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Elan McMahan and Daniel Grab

April 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Pianist, Elan McMahan, and cellist, Daniel Grab, will delight audiences with their classical program featuring works by Dvorak, Debussy, and Barber.


Elan McMahan works in the arts community as a pianist and musical director. She has appeared as piano soloist with several local orchestras; her next concert will be with North Coast Symphony on June 2, where she will perform the Shostakovich 2nd piano concerto. Elan’s work as musical director can be seen on many San Diego stages.  This year she will musically direct two Old Globe productions:  The Lorax  and  Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She will also musically direct Moonlight’s upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Elan’s work has received critical acclaim, including three Craig Noel Outstanding Musical Direction Awards from the San Diego Critics Circle: the 2017 award for Moonlight’s In The Heights, the 2015 award for Moonlight’s Big Fish and the third for a body of 2012 work which included Moonlight’s Fiddler on the Roof and Sweeney Todd and The Globe’s As You Like It.  She holds piano performance degrees from Brigham Young University and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and is an associate faculty member at Mira Costa College. Elan dedicates today’s performance to the memory of her mentor, Jane Smisor Bastien (1936-2018).



As a private teacher in Southern California, Daniel has worked with beginning students through college graduates.  His students have performed with local orchestras, and have won scholarships to such programs as Crossroads School, Center Stage Strings, and Aspen Music Festival.

In Summer of 2014, Daniel was on the cello faculty at Luzerne Music Center in upstate New York.  There, he performed chamber music with principal players of the Sarasota Orchestra, soloist and music center president Elizabeth Pitcairn, and assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Michelle Kim.

Holding a Bachelor degree and graduate certificate from the University of Southern California, and Masters from California State University Northridge, Daniel has studied under the nation’s finest teachers including Rachael Lonergan, Andrew Cook, Dr. Richard Naill, Ron Leonard, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Alexander Suleiman, and Diane Roscetti.

As a freelance musician throughout southern California, Daniel is principal cellist of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, and is an active performer, appearing with local bands, in recital, and soloing with area orchestras.

In his free time Daniel enjoys exploring the Southern California Coastline in pursuit of uncrowded waves.



April 5, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


Palomar Performing Arts


Howard Brubeck Theatre
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069 United States
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