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Restoration Concerts Season Begins Sept. 24

The new season of Restoration Concerts begins on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. with a piano and violin duo. Nathan Cole, violin, and Cindy Lam, piano, will be performing Bach’s C Major solo sonata, Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, Brahms’ G Major Sonata and Piazzolla’s Oblivion.
Tickets will be available at the door for $25. The concert will be held in the historic Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro St. in South Pasadena.
Cole, Los Angeles Philharmonic First Associate Concertmaster, joined the orchestra in 2011. He has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and principal second violin of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of 10. Cole’s articles and videos on practicing, performing, teaching and auditioning have helped thousands of violinists worldwide. In addition to his online teaching, Cole is a faculty member at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Pianist Cindy Lam will play at the Restoration Concerts season opening performance Photo courtesy Stephen Schauer

Sought after by world class musicians, pianist Lam has performed with critically acclaimed musicians such as multiple Grammy winner American cellist Lynn Harrell; concertmasters of the L.A. Phil, L.A. Opera and Hollywood Bowl Orchestras; members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; as well as Konstantin Boyarsky, principal viola of Royal Opera House — Covent Garden, and Nitzan Haroz, principal trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2019, Lam performed in an 18-city tour of China with violinist Chin Kim.
In addition to tickets available for purchase at the door, season tickets are now on sale for $136 for eight concerts. Purchasing the season saves concertgoers $64 over ticket prices at the door. For more information, contact or go to
The Restoration Concerts Committee, a committee of the nonprofit organization The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, has a goal to bring world-class music at an affordable price to concertgoers in South Pasadena and surrounding communities. As the name suggests, net proceeds from the concerts fund restorations, enhancements and other benefits to the South Pasadena Library and Community Room.

First published in the September 15 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

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