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Soka Performing Arts Center Announces 2012-2013 Season

Soka Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the artists for the upcoming 2012-2013 Season in the symphony, chamber and jazz series.   

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The Symphony Series is:

·         November 7, 2012 – 8:00 PM      Warsaw Philharmonic w/ Yulianna Avdeeva, piano   

·         November 18, 2012 – 3:00 PM    Pacific Symphony – Sundays at Soka 

·         January 28, 2013 – 8:00 PM        Vancouver Symphony w/ John Kimura Parker, piano 

·         February 24, 2013 - 3:00 PM        Pacific Symphony – Sundays at Soka 

·         March 3, 2013 – 3:00 PM             Academy of St. Martin in the Fields w/ Alisa Weilerstein, cello and Inon Barnatan, piano 

·         April 21, 2013 – 3:00 PM             Pacific Symphony – Sundays at Soka

A unique aspect of the Symphony Series this year is the new “Sundays At Soka” with Pacific Symphony.  Maestro Carl St.Clair states, “Our relationship with Soka University is such a valuable one and we are thrilled to be continuing it in the 2012-13 season, when we will be performing three intimate afternoons of exquisite music from the master, Mozart. These informal, yet up close and personal, musical soirees will reflect the mastery of Mozart's talents. We will be exploring three concertos—violin, piano and clarinet—and some of his greatest symphonies, including the beloved Symphony 40 in G minor, KV. 550.”  In addition to the Symphony 40 in G minor, Pacific Symphony will also be performing:

·         Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 featuring Nigel Armstrong on violin 

·         Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453 featuring Orli Shaham on piano, and 

·         Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 featuring Benjamin Lulich on clarinet.

The Warsaw Philharmonic will be performing Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 21, F minor, and Brahms Symphony No. 2, op. 73, D major.  Soloist Yulianna Avdeeva was the First Prize winner at the 2010 International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw.  It is only natural that she be the featured artist with this orchestra performing the Piano concerto No. 2.

Soka Performing Arts Center will be presenting an ambitious series of seven performances in the Chamber Series:

·         October 5, 2012 – 8:00 PM           A Far Cry Chamber Ensemble 

·         December 1, 2012 – 8:00 PM       The Romeros with Massimo Paris & Concerto Málaga 

·         January 16, 2013 – 8:00 PM         The Takács Quartet w/Joyce Yang, piano 

·         February 19, 2013 – 7:30 PM        Barry Douglas – solo piano recital 

·         March 14, 2013 – 7:30 PM            Tafelmusik – “House of Dreams” 

·         April 6, 2013 – 8:00 PM                Shesh Besh Arab-Jewish Ensemble 

·         April 14, 201 – 3:00 PM                Jeremy Denk – solo piano recital

 “I am very excited about the artists scheduled to perform for the coming season” states General Manager, David Palmer.  “We found that small chamber ensembles work very well in our hall.  Each of the scheduled artists brings something unique, yet familiar to the Soka campus.” 

A Far Cry, based in Boston at another Yasuhisa Toyota designed hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music.  Their repertoire will include pieces by Vivaldi and Brahms, as well as newer pieces by William Walton and Scandinavian composer Rautavaara. 

The Romeros bring a return of the guitar to the concert hall as well as the exquisite sound of Spanish chamber orchestra Concerto Málaga.  Under the direction of Massimo Paris, Concerto Málaga and the Romeros will be performing a wide variety of music perfectly suited to the holiday season. 

Piano will be at the forefront with solo recitals by Jeremy Denk and Barry Douglas, and a beautiful pairing of 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist Joyce Yang with the Takács Quartet.  Yang and the Takács Quartet walked away from that same competition with the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music.  It should be noted that pianist Barry Douglas helped the Soka Performing Arts Center select the Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano earlier this year.  Don’t be surprised if he chooses to use BOTH of the Steinway pianos, much as Emanuel Ax did at his recital performance. 

Tafelmusik comes to the Soka Performing Arts Center in the spring of 2013 with a program that embraces not only the music, but also the splendid architecture of the Baroque period.  Using projected images, the ensemble will take you on a magical journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music, five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Marais were played, against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau.  The program will include music, narration, and stunning projected images. 

To round out the series is the Arab-Jewish Ensemble, Shesh Besh.  This group brings together Jewish musicians of the first ranks of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with some of the finest musicians from the Arab Christian and Muslim communities in northern Israel.  In 2006, The European Medal of Honor - Prize for Tolerance was presented to the ensemble for their vision and commitment to Israeli-Arab relations. 

Slated for the 2012-2-13 Jazz Monsters Series are seven dynamic jazz events, with a new Latin twist being added for the new season.  Cuban piano giant, Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and Puerto Rican Jazz Flautist Nestor Torres will both grace the Soka Performing Arts Center stage this year.  In addition, tributes to jazz greats Pepper Adams and Jimmy Wyble will be featured during the season.  The entire lineup includes: 

·         September 21, 2012 – 7:30 PM   Nestor Torres – Latin Jazz 

·         October 19, 2012 – 7:30 PM       The Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet – The Music of Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams 

·         November 9, 2012 – 7:30 PM      Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers 

·         January 18, 2013 – 7:30 PM       The Phil Norman Tentet 

·         February 15, 2013 – 7:30 PM       Kenny Werner Trio 

·         March 29, 2013 – 7:30 PM           All-Star Guitar Tribute to Jimmy Wyble 

·         April 19, 2013 – 7:30 PM             Karrin Allyson – jazz vocalist 

The Center will also reprise the Soka International Jazz Festival at the end of October.  This 3-day, 4-performance festival will feature eight outstanding groups.  The Festival will include:

 Friday, October 26, 2012 – 7:30 PM 

 *    (1) Grant Stewart Quartet featuring the Putter Smith Trio, with "special guest" Kornel Fekete-Kovacs

 *    (2)  the Tom Harrell "String Consort" Octet 

Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 3:00 PM 

 *    (1) the Ruben Estrada Quintet 'Tribute to Cal Tjader'

 *    (2)  Ron Eschete-Joe Bagg Organ Trio 

Saturday, October 27,2012 – 7:30 PM 

 *    (1) "Classics and Standards," the Eschete/Fekete-Kovacs Cool Collaboration;

 *    (2)  Tom Harrell's New York Quintet "with strings attached" 

Sunday October 28, 2012 – 3:00 PM 

 *    (1) the Kornel Fekete-Kovacs Quartet

 *    (2)  Josh Nelson Jam Session with Grant Stewart  & Guests 

Season Series ticket packages will be accepted by mail, fax or email through May 14th, allowing current season package holders to renew their current seats.  Online package ticket sales will begin on May 14th.  Single tickets for all events will go on sale July 9th.  Contact the Soka Performing Arts Center box office for more information, or to place your season series ticket package order.  The phone number is (949)-480-4278.  The fax number is (949) 480-4177.  You can email the box office at, or go online to download season series information at    Additional performances will be announced at a later date.  Other season series offerings will feature artists from around the world, Hawaiian music and special theatrical-style events.