March 10, 2019
Nathan Nguyen, violin
Daisy Swanson, violin & viola
Melinda Coffey Armstead, organ
Duo no. 1 op. 99 Allegro Spiritoso . . . Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Passacaglia for Violin and Viola . . . Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935)
Air on the G String for Violin and Viola . . . J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata op. 3 no. 6 Allegro . . . J.M. Leclair (1697-1764)
A warm welcome back to our two young violinists: Daisy and Nathan! I first heard them at the Bach Festival Young Artist Showcase in July and learned that they are both students of David Dally, longtime colleague, performer, conductor and teacher on the Monterey peninsula.
Violinist Nathan Nguyen is passionate about music. During his current high school career at York School, Nathan has participated in CODA’s Honor Symphony, CCS Honor Orchestra, UOP’s Mahler at the Pacific, and the Bach Festival Young Artists’ Showcase. He was selected out of thousands of applicants to join the California All-State Orchestra. Currently, he plays with the MPC string ensemble and is the concertmaster of the YMM Honor Orchestra. His violin teacher for the past few years, along with Daisy, is David Dally. As a guitarist, he plays in the All-Star Jazz Band through the Monterey Jazz Festival. Nathan’s love for ocean life and conservation led him to volunteer with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Daisy Swanson, a junior at York School, plays violin and viola. She was selected to participate in the California All-State orchestra in the past few years for violin and viola, as well as participating in CODA’s Honor Symphony and the CCS Honor Orchestra. She was selected to play at UOP’s Mahler at the Pacific and the Bach Festival Young Artists’ Showcase. Daisy actively plays in YMM honors orchestra and MPC String Ensemble. Additionally, she acts as the Music Librarian and the Assistant Artistic Director for the Pacific Grove Pops Orchestra. Daisy studies with conductor and violinist, David Dally. Aside from music, Daisy also has vested interests in sciences, and ocean conservation, volunteering with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.