We are very excited to have Sarah Koo join Quatracelli! Scroll down below to read all about her. We say a fond farewell to Maggie Parkins whose other musical activities are demanding more and more of her time.
We're playing at LaVerne Celebration of the Arts this Sunday, May 1st at 12:15pm. This event features performing and visual artists from the city of La Verne. The event is taking place at La Verne Church of the Brethren, 2175 Bonita Ave., in the city of La Verne. It is free and open to the public.
Overheard after our San Diego concert: "That concert wasn't just a home run, it was a grand slam!"
Would you like us to perform at your venue or on your music series? We periodically have openings. Please check the booking information below.
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We have been thrilled to receive many cello quartets from composers around the world, who have found us here online and are sharing their wonderful music with us. We encourage composers to submit music to us. If we are drawn to it, we are happy to give a performance of the work!
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As a founding member of Quatracelli!, Kyle is principal cellist with the Redlands Symphony, and former principal cello of the Riverside County Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City Chamber Orchestra. He regularly performs with numerous area orchestras including the Long Beach Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and Pasadena Pops Orchestra. Mr. Champion has been an applied instructor of cello at University of Redlands since 1995, and has served on the faculties of La Sierra University, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Baptist University. Kyle completed his Master of Music degree in cello performance at the University of Southern California, where he was a student of Ronald Leonard.
While earning his Bachelor of Music in Cello performance at the University of Illinois-Champaign has had the privilege of studying under renowned cellists Hans Jensen from Northwestern University, and Tchaikovsky Competition winners Suren Bagratuni, Ko Iwasaki, and Natalie Khoma. Pursuing his passion for chamber music, Jim has had the opportunity to receive additional chamber music training under world-renowned chamber groups such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Borromero String Quartet, the Ying Quartet and the Moscow Conservatory Trio. He has expanded his performing career by having recorded for the WILL Radio concert series and a CD recording of 20th century work of Xenakis. He has taught at Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2002.
Another founding member of Quatracelli!, Rick has had several solo appearances with the Claremont Community Orchestra and the Claremont Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the Inland Empire Symphony Orchestra, the Claremont Concert Orchestra, and he freelances throughout the Southern California area. Rick has served on the Board of Directors and on the Cello Committee with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has authored several pedagogical books including “Double Stops for Cello,” and “Position Pieces for Cello.” Mr. Mooney is also founder/director of the National Cello Institute, which holds workshops each summer, an annual Winter Suzuki Cello Workshop and has a Publications division, which specializes in arrangements and original compositions for cello ensemble.
Sarah Koo is known not only for her solo and chamber performances, but also as an avid educator and outreach advocate. She has served as Assistant Principal Cellist with the Phoenix Symphony and has toured Italy and Europe with the Symphonica Arturo Toscanini under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. At the age of 18, Sarah was admitted as the youngest participant to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and played in the Festival's Orchestra as the Assistant Principal Cellist. Ms. Koo made her 2000 New York debut in a solo recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as the youngest winner of the Artists International Competition.
Ms. Koo was a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic and brought music education to the public schools of New York. During her appointment in Phoenix, Ms. Koo taught in the One Nation program, a music outreach program at the Salt River Indian Reservation's high school. She has also organized benefit performances for causes like the New Orleans Relief Fund and the Jersey Battered Women's Services. Her involvement with the Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard, bringing performances to confined groups of people (e.g. nursing homes, cancer wards, etc.), has allowed her to encourage the genesis of similar programs throughout the United States.
She graduated with her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where she was the sole recipient of the prestigious William Schumann Award for outstanding achievements in music, academics, and leadership. Chamber studies have been with Gil Shaham, Joseph Kalichstein, Peter Salaff, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jonathan Feldman. Solo studies have been primarily with Gilda Barston, Richard Hirschl, Darrett Adkins, and Ardyth Alton. Ms. Koo currently teaches the cello at The Pioneer School of Music and Fullerton College in Southern California.
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We present a vibrant and fun-filled classical music experience for all audience members from the music aficionado to the first-timer. Featuring Kyle Champion, Jim Lee, Rick Mooney and Maggie Parkins, these four accomplished musicians regularly perform with the Pasadena Symphony, LA Opera, Long Beach Symphony, LA Master Chorale, and many other Southland ensembles.
Programs feature a broad range of new and old selections from toe-tapping rags and marches to wonderful jazz and classical selections. All programs are infused with informative, entertaining and humorous commentary illustrating the variety and fun of the music being performed.
Quatracelli! has already been warmly received at numerous venues, and has a few openings for next season. We look forward to sharing our music with you and your audiences soon.
Tel: (909) 593-9374