Special Events

Winter Benefit Recital
Nathan Olson, violin, Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

January 27, 2018, 7:30pm

Distinguished Crowden School alumnus Nathan Olson ('01), Co-Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, performs an unforgettable evening of chamber works with esteemed pianist Jeffrey LaDeur.


      • Mozart Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454
      • Stravinsky Suite Italienne
      • Enescu Impromptu Concertant
      • Brahms Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

General admission tickets are $125 and include a dessert and wine reception with the artists following the concert. Proceeds will benefit music education programs and scholarships at Crowden.

Crowden members at the Patron ($500) level and higher receive complimentary tickets to the Winter Benefit, as well as to an exclusive reception prior to the concert. For more information on Crowden's membership program, or to RSVP as a Patron member or higher, please contact Kerri Gawryn at kgawryn@crowden.org or 510.559.6910 ext. 120.

About Nathan Olson

A native of Berkeley, California, violinist Nathan Olson began his appointment as Co-Concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2011. In 2013, he was appointed Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Texas College Of Music. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music's prestigious Concertmaster Academy, where he studied with William Preucil and Paul Kantor. Currently Concertmaster of the Breckenridge Music Festival, he has participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Bravo Vail Music Festival and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Nathan is a member of the Baumer String Quartet with fellow Crowden School alumni Aaron and David Requiro. BSQ's debut recording will be coming out in the next year. The BSQ serves on faculty at Crowden's summer Chamber Music Workshop and the Monterey Chamber Music Workshop, and has held residencies at several institutions, including the University of North Texas, the University of South Florida, and the University of South Dakota.

A winner of the Joseph and Elsie Scharff prize in violin at CIM, Nathan has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra.

In recent seasons, Nathan has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Omaha, and Tucson, and as Principal Second Violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Nathan attended the Crowden School for fourth through ninth grades, graduating in 2001. At Crowden, he studied with Rachel Durling, Brigitte Mancini, and Anne Crowden, whom he studied with until he left for Cleveland in 2002. While completing his Bachelors degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nathan earned minors in both Mathematics and Music Theory.

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