Meet the Artist

2019-20 Meet the Artist Reception and Dinner Series

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The Folsom Lake Symphony invites patrons to enjoy an exclusive reception and dinner with our guest artists on Thursday evenings before each of our five regular-season concerts.

These “Meet the Artist” events, held at the elegant Italianate estate of board member Marie Mitchell in El Dorado Hills, feature a musical recital in a small-group setting along with a gourmet dinner, fine wines and delectable desserts. You’ll meet Maestro Peter Jaffe, board members and other symphony patrons.

Reception schedule for the 2019-2020 season:

Chris Brubeck

Oct. 17, 2019: Chris Brubeck, composer and bass trombonist: Grammy-nominated composer and trombonist Chris Brubeck is a multifaceted performer and creative force. He has created an impressive body of symphonic work for some of the world’s premiere artists and orchestras. His highly acclaimed Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra has been played by many of the world’s top bass trombonists and was recorded featuring him as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Pasquale Esposito, tenor

Dec. 5, 2019: Pasquale Esposito, tenor: Pasquale Esposito is an internationally acclaimed tenor.  Since his last appearance with our symphony, he has completed a 2nd PBS special, debuted with the San Francisco Opera, and just completed a North American concert tour.  He is also currently working on a 3rd PBS special set to release in December 2019.

Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Feb. 13, 2020: Jon Nakamatsu, piano: Van Cliburn winner Jon Nakamatsu first performed with our symphony in 2017.  He continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. He has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with many internationally acclaimed conductors. Featured appearances include Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Ji in Yang, violin

April 2, 2020: Ji in Yang, violin: South Korean violinist Ji in Yang regularly appears with ensembles in the United States and all the major orchestras in Korea, including the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborates with some of the world’s leading musicians. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Julliard School and graduated from Yale University with an Artist Diploma. Currently she’s pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at City University of New York. She plays a Petrus Guarnerius violin made in Venice in 1723.

Shana Blake Hill, soprano

June 4, 2020: Shana Blake Hill, soprano and Roberto Perlas Gomez, baritone: Soprano Shana Blake Hill is known for creating and premiering new roles and contemporary works, as well as bringing a thoughtful and modern perspective to the heroines of the standard repertoire. Critics have described her as a “fearless actress” and as “visually and vocally voluptuous.” She has sung principal roles with: the Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera, Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, and many others.  

Roberto Perlas Gomez, baritone

With over one hundred roles to his credit, baritone Roberto Perlas Gomez has performed extensively throughout the United States. He has performed leading roles with most of the regional companies in California as well as supporting roles with the Michigan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He solos frequently with the Verdi Chorus. In addition, he has performed internationally with the Shanghai Opera and at the Kennedy Center with the Philippine National Opera.

Visit our Guest Artists page to read a full biography of each of our 2019-20 guest artists.

Receptions begin at 6:00 p.m. Individual tickets are $95 (does not include concert tickets). Season series are $400 ($475 value). Tickets may be purchased by phone at 916-357-6718 or online. Seating is very limited, so purchase your tickets early.

The Meet the Artist Reception and Dinner series is generously sponsored by Mary Louise & Rod Klein and Marie Mitchell.