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  • Mello Center for the Performing Arts 250 East Beach Street Watsonville, CA, 95076 United States (map)

The Santa Cruz Symphony is proud to present a World Premiere commission from acclaimed local composer John Wineglass in a new work titled "Bonny Doon." This composition is a programmatic work through the eyes of the many birds - like the snowy egret, red tail hawk, blue jays, ravens, woodpeckers and even golden eagles - that populate and are indigenous to this region as they fly "From the Misty Redwoods Down to the Mighty Pacific Ocean."

Young virtuoso cellist Jeremy Tai, the most recent Klein International Competition grand prize winner, will perform Tchaikovsky's elegant Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Mozart's majestic Symphony No. 40 anchors this third program of the season.


WINEGLASS                         Bonny Doon (World Premiere) 

TCHAIKOVSKY                      Variations on a Rococo Theme [Listen]

                                                           Jeremy Tai, Cello

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MOZART                               Symphony No. 40 [Listen]

Related Events

League Preview             Friday January 25, 2019, 11:30 Luncheon, California Grill, Watsonville

Open Rehearsal             Friday January 25, 2019, 7:30 pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Pre-Concert Talks           Saturday January 26, 2019, 6:30 pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
                                        Sunday January 27, 2019, 1:00 pm, Mello Center 

Rebroadcast                   Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm on KKUP 91.5 FM

Concert Co-Sponsors:  Harry & Mary Blanchard, Don & Diane Cooley,
nonymous, Kelly & Maria Nesheim
Composer Sponsor:  David Kaun
Soloist Sponsor: In Memory of Bonnie Bernardi
Soloist Co-Sponsors: Roger Knacke, Matthew & Cindy Wetstein


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Jeremy Tai, Cello

Cellist Jeremy Tai has been recognized as an emerging artist of fierce energy, musical sincerity, and dynamic colors. At 19 years of age, he has already appeared with the Utah Symphony, Symphony Parnassus in San Francisco, the Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of California at Davis Symphony Orchestra, and the California Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Tai made his solo debut at the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley, California at age 10 and his national debut at the Music Teachers National Association Convention in New York City at age 14. In March 2015, Jeremy Tai was named an ambassador of the Doublestop Foundation.

Mr. Tai has played for esteemed musicians and groups such as Emmanuel Ax, Jian Wang, Zuill Bailey, Mark Kosower, the Dover Quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Israeli Chamber Project, Henschel String Quartet, Lee Trio, and the Horszowski Trio.

Mr. Tai is an avid chamber musician, having most recently collaborated with violinist Joseph Silverstein at a benefit concert at the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, New York. Additionally, he has appeared at Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival and Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute. Mr. Tai is also one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed Konpeito Cello Quartet. In February 2015, the Konpeito Cello Quartet collaborated with cellist Matt Haimovitz and internationally best-selling children’s author Cornelia Funke on the renowned syndicated NPR radio program From the Top.  Mr. Tai also appeared on the From the Top program as a featured soloist collaborating with pianist Christopher O’Reily.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Mr. Tai is the first prize winner of the Klein International String Competition, Music Teachers National Association National Strings Competition, Mondavi Center National Young Artists Competition, American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition, and Music Teachers’ Association of California VOCE State Competition. Mr. Tai was chosen as a YoungArts National Finalist and a 2016 United States Presidential Scholar in Arts candidate.

Raised in Cupertino, California, Mr. Tai began his studies with Jonathan Koh at the age of nine and later entered Mr. Koh’s studio at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College. Mr. Tai, a full scholarship recipient from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, studies with Hans Jorgen Jensen. Additional studies have included the Meadowmount School of Music with Jonathan Koh and Hans Jensen, Young Chamber Musicians with Susan Bates, Eric Chin, Debra Fong and Eric Gaenslen, and California Music Preparatory Academy with Jonathan Koh and Laura Gaynon.

Jeremy Tai plays on a 1920 Caressa and Français cello.

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John Christopher Wineglass, Composer

A native Washingtonian, John Wineglass has performed in several orchestras and chamber ensembles both in the U.S. and abroad, performing his first viola concerto with the DC Youth Orchestra in 1984 at the age of 11.

In 1994, Mr. Wineglass earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with a minor in Viola Performance at The American University. Previously, he studied the viola for several years under Margaret Ward (The Washington Opera House Orchestra) and Osman Kivrak, D.M.A. (Baltimore Chamber Ensemble). He also completed several master classes at the annual Pablo Casals Festival at la Universidad de Puerto Rico under the tutelage of Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich (Conductor Laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra).

In 1999, Mr. Wineglass earned a master’s degree in Music Composition: Film Scoring for Motion Pictures, Television and Multi-Media at New York University, studying with Justin Dello-Joio, D.M.A. of the Julliard School. His passion for music has also led him to develop proficiency as a gospel and contemporary jazz pianist. This wide array of musical prowess has afforded Mr. Wineglass opportunities to perform on five continents, before every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan, and to regale numerous world leaders, including former King Hussein of Jordan and Chancellor Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union.

As a recipient of three (two consecutive) 2001-2005 ® Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, and three 2002-2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, Mr. Wineglass holds five ® EMMY nominations and has served as composer and conductor for The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Silent Film Festival. Here, he premiered two original scores, namely: “Tired of Giving In” (a short animated film about Rosa Parks) and “Gabriel Goes for A Walk” by New York University Tisch School filmmaker Karl Staven.

Having composed scores for several documentaries on MSNBC’s “Headliner’s and Legends with Matt Lauer,” for major-network commercials, and for international campaigns on behalf of the American Red Cross, The US Army and others, Mr. Wineglass has captured the attention of numerous independent feature filmmakers.

In mainstream genres, John Wineglass has worked and performed with ® GRAMMY-Award Winning artists and producers, including Aretha Franklin, CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Richard Smallwood, Blackstreet, Loris Holland, Bashiri Johnson, Victor and Roy Wooten and Andrae and Sandra Crouch. The portfolio of acclaimed artists and musicians who Mr. Wineglass has also worked with include Tito Nieves, Kevon Edmonds, Najee, Will Downing, Jamie Foxx, Ray Chew, Daryl Coley, Donnie McClurkin, Patrick Henderson, William Becton, Dallas Holm, Clint Brown, Jean Luc-Lajoie of the Kry, Ron Kenoly, Gary Oliver, The Kenoly Brothers, Rodney Howard-Browne, Alvin Slaughter, Darlene Zshech, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Martha Munuzzi, Keith Staten and a host of others.

On various guest-conductor performances, Mr. Wineglass has served under the direction of internationally acclaimed Maestro Kurt Masur (New York Philharmonic), Maestro Samuel Wong (Hong Kong Philharmonic), Maestro Piotr Gajewski (National Chamber Orchestra), Maestro Randall Fleisher (Hudson Valley Philharmonic), Maestro David Lawton (Summer Opera Theatre), Maestro Ulysses S. James (Mt. Vernon Symphony) and Maestro Sergio Buslej (Pan-American Orchestra).

Earlier Event: January 26
Later Event: February 22
League Preview: Symphonic Fire