Winter music series returns for fifth season


Three Rivers’s highly acclaimed chamber music series, sponsored by Three Rivers Performing Arts, resumes next weekend with the annual showcase of emerging talent from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. Colburn, according to many, has surpassed Juilliard as the foremost music conservatory in North America.

“Best of Colburn: Tomorrow’s Stars Today” opens the season of six concerts on Saturday, Nov. 15, at First Baptist Church in Three Rivers. 

(Due to Community Presbyterian Church’s 70th anniversary celebration during the same weekend, the venue was changed. Additional concerts in the series will be held at the Presbyterian Church.)

The November 15 concert features four of Colburn’s top performers: violinist Evin Blomberg, cellist Vardan Gasparyan, pianist Eloise Kim, and French horn player Julian Zheng. Each of these astounding musicians has garnered more awards, scholarships, and top prizes in competitions than can be listed here.

Evin Blomberg, one of Saturday's performers, has replaced Danielle Belen as Robert Lipsett’s primary assistant at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. In July, Danielle, founder of Center Stage Strings Music Camp and impetus behind the Three Rivers Performing Arts, joined the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance as associate professor of violin.

The program will hit all the bases — fun, profound, whimsical, exciting, and reflective, with music from Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Kriesler, and a wonderful rendition of “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

It’s no exaggeration to say that these really are the national and international stars of tomorrow. If the successes attained by previous Best of Colburn performers are any indication, Saturday’s concert should be a truly memorable experience. 

Best of Colburn alumni who have performed here in prior seasons include Francesca DePascuale, now chief assistant to violin icon Itzhak Perlman; violist Born Lau, the recent subject of a New York Times feature article; Nigel Armstrong, top prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia; and local favorite Simone Porter. In September, Simone became the youngest violin soloist ever to appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the music review the next day was as flattering as they come.

It is our good fortune that we have a strong and ongoing relationship with one of the finest music conservatories in the world. Come out Saturday for a firsthand experience of what it’s all about.

Tickets are $12, available at Colors, Mountain View Realty, or at the door. Children and an accompanying adult will be admitted free.

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