Select House Concert Series
Individual Concert Tickets: $40
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 3pm - SOLD OUT
Pianist Pascal Salomon performing Bach and French Music
at the home of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 3pm - SOLD OUT
Couples Collaboration Concert, Kims and Di Maggios
performing at the home of Marilyn Gilbert
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 3pm - SOLD OUT
An Afternoon of Brahms Love Songs, performed by
Marilyn Gilbert, Gaja Hubbard Kabaretti, Michael Shasberger and Grey Brothers
Pianists Pascal Salomon and Natasha Kislenko
at the Historic Home of Robert and Christine Emmons
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 3pm
Soprano Nichole Dechaine with accompanist Bev Staples
performing at Casa Levante, home of Mr. and Mrs. James Dehlse
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Pianist Pascal Solomon performing Bach and French Music at the home of Lady Leslie Ridley Tree
English Suite No. 3 BMV 808 by Johann Sebastian Bach
2 Nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin
E flat Major Op. 9 No. 2
F sharp major Op. 15 No. 2
Minute Waltz Op. 64, No. 1 by Frédéric Chopin
Polonaise Héroïque" in A flat major Op. 53 by Frédéric Chopin
3 Novelettes by Francis Poulenc
Arabesque No. 1 by Claude Debussy
L’ile Joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Couples Collaboration Concert, Kims and Di Maggios performing at the home of Marilyn Gilbert
Brahms Sonata No. 2 for clarinet and piano
Beethoven Sonata No. 7 for violin and piano
Perilhou Ballade & Heggie Soliloquy for flute and piano
Shostakovich 5 pieces for violin, clarinet and piano
An Afternoon of Brahms Love Songs at the Historic Home of Robert and Christine Emmons
Program details coming soon!
Performers include Grey Brothers, Marilyn Gilbert, Gaja Hubbard, and Michael Shasberger. Pianists Pascal Salomon and Natasha Kislenko.
Soprano Nichole Dechaine with accompanist Bev Staples performing at Casa Levante
Program details coming soon!
Grey Brothers, tenor, teaches music history and world music at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he directs the Westmont Chamber Singers and the Choral Union. He has appeared as tenor soloist with San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura choral ensembles, has sung roles in Santa Barbara stage productions, and has performed as a choral artist at the Oregon Bach Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. He completed a Ph.D. in musicology at UC Santa Barbara with a dissertation on settings of the Passion composed at the Mexico City cathedral in the seventeenth century and has published editions of the Passions of Mexican composers Antonio Rodríguez de Mata and Luis Coronado. Brothers has served for over thirty years as Minister of Choral and Congregational Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara.
Andrea Di Maggio has been praised for her "stellar playing and social grace" by the Santa Barbara Independent. Her primary teachers were French Flutist Isabelle Chapuis (SJSU) and Jill Felber (UCSB). Andrea has been granted performance awards from the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Santa Barbara Music Club, the Music Teacher's National Association, and the Leni Fe Bland Foundation. She is a founding member of Sonos5winds, the Woodwind Quintet-in-Residence at Westmont College, where she is the flute faculty. Additionally, she is the flute instructor for the Westmont Academy of Young Artists, can often be heard performing for the Santa Barbara Music Club and the West Coast Symphony, and has been on the teaching faculty of Santa Barbara City College. Andrea's private and college students have won awards from the National Flute Association, the Music Teacher's Association of California, the Santa Barbara Music Club, and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony. She performs on a silver, gold, and platinum Miyazawa flute.
Neil Di Maggio, pianist and teacher, enjoys a full and diverse dual career as an active performer and teacher and as Director of Research in College Advancement at Westmont College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance (summa cum laude) from San Jose State University, where he studied with Beethoven scholar, Dr. Alfred Kanwischer. His Master of Music degree in piano performance is from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied under master teacher Mack McCray. Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara with renowned collaborative artist and professor, Anne Epperson resulted in a second Master of Music degree, this time in collaborative piano. His other major influential instructors are Yael Weiss and Betty Oberacker, and Laurette Goldberg (harpsichord). Neil’s professional work has taken him from California to Phoenix to New York City, and he enjoys a busy musical career of chamber and solo performances, collaborating with faculty from Westmont College, Santa Barbara City College, and UC Santa Barbara. He serves as pianist for Westmont’s College Choir, and makes guest appearances with a variety of local groups including Santa Barbara Strings, Sonos 5 Winds and the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. Neil’s students are scholarship recipients from the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the Santa Barbara Music Club, and the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation, and he serves on the piano faculty with the Westmont Academy for Young Artists (WAYA).
