concert series | no time to waste | vortex of breath

Vortex of breath

Friday, May 25
7:30 pm

Doors open at 7pm


Benjamin Smolen, Flute
Johanna Borenstein, Flute
Joseph Morris, Clarinet
Jessica Perlman, Oboe
Jennifer Hsiao, Piano 


Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Rogerson
River Tales No. 1: Fish Will Rise

Zhou Tian
Unheard Wishes

John Cage
In a Landscape

Howard Hansen

Christopher Theofanidis
World Premiere | Lakshmi and the Seed of Divine Desire 

The concert will be followed by a live discussion with composers Christopher Theofanidis and Reena Esmail.

about the artisTS

Benjamin Smolen is Principal Flute of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and has performed as soloist and chamber musician around the world. He has performed as guest Principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, and San Diego Symphony and can be heard on the soundtracks to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Ghostbusters, among others. Benjamin has been a prize winner at many competitions, including First Prize at the Haynes International and Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competitions. He is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Academy summer program and has been a guest teacher at universities across the United States. His students regularly perform with the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and the California All-State ensembles and have gone on to study at top conservatories and to win prizes in numerous national competitions. Benjamin hold degrees from Princeton University and the New England Conservatory and studied with Paula Robison, Michael Parloff, Amy Porter, and Elizabeth Rowe. He is a William S. Haynes Artist and performs on a handmade, custom-crafted Haynes 14-karat gold flute.

Johanna Borenstein is an active orchestral and chamber musician in Los Angeles and Principal Flute of the Modesto Symphony. She frequently plays principal flute with LA Opera, Pasadena Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Eastern Sierra Symphony and the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon. She is a substitute flutist with the Pacific Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Hawaii Ballet, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Merced Symphony among others. She was the winner of the San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Gold. Competition and Semi-Finalist in the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She has recorded the Nielsen Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the The Hartt School Symphony Orchestra as prize winner in the Paranov Concerto Competition. Johanna is a highly sought after teaching artist in Los Angeles. She currently has a private studio and is on faculty at Mt. St. Mary’s College. She is a coach for Junior Chamber Music Los Angeles branch. She has previous experience as the Mentor Teaching Artist for the Jumpstart Program at the Colburn School of Music and was the Donald E. Hudson Visiting Artist at Cal Tech. Johanna holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and The Colburn School. She has studied with John Wion, Tim Day, Jim Walker and Sarah Jackson. Johanna is on the board of the Los Angeles Flute Guild and affiliated with the San Diego Flute Guild and National Flute Association.

Joseph Morris is the Principal Clarinet of the Pacific Symphony where he holds the Hanson Family Foundation Chair. As the first prize winner of the 42nd Ima Hogg Competition, Mr. Morris is the recipient of the 2017 Grace Woodson Memorial Award and has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Other recent engagements as soloist include appearances with the Burbank Philharmonic, Madison Symphony Orchestra and Downey Symphony Orchestra as well as a performance of John Adams’ “Gnarly Buttons” conducted by the composer with the Colburn Orchestra. Mr. Morris has been awarded the first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Competition and concerto competitions at the Music Academy of the West, the USC Thornton School of Music and the National Repertory Orchestra. He was a semifinalist at the Fifth Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Odense, Denmark in 2013. Mr. Morris has appeared as Guest Principal Clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at the Colorado Music Festival. He has previously held Principal Clarinet positions with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin. Mr. Morris received a Professional Studies Certificate from The Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2014 where he studied with Yehuda Gilad. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music in May 2012.

Jessica Pearlman Fields, is currently the principal oboist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, CA, a position she won after completing her Master of Music degree in 2009 at The Juilliard School. While in New York, she performed and toured with some of the city's most esteemed ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. As a soloist, she has been featured with the San Jose Chamber Symphony, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, SHUFFLE Concert (NY), and the Mansfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra where she also served as principal oboe as an undergraduate student. Shortly after moving to Southern California, Ms. Fields was introduced to the world of Hollywood studio music and has since played on close to one hundred recordings, including the last two films in the Star Wars saga under the musical direction of John Williams and on albums with legendary artists Barbra Streisand and Seal. Intrigued by both science and music, Ms. Fields earned Bachelor’s degrees in oboe performance and neuroscience from Oberlin College as a pre-med student. Her summer research in brain tumor models was presented at the 2006 conference of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Please visit her online here.


About The Concert Series


The concert series No Time To Waste (NTTW) is presented by Moskowitz Bayse, in collaboration with Stephanie Yu.