Upcoming concerts

2022/23 Season

Dancing the Night Away

Nov 5–6

20th-century classics that will have you tapping your toes, if not dancing in the aisles… Featuring George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, and works by Duke Ellington and Aaron Copland. Come hear OCofOC jitterbug, dip and glide, stomp – maybe you’ll even be moved to do some dancing yourself!

A Romantic Evening

Thu, Jan 19

We’ll present chamber music in the round at San Clemente’s beautiful Casa Romantica, in a concert that is sure to be a feast for the ears and the eyes. The program will include works by Brahms, Coleridge-Taylor, (Mendelssohn) Hensel, Vaughan Williams, and Dotzauer.

Romantic Reveries

Apr 29–30

Experience three remarkable Romantic masterworks, each painting a unique picture of a character or moment in time: Jean Sibelius’s immortal Finlandia, the majestic Hiawatha Overture of Samuel Coleridge Taylor, and Cécile Chaminade’s magical Callirhoë Suite. The concert will be capped off by a performance of the Cello Concerto of Edward Elgar, featuring internationally-renowned cellist László Mező.

Outdoor Summer Chamber Music

Sat, Jun 3

Food, Drink, and Chamber Music. For something a little different, each summer we have a pop-up extravaganza. It will be a multi-course, multi-movement Summer evening of musical and culinary delight!

Sat, Nov 5, 7:00 PM

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821

Sun, Nov 6, 3:00 PM

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821

Adults $25

Seniors $20

Medical/Military/First Responders $20

Orchestra Series

Dancing the Night Away

George Gerswin

An American in Paris 

Maurice Ravel

Boléro

Duke Ellington (arr. by Calvin Custer)

Duke Ellington! A Medley for Orchestra

“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”
“Do Nothin’ Til You Hear from Me
“Sophisticated Lady”
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”

Aaron Copland

“Hoe-Down” (from Rodeo)

Thu, Jan 19, 7:00 PM

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Admission $40

Romantic Chamber Series

A Romantic Evening

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Piano Quintet in C minor for violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano, IRV 60

Friedrich Dotzauer 

Oboe Quartet in F Major for violin, viola, and cello. Op. 37  

Artsongs by:

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Johannes Brahams

Artists

Chamber Musicians

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

FIRST VIOLIN

Agnieszka Borzuchowski, born in Warsaw, Poland, came to the states at age two and started playing violin at about age ten in the San Francisco Bay area. She quickly excelled and joined the Berkley Youth Orchestra, Young Peoples Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Oakland Youth Orchestra. During these years, she toured Italy, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Carnegie Hall. For many years she attended and was a solo competition winner at the Advanced Suzuki Workshop held at Stanford. Also, in her youth, she joined an orchestra in Poland and toured Poland and Germany. After finishing high school, she was accepted to the Bob Cole Music Conservatory at Cal State Long Beach. She has studied with Robin Reed, Julia Athayde, Robin Sharp, Hegena Boulejn, and Andrea Byers.

Agnieszka has been a member of La Mirada Symphony for about six years and recently started playing with Huntington Beach Symphony. She is the co-founder, conductor, and concertmaster of the Long Beach Chamber Music Group, a chamber music ensemble she started six years ago for adult musicians who want to have fun playing music in a non-competitive environment. She also founded the Plazza String Quartet, which often plays weddings and other events. Her heart is definitely rooted in orchestra, but she does play music in other genres of music as well. She is a member of Vicious Kinids, a rock band in Long Beach, and also is a featured artist in many other albums and events and a regular soloist with the Long Beach Community Band. Agnieszka works as the Strings Instructor at a Waldorf-inspired school in Huntington Beach, Sycamore Creek Community Charter School, where she works with children from 4th–8th grade. She also runs her own private studio teaching violin, viola, and cello.

Wan-Chin Chang

SECOND VIOLIN & PIANO

Wan-Chin Chang appears regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Dana Point Symphony, Southern California Philharmonics, MiraCosta College Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, Southland Symphony, Temecula Valley Symphony, Orange County Symphony, and Orange County Wind Symphony. Besides concerto and solo performances, she also frequently collaborates with other musicians in chamber recitals. She had been invited to perform at the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, Blodgett Faculty Recital Series at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, The Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival, Orange Women’s Club, and Music Teacher’s Association of California. 

Dr. Chang attended the University of Southern California and Aspen Music Festival with full scholarships, and she was the winner of the Leni Fe Foundation Scholarship, Pi Kappa Lambda Award, Chamber Music Award, and Outstanding Graduate Award. She also served as an assistant lecturer while completing her DMA in piano performance with a minor in violin performance from USC under the guidance of Antoinette Perry on the piano and Eudice Shapiro on the violin. She is currently the assistant concertmaster of Dana Point Symphony and the principal second violin at Orchestra Collective of Orange County.

