Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7:30 pm, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 25 N. Las Posas Road, Camarillo.
Sunday, January 27, at 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura.
CHICO will perform Introduction, Aria & Presto by Benedetto Marcello and Orchestral Overture in C Major by Fanny Mendelssohn (sister of Felix M.) and Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants, and Brahms’ Tragic Overture (conducted by Daniel Newman-Lessler).
Youth Soloist Stephen Saw will perform Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor (1st mvt) and Noah Laber will perform Marcello Oboe Concerto in C minor (2nd mvt). David Shiang will perform Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G minor (1st mvt) (conducted by Daniel Newman-Lessler).
Stephen Saw is an incoming junior at Westlake High School. He began learning piano at the age of five with Mrs. Ornela Ervin, and soon after, started violin lessons with Mrs. Shuwei Liu. Stephen has passed the Advance Level of CM in piano with honor, and won numerous awards, including YouTube Festimantic!, SCJBF Regional, SYMF, and MTAC Contemporary Music Festival. He is a member of the TO Philharmonic Appassionata program and has worked with violin masters Mr. Lorenz Gamma and Dr. Ernest Salem, as well as performing as a soloist with the Philharmonic twice in the 2018 season. In addition to his personal pursuit of music, Stephen has shared his passion and knowledge with young students at the Conejo Valley Summer Music Camp. He also enjoys playing cards, reading a wide range of subjects from comics to politics, hanging out with friends, and taking naps at the most inconvenient times. Stephen is honored to have been granted the privilege to perform with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. He would like to thank his family, Mrs. Ornela Ervin, and Mrs. Shuwei Liu for nurturing his musical journey, as well as his friends for their unwavering support.
Noah Laber, 15, recently completed his sophomore year at Ventura High School and is in his fifth year of playing the oboe. He studies under Mr. Fredric Beerstein of Thousand Oaks. He is a member of the Ventura High School Honors Wind Ensemble and Ventura Youth Symphony. He has participated in several chamber groups, All County Honor Band, and California All-State Band for the past four years. Noah received the outstanding soloist award at the Nationally Adjudicated Forum Music Festival at San Mateo College in 2016 and the Ventura High School outstanding musician award in 2018. He performed with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic as a featured soloist in July 2018. In addition to playing the oboe, Noah is a competitive tennis player who consistently ranks in the top fifty of Southern California juniors. When Noah is not playing oboe or tennis, he enjoys reading, ping pong, and beach volleyball.
David Shiang, age 15, started playing the piano at the age of five. He is currently under the guidance of Mr. Mark Richman. His prior piano teacher was Mrs. Shirley Hsieh. David won the MTAC Contemporary Music Festival (2010-2016), Bach Festival (2012-2016), and VOCE (2018). David also learned to play the violin from Mrs. Teresa DiTullio, of Thousand Oaks. David was a member of Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. In his free time, he volunteered at senior homes and church events. David is a long distance runner at Oak Park High School’s Track team. He also likes watching movies, drawing, and playing basketball.