Chamber Music Duet with Grace Fong and Jacob Braun

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series at Saddleback College, Department of Music, is pleased to present an afternoon of wonderful chamber music with concert artists Grace Fong on piano and Jacob Braun on cello on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3 pm in the McKinney Theatre.

Braun for Web.jpgPraised as "positively magical," an artist of "rare eloquence and grace," American pianist Grace Fong enjoys a career as an international concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. She has gained critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, making appearances at major venues around the world, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Phillips Collection, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Great Hall in Leeds, UK, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany, among others. Dr. Fong is a Professor of Piano at Chapman University and a recording artist. . “Every note audible with perfect phrasing, clean articulation and delicate nuance—seemingly effortless passage and octave work in the difficult final movement . . . one sits back and goes, wow!” ~Tom Aldridge, Indianapolis Newsweekly. Fong played with an easy elegance. . . painting impressionistic landscapes with hardly any drips or smudges…” – Washington Post

Jacob S. Braun serves as Lecturer of Cello at The University of California, Santa Barbara and as adjunct faculty at Chapman University's Conservatory of Music. Mr. Braun enjoys a multi-faceted career as a solo cellist, chamber musician and professor. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Braun joined the Penderecki String Quartet as Professor/Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. With the Penderecki String Quartet, he has appeared worldwide, having recently completed auspiciously recognized tours of Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, Spain and The United States. Mr. Braun won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with the Biava Quartet. Subsequently, In 2006, Mr. Braun joined the 2006 London String Quartet Competition 1st prize winners, the Formosa Quartet. Jacob Braun has earned praise as one of the most versatile and accomplished cellists of his generation, a cellist with "a distinctly warm . . . and gorgeous dark tone" --The St. Louis Dispatch. 

Tickets are $12 general; $7 seniors; $5 students; 17 and under FREE with paying adult; teachers with MTAC/CAPT contact the box office to receive complimentary tickets for your students or guest.  The ticket office is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 or order your tickets online at any time at

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California:  a complete lower-division curriculum for transferring music majors, numerous performance groups, private and group lessons, a full concert series with faculty and guest artists, and general music courses.  The nationally recognized faculty is dedicated to performance and to teaching in all areas such as vocal, instrumental, jazz, guitar and piano.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history and appreciation of western art music, rock, jazz and world.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit  For Fine Arts events, visit