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Chamber Music Recital Series: April 10, 2016 at 7P

10 Mar 2016 by In Past Events

Steven Copes, violin | Jason Uyeyama, violin | Ben Ullery, viola | Madeleine Kabat, cello | Burt Hara, clarinet

The Department of Music will have the following musicians on campus for our final Chamber Music Recital Series of 2015-2016:

Steven Copes, violin | Jason Uyeyama, violin | Ben Ullery, viola | Madeleine Kabat, cello | Burt Hara, clarinet


Their program will include:

Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade

Shostakovich:  String Quartet No. 4 in D Major Op. 83

Brahms:  Clarinet Quintet in B Minor Op. 115


This event will take place in Hole Memorial Auditorium here at La Sierra University. The concert will begin at 7p. Doors open at 6:30p. General admission is $15.

Steven Copes, violin

Violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse and enthusiastic musical life as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. He joined the SPCO as Concertmaster in 1998, and since then has regularly led the orchestra from the chair in several highly acclaimed, eclectic programs. He also appears frequently as soloist with the SPCO, performing concerti by Bach, Berg, Brahms, Hindemith, Kirchner, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Schnittke and Weill.  In addition, he has performed as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Colorado Symphony, the Knights, and the New Symphony in Sofia, Bulgaria.

A zealous advocate of the music of today, he gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003), which won the 2005 Grawemeyer award, and has been recorded for KOCH Records, and also gave the NY premiere of Lutoslawski’s Subito (1992) for Violin and Piano. Copes will also give the premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s new Violin Concerto with the SPCO in the spring of 2017.  He has also performed John Novacek’s Four Rags with the composer on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

An avid chamber musician, Copes has performed at festivals and concert series such as Aspen, Boston Chamber Music Society, Caramoor, Cello Plus, Chamber Music Northwest, Chestnut Hill Concerts, Colorado College, El Paso Pro Musica, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series, Marlboro, Mozaic, Moritzburg, Norfolk, Piccolo Spoleto, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Skaneateles and Styriarte. He co-founded the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado as well as Accordo, a Twin-Cities based chamber group now in its seventh season.

Copes is a frequent guest concertmaster with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and has served in the same capacity with the Baltimore Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.  He has worked with students at the Colorado College Summer Festival, the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, and at Western Michigan University, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, and at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees from The Curtis Institute and Juilliard, and his teachers include Robert Lipsett, Aaron Rosand, Robert Mann and Felix Galimir for chamber music.

Jason Uyeyama, violin

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, viola

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. He has also performed frequently with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as Guest Principal Viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Ullery has been featured recently 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 Grand Teton and Mozaic festivals and Music in the Vineyards.  He has also attended the Aspen, Taos, and Tanglewood festivals and performed as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

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 US 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.

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.

Burt Hara, clarinet

After 25 seasons as Principal Clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra, Burt Hara joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Associate Principal Clarinet in 2013. He has served as Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and has been a guest Principal Clarinet with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony.

At the age of 14 Hara made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A frequent soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Hara has also soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, and the Monterey Symphony.

Hara is on the faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and is the Principal Clarinet of the Aspen Chamber Symphony.

An active chamber musician, Hara has performed at the Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, the Sante Fe Chamber Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Summerfest in La Jolla, Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, the Salt Bay Chamberfest in Maine, and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Festival in Wisconsin. He has performed regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Chamber music series.  Last month he performed on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series.

Hara is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Montanaro. His principal teachers also include Yehuda Gilad and Mitchell Lurie. Burt Hara is a Buffet Group USA and Vandoren performing artist.