14. June 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

Oboe/English Horn recital to benefit the Coastside Community Orchestra

featuring Juilliard graduate student
Jessica Pearlman

Including special guests
Lisa Spector and Media Luna Ensemble

Sunday, June 22, 4:00PM
Community United Methodist Church
777 Miramontes Street
Half Moon Bay, California

Suggested donation $15.00

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Biography – Jessica Pearlman

Oboist Jessica Pearlman grew up on the coast south of San Francisco, California and attended the School of the Arts High School in San Francisco. She began studying oboe with Kathy Conner at the age of 12 and was a member of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Since moving to New York in 2007, Ms. Pearlman has performed and toured with some of the city’s most esteemed ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Last Fall she participated in a ten-city American and European tour as oboist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra led by Charles Dutoit. As a soloist Ms. Pearlman was featured with the San Jose Chamber Symphony, a performance MetroActive described as “extraordinary… [she] dazzled through the overlapping melodies and 32nd note runs of a bravura show-off piece by Antonino Pasculli…[a] barrage of acclamation followed her tour de force…” Other solo appearances include Mozart’s Concerto with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Bach Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin with the Mansfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra where she also served as Principal Oboe during the 2005 – 2006 season. Among Pearlman’s other talents, she is a dedicated and passionate teacher. While pursuing her own studies she taught oboe to undergraduate students at Oberlin College and Yale University, and in 2006 served as woodwind professor for the Associaciòn Nacional de Conciertos youth music festival in Panamà. Ms. Pearlman received degrees in both oboe performance and neuroscience from Oberlin College, where she studied with the late James Caldwell. Her research on brain tumor models conducted at Johns Hopkins University was presented at the 2006 conference for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Ms. Pearlman is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas, Nathan Hughes and Pedro Diaz, all of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

You know how I’ve written in the past about how, after flubbing something, we musicians have been known to say, “Well, at least I’m not a brain surgeon”? Heh. I guess some people might not be able to say that. Or at least have the brains to be a brain surgeon! I couldn’t have majored in neuroscience if you put a gun to my head and said I had to. Ms. Pearlman sounds like one amazing person!
And yes, it’s 3:17 AM and I’m blogging. Ah, sleep … I could use some!