Join the Santa Cruz Symphony for a fascinating musical experience as they present Kaleidoscopesthe fourth installment of their 2021 – 2022 concert season. The Symphony Orchestra will offer two weekend performances of the concert, April 30 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and May 1 at the Henry J Mello Center in Watsonville.
The program will include performances by cello prodigy Jonah Kim, violinist Julian Rhee and many more. The concert will also feature a number of terrific compositions, including Bruch’s Kol NidreiSaint-Saens Introduction and Rondo CapricciosoMussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an exhibitionand the world premiere of The Aptos sound project by Josef Sekon! Read on to learn more about some of the incredible musicians featured in Kaleidoscopes.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kim taught himself the cello by watching Pablo Casals VHS tapes. He received a full scholarship from the pre-college division of the Juilliard School when he was seven years old. Kim made her solo debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003 at just 12 years old. That same year, he also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in DC, where the Washington Post simply called him “the next Yo-Yo Ma.”
In 2006, Kim graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute at just 17 years old and has since performed solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia, Symphony of the Americas and many more. He is currently associate principal cello of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
As the inaugural winner of the 2020 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, 19-year-old violinist Julian Rhee is quickly being recognized as an outstanding musician and performer across America.
Rhee made his Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra debut at the age of 8 and has gone on to perform with orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Rhee appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center as a Presidential Fellow and received his medal at the White House. Rhee studied with Almita and Roland Vamos as a fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He graduated from Brookfield East High School as class president and valedictorian. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.
Josef Sekon has been a music teacher at Cabrillo College in Watsonville for over 40 years. He also taught music at the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kent State University and the University of Illinois. He later earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kaleidoscopes by the Santa Cruz Symphony is generously sponsored by Peter & Mary Ann Orr and Julie Mazurek in memory of Bob Mazurek.
Soloist is generously sponsored by Roger Knacke and Les & Muffy Miller.