Restoration Concerts Are Returning Jan. 12

Violinist Roger Wilkie is concertmaster for John Williams motion-picture scores, including the most recent installments of the Star Wars franchise. Courtesy photo

The popular Restoration Concerts Series returns to the Community Room of the South Pasadena Library on Sunday, Jan. 12, when the Speltz Family and Friends piano and string quartet performs a program of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Dvorak.

Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 16 will be on the program, along with Prokofiev’s Five Melodies for Piano and Violin, op. 35 and Dvorak’s Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 87.

The program begins at 4 p.m., and tickets are $20 at the door. The Community Room is located at 1100 El Centro St. For more information, call (626) 799-6333.

The musicians featured are:

Roger Wilkie, violin: He began his studies at age 13 and eight years later joined the L.A. Chamber Orchestra as one of its youngest members. In 1990 he was named concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony, and was a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet. Since 2005, he has served as concertmaster for the motion-picture scores of legendary composer John Williams, including the most recent installments of the Star Wars franchise.

Connie Kupka, viola: A native Angelino, graduate of UCLA and a scholarship recipient to study chamber music with the Guarneri Quartet at the Yale Summer Festival in Connecticut. Kupka is a co-founder of the Arriga Quartet, a participant in festivals throughout the United States and has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

David Speltz, cello: Began his formal studies with Eleanore Schoenfeld, has a Master’s degree in mathematics from UCLA and has performed at the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center and the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. Speltz has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and has performed with studio orchestras in over 500 films.

Dominic Cheli, piano: Cheli was winner of the 2017 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition and is a native of St. Louis. He has performed with orchestras abroad and across the United States and is committed to engaging with his surrounding communities, giving master classes and lectures for his younger audiences. His studies have taken place at the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and the Colburn School.

For the past 24 years, the non-profit Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library has presented the popular Restoration Concerts series, bringing world-class musicians to the community.