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St. James Concert Series presents Violinist, Makena Ckark and friends

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Date(s) - 04/09/2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Red Church-St. James Episcopal


The St. James Concert Series is delighted to welcome Makena Clark, violinist.

Makena was raised in Tuolumne County and is well known to local audiences for her appearances with The Bach Festival, Motherlode Friends of Music Orchestra, and a frequent winner of the Sierra Music Scholarship. She returns home to present a concert for her many followers.

Ms. Clark has performed in countries across the globe, including the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and a tour of Italy with the Suzuki School of Northern California. Prior to her appearance at The Red Church in Sonora, she will be touring Germany with the California State University (Long Beach) Chamber Orchestra.

Makena did her undergraduate work at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, studying with Igor Veligan, and earning a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. While at UOP, she served as concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra. She currently studies with Dr. Moni Simeonov at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, where she is working on her Master of Music in Violin Performance. Her former teachers include Dr. Ann Miller, Mr. Brook Moes, Dr. Warren van Bronkorst, and Maestro Eugene Stoia. She has performed in Master classes with Chee-un Kim, Elena Urioste, Juan Miguel, Rachel Barton Pine, and Linda Wang.

Her program for the St. James Concert Series will include Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), the Allegro and Adagio movements from Sonata No. 3 by Brahms, the Allegro con brio movement from Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C Major, Bach’s Partita No. 3 for Unaccompanied Violin, La Bella Cubana by Joseph White, Prelude in D flat Major for Piano by Chase Garrett Loeb and Impromptu for Piano and Cello by Carol Ann and Chase Loeb.

Makena is joined by colleagues: Isabel Seekatz, violinist, Chase Loeb, pianist, and Carol Ann Loeb, cellist.

Isabel Seekatz was born and raised on the Mendocino coast, where she first began playing the violin at the age of six under Marion Crombie. She received a Bachelor’s of Music from University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, where she, like Ms. Clark, studied under Igor Veligan. She has enjoyed playing in orchestras for most of her musical career, including the Redwood Youth Orchestra, Simpson Symphonia, and the Shasta Symphony Orchestra. She also plays lead fiddle in an Irish band based in Redding, where she currently resides.

Chase Loeb, pianist, has been exploring music from an early age. Starting his musical life in the Colorado Rockies, he graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Solo Performance. It was in college that he met his wife, cellist Carol Ann, who is also his collaborator in composition.
Since moving to Lodi, Chase has been a collaborative pianist at the University of the Pacific and the San Joaquin Delta College School of Music. He currently is the Director of the B Sharp School of Music and instructs piano and digital music composition. He continues a performance career as a soloist and accompanist.

Chase also has a career in music production and composition. His projects include classical composition for acoustic instruments and music education projects. In addition to music, Chase enjoys horseback riding, swing dancing, and snowboarding.

Carol Ann Loeb, cellist, is a native of Arizona and has performed with the Arizona Opera, the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera, and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, she moved to Colorado to pursue a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance. She was Co-Principal of the University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra, a soloist with the University Concert Choir, and was the winner of the 2012 Southard Competition – Chamber Music Division. Carol Ann currently performs as a solo musician and records as a studio musician for collaborative projects, as well as for short films and commercials. In addition to cello performance, Carol Ann has had a dual career in education and pedagogy. She loves sharing her passion for music with students of all ages and levels. She currently is a private instructor for the B Sharp School of Music in Lodi.

Tickets for this concert are $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for students under 18 and are available at The Mountain Bookshop in the Junction, by calling (209)586-0529, or at the door.

Reception follows the concert. All are invited to meet the artists.