Glendale Noon Concerts Live Streamed

During the Covid-19 “Safer at Home” period, Glendale Noon Concerts will bring its programs via streaming, without an audience, on Facebook Live and YouTube. The April 1 program features violist composer Jonah Sirota and oboist Regina Brady, who will perform works by Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach, and the premiere of a work for oboe and viola by Jonah Sirota.

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Composer and violist Jonah Sirota is a new breed of multi-talented musician. Equally at home writing concert music, performing as a soloist and chamber musician, scoring soundtracks for TV, film, and videogames, and collaborating in improv and new music ensembles, Sirota creates and recreates vivid music for a wide variety of audiences. His debut solo recording Strong Sad, a 2018 National Sawdust Tracks release, features premiere recordings of new elegies for the viola by Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Arthur Joseph McCaffrey, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Robert Sirota, Kurt Knecht, and Sirota. Recent compositions include “Grounded,” an orchestral work written for the Greenwood Music Camp Orchestra and premiered in the summer of 2018, and the viola sonata “Flutter Fingers.”

Sirota was the violist of the recently disbanded Chiara String Quartet for its entire 18-year history. With the Chiara Quartet, he toured internationally, recorded seven albums and played in numerous major venues worldwide. The Chiara Quartet performed much of the string quartet repertoire from memory (‘By Heart”), including the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók, a recording of which was released in 2016 on Azica Records. The group was honored with a Grammy nomination, the ASCAP/CMA Adventurous Programming Award, the Guarneri Quartet Award, top prizes at the Paolo Borciani Competition and the Astral Artistic Services Audition, and a gold medal at the Fischoff Competition.

As a concert violist, Sirota performs with pianist Molly Morkoski, with organist Kurt Knecht as the improv duo Mondegreen, and as a member of the revived California String Quartet. He is sought after as a session player and regularly plays with major orchestras, including the Long Beach Symphony, where he is assistant principal viola.

Sirota is also known as a pedagogue. He coaches chamber music at the Colburn School, teaches viola at Cal State University Fullerton, and gives viola and composition master classes and residencies across the country. His “practice self-audit” has been used by many viola students to facilitate the self-evolution their own improvement and creativity in the practice room, while his practice tune-up for professional and adult amateur violists has given many the chance to reconnect with their own inner passion on the instrument.

Equally adept on the oboe and English horn, Regina Brady is a member of The Orchestra Now at Bard College. She recently completed the Master of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Anne Marie Gabriele, and Ariana Ghez. She played both oboe and English horn with the Colburn and Oberlin orchestras. On the Colburn Chamber Music Society series, Brady had the opportunity to perform with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. She is a passionate advocate for new music, and has collaborated with Los Angeles based new music ensemble, wild Up. As a member of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, she was chosen to perform on a special concert series in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art. Brady has been a fellow at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Prior to her studies at Colburn, she completed the double-degree program at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she majored in neuroscience and oboe performance, studying with Robert Walters. A native of White Plains, New York, she is also a graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College Division where she studied with Richard Dallessio.

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