We miss bringing live classical music to our patrons! We look forward to featuring outstanding local, regional and international artists in our chamber and symphony concerts soon. Until then, please enjoy a collection of concert moments. We are proud of our past and passionate about our future and we look forward to sharing more concerts with you in the near future.
This performance excerpt is from the Symphony of the Vines concert “Harp Virtuoso” performed on March 3, 2019, at Pear Valley Estate Wine, Paso Robles. This concert featured Catherine Yom Litaker, harp, and Hilary Clark, cello.
This clip is from “The Song of the Black Swan (1917),” written by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Born in 1887 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Brazilian composer is one of the foremost Latin American composers of the 20th century, whose music combines indigenous melodic and rhythmic elements with Western classical music.
His goal was to combine music from the native Brazilian populations he visited in the Amazon, from the street-corner chorus bands he played in as a teenager, from the European traditions that he knew as a cello player, and from the modernisms he discovered in Paris, and to put them all together in a musical language that would be truly synoptic and representative of the totality of the Brazilian experience in the early decades of the 20th century.
Catherine Yom Litaker is an avid soloist, chamber musician and orchestral harpist. She has performed on countless stages all across the globe including Western Europe, South America, North America and Asia. She has also participated in many festivals around the world including YOA Orchestra of the Americas on the South American tour, China tour and Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
“Violin Cello Duo” was performed on April 14, 2019, at Pear Valley Estate Wine, Paso Robles, and featured Maurice Sklar, violin and Hilary Clark, cello. This clip is from “The Sonata for Violin and Cello” (French: Sonate pour violon et violoncelle), a composition written by Maurice Ravel from 1920 to 1922. He dedicated it to Claude Debussy, who had died in 1918. It premiered on April 6, 1922 with Hélène Jourdan-Morhange playing the violin and Maurice Maréchal the cello.
Sklar studied at the Julliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. He is also well-known for returning classical music to the church. His first two albums, “El Shaddai” and “Songs of Zion,” were recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London. He regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras.