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St Alban's Episcopal Church

1501 Washington Avenue

Albany, CA 94706

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Nicole Oswald, violin, Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello, and Alison Lee, piano team up for an all-Schubert extravaganza!

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THE PROGRAM

Instead of a traditional piano-trio concert, with the same folks onstage the whole time, our program will first feature each musician individually, with a violin sonata, a cello sonata, and two solo-piano impromptus. After intermission, we'll all get together for Schubert's epic, symphonic 2nd Piano Trio. This event is a fund-raiser for the St. Alban's capital campaign, making our spaces even better for music-making!

It's a big program, but varied and stimulating for listeners and performers alike, all composed by Franz Schubert (1797-1828).

Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor

Allegro moderato

Adagio

Allegretto

Mr. Pastor-Chermak and Ms. Lee

Impromptu in G-flat major, Op.90

Impromptu in A-flat major, Op.90 No.4

Ms. Lee

Violin Sonata in A Major

Allegro moderato

Scherzo: Presto

Andantino

Allegro vivace

Ms. Oswald and Ms. Lee

INTERMISSION

Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Op.100

Allegro

Andante con moto

Scherzo: Allegro moderato

Allegro moderato

Ms. Oswald, Mr. Pastor-Chermak, and Ms. Lee

Reception follows!

THE ARTISTS

Ensemble 1828 is Nicole Oswald, violin, Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello, and Alison Lee, piano

Nicole Oswald recently received an Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, studying under renowned concert violinist and pedagogue Charles Castleman as a graduate teaching assistant and Henry Mancini Institute fellow. Prior to attending Frost, Nicole studied violin at the Utrechts Conservatory, Netherlands and the Eastman School of Music. Nicole began her studies of music in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. Alongside performing within numerous symphony orchestras, Nicole has performed contemporary music in many ensembles including, Ossia New Music, the Empire Film Music Ensemble, and the Slee Sinfonietta (University of Buffalo, NY). While in Miami, Nicole was a chamber music coach for Miami Youth for Chamber Music, appeared as a guest performer with the Bergonzi String Quartet and played in the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. In fall of 2019, Nicole will continue her studies as the teaching assistant of Andres Cardenes at Carnegie Mellon University.

A native of Fremont, California, Alison Lee is a pianist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the first prize winner of several competitions such as Thursday Musical’s Scholarship Competition, the Dorothy Van Waynen Piano Competition and the Pacific Musical Society Competition. She was awarded second prize in the 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition, where she performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with conductor Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Most recently, Alison was featured as a soloist with the Coeur d’AleneSymphony Orchestra after winning their 2019 National Young Artists Competition.

In addition to her enthusiasm for the solo piano repertoire, Alison is passionate about playing chamber music. Her creative output includes frequent collaborations with her sister, pianist Katherine Lee, as well as with cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, with whom she has presented recitals featuring the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano. Other collaborative performances include appearances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and violinist Charles Castleman. Alison holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota, where she was a student of Lydia Artymiw. Prior to studying in Minneapolis, Alison studied with Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University and Angela Cheng at Oberlin Conservatory.

Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; Assistant Principal Cellist of Opera San Jose; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic. He spends his summers at the Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria, where he is Assistant Principal Cellist, and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, as Principal Cellist. Mr. Pastor-Chermak is the cellist of Black Cedar Trio, the only professional flute-cello-guitar ensemble in the country, and Ensemble 1828, a piano trio, as well as a frequent sonata collaborator with pianists Miles Graber and Alison Lee.

Mr. Pastor-Chermak is in constant demand as a solo artist, performing more than 100 concerts every season on an 1889 Riccardo Antoniazzi cello. Pastor-Chermak sits on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Music Foundation, which supports outreach and performance opportunities for young musicians, and Calliope: East Bay Music & Arts, a brand new ‘arts hub’ based in Albany, CA. Mr. Pastor-Chermak holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. with honors) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M. with honors). He makes his home in the North Berkeley hills, but is at home wherever the music takes him. www.isaacpastorchermak.com

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