Ms. Gilbert has had extensive training and performance experience as an opera singer and opera administrator as well as a civil rights litigator attorney and law professor. In 1993, she and her husband Nathan Rundlett founded The Santa Barbara Grand Opera (now called Opera Santa Barbara). Gilbert was the company’s first Executive Director and General Manager until they left the company in 1999. Subsequently they formed Marette Productions which assisted young singers and other nonprofit organizations and which has produced numerous shows for that purpose. In addition to years of performing in opera, concerts and plays, Ms. Gilbert also directed some musical performances. Gilbert began singing at the age of five, and has never stopped. In residence in Santa Barbara, Gilbert has been a member of the board of the Santa Barbara Music Club and the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation for whom she produced a large scale concert every year for six years on Veterans Day.
Gaja Hubbard was born in Florence where she graduated both from Law School and from the Conservatory of Music Luigi Cherubini. After working as assistant to stage director in various theatres and festivals in Europe she made her operatic debut in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi next to the historical Schicchi of Giuseppe Taddei and took part to the first world recording of Leoncavallo’s Zazà released by Bongiovanni.
Gaja Hubbard enjoys singing opera repertoire as well as oratorio, baroque and early music. She gave many concerts in Italy at Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Santo Spirito Church, Teatro di Rifredi, Boboli Garden, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino among others. In 2008 she made her debut in Israel performing Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Symphonette Raanana.
Gaja Hubbard is a member of Opera Santa Barbara Chorus since 2017. She also performs at Congregation B’nai B’rith and with the Santa Barbara Symphony Chorus.
Kim "gave the audience a rich sampling of his versatility. Kim has an expressive temperament: his playing is irresistibly dynamic and colorful. The [program] revealed Kim's sure ear, clean articulation, and maturity of interpretation." CASA Magazine Violinist, Han Soo Kim is an award-winning and internationally accomplished artist who has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen countries on four continents. He has been praised by many audiences around the world for his passion, sensitivity and charisma. His playing is described as a "musical gift of rare beauty" The Korea Times. His knowledge and versatility allow him to perform a diverse mix of musical styles ranging from the standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire. Dr. Kim has concertized extensively as solo performer, duo-recitalist and chamber musician. In the United States, he has performed in some of the nation’s most prominent venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Cutler Majestic Theater, Jordan Hall, Kaufmann Concert Hall, and The Kennedy Center. Performances have also led him to world renowned conservatories, music schools and festivals including Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Boston Conservatory, Columbia University, Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, The Juilliard School, Longy School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Meadowmount School of Music, Morningside Music Bridge, Musicorda, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the US and abroad performing standard concertos to contemporary world premieres. Dr. Kim has earned Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance under a fellowship grant. His Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin performance are from the prestigious The Juilliard School where he was a merit scholarship recipient studying under the tutelage of the venerable pedagogue, Professor Sally Thomas. Other influential teachers and mentors include Roman Totenberg and Pamela Frank. He has extensively worked with distinguished chamber music artists including Emerson, Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets. He has held scholastic positions including Artistic Director and Director of Strings, and has also been invited to adjudicate numerous competitions. His passion for sharing musical knowledge and experience to young musicians has taken him to many different parts of the world. As an avid educator, he has been invited to give lectures, workshops and master classes on technique, innovative practice methods and performance. In New York, he has taught classes at Meadowmount School of Music, Stony Brook University and Pre-Colleges of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. Dr. Kim maintains close musical relationships with his collaborators and concert artists including Constantine Finehouse, Dr. Sang Yhee, Dr. Hailey Kim, and Dr. Joanne Kim. As a Promessa Records Artist he has released Encore Favori, a solo CD featuring a dozen encores and virtuosic showpieces. He will be releasing more albums with Promessa Records in the future including an all-Brahms program. He devotes a considerable amount of time to teaching, traveling for lectures and masterclasses, as well as maintaining an internationally active recording and performance schedule. At Westmont College, Dr. Kim is Head of Strings and teaches alongside his wife, Joanne Kim, a clarinetist. He is Founder and Director of Westmont Academy for Young Artists and is on the faculty at Chamber Music Society of Santa Barbara, Montecito International Music Festival and InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. He has served as Chair of Adjudicators of the New York International Music Competition and is currently the string adjudicator for Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship Awards. He performs on a Carlo Antonio Testore of 1721 and his CDs can be purchased at the Westmont College bookstore and hanjoannekim.com. In his spare time, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, Dolce, exploring new restaurants in Santa Barbara, playing pool, and gardening.
