Classical music concert at the Altadena Public Library

MT LOWE CHAMBER PLAYERS rehearsal (Photo –


Mt Lowe Chamber Players will present an international tour of European wind quintet repertoire — Carl Nielson’s ‘Kvintet’, Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Sea Shanties’, Jacques Ibert’s ‘Three Pieces Briefs’, Nino Rota’s ‘Piccola Offre Musicale’ and North America – “Alligator Crawl” by Thomas “Fats” Waller and “Umoja” by Valerie Coleman.

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The mission of Mt Lowe Chamber Players is to bring classical chamber music concerts to the Altadena community performed by professional Altadena musicians who perform with regional ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and others. The group is composed of :

Larry Kaplan (flute)
Larry performed extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for over twenty years. He has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theater and with many local orchestras including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony and Long Beach Symphony . Additionally, Larry has performed in the Ahmanson Theater Pit Orchestras and was a member of the three-time Grammy Award-winning band Southwest Chamber Music, with whom he has recorded, performed locally, and toured in New York, Vienna, Mexico City. and also in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Hanoi, Viet Nam. He also has over 100 recording credits, including movie soundtracks, TV episodes, and commercial jingles. Larry has held faculty positions at UC Irvine and Chapman University, and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Cal State, Northridge.

Jim Foschia (clarinet)
Jim was educated at the Hartt School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music before moving to Los Angeles in 1985. As a clarinetist, he has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Master Chorale of Orange County, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and many more. He was the clarinetist for Southwest Chamber Music, based in Pasadena, and featured on all 3 Grammy-winning albums and 6 Grammy-nominated albums. Jim has been an active touring musician with Broadway shows and spent 2 years with New Age artist Yanni. With these sets, Jim has earned performance credits in over 20 countries on 4 continents. As a high school music teacher, Jim spent 9 years at John Muir HS in Pasadena directing the instrumental music department. He then became head of the jazz department at the Hamilton Academy of Music, LAUSD’s largest magnetic school. His Hamilton ensembles have won over 60 gold medals in competition and have performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and the International Youth Music Festival in Chengdu, China, and have performed with some of the most great jazz artists of the world. including Al Jarreau, Billy Childs, Terrell Stafford, Andy Martin, Arturo Sandoval, John Daversa and David Foster. After retiring from teaching in public schools, Jim is currently a Southern California representative of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Michele Forrest (oboe)
Michele is thrilled to perform chamber music with her wonderful colleagues. When she’s not repairing an oboe, she can be found performing around town in orchestras such as the LA Phil, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra and Santa Barbara Symphony. Recently, she had the pleasure of performing shows at the Pantages Theater, such as my lovely lady, Bad, Wretched and Miss Saigon. Michele grew up in rural New York, the great-granddaughter of a bootlegger named Emma. She got a thrill watching Ken Burns’ Prohibition documentary series and still imagines she must have lived another life in New York City at the turn of the 20th century driving streetcars and chasing ice cream trucks. Now she saves all kinds of creatures, mostly mixed-race pooches. She lives in Altadena with her puppies Mallie and Astro.

Phoebe Ray
Phoebe plays bassoon with the Wilder Trio, Ensemble Trimotif and the Burbank Philharmonic and Brazilian choro and jazz in a variety of bands. In the past, she has held positions with the Pasadena Pops, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Municipal Band, American Ballet and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras, Columbus Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic. She graduated from the Peabody Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Philip Kolker and K. David Van Hoesen. She studied jazz and improvisation with Bill Cunliffe and Rob Kyle. Phoebe currently manages the Mt Lowe Chamber Players in Altadena.

John Mason (honk)
John is a freelance musician in the greater Los Angeles area. John Records for Motion Pictures, Television and Records: Some of his most recent work has been: John Williams: Star Wars Episode VIII, Star Trek Discovery, Geostorm and various Marvel film and TV projects, and the latest Black Eyed Peas album. John also performs with the Santa Barbara Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and is Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony.

The Mt Lowe Chamber Players are also continuing their free chamber music series on Sunday, May 15, 2022 – String Quartet and Oboe (Altadena Community Church). For more information visit

Chamber music for wind quintet
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Altadena Main Library
600 Mariposa Street East
Altadena, CA 91001
Free admission and parking

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