Mixer Recap: Pianist Orli Shaham  

The Café Ludwig concert series has been an integral part of our programming since the 2005-06 season. If you haven’t been before, it’s a Sunday matinee filled with chamber music, coffee or tea and scrumptious desserts at the Samueli Theater. This year, we have three shows for you. One of which has recently happened. 

Did you know that pianist Orli Shaham has been hosting and curating the series since the 2008-09 season? In case you missed the virtual conversation she had with Assistant Conductor Dr. Jacob Sustaita last week, we’ve attached the video link for your reference above.  

Talking points during the Mixer include a conversation about Orli’s teaching experience as faculty at The Juilliard Schoolher Mozart project, work as a co-host at From the Top, the Café Ludwig series and more! Here are the links to the three videos that were shown during the Mixer in order of appearance.   

At the first Café Ludwig show last Sunday, Shaham was joined by four Pacific Symphony musicians: Concertmaster Dennis Kim, Assistant Principal Second Violinist Jennise Hwang, Principal Violist Meredith Crawford and Principal Cellist Warren Hagetry. They played a 6-piece set featuring works from composers such as Reena Esmail and Karen Tanaka (who was in the audience) to Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms. The show was recently featured on The Violin Channel’s Facebook and Instagram pages.  

If you would like to see her in-person at the Samueli Theater, our next Café Ludwig concerts are on Feb. 20 and May 8. Better hurry though! Tickets for these shows tend to go fast. Make sure to get them while you still can. Hope we can see you soon!  

Pacific Symphony’s 2018-2019 chamber music series announced

Pacific Symphony announced today programming and dates for the 2018-2019 Café Ludwig chamber music series. Pianist Orli Shaham will again serve as curator and host of the concerts and teams with members of the Symphony. Performances are held in Samueli Theater on Sunday afternoons. Coffee, tea and pastries are offered to listeners, seated at tables.

The season’s programming is off the beaten path. The Oct. 14 opener delves into French music and features the Bassoon Sonata, Op. 168, by Saint-Saëns, the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Debussy and the Violin Sonata by Franck.

The Feb. 24 (2019) concert focuses on transcriptions of Bach and includes Mozart’s arrangements for string quartet of fugues from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier”; Liszt’s arrangement of the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543; and David Robertson’s new arrangement of the “Goldberg Variations” for piano quintet. George Perle’s rarely performed “Classic Suite” for piano, which draws on Baroque dance forms, begins the program.

On May 19 (2019), the series’ finale explores storytelling in music with pieces by Ridout, Brahms and Janacek on the slate, and climaxing with Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale.”

The Symphony’s new concertmaster, yet to be named, is scheduled to perform on all three concerts.

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Just a few tickets remain for the last Café Ludwig concert of this season, featuring music by Poulenc, Fauré and Rebecca Clarke, held at 3 p.m. on April 29.