Clarinetist, Joanne Kim, has concertized as solo performer and chamber and orchestral musician in many parts of North America and Asia. Her performing career began in her late teens with the honorable Stamas Scholarship Fund from the New York Philharmonic offering her a new clarinet for her studies and concerts. She has performed with New York Soloist Ensemble, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Concerts have led her to renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Massey Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Roy Thompson Hall, and The Granada Theatre. She has also performed at colleges, conservatories and festivals including Royal Conservatory of Music, Mannes College, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, Queens College, Hunter College, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Western Ontario, Ball State University, New School University, Long Island University, Waterloo Windfest, and Centre d'arts Orford. Dr. Kim has earned Doctor of Musical Arts in clarinet performance at Manhattan School of Music with a fellowship under the tutelage of Mark Nuccio. Her Bachelor of Music was from Mannes College, and Master of Music degree with merit scholarship in the prestigious Orchestral Performance Program was from Manhattan School of Music. As a passionate educator, Dr. Kim travels to give lectures and classes while maintaining an active performance schedule. Dr. Kim performs with her husband, Han Soo Kim, a violinist, and is a member of the Sonos5winds, the wind quintet in residence at Westmont College. Dr. Kim is on the faculty at Westmont College, Westmont Academy for Young Artists, and InterHarmony International Music Festival.
Pascal Salomon has been widely acclaimed in Europe, China, Israel, and the USA, both as a soloist and a refined collaborate pianist. “Real presence...the wonderful Lisztian sonority is long, smooth and without superfluous effects" (from Bien-Public, France), “excellent and talented” (from 24-Heures, Switzerland), “Beautiful Sound” (by Murray Perahia). Some of the major concert venues include the Ernest Ansermet Studio at the National Swiss Radio (Geneva, Switzerland), Stravinski Auditorium (Montreux, Switzerland), Toulouse Capitole (France), Chisinau Organ Hall (Republic of Moldova), Iasi Philharmonic Hall (Romania), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China), the Hungarian Embassy in Washington DC, Lotte Lehman concert hall in Santa Barbara. He has recorded two CDs: “Pascal Salomon plays Schumann” (with ArtRecords) and “Czech Portraits” for viola and piano (Centaur Label), and a third one is on its way with Czech repertoire for horn and piano.
Pascal Salomon has studied at the “Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris” with Gabriel Tacchino. He was granted the virtuosity degree at the “Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève” where he studied with Edson Elias and Nelson Goerner. He then taught at the same conservatory for 10 years before moving to California. Winner of the scholarship for young performers from the Société de Musique d'Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland), he also received the prize for best French pianist in the Senigallia International Competition Italy), as well as the Honor Diploma in the Maria Canals International Competition (Barcelona, Spain). Pascal Salomon obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts in 2017 at UC Santa Barbara with Paul Berkowitz. He dedicated his research and dissertation to the fascinating topic of Music Phenomenology. Currently, he lives in Santa Barbara with his family, where is Collaborative Piano Faculty at Westmont College. He is faculty member at SoCal Chamber Music Workshop and Santa Barbara Chamber Music Society.
For more information: www.pascalsalomon.com
Dr. Michael Shasberger conducts the Westmont College Choir and Orchestra, teaches private voice lessons, works with the campus pastor, and develops artistic collaborations with the Santa Barbara arts community. He also conducts the Santa Barbara Chamber Singers, is a guest conductor for the West Coast Chamber Orchestra and director emeritus of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver and sings with the based Vocal Scholars in Santa Barbara. He is active as a conductor, educator, composer and singer and has considerable experience as a performer in professional opera, oratorio and musical theater. He has presented papers at state, regional and national conferences. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from St. Olaf College, his master’s degree from Redlands University, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Nichole Dechaine currently teaches private voice lessons at Westmont College. She graduated from the University of Redlands and earned her master’s degree and doctorate from UC Santa Barbara, where she taught for six years. Dechaine is an active performer with UCSB, Opera Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West, the Amherst Early Music Festival Baroque Academy in Connecticut, and numerous local ensembles including Vocal Scholars, Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. She also sings at All Saints’-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.