As an educator, Dr. Chang has been the adjudicator for MTNA and MTAC student evaluations and competitions. She has also been the appointed accompanist for several competitions and festivals such as the Stars of Tomorrow, Opera Night at South Orange County School for the Arts, and Santa Monica Concerto Competition. She is currently on faculty at MiraCosta College in Oceanside and Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo. During the summer, she is the piano department chair at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

Chad Jackson

VIOLA

Chad Jackson is a graduate of Colburn where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in viola performance in 2003 under the guidance of Jan Karlin, Violist and music director of Southwest Chamber. 

Chad was a member of the LA Philharmonic High School Honor Orchestra, which performed on tour in the Sydney Opera House as well as Carnegie Hall. He was also in the American Youth Symphony Orchestra and principal violist at the Colburn performing arts school Orchestra de Camera.

Suzanne La Roque

CELLO

On Orange County native, Suzanne grew up studying cello with Ian Mc Kinnell with the Pacific Symphony. She went on to earn a minor in music from CSU Fullerton. She is a compliance director for Pacific Life Insurance where she has been for over 17 years. Music allows her to remain creative and brings a much needed balance to her life. She also enjoys teaching yoga in the OC area.

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

Chris Hornung

DOUBLE BASS

Chris Hornung received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and his Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. An active double bassist, he is the principal bass of the Dana Point Symphony, Symphony Irvine, and Orchestra Collective of Orange County and was principal of the Orange County Symphony from 2008–2016. In the past, he performed with the Kalamazoo, Jackson, Lansing, Battle Creek and West Michigan Symphonies, Opera Tampa, and the California Chamber Orchestra. Chris is also active as a chamber musician and solo recitalist and has been featured as a soloist twice with the Orange County Symphony.

Chris is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University Irvine, Chaffey College, and Coastline College. In the summers, he is a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, where he teaches double bass and music history in addition to performing as principal bass of the Festival Orchestra.

Chris is also the owner of Zimmerman Publications, the integral part of any double bassist’s music library, providing complete orchestral parts for auditioning bassists, with suggested fingers and bowings.

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

Angela Wells

OBOE

Angela Wells completed her Bachelor of Music degree at CSU Long Beach in 2006 and the Band Instrument Repair Diploma program at Red Wing in 2007. In addition to holding a founding oboe section position with the Orchestra Collective of Orange County, Angela freelances within the greater Los Angeles area in many local orchestras and musical productions. Angela also teaches oboe and reedmaking at The Lesson Lab in Long Beach and works full time repairing woodwind instruments by appointment at her home in Lakewood.

Sat, Apr 29, 7:00 PM

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821

Sun, Apr 30, 3:00 PM

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821

Adults $25

Seniors $20

Medical/Military/First Responders $20

Orchestra Series

Romantic Reveries

Edward Elgar

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

I. Adagio – Moderato

II. Lento – Allegro molto

III. Adagio — Allegro molto e vivace

IV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non-troppo – Poco più lento – Adagio

László Mező (cello)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

The Song of Hiawatha, Op. 30

Cécile Chaminade

Callirhoë, Op. 37, ballet symphonique

Jean Sibelius

Finlandia, Op. 26

Guest Artist

Featured Soloist

László Mező

Cello

Born in Budapest, Hungary, László Mező gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation when he won First Prize in the “Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition” at the young age of 18. Since then, he has won numerous other competitions which have brought him international recognition, including the Fourth Prize in the “Antonio Janigro Junior International Competition” in 1998, Second Prize in the “International Dávid Popper Competition for Young Cellists” in 2000, the Special Prize in the “International Dávid Popper Cello Competition” in 2004 and First Prize in the “Ima Hogg International Competition” in 2008. Mező has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, master teacher, and chamber musician. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Always eager to pass on his knowledge, Mező has conducted master classes in Japan, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, and the United States. 

Mező is currently an adjunct professor of cello at Chapman University and Saddleback College in California, and he was an assistant teacher at the University of Southern California between 2007 and 2008. 

As a soloist, Mező has performed with maestros Ádám Fischer, Thomas Wilkins, Grant Llewellyn, and Zsolt Hamar. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated in recitals with pianists Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Steven Vanhauwaert, Gábor Farkas, Márta Gulyás, Piotr Folkert and Balázs Szokolay, violinist Kristóf Baráti, cellist Philipp Muller and the Bartók Quartet. He has also played under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano as a member of the Bayerische Staatsorchester in Munich, Germany. 

Mező holds two master’s degrees from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He graduated from the class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mező has also participated in the master classes of Uzi Wiesel, Josef Podhoransky, Othmar Müller, Philippe Müller, Rainer Zipperling, Fenyves Lóránd, Wolfgang Boettcher and Aldo Parisot. 

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Mező is a sought-after soloist and an active studio musician in Hollywood. He has played in many film scores; some most updated blockbusters include Ice AgeLife of PiThe Wolverine, and The Lone Ranger. Mező’s first CD recording of Dávid Popper’s works on the Hungaroton label includes several first-time recordings of the master’s cello works. He recently finished his second CD, Made in Paris, with romantic cello pieces from the 19th century, also featuring world premiere works by cellist-composer Daniel Van Goens and pieces from the Suite Populaire Espagnole by Manuel De Falla.

