While the museum is not yet open for public programs, we are pleased to offer a “virtual concert,” filmed inside the galleries, presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!
On Thursday, March 11, we welcome a woodwind trio featuring Susan Greenberg on flute, Sérgio Coehlo on clarinet, and Judith Farmer on bassoon.
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.” During her 36 years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, she was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo, premiering a concerto for piccolo by Bruce Broughton and performing a concerto for flute, alto flute and piccolo written for her by Gernot Wolfgang. Ms. Greenberg has also appeared as guest soloist with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. Presently she is the principal flutist with the Santa Monica Symphony and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, as well as at the Casals, Ojai, and Martha’s Vineyard Music Festivals. Ms. 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 received both her B.A., cum laude, and her M.A. from UCLA. She won a scholarship to the Academy of the West and to Tanglewood. Ms. Greenberg is presently the flute professor at Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College. She has also taught at California Institute of the Arts, Occidental College and El Camino College. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Palisades, now celebrating its twenty-second season. Ms. Greenberg has recorded for over 500 motion pictures and many TV television shows, including The Simpsons, for 25 years.
Sérgio Coelho was born in Portugal where he began learning clarinet and piano at the age of 9. Later he became a freelance musician and instructor in his native country where he performed regularly with the Orchestra Artave, Orchestra APROARTE, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. He taught at the Academia da Sociedade Filarmónica Vizelense and Escola das Artes do Alentejo Litoral where he maintained his clarinet studio and conducted youth orchestras.
Presently Coelho is a freelance musician and the principal clarinet of American Youth Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with orchestras including Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Downey Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Sinfonietta, and Dream Orchestra. As a member and founder of the woodwind trio Sirius Trivium, he has performed in festivals including the Harmus Festival in Oporto and the Festival Internacional de Música de Piantón, where he also taught masterclasses.
Coelho has collaborated with the National Repertory Orchestra Festival, Eastern Sierra Symphony Festival, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and the USC Symphony Orchestra, where the Daily Trojan wrote, “Coelho’s performance was superb, to say the least, showcasing the heights of clarinet proficiency and taking the clarinet to its limits.”
Coelho has won prizes in national and international competitions including the American Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition, USC Concerto Competition, Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, the Inatel Prize from the Academia Superior de Orquestra da Metropolitana, and the Saverio Mercadante International Clarinet Competition.
Coelho received his Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet and Orchestra Performance in the Metropolitan National Academy of Orchestra in Portugal. He graduated with a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Southern California, where he became a fellow of the Latin Grammy Awards Foundation after being selected for a scholarship. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma Degree at USC.
Nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY® Award for her role as a producer of composer Gernot Wolfgang’s chamber music CD Passing Through, critics have described bassoonist Judith Farmer’s playing as “impeccable” (American Record Guide), “masterly” (Fanfare Magazine), and “brilliant” (Kronenzeitung, Austria).
Judith enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestra musician, soloist, and teacher. Formerly principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, she performed and toured regularly with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in Vienna. Ms. Farmer has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, and has participated in chamber music festivals in Prussia Cove, Martha’s Vineyard, Salem, La Jolla, Oaxaca, San Luis Obispo, Beverly Hills, and Garth Newel.
Since moving to Los Angeles she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including as guest associate principal. She has played on the scores of over 200 major motion pictures and recorded with such artists as Daft Punk, Josh Groban, Billy Childs, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Young. Ms. Farmer is currently principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony.
Farmer received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna. She teaches bassoon at the University of Southern California and is an avid chamber musician who enjoys collaborating with composers on new works and has had a number of works written and dedicated to her. Her recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are available on Albany, Centaur, Ex-House, and Orfeo Records.
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