of Ascoli Piceno in Italy.  As a teacher he has given master classes in Cividale del Friuli in Italy and at University of California Santa Barbara. He has served on the jury of various string competitions.
He currently lives in LA and plays with the Symphonies of Pasadena, New West, Modesto, and Hawaii. He is also an active recording artist covering all genres.
He is tenured since 2015 as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Santa Barbara Symphony.

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