Lodi piano trio to debut Sunday at Hutchins Street Square – Entertainment & Life – recordnet.com


Chase Loeb, a pianist since the age of 5, expected to focus on composing music when he and his wife, Carol Ann, moved to Lodi, where she once had family.

“We started playing when I saw this beautiful environment, the wineries. There was a need to fit the culture,” Chase Loeb said.

He and Carol Ann, a cellist, performed as the duet, Music with Strings Attached, at weddings and wineries.

On Sunday they debut their piano trio — not yet named — with violinist Amy Lindsey at Hutchins Street Square, part of the Community Concert Association’s Hometown Showcase.

In addition to the piano trio, Lodi High School’s advanced choir, the Meistersingers, will perform, as will singer Sierra Dalton, accompanied by pianist Bhakpi Chan, a graduate of University of the Pacific (and a student of pianist Frank Wiens), who teaches at B Sharp School of Music, which the Loebs have owned for a year.

Bhakpi is one of 19 teachers at the school, which has 200 to 300 students from toddlers through adults.

Carol Ann Loeb had been an educator in Arizona — she grew up in Chandler — directing middle school and high school orchestras when she went to the University of Northern Colorado for a master’s degree. Chase Loeb, a Colorado native, met her there and after they graduated, they moved to Lodi seven years ago.

He was composing and teaching out of his home and eventually they both taught at B Sharp. They became managers of the school and bought it last year. Now, they’re looking to expand it. Loeb said interest is high with more and more schools eliminating music.

Music is as much a part of Chase Loeb’s life as breathing.

He started playing piano at 5 and by 12 or 13 thought he wanted to quit, but his parents told him he could make that decision at 16.

“I guess they thought I’d be mature enough then,” he said. “By then I was in love with it. I would practice three or four hours a day and wanted to study music and become an educator and performer.”

He started writing music in his teens and continues to do so.

He and Carol Ann have produced one CD of their original music written as piano/cello duets. One piece they co-wrote, “Fantasy,” was on the CD, and when Zion Music Festival director Paul Kimball heard it, he asked the couple to score the music for a full orchestra. They did and it was performed at the Zion event in January.

Work on a second CD is underway, but teaching takes up much of their time.

“When I moved here I was going to perform and I was an accompanist at Delta and UOP,” Chase Loeb said. “I was performing, but I’m a composer. I still do that. Teaching was something I knew was going to happen. I was pursuing performance, but teaching was something I fell into. Now that I’m involved with the school, I see how important it is, what a cool experience it is. I knew at some point I would be teaching.”

His wife was always a committed educator. In addition to the school, she recently became the cello instructor at San Joaquin Delta College.

He loves the school, which will soon change its name — because of a licensing issue — and take over a neighboring house to meet its growing needs.

There’s a classical background to what they teach, but lessons veer into contemporary music, singer/songwriter hits and anything else that interests students.

Chase Loeb has played a variety of music over the years, but he loves classical, his favorite composer being Johann Sebastian Bach.

“His music is so organic,” he said. “It feels like it’s internal, inspired by God. He taps into something deeper. It’s so old and so before any other music and composer. There’s so much he wrote. It showcases the instruments’ virtuosity, really used instruments to the fullest. It has a transcendental quality, meditative, almost. I love the beauty in that.”

He’s trying to share that with young musicians and if they prefer more contemporary music, that’s OK, too.

“It’s all about music education and getting youth interested in music education,” Loeb said.

 

Contact reporter Lori Gilbert at (209) 546-8284 or lgilbert@recordnet.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorigrecord.



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