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Chamber Recital Series

We invite you to our Chamber Music Recital Series that will feature the following amazing musicians:

  • GracePark•Violin
  • JasonUyeyama•Violin
  • BenUllery•Viola
  • ErikArvinder•Viola
  • EricByers•Cello

The evening will include:

  • C Quintet Op. 29 by Beethoven
  • F Quintet Op. 88 by Brahms

General Admission will be available at the door at full price. Proceeds from this event help continue these wonderful opportunities of bringing world-class musicians to our campus.

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 Seniors 55+ & La Sierra Employees
  • $5 Students & Educators

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    Grace Park is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue. Her diverse career has carried her from the world’s foremost concert halls to universities around the country as a soloist, collaborator, coach, and educator.

    As a soloist, Ms. Park has been the featured soloist at The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Grace Rainey Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum, The Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg- with orchestras including North Czech Philharmonia, Russian Chamber Philharmonic, Napoli Chamber Orchestra and most recent, an engagament with Maxim Vengerov at the Cartegena Music Festival. For the season 2016-2017, upcoming engagements include concerto debuts in Mexico and Poland.

    A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park has performed with a variety of ensembles around the world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair. Ms. Park has performed and worked personally with renowned composers Steve Reich, Brett Dean, Georg Freidrich Hass and upcoming commissions include a concerto by Andy Akiho and a violin sonata by the composer in residence of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Carl Adams.

    Recent collaborations include working with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Company, members of Silk Road Ensemble, principle dancers of La Scala Ballet Theater, the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet and has lead Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Ms Park has also performed at  many of the leading music festivals including Vail, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove, Yellowbarn and the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop.

    Beyond the concert stage, Ms. Park has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching and community engagement.

    She has taught and coached ensembles at Washington and Lee University, North Dakota State University, Skidmore College, and at the Innsbrook Institute. Ms. Park currently coaches and teaches at the Mannes Prepartory Division as a guest faculty.

    Jason Uyeyama is Associate Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at La Sierra University, where he teaches violin and chamber music.  He is also founder and director of the Orange County String Studio, located in Irvine, CA.  He holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Masao Kawasaki.  Previous teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and Yao-Ji Lin.

    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.

    Ben Ullery is Assistant Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to moving to L.A. he spent three seasons as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra. Recently, he has performed as Guest Principal Viola with the Detroit Symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony.

    Ullery has been featured in chamber music performances on NPR’s Performance Today as well as local broadcasts on K-USC in Los Angeles and Minnesota Public Radio. He has recorded chamber works for Bridge and Albany records. Recent summer festival appearances include the Aspen, Grand Teton, Mozaic, and Music in the Vineyards festivals. In the upcoming season he will be featured in the Emerald City (Seattle, WA), Music at Millford (SC), La Sierra University (Riverside, CA), and Virtuosi USA (Los Angeles) chamber series.

    Ullery is a faculty member at the Colburn School, where he teaches orchestral repertoire and coaches the Colburn Orchestra’s viola section. His students have gone on to hold positions in major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe.

    Ullery is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson and received numerous honors upon graduation. He later attended New England Conservatory and the Colburn School, studying with James Buswell and Paul Coletti, respectively. He has also studied chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Takács, Vermeer, Borromeo, Miro, and St. Petersburg quartets.

    Dividing his time between his native Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, Erik Arvinder is an enterprising chamber and orchestral violinist across Europe and the United States.

    After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the tutelage of Professors Henryk Kowalski, Magnus Ericsson, and Peter Herresthal, Erik went on to become the youngest permanent member of the first violin section in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Erik has served as the concertmaster of a number of renowned Swedish ensembles including the Wermland Opera Orchestra and worked with distinguished conductors including Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    Erik is an active contributor to the Vamlingbo Chamber Music Festival on Gotland Island in Sweden and is one of the founding members of the Vamlingbo String Quartet, which will release its debut recording with acclaimed clarinetist Emil Jonason on the BIS label in 2015. In addition to his playing, Erik is known for his arrangements and orchestrations. His works have been performed and recorded by ensembles throughout the world, led by celebrated conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel. Most recently Erik arranged music for Anne Sofie von Otter’s upcoming performances with cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Bengt Forsberg.

    Erik has been an avid performer, arranger and orchestrator in the Los Angeles area since 2010.

    Praised as “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers captivates audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer. At 18, he made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a last minute substitution. His performance of the third movement of B.A. Zimmerman’s Cello Concerto was lauded as “rapturously played” and “utterly convincing” by the Los Angeles Times. His solo repertoire spans J.S. Bach to today’s most innovative composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Adès, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Eötvös. Byers’ performance of Adès’ ‘Lieux retrouvés’ with pianist Gloria Cheng was described as ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA). Chamber music collaborators have included Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, and Claude Frank.

    As a founding member of the Calder Quartet, Byers has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, Ojai Festival, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Mozarteum, Esterházy Palace, and the Sydney Opera House. Winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, the quartet performs the work of today’s emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. The quartet has commissioned dozens of new works and performed complete cycles of the Beethoven and Bartok quartets. The quartet’s discography includes acclaimed recordings of the Mozart Piano Concerti with Anne-Marie McDermott and the chamber works of Thomas Adès. Recently the quartet was honored to sign with Pentatone Records.

    First inspired to compose while on retreat in Joshua Tree at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house, Byers is a self-taught composer whose works have been performed at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., SummerStage in New York’s Central Park, and Hear Now Festival in Los Angeles. Sybarite5’s album ‘Outliers’ featuring two of Byers’ pieces, debuted at #1 on the classical billboard charts.

    Byers has taught chamber music as a faculty member at the Colburn School (2008-2011), and has coached chamber music during a quartet residency at Oberlin College Conservatory (2014-2016).  He has conducted masterclasses at The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, UCLA, and the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA. Through performing and composing, he hopes to impart lessons from mentors Ronald Leonard, Alan Harris, Richard Aaron, and Eberhardt Feltz. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from USC Thornton School of Music, a Professional Studies Certificate from Colburn Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

    Byers performs on a cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris ca.1855. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing and spending family time with his wife and two young children.

    DIRECTIONS

    LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY | 4500 Riverwalk Parkway

    Riverside, CA 92515 | 951-785-2000 | Campus Security 951-785-2222

    • Take exit 54 for Pierce St. which turns into Riverwalk Parkway

    • Turn left onto Yeager Dr. and drive up the main driveway until you reach the waterfall

    • Turn right onto Heritage Way

    • Turn Left onto Middle Campus Drive

    • Hole Memorial Auditorium (HMA) will be on your left-hand side

    • Parking Lots H or G are close to the auditorium