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Resident Performers

Resident Performers - Crown City String Quarter
The Crown City String Quartet has been the premier group featured in the HDCM Concert Series and an audience favorite since its debut in the High Desert Chamber Music inaugural concert. Founded in 2007, their performances have been praised as “sublime” and “simply moving and spectacular”.

Based in the Crown City, Pasadena, California, the members have worked together in the Motion Picture and TV recording studios and are current and former members and principal players of some of Southern California's most renowned music organizations, including the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Chamber Orchestra. They are regularly featured in a number of concert series in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

A recent review described the group's performance as "rich, smoky, heavy with nostalgia. Its textures were rendered with limpid gracefulness...felt old-fashioned in the best way: genuinely and unapologetically Romantic in the best of the Central European tradition." (Ted Esteban Ayala Villaroel, Culture Spot LA)

The group is dedicated to Educational Outreach efforts, and regularly conducts performances and Q&A sessions at various locations. They also instruct and mentor the Spotlight Chamber Players, a HDCM Educational Outreach program.

With a refreshing and unmistakable camaraderie that is present both on and off-stage, the group is recognized for delivering dynamic and engaging performances of standard repertoire.
Upcoming Concerts:

Friday, January 13, 2023 @ 11:00am
HDCM Educational Outreach - Crown City String Quartet
Caldera High School - Bend, Oregon
Admission: Private event    


Friday, January 13, 2023 @ 6:00pm
HDCM Music & Friends series - Crown City String Quartet
Private residence - Bend, Oregon
Admission: Private event    

Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 7:30pm
High Desert Chamber Music Concert Series - Crown City String Quartet
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon - 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd. Bend, Oregon
William Grant Still’s “Danzas de Panama”

Florence Price’s “Andante Cantabile”

Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum”
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet Op.44 No.3
Tickets available through High Desert Chamber Music

Isabelle LaForêt Senger
Violinist Isabelle LaForêt Senger is an active chamber musician and founding member of the Crown City String Quartet. She currently serves as Executive Director of High Desert Chamber Music.
Isabelle LaForêt Senger sits in auditorim- Crown City String Quartet
Kevin Kumar plays the violin - Crown City String Quartet
Kevin Kumar
Kevin Kumar has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among numerous other orchestras. Kumar has also been active as an orchestral player, serving as Concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Valeri Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov in tours throughout major European cultural centers.
Carrie Holzman-Little
Carrie has spent the past twenty years as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.In addition to her work as a performer, Ms. Holzman-Little holds the position of Personnel Manager of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Music Paradigm, and Orchestra Santa Monica.
Carrie Holzman-Little holds her violin - Crown City String Quartet
Dane Little holds his Cello - Crown City String Quartet
Dane Little
Cellist Dane Little is a native of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Music from Washington State University. After studies with Stephen Kates in Baltimore and Claus Adam in Aspen, Mr. Little came to Los Angeles to study with Robert Martin at the California Institute of the Arts, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts.
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