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California String Quartet with Diana Tash, Mezzo-Soprano
Music of Sergei Taneyev and Jake Heggie
May 28, 2016

Begin the evening with a rare performance of Taneyev’s virtuoso String Quartet #6 to warm up your emotions and get your blood moving. Then fan the flames with the Southern California premier of Jake Heggie’s heartbreakingly romantic Camille Claudel: Into the Fire featuring the dazzling mezzo soprano Diana Tash in an inventive staging by BC’s artistic director of music, Mark Saltzman.  An evening filled with musical passion and the beauty of unrequited love.


Tickets (Regular/Senior/Student): $30/$25/$20

American Mezzo-Soprano Diana Tash appears in both operatic roles onstage, and  in recital with renowned pianist Armen Guzelimian.  She has performed regularly with The Santa Barbara Chorale Society, the Los Angeles Opera, the Long Beach Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the Santa Barbara Opera in roles that include  Mercedes in Carmen (LA Opera) Ariadne in Milhaud’s L'Abandon d'Ariadne, and Mastrilla in Offenbach’s La Perichole (Long Beach Opera), Oscar in Un Ballo un Maschera (LA Opera) and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (San Luis Obispo Opera) to name but a few.  Her oratorio work has included Mendelssohn’s Elijah with LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall, various performances of the Mozart Requiem and Bach Magnificat, and a rare performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah with the Akron Symphony.  She made her Carnegie Hall recital  debut in 2008, and afterwards made a live CD recording  “Diana Tash In Recital” in 2009 with LML Records. Her stage work has been hailed as “radiant” by the LA Times, “stylish” by the San Diego Union and “skillful” by the NY times. Opera Japonica, calls Diana’s singing “honeyed and colorful.”  Diana has toured to Guadalajara to perform The Baroque Project program in concert with countertenor Brian Asawa at the Festival de Mayo, as well as a Collegiate Tour in Tennessee and Mississippi with award winning composer Maria Newman. .She is a Southern California radio favorite, having recurred for many years as a featured soloist on “Sundays Live at LACMA” on KCSN 88.5FM.

European born Katia Popov is an award winning violinist who studied at Paris Conservatory and UCLA among others. Her teachers include Vladimir Spivakov, Nell Goutkovsky and Alexander Treger. She is the first female Concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and also serves as Concertmaster of the Glendale Philharmonic, Glendale Pops and Santa Monica Symphony. She was a concertmaster of the famous European Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Award winning California String Quartet and the Metropolitan Piano Trio. As a busy recording artist and soloist she finds time to be mom to her two fabulously mischievous kids and wife to her not so mischievous husband.

Luanne Homzy, internationally acclaimed and award-winning American/French-Canadian violinist, is highly sought-after for her technical facility, sensitive musicality and expansive versatility. Ms. Homzy has collaborated with renowned artists such as Arnold Steinhardt, Martin Chalifour, Franklin Cohen, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Niklas Schmidt, Richard Lester, Steven Dann, the Tokyo String Quartet, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center  and the Simón-Bolívar Youth Orchestra, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Homzy has performed in and taught at various festivals including the Bari International Music Festival in Italy, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and the Domaine Forget Festival. Ms. Homzy performs worldwide with the crossover supergroup Trio Dinicu, and with artists such as The Pentatonix, Pink Martini, and the great jazz violinist Florin Niculescu.  Luanne is based in Los Angeles, where she is currently a Music Co-Director of the American Contemporary Ballet, and occasionally performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony. 

Recipient of the Yuri Bashmet President's Prize at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Zach Dellinger is redefining what it means to be a violist in the 21st century.  His activities as a musician range from recording for television and film, speaking and performing at TED X San Diego, performing as chamber musician and soloist throughout the US, and conducting the award winning Los Angeles Children’s Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  Zach recently finished recording the Tanayev String Quartet No. 2 with the California String Quartet which was produced by award winning composer, John Powell.  Zach has also appeared in concert with the Lyris Quartet and the Calidore Quartet.    As an orchestral musician, Zach acted as principal viola of the internationally acclaimed Colburn Orchestra from 2008-2011, the Santa Barbara Symphony from 2010-2011, and has also played with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.  Zach believes strongly in the healing power of classical music and has committed himself to bringing the world's most exciting musicians together through the non-profit Street Symphony to perform for under-served communities on Skid Row, in the LA County Jail, and for Veterans suffering from PTSD. 

Cellist, Rainer Crosett has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and principal cellist at Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony and Jordan Halls, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. As the winner of the 2015 New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, he appeared as a soloist with the NEC Philharmonia. He has also performed chamber music with musicians such as Robert Levin and Kim Kashkashian, and at festivals including Yellow Barn and The Perlman Music Program. A graduate of the Harvard-New England Conservatory Joint Program, Rainer received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in Philosophy and his master's degree with honors in Cello Performance. He is currently pursuing further studies with Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California.

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