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Spotlight on the Symphony Recital 1

  • Samper Recital Hall Cabrillo College 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA, 95003 United States (map)

Madeline Jarzembak, Principal Harp

Sponsored by Sheila Camacho

Our opening Recital in our new Spotlight on the Symphony Recital Series will feature Santa Cruz Symphony's principal harp, Madeline Jarzembak.  She will be joined by Santa Cruz Symphony's principal cello, Jonah Kim, and violinist Rebecca Jackson, founder of Music in May.

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Nina Rota (1911-1979)                              Sarabanda e Toccata

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)                     Sonata in C-major Op.30 Nr.1, Op.17 Nr.4 Hob XVI-35

Haim Permont (1950 – )                          Movements & Pauses

Bedřich Smetana/Trnecek (1824-1884)   Vitava (The Moldau)

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)                      Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp Hob.XV 15 G-major

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)                       Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp




Madeline Jarzembak,
Principal Harp

Madeline Jarzembak is the Principal Harp of the Santa Cruz Symphony. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Madeline has performed as a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony among others. As a soloist, she performed with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Symphony in C, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia Classical Symphony and Independence Sinfonia. In 2009, Madeline was a finalist and awarded the "Jury's Diplome" at the International Harp Competition "Golden Harp" in St. Petersburg, Russia. Madeline won prizes at American Harp Society Competitions both National and Local. She performed at the Focus on Youth concerts at the World Harp Congress and on NPR's "From the Top". Madeline is currently studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Douglas Rioth. 

Violinist Rebecca Jackson is founder and artistic director of “Music in May,” an annual chamber music festival in Santa Cruz, California. The series has featured such noted musicians as Michael Tree, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ron Leonard, and Martin Beaver.  She is acting member of San Francisco Ballet and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras. Believing strongly in the power of music to heal and unite, Ms. Jackson has taken her violin into many communities outside the concert hall across the US and also into the countries of Ukraine, Romania, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, and most recently at Said Gawash and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. Combining her passion for music and service, she is co-founder of Sound Impact, a collective of musicians devoted to bringing music to marginalized communities such as homeless centers, hospitals, and correction facilities. The latest undertaking, in collaboration with her father, is writing the authorized biography of her mentor David Arben, imprisoned in 7 Nazi death camps & former associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Jackson received her B.M. from The Juilliard School and a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz.


Rebecca Jackson, Violin


Jonah Kim, Principal Cello

Grammy winning artist Jonah Kim made his solo debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003. The same year, he also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra where the Washington Post critic Joseph McLellan called him simply, "the next Yo-Yo Ma”, thrusting him on the most prestigious stages on the concert circuit. Also highly sought after internationally as a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has collaborated with world class artists Jon Nakamatsu, Martin Beaver, Steven Copes, Ian Swensen, Scott Yoo, Chee-Yun Kim and Romie de Guise-Langlois as well as many of his mentors and colleagues from Juilliard and Curtis. A founding member of the "hip & unstuffy" Ensemble San Francisco, Mr. Kim maintains a strong connection with community through outreach and is deeply dedicated to his teaching; this season, he joins the faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts. His masterclasses are described as "captivating, hilarious... relevant to not only musicians, resonating with all walks of life." Mr. Kim plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello made in 1845, as well as a 2016 Haide Lin. His bow was made in 1904 by Jules Fetique à Paris.

Later Event: October 5
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