Top Musicians Will Play in Free Concert May 19

Susan Greenberg

Chamber Music Palisades invites the community to join them for a
a kaleidoscope of chamber music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the Palisades United Methodist Church, 801 Via de la Paz.

The free concert will feature musical colors from the highest to the lowest members of the flute, clarinet and bassoon families. The program includes duos and trios by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Joplin and others.

The acclaimed musicians who will be performing: Susan Greenberg, Sergio Coelho, Alexander Burns-Chay and Pierre Long-Tao Tang, regularly play with the different symphonies and orchestras in Southern California.

Flutist Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as “brilliant,” “elegant” and “supple,” and has lauded her “panache” and “musical projection.”  Greenberg was the principal flutist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s tour of Japan and has received the “Most Valuable Player” award on the flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.

She is principal flute with the Santa Monica Symphony and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra and the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Palisades, which has now celebrated its 26th season.  Greenberg has recorded for more than 500 motion pictures and many television shows.

Sergio Coelho

A native of Portugal, Sergio Coelho was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Clarinet and Orchestra Performance by the National Academy of Advanced Orchestra Studies, Portugal. In 2014, Sérgio moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where he completed a Graduate Certificate, a Master of Music degree and a prestigious Artist Diploma degree in clarinet performance.

During his Master of Music degree he became a fellow of the Latin Grammy Awards Foundation after being selected for a scholarship from this institution. As a soloist, Sérgio performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the Corigliano Clarinet Concerto with several orchestras. He is an active clarinet instructor, collaborating with the Harmony Project, YOLA and Young Musicians Foundation and he is the principal clarinet of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Symphony Orchestra and Opera NEO.

 Alexander Burns-Chay is a professional bassoonist based in Los Angeles and Orange County. He has performed with Dream Orchestra Los Angeles, Corona Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, and the Los Angeles Symphony. He is the principal bassoonist with the Sea Coast Symphony, Vicente Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines (Paso, Robles, CA) as well as the Los Angeles-based Opera Italia, Landmark Opera, and Mission Opera.

He maintains a private bassoon studio and gives masterclasses throughout the southwestern United States During his graduate studies at UCLA. He is an alumnus of the Orange County School of the Arts, where he is currently on faculty.

Pierre Long-Tao Tang

Pierre Long-Tao Tang, DMA is a pianist-conductor from Hong Kong and currently serves as the Director of Music at the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, and a staff collaborative pianist at UCLA. Tang completed a doctoral cognate in collaborative piano at University of Illinois.

His most recent performances include St. Michael’s Church (Vienna), Lincoln Center (New York), and Chicago Symphony Center.

Tang is a sought-after guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician for instrumental and vocal ensembles internationally. He serves on the faculty at Pepperdine University.  In his passion in advancing the field of orchestra directorship, he serves as advisory board member of the California Orchestra Directors Association. Tang also regularly leads conducting workshops and directorship seminars in Hong Kong.

Although the concert is free, donations at the concert and online are appreciated. The concert is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Alexander Burns-Chay

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