Ken Leighton 5:01 p.m., Nov. 24
The Oberon Quintet
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Influences: Mozart, Dvorak
The Oberon Quintet includes violinists Ronald Goldman and Julie Park, violists Adam Birnbaum and Valerie Norton, and cellist Omar Firestone.
Ronald Goldman (the Gennaro Trio, the Deatherage Piano Quartet) is an ophthalmologist with the Eye Institute of California. He and his wife Wynnona founded the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop, a week-long, summer program for adult music professionals and gifted amateur musicians.
Julie Park is an attorney at Morrison Foerster and defends healthcare companies in product liability cases. She has played in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, and the La Jolla Symphony.
Adam Birnbaum is a software engineer who began studying violin at the age of eight in the Eastman School prep program. He switched to the viola during college where he performed in several university and community orchestras, including the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the University of Chicago Symphony and opera festival orchestras, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Peninsula Symphony, and the La Jolla Symphony.
Valerie Norton is an emergency room physician who has been playing the viola since age nine. Her musical training began in Colorado public schools and evolved to private study with members of the Boston Symphony. She has served as associate principal violist of the Boulder Philharmonic, as well as playing with the Yale Symphony, Vanderbilt Symphony, and the La Jolla Symphony.
A founding member of the Hutchins Consort, Omar Firestone has a Bachelor of Music from San Francisco State University and played with the California Chamber Orchestra and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. He is now an active soloist, teacher and chamber musician, as well as serving as principal cello of the Tijuana-based Orquesta de Baja California.