Meet the Artist

Reception and Dinner Series

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Join us for an exclusive opportunity to meet the guest artists for each of the Folsom Lake Symphony’s regular season concerts.

Held the Thursday evening preceding each concert in the beautiful El Dorado Hills home of Marie Mitchell, Palazzo di Migianella, each evening features:

  • Cocktail hour where you can mingle with Maestro Jaffe and other symphony supporters
  • Exclusive recital performed by a preeminent guest artist
  • Delicious dinner paired with fine wines and a decadent dessert

Private receptions begin at 6:00 pm and tickets including dinner and entertainment are  $95. A season pass is available for $400 (a savings of $75 if purchasing individual tickets) and can be purchased online or by calling 916-357-6718.

The reception schedule for the 2018-19:
October 18, 2018 – Kerson Leong, violin
Kerson LeongKerson Leong is Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal. He gained international recognition at age 13 when he won Junior First Prize at the 2010 Menuhin Competition in Oslo. His awards include the Young Soloist Prize 2015 of the Radios Francophones Publiques and five grand-prize wins at the Canadian Music Competition. He performs on a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu.


November 29, 2018 – Doug Labrecque, tenorDoug Labrecque
Doug LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest orchestras. His clear tenor thrilled audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. He also starred on Broadway in the revival of Showboat. LaBrecque made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Pops, the same season he first sang wit the Boston Pops.


February 7, 2019 – Tien Hsieh, piano
Tien HsiehTien Hsieh, a Folsom resident, has received the prestigious Roy M. Rubenstein Award and Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation Grant and is past winner of the International Liszt Competition, Artists International Presentations Auditions and Pacific Piano Competition and Festival as well as many other competitions across the U.S. Following her debut at Carnegie Hall, she performed an all-Liszt program in Budapest.

April 11, 2019 – Nigel Armstrong, violin,  James Jaffe, cello and Elizabeth Dorman, piano
Nigel ArmstrongNigel Armstrong has performed with the Dusseldorf Symphony, St. Petersburgh Pilharmonic, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Pacific Symphony and Boston Pops. He received 2nd Prize, the Ole Bull Prize and the Nordheim Award at the 2010 Menuhin Competition Senior Division in Oslo and 4th prize plus Commissioned Work Prize at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. He performs chamber music across the U.S. and abroad.


James JaffeJames Jaffe has been a soloist with City Music Cleveland, the National Repertory Orchestra, Stockton Symphony and Diablo Symphony, and spent summers performing at Aspen, the Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy and Astona in Switzerland. As a chamber musician, he played in Beijing and the Trinity Alps Festival and co-founded the Thalia Quartet in Cleveland, which was featured at the Robert Mann seminar in New York.


Elizabeth DormanElizabeth Dorman has performed with orchestras in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, Lesher Center for the Arts, Herbst Theater, Davies Symphony Hall and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She won the 2017 Father Merlet Award from Pro Musicis, Marsha Pannone Award for Artistic Excellence and California Young Artists Beethoven Competition. She has appeared at summer festivals including Toronto, Aspen, Tanglewood, Sarasota and Banff.

May 30, 2019 – Glory Parsons, soprano
Glory ParsonsGlory Parsons, a Placerville resident, has sung Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker” with Broadway on Tour and sung Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady.” She has performed dancing roles in “42nd Street” and “Will Rogers Follies” with La Mirada Theatre. Her most recent concert appearance was with Pamela Hayes’ “Classical Ballet in the Park” in Folsom. She studied under professional opera singer Jill Goodsell.