UCSB Chamber Players

Event Date: 

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

YouTube Premiere link

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music

Jonathan Moerschel

Director Jonathan Moerschel

Directed by Jonathan Moerschel, the UCSB Chamber Players will present a recital on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 6 pm PDT as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music's YouTube channel. The program will include excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 74 “Harp;" Johannes Brahms' Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87; Caroline Shaw's Entr’Acte for String Quartet; Johannes Brahms' Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1 in F minor for clarinet and piano; Augusta Read Thomas' Cantos for Slava (cello and piano); Wilhelm Friedemann Bach's Duo in C for two violas, F. 60; Flor Peeters' Suite for Four Trombones, Op. 82; Igor Stravinsky's Petrouchka – Reduction for piano duet (1911, rev. 1947); Claude Debussy's Petite Suite for piano duet; an arrangement of John Williams' War Horse for horn ensemble by UC Santa Barbara student Max Dei Rossi; and an arrangement of Miles Davis' All Blues for brass quintet by Thomas H. Graf.
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/CL84yTvzp7o


View a PDF of the program here
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1 in F minor for clarinet and piano
     Andante un poco adagio
Alison Schwartz, clarinet
Chika Nobumori, piano
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
Duo in C for two violas, F. 60
     Allegro di molto
Soha Sadeghinejad, viola
Jonathan Moerschel,* viola
Flor Peeters (1903-1986)
Suite for Four Trombones, Op. 82
     1. Entrata
     2. Lied
     3. Dans
     4. Final
Cal Apigo, Harrison Arakawa, Sriram Ramamurthy, 
and Allison Rigler, tenor trombones
Olivia Nava, bass trombone
Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964)
Cantos for Slava (cello and piano)
     Cantos IV
Britta Thomas, cello
Anjela Tokadjian, piano
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Petrouchka – Reduction for piano duet (1911, rev. 1947)
     Fourth Tableau: The Shrove-Tide Fair (Toward Evening) –    
          The Wet-Nurses’ Dance – Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms –
          Masquerades – [Petrouchka’s Death]  
Alvise Pascucci, piano
Lucía Álvarez Núñez, piano
John Williams (b. 1932)
Arr. Max Dei Rossi 
War Horse
Susan Faulkner Horn Ensemble
Madison Babovec
Dylan Correia
Max Dei Rossi
Jackson Hahn-Smith
Cameron Scott Immesoete
Olivia Langner
Zuowuan “Larry” Li
Anthony Sinicrope
Jackson Weill
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Petite Suite
     IV. Ballet
Ching-Yun Chen, piano
Sean Tran, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet Op. 74 “Harp”
     Adagio ma non troppo
Young Artists String Quartet
Gulia Gurevich, violin
Anthony Navarro, violin
Shirley Shang, viola
Naomi Stoodley, cello
Miles Davis (1926-1991)
Arr. Thomas H. Graf
All Blues
Maurice Faulkner Brass Quintet
Ethan Baxter and Morgan Smith, trumpets
Jackson Hahn-Smith, French horn
Cal Apigo, trombone
Olivia Nava, bass trombone
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87
     Allegro moderato     
Noelle Barr, violin
Jennifer Kloetzel,* cello
Zhongxi Lin, piano
Caroline Shaw (b. 1982)
Entr’Acte for String Quartet
Rafael Vazquez Guevara, violin
Martina Chen, violin
Karis Lee, viola
Ivan Law, cello
* UC Santa Barbara faculty member

About the Director

Jonathan Moerschel was born in Boston, Massachusetts into a musical family. His mother, a pianist, and his father, a cellist in the Boston Symphony, fostered his early music studies both in piano and violin. At the age of sixteen, he began studying the viola with John Ziarko and chamber music with the violist from the Kolisch Quartet, Eugene Lehner. Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, directed by Keith Lockhart, in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
He is the violist of the renowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers. The quartet, a recipient of the 2014 Avery Fischer Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s  Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and at the Salzburg Festival. They have performed at top halls and festivals across the globe including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Ojai Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, IRCAM in Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Berkeley’s Cal Performances, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Edinburgh Festival and the Mozarteum.
Moerschel is a Lecturer of Viola and Chamber Music at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has collaborated with eminent musicians Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Paul Neubauer, Steven Tenenbaum, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank,  Menachem Pressler and Anne-Marie McDermott. He plays on the “ex-Adam” Gasparo Da Salo viola made in the late 16th Century on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.
He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in viola performance from the University of Southern California, studying with Donald McInnes, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. 

About the Artists

Noelle Barr, Violin

Noelle is a double major in music studies and the history of art and architecture. She will be attending graduate school at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts in Fall 2021.

Ethan Baxter, Trumpet

Ethan is a sophomore Applied Math and Economics double major. He studies trumpet with Dustin McKinney, and enjoys his roles in the chamber orchestra and brass quintet. He keenly anticipates playing with other people in the Fall.

Jackson Hahn-Smith, French Horn

I am a Freshman music performance major at UCSB. I study with Dr. Gross on French Horn.

Ivan Law, Cello

Ivan Law was born in Los Angeles California and had been involved in music from a very young age. When he was 11 he joined the wind ensemble at his middle school entering classical music with the trombone. Two years later at age 13, he heard his friend play the cello and immediately became entranced by it. From there on he played cello in high school, becoming principal chair during his final year. After being accepted to UCSB as a film major at the end of his senior of high school, he made the decision to switch to cello performance because of his love for music and the cello.

Zhongxi Lin, Piano

Zhongxi Lin is a second-year Doctor of Musical Arts student in Collaborative Piano at UCSB, studying with the chair of the music department, Robert Koenig.

Olivia Nava, Trombone

Olivia Nava is a 4th year Trombone Performance Major at UCSB. She has played trombone and tuba for 7 years.

Anthony Navarro, Violin

My name is Anthony Navarro, I am a first year master's student studying violin performance with Professor Ertan Torgul.  Making music is my passion and I love the collaborative aspects of classical music one finds in chamber music, orchestral music, opera and ballet. 

Alison Schwartz, Clarinet

Alison Schwartz is a second-year Economics and Communication student at UCSB. She studies clarinet with Paul Bambach and also plays with the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Pops Orchestra.

Shirley Shang, Violin

Shirley is in her first year of a Master of Music degree at UC Santa Barbara, studying violin performance with Professor Ertan Torgul. However, in recent years Shirley has happily discovered the joy of viola playing, and is currently the violist for the YASQ, studying with Professor Jonathan Moerschel. 

Morgan Smith, Trumpet

I am a Junior at UCSB studying biology and minoring in music. I play the trumpet and study with Professor Dustin McKinney.


Jonathan Moerschel