2017-18 Chamber Music Series

Chamber Music Package


Enjoy the superior acoustics of our venue to the fullest with these eight intimate concerts for classical music lovers. This season includes five solo recitals by new and established pianists, three events featuring renowned guitarists, and one beloved string quartet. 

Tickets: $40 ($32 student/senior/military) *Unless otherwise noted
Package: 8 Chamber Music Performances
Package Price: $264 ($218 student/senior/military)
Package Savings: $62-86 (22-25%)
Location/Configuration: Concert Hall/Thrust

Solo Piano with Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo
Friday, October 6, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoon won the gold medal at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this past June and cemented his reputation as a powerful and virtuosic performer. He has won first prizes at international piano competitions each year since 2012 thanks to “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” (San Francisco Examiner).

Escher String Quartet with Guitarist Jason Vieaux
Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Acclaimed for their profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty, the Escher quartet “hold[s] the listener spellbound from first bar to last” (BBC Music Magazine). Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joins the quartet for a program of works by Bach, Mozart, and Boccherini, as well as contemporary composers Duke Ellington, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Thomas Ades.

Classical Guitar with Paul Galbraith
Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

Innovative classical guitarist Paul Galbraith has been working for decades to expand his instrument’s technical limits and augment the quantity and quality of its repertoire. He performs on the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped to develop, interpreting the challenging classical transcriptions of works by Bach, Haydn, and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries.

Solo Piano with Rising Star Behzod Abduraimov

Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

Born in Uzbekistan in 1990, Behzod Abduraimov began to play the piano at the age of five. His captivating performances are rapidly establishing him as one of the forerunners of his generation, working with leading orchestras worldwide including the LA Phil, Boston Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras. “Keep your ear on this one” (Washington Post). Program: Wagner, Liszt, and Prokofiev.

Solo Piano with Grammy Winner Emanuel Ax
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.
*Tickets: $50 ($40 student/senior)

Back by popular demand, Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax performs at Soka Performing Arts Center for the third time in its short history. A highly sought soloist and partner throughout the world, Mr. Ax can be seen performing regularly with the finest orchestras, as well as working on special projects with classical music giants Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.

Solo Piano with Chopin Competition Winner Seong-Jin Cho
Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

Seong-Jin Cho captured the classical music world's attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Last season, he performed his competition-winning piece at Soka with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and helped to sell out the concert. Now, enjoy a solo recital by this outstanding young pianist and buy tickets early! Program: Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: From Bluegrass to Bach
Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
*Tickets: $50 ($40 student/senior)

The Grammy-winning group’s inventive, critically-acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at classical music, and their interpretations of contemporary works continually break new ground. Program features a range of genres including a new work by Pat Metheny, “Road to the Sun,” commissioned for the LAGQ by a consortium of presenters, including Soka University of America.

Romantic Solo Piano with Garrick Ohlsson
Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
*Tickets: $50 ($40 student/senior)

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a pianist of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson’s repertoire ranges over the entire piano literature. Program: Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert.

Create Your Own Series


Current Package Holder Renewals begin on May 9.

Current series package holder renewals will begin on May 9, 2017 using our online renewal system. Current package holders will receive a special renewal email notice with instructions and a link to renew their current seats. Current package holder seats will be held for renewal until June 6, 2017. After that date, seats that are not renewed will be released for general sale. Renewal Instructions

Online Package Sales for new package subscribers will begin on June 13.

New series package requests will begin on June 13, 2017. An email notice will be sent out to all Soka Performing Arts Center patrons just prior to that date.

Package Sales end the day of the first performance in the series. At that time you may Create Your Own Series with these and other events.

Single-Event Tickets go on sale July 11.

Tickets for individual events (Single-Event Tickets) will go on sale July 11, 2017. At that time, you may purchase any or all of the individual performances.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.