Walker and White to Perform at Glendale Noon Concerts

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature oboist Robert Walker and pianist Brendan White performing works by Schumann, Saint-Saëns, and Hummel at the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church.

The program includes Robert Schumann, Adagio and Allegro in Ab major, Op. 70, Langsam, mit innigem Ausdruck (Adagio), Rasch und feurig (Allegro con brio); Camille Saint-Saëns, Sonate pour Hautbois et Piano, Op. 166, I. Andantino, II. Adlibitum and III. Molto allegro; and Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Introduction, Theme, and Variations, Op. 102.

Originally from Alabama, Robert Walker (shown at right) is an oboist primarily performing in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, a group known for performing orchestral works without the use of a conductor. He regularly plays with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Modesto Symphony, and many other regional orchestras throughout Southern California. Walker is also the former second oboe of the Tuscaloosa Symphony in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Walker recently earned a graduate certificate in music performance at the University of Southern California. He has also received a Master of Music degree from the Colburn School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama. His primary teachers include Allan Vogel, Marion Kuszyk and Shelly Myers.

Pianist Brendan White has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova (Eastman School of Music), and the Delta Symphony Orchestra. White’s collaborations in Southern California have included the Mühlfeld Trio, which won the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Speakeasy Society, and Eighteen Squared. He is also a founding member of the Sunset ChamberFest in Los Angeles: www.sunsetchamberfest.com.

Local recital appearances include Glendale Noon Concerts, Pasadena Presbyterian Music at Noon, Music@Mimoda, Mason Concerts, Emerging Artist Series recital at Boston Court.

White was born and raised in Tennessee before attending Eastman to study with Thomas Schumacher, and then the University of Southern California with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he was awarded Outstanding Master’s Graduate of the Thornton School of Music. As a devoted performer of new music, he has worked with notable composers and conductors including Thomas Adès, Donald Crockett, Alan Pierson, Steven Stucky and Jeffrey Milarsky.

Glendale City Church is located at 610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel Street) in Glendale.