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Virtuosity Defined with The Black Cedar Trio

The Black Cedar Trio

The Black Cedar Trio Virtuosity Defined with The Black Cedar Trio

The Black Cedar Trio, the award-winning ensemble of flute, cello, and guitar brings their concert tour, “Virtuosity Defined” to the Temescal Arts Center, with music of Bach, Paganini, Piazzolla, and Chile’s Javier Contreras. The artistry of these works will deliver food for the soul, and their technical brilliance will deliver candy for the ears. Black Cedar is proud to offer complimentary h’ordeuvres and handcrafted wines from St. Jorge Winery of Lodi for all concert attendees on this concert tour.

Trio Sonata in C Minor from Musical Offering by Johann Sebastian Bach
Terzetto in D Major, M. S. 69 by Nicolò Paganini
Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Tres Colores (2018) by Javier Contreras, commissioned by The Black Cedar Trio

Kris Palmer, flute
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Steven Lin, guitar

As a rare ensemble dedicated to music for flute, cello, and guitar, The Black Cedar Trio creates, discovers, and re-imagines works for this unique combination. The trio’s accolades include multiple grants from both the Zellerbach Family Foundation and InterMusic SF, plus an invite to the National Flute Association Convention. Their 2016 debut album, A Path Less Trod has earned critical praise, with Stephen Smoliar’s The Rehearsal Studio blog writing, “While the instrumentation is unconventional, it is surprisingly effective…Black Cedar is particularly effective for the rhetoric of intimacy they establish.”

Flutist, Kris Palmer is a first prize winner in the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition, second prize winner in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and a Carnegie Hall Recital Debut Award winner with Artists International. Cellist, Isaac-Pastor Chermak is Assistant Principal Cellist with Opera San Jose, Associate Principal Cellist with Stockton Symphony, and Principal Cellist with Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa. Guitarist, Steven Lin is Professor of Guitar at San Jose State University and first prize winner of the Boston GuitarFest Competition and the East Carolina University Guitar Competition.

Since their formation in 2013, the trio has performed over 80 concerts throughout California, commissioned eight new works for their unique instrument group, and appeared repeatedly on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, KKUP 91.5 FM in San Jose, and KWMR 90.5 FM in Marin County. San Francisco Classical Voice writes, “Audiences will be fortunate for the opportunity to hear these three musicians pave their own unique road.” And, the San Francisco Examiner says, “Black Cedar has done a wonderful job of making the case that chamber music can involve approaches to instrumentation not usually expected.”

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Trio Sonata from Musical Offering


Terzetto in D Major




Tres Colores


Kris Palmer

Director, Flutist

Steve Lin