A musical warm up on this winter weekend. Hosted by a board-certified music therapist, your family will love learning about the cello in an environment that is designed specifically for children on the Autism spectrum and with sensory sensitivities. The concert experience includes instrument exploration before and after the show, a meet-and-greet with the featured musicians and a 35-minute performance.
Pre-concert Activities begin 30 minutes prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.
30 minutes prior to performance
Norcliffe Founders Room
Cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at age 3 conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony, among others. In 2015 Chan was a chosen artist for Fondation Louis Vuitton's Classe d'Excellence du Violoncelle with renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and has a growing internet presence with over 6.1 million views. Nathan studied with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School, where he recently earned his Master of Music.
Korean-born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14.
Mike Thomas is a board certified music therapist currently specializing in psychiatric music therapy at MultiCare hospital in Auburn. Previously, he worked at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue where he taught adapted music lessons and provided one-on-one and group music therapy sessions to children and adolescents. Thomas received his Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University, where he also studied voice and composition. Beyond his professional work, Thomas is a singer-songwriter and composer who enjoys writing, recording, and performing his original music.