Warner Henry (1938–2020) shaped classical music in Los Angeles over many decades, helping create a vibrant community of professional artists and emerging young musicians. His positivity, kindness, generosity, creativity, and collaborative spirit left an indelible mark on organizations large and small. Groups from across Southern California come together to celebrate his life and legacy, honoring a beloved member of our musical community.
The Colburn School
A celebrated soloist, recitalist, chamber, and orchestra musician, Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, has been praised for his “mellifluous, rounded, and beautiful” sound. He presents a dynamic program of vibrant contemporary works.
Geraldine Walther has had an illustrious career as a member of the Takács String Quartet and principal violist for the San Francisco Symphony. Now serving as Colburn’s Interim Director of Chamber Music, she performs works by Debussy, Mozart, and Beach.
Award-winning musician Marc Coppey is a master of all genres, from Baroque to Contemporary. Following a successful debut at Colburn in 2017, he returns with a program of Beethoven, Brahms, and more.
“To be Bach or Not to be Bach” is a program of three works for violin and harpsichord that have been attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. Their BWV catalog numbers suggest that they are original compositions by the famed composer—but are they? Performed on period instruments, this program paints a picture of the musical world in which Bach lived.
“Celestial Suite” explores the work of five astronomers: Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking. Set against visuals from real astronomical images, each movement features narrator Kyle Kremer drawing connections between music and science. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join Kyle for an informal Q&A and telescope viewing of the night sky.
Lauded for “providing solidly shaped music of bold mesmerizing character,” Amplify artist Nokuthula Ngwenyama is both a dynamic performer and innovative composer. She takes the Colburn stage for a concert that includes selections of her own work.
When the pandemic hit, musicians all around the world were challenged to explore and create in new ways, and many turned back to neglected solo repertoire. Evin Blomberg, a violinist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, presents the culmination of her artistic journey in a virtual program for solo violin.
Principal Horn for the LA Phil and Colburn faculty member Andrew Bain is an in-demand soloist, versatile chamber musician, and passionate educator. He presents a program filled with bold brass sounds from Williams, Dvořák, and more.
During his March 2022 residency, jazz virtuoso and Colburn Conservatory alumnus Marlon Martinez will present a lively public performance.
Andrew Brady, principal bassoonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Colburn Conservatory alumnus, will present a public performance as part of his April 2022 residency.
Pedja Mužijević is an adventurous pianist best known for his creative programming and innovative concert experiences. His unusual combinations of old and new music have delighted audiences around the world.
Ernst Toch’s life and work are explored in historical context as pianist Makiko Hirata performs pieces in chronological order with narration from Toch’s grandson, author Lawrence Weschler. The program goes from the beginning with the Brahms and Mozart of Toch’s early days in Europe through Toch’s very last piano pieces written in Southern California in 1962.