Free Concerts in the First UMC Sanctuary
Second Wednesdays, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m.
January 11, 2017
Sean O’Neal, organ
Sean is the Director of Music and Organist for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina, California, and is the owner of the Long Beach based firm O’Neal Pipe Organ Service. He started his keyboard studies at age 10 and has won several American Guild of Organists first-place regional competitions. He performs regularly throughout the Southern California area.
February 8, 2017
Junko Ueno Garret, piano
Junko is on the piano faculty at Occidental College. Born in Japan, she has captivated audiences around the world with her colorful tone, poetry, expressiveness, dynamic technique and wide range of repertoire. She frequently performs for the Japanese Government’s Culture program and has received “The Japanese Consul General’s Award” for her contributions to international relations and understanding between countries.
March 8, 2017
Taro Wayama, guitar / David Lee Ruest, violin
Taro is a Japanese born guitarist/composer, and a winner of numerous competitions, including the Thailand International Guitar Competition. As a composer he received “Best Original Score” at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for an independent film, “Anne Jennings”. He holds the Masters and Bachelor of Music degrees from USC .
David received his Master of Music degree from UCLA and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition to playing violin professionally in numerous orchestras throughout the United States, he is an active private violin teacher.
April 12, 2017
Trio Accento is an exciting new piano trio whose performances have been exuberantly welcomed by audiences and presenters wherever they appear. Violinist Limor Toren-Immerman, cellist Maksim Velichkin and pianist Nora Chiang Wrobel have a collective history of decades of solo, chamber music and orchestral performances in some of the country’s top venues and with renowned groups and orchestras. Together they create a dynamic voice full of tenderness, passion and color.
May 10, 2017
Jaebon Hwang, organ
Award-winning composer and organist, Jaebon Hwang is organist at Westwood United Methodist Church where she presides over one of the largest organs in the region. Awarded the Fellow of American Guild of Organists, the organization’s highest level of certification, she is active as a recitalist and as a collaborative artist.