Sat, Jun 3, 3:00 PM

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821

Sat, Jun 3, 7:00 PM

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821

Adults $25

Seniors $20

Medical/Military/First Responders $20

Outdoor Summer Chamber Music Series

Summer Serenade

TBD

Artists

Principal Strings

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

FIRST VIOLIN

Agnieszka Borzuchowski, born in Warsaw, Poland, came to the states at age two and started playing violin at about age ten in the San Francisco Bay area. She quickly excelled and joined the Berkley Youth Orchestra, Young Peoples Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Oakland Youth Orchestra. During these years, she toured Italy, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Carnegie Hall. For many years she attended and was a solo competition winner at the Advanced Suzuki Workshop held at Stanford. Also, in her youth, she joined an orchestra in Poland and toured Poland and Germany. After finishing high school, she was accepted to the Bob Cole Music Conservatory at Cal State Long Beach. She has studied with Robin Reed, Julia Athayde, Robin Sharp, Hegena Boulejn, and Andrea Byers.

Agnieszka has been a member of La Mirada Symphony for about six years and recently started playing with Huntington Beach Symphony. She is the co-founder, conductor, and concertmaster of the Long Beach Chamber Music Group, a chamber music ensemble she started six years ago for adult musicians who want to have fun playing music in a non-competitive environment. She also founded the Plazza String Quartet, which often plays weddings and other events. Her heart is definitely rooted in orchestra, but she does play music in other genres of music as well. She is a member of Vicious Kinids, a rock band in Long Beach, and also is a featured artist in many other albums and events and a regular soloist with the Long Beach Community Band. Agnieszka works as the Strings Instructor at a Waldorf-inspired school in Huntington Beach, Sycamore Creek Community Charter School, where she works with children from 4th–8th grade. She also runs her own private studio teaching violin, viola, and cello.

Wan-Chin Chang

SECOND VIOLIN & PIANO

Wan-Chin Chang appears regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Dana Point Symphony, Southern California Philharmonics, MiraCosta College Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, Southland Symphony, Temecula Valley Symphony, Orange County Symphony, and Orange County Wind Symphony. Besides concerto and solo performances, she also frequently collaborates with other musicians in chamber recitals. She had been invited to perform at the White Lake Chamber Music Festival, Blodgett Faculty Recital Series at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, The Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival, Orange Women’s Club, and Music Teacher’s Association of California. 

Dr. Chang attended the University of Southern California and Aspen Music Festival with full scholarships, and she was the winner of the Leni Fe Foundation Scholarship, Pi Kappa Lambda Award, Chamber Music Award, and Outstanding Graduate Award. She also served as an assistant lecturer while completing her DMA in piano performance with a minor in violin performance from USC under the guidance of Antoinette Perry on the piano and Eudice Shapiro on the violin. She is currently the assistant concertmaster of Dana Point Symphony and the principal second violin at Orchestra Collective of Orange County.

As an educator, Dr. Chang has been the adjudicator for MTNA and MTAC student evaluations and competitions. She has also been the appointed accompanist for several competitions and festivals such as the Stars of Tomorrow, Opera Night at South Orange County School for the Arts, and Santa Monica Concerto Competition. She is currently on faculty at MiraCosta College in Oceanside and Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo. During the summer, she is the piano department chair at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

Chad Jackson

VIOLA

Chad Jackson is a graduate of Colburn where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in viola performance in 2003 under the guidance of Jan Karlin, Violist and music director of Southwest Chamber. 

Chad was a member of the LA Philharmonic High School Honor Orchestra, which performed on tour in the Sydney Opera House as well as Carnegie Hall. He was also in the American Youth Symphony Orchestra and principal violist at the Colburn performing arts school Orchestra de Camera.

Suzanne La Roque

CELLO

On Orange County native, Suzanne grew up studying cello with Ian Mc Kinnell with the Pacific Symphony. She went on to earn a minor in music from CSU Fullerton. She is a compliance director for Pacific Life Insurance where she has been for over 17 years. Music allows her to remain creative and brings a much needed balance to her life. She also enjoys teaching yoga in the OC area.

Agnieszka Borzuchowski

Chris Hornung

DOUBLE BASS

Chris Hornung received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and his Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. An active double bassist, he is the principal bass of the Dana Point Symphony, Symphony Irvine, and Orchestra Collective of Orange County and was principal of the Orange County Symphony from 2008–2016. In the past, he performed with the Kalamazoo, Jackson, Lansing, Battle Creek and West Michigan Symphonies, Opera Tampa, and the California Chamber Orchestra. Chris is also active as a chamber musician and solo recitalist and has been featured as a soloist twice with the Orange County Symphony.

Chris is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University Irvine, Chaffey College, and Coastline College. In the summers, he is a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, where he teaches double bass and music history in addition to performing as principal bass of the Festival Orchestra.

Chris is also the owner of Zimmerman Publications, the integral part of any double bassist’s music library, providing complete orchestral parts for auditioning bassists, with suggested fingers and bowings.