Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk: Aaron Schwartz & Ken Kubota


Did you know: Many CLMF Artists, who now call Caroga their summer home, were just friends of Artistic Director Kyle Price at first?

For instance, violinist Aaron Schwartz was Kyle’s freshman roommate at Cleveland Institute of Music. And cellist Ken Kubota was Kyle’s childhood friend who played chamber music together growing up in Columbus. OH. Hear more about Aaron and Ken this Thursday at our live interactive Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk!

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – LIVE from 5:15 – 6:00 pm EDT

Special Guests:
Aaron Schwartz, violin, KASA Quartet member (CLMF ’12, ’14-’20)
Ken Kubota, cello, JHMJams founder (CLMF ’14-’20)

Moderated by Kyle Price, Artistic & Executive Director of Caroga Arts

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive an invitation link via email.

Happy Hour Music QuaranTalk offers a fun opportunity to get to know our CLMF Artists and learn more about music and performance. Talks may include discussions on the life of an artist, musical works, music history, and more. Join us for an interactive musical talk and enjoy from your home with a glass of wine or your favorite drink!

QuaranTalks are open to the public and welcome all ages.

Donations to our virtual tip jar will be split between our special guests and Caroga Arts. Any amount is appreciated!

From CLMF 2016, Aaron and Ken perform some “Djangology” in Kyle’s room; produced by JHMJams

May 7 QuaranTalk Special Guests:

Aaron SchwartzAaron Schwartz is an accomplished orchestral, chamber, fiddler, and jazz musician. He creates chamber music arrangements and performs them regularly as a performing artist with the Caroga Lake Music Festival and as a founding member of the KASA Quartet.As an orchestral musician, Aaron is Concertmaster of Opera Project Columbus and Assistant Concertmaster of LaCrosse Symphony. He also performs in CityMusic Cleveland, Nat28, and the Ohio Valley Symphony. He has soloed with the Danville Symphony and participated in master classes with Rachel Barton Pine, Peter Salaff, Michael Tree, Joseph Silverstein and the Cavani String Quartet. As a teacher, Aaron is an Associated Faculty member at the Chamber Music Connection in Worthington, Ohio where he coaches chamber music and improvisation.Aaron received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and an Advanced Musical Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon under the tutelage of Andres Cardenes.

Ken Kubota

Ken James Kubota, celebrated by The New York Times for his “dynamic performance,” has found unprecedented success in a career spanning performance, education, and social media. He is best known for founding the viral video series JHM Jams: unique arrangements of pop tunes performed by a rotating cast of top classical and jazz musicians. Recognized by Glamour Magazine, the series has received over 3,000,000 YouTube views and has led to high-profile performances in Google’s YouTube Space and Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

A passionate educator and Juilliard graduate, Mr. Kubota also serves as cello instructor at top preparatory schools in the nation, including Peabody Preparatory, and has spoken to students at Juilliard as an authority on entrepreneurship.

Singer Demi Lovato watches CLMF Artists perform her song on Ken’s JHJams

The Loon Call – May 4, 2020

On this week’s episode of The Loon Call, Kyle shares his stories of growing up playing chamber music with Ken Kubota and Aaron Schwartz.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. If you are able, we hope you will consider contributing to Caroga Arts so we can continue our mission to Reignite the Caroga Experience. We deeply appreciate your support – no amount is too little during these unprecedented times.

Thank you from the entire Caroga Arts family.

Lakeside Classics
We are excited to present to you a series of recorded CLMF performances from our archives! Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks, and enjoy our new selections below.
Schoenberg: Notturno for Strings and Harp
Caroga Arts Ensemble, Aaron Schwartz, solo violin
Gade: String Octet in F major, Op 17 (IV. Finale Allegro vivace)
Andy Liang, Aaron Schwartz, Mark Chien, Wes Luke, violins; Tonya Burton, Deborah Price, violas; Kyle Price, Ray Kim, cellos