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Brahms & the Romantics: Guest Artists


The towering genius of Brahms influenced many of his contemporaries, including his devoted friend Dvorák, who he also mentored.
The program opens with a Brahms-inspired work commissioned and recorded by Orli Shaham, by the young Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman.
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for October 2nd, 2016. You'll be automatically linked the next at the end.
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Orli Shaham: Piano and Host

Orli Shaham: Piano and Host

A consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire.

The New York Times called her a “brilliant pianist,“ the Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony and London's Guardian said Shaham's playing at the Proms was “perfection.“

Shaham’s performance schedule brings her to concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and most of the major venues in between, for recitals, chamber music and concertos. Shaham has performed with nearly every major American orchestra, as well as many in Europe, Asia and Australia.

A frequent guest at summer festivals, her appearances include Tanglewood, Ravinia, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, La Jolla, Music Academy of the West and Aspen.

Devoted to the intimate genre of chamber music, Shaham continues to serve as the artistic director for Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series, a position she has held since 2007. She is a featured performer on each of the chamber recitals in the series.

Shaham’s acclaimed 2015 recording, Brahms Inspired, is a collection of new compositions alongside works by Brahms and his compositional forefathers. Other recordings include John Adams' Grand Pianola Music with the pianist Marc-André Hamelin and the San Francisco Symphony, with the composer conducting, American Grace, a CD of piano music by John Adams and Steven Mackey with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Robertson conducting, and Nigunim—Hebrew Melodies, recorded with her brother, the violinist Gil Shaham.

Driven by a passion to bring classical music to new audiences, Orli Shaham maintains an active parallel career as a respected broadcaster, music writer and lecturer. On radio, she has hosted the nationally broadcast Dial-a-Musician and America’s Music Festivals series, and served as artist in residence on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Inspired by her enthusiasm for introducing young children to the pleasures of music, Shaham created Baby Got Bach, a series of interactive classical concerts for young children which has had a devoted following in New York, St. Louis and other locations since 2010.

Paul Manaster - Violin

Paul Manaster - Violin

Paul Manaster has been the associate concertmaster of Pacific Symphony since 1998. He is almost a native Californian, having grown up in San Diego from a young age. Manaster has performed with a variety of groups in the Southern California area, including the San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He has performed as concertmaster of the Riverside Philharmonic and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.

Prior to his move to Orange County, Manaster lived in Texas for eight years, playing with the San Antonio Symphony. He received a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern University. In addition to performing, Manaster teaches violin privately and has served on the faculty of Trinity University and other institutions. Manaster lives in Irvine with his actress/oboist wife Dianne, their daughter Stephanie and three cats.

Bridget Dolkas - Violin

Bridget Dolkas - Violin

Bridget Dolkas holds the Elizabeth and John Stahr Chair as principal second violin of Pacific Symphony and is a passionate and vibrant member of the Southern California musical community.

As first violinist and founding member of the California Quartet, she cofounded the Connections Chamber Music Series, which The Orange County Register called, “a worthy series.” Since 2000, the California Quartet has performed in Europe and the United States to great acclaim.

Dolkas has performed worldwide since the age of 10. In recent years, she has performed as soloist with South Coast Chamber Orchestra and Poway Symphony. She performed for eight years in the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera Orchestra.

Studying chamber music under such masters as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel, as well as the Juilliard, Alexander and Miro Quartets, has made a tremendous musical impact on Dolkas.

As a student of Alice Schoenfeld, she earned her bachelor’s degree at USC, continuing her studies with Isaac Malkin and completing a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is near completion of a doctorate degree from UCLA, where she studied with Mark Kaplan.

Meredith Crawford - Viola

Meredith Crawford - Viola

Violist Meredith Crawford, a Maine native, studied under the tutelage of Professor Peter Slowik at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She graduated in 2009 after completing Oberlin’s double-degree program with both a B.M. in viola performance and a B.A. in English literature.

After being inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society, she received the prestigious Prize for Musicianship, awarded to students judged to be “the most outstanding of those elected to Pi Kappa Lambda.”

Crawford was the first-prize winner of the Ohio Viola Society’s annual competition in 2007, the 2009 Skokie Valley Symphony Annual Young Artist Competition and the 2009-10 Oberlin Conservatory Competition—the first win for a violist in over a decade.

At the age of 22—before the completion of her senior year at Oberlin Conservatory—she won her first orchestral audition and a seat with Pacific Symphony.

In September 2012, she won her current position with the orchestra as assistant principal viola. Additionally, she has been performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since April 2010, and more recently with the Riverside Philharmonic (as principal viola), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Irvine’s Mozart Classical Orchestra.

Crawford is also an active chamber musician, performing frequently with the L.A.-based Salastina Music Society, the Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music Series in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the High Desert Chamber Music series in Bend, Ore. Crawford is also on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, where she is assistant principal viola of the faculty orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz.

Timothy Landauer - Cello

Timothy Landauer - Cello

Timothy Landauer was hailed “a cellist of extraordinary gifts” by The New York Times when he won the coveted Concert Artists Guild International Award in 1983. Landauer is the winner of numerous prestigious prizes and awards, among them the Young Musicians Foundation’s National Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Award, the Samuel Applebaum Grand Prize of the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher’s Association and the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Award.

Landauer’s extensive engagements include his highly acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Orford Arts Center in Montreal, the City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong and in Hannover, Germany.

He has performed as a soloist with orchestras across three continents: they include the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

In the United States, Landauer has also appeared with the Maryland Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra and Pacific Symphony.

Landauer was the recipient of “The Outstanding Individual Artist Award 2004” presented by Arts Orange County, and currently holds the Catherine and James Emmi Chair. He is also an avid radio control modeler in the areas of fast electric race boats and air crafts.

Steven Edelman - Bass

Steven Edelman - Bass

Steven Edelman has served as principal bass for Pacific Symphony since 1983. Born in Hollywood, his first significant musical opportunity came when he joined the American Youth Symphony led by conductor Mehli Mehta.

At 18, he joined the Pasadena Symphony under the esteemed maestro, Hans Werner Lert. At 19 he began a trilogy as assistant principal with the Phoenix Symphony under Maestro Eduardo Mata, section performer with the Kansas City Symphony under Jorge Mester and section performer with San Diego Symphony.

Back in Los Angeles, at 23, he worked for Los Angeles Master Chorale with Roger Wagner, Valley Symphony with Elmer Bernstein, San Gabriel Symphony with Giora Bernstein, Glendale Symphony with Carmen Dragon, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey and Bolshoi Ballets to name a few, and too many Broadway shows to mention.

Elmer Bernstein gave him an opportunity in the studios by seating him with a bassist who was a member of Arturo Toscanini's famous NBC Symphony Orchestra. Edelman speaks of this as “trial by fire.”

Edelman is fortunate to have a long track record working on hundreds of movies, records and all sorts of commercial recordings. In addition to the recordings, he was an original member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri, and he spent 20 years with Opera Pacific’s acclaimed John DeMain. Edelman is most proud of his work on more than a dozen movies with John Williams who was instrumental in bringing us our own Carl St.Clair.

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