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Department of Music Announces 2011 Spring Concert Season

This spring, Pomona College’s Department of Music presents a season of concerts with a strong focus on contemporary music. The College has a long history of featuring renowned guest artists from around the globe, as well as their own esteemed performing faculty and stunning student ensembles,

The season highlights include:

The 19th Annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival opens Friday, February 4th. Among the highlights of the two-day event are evening concerts and a special lecture/demonstration with Austrian composer/performer, improviser and media artist Karlheinz Essl.

February also brings Zimbabwean performing ensemble Chinyakare; the music of Arnold Schoenberg including a performance of his “Ode to Napoleon,” and more, and a discussion with Schoenberg’s granddaughter, Melanie Schoenberg and others; and a stunning two-piano celebration with Karl and Margaret Kohn performing music by Bartók, Boulez and Castaldi.

The month of March welcomes Chinese composer Ge Gan-ru to campus, as well as a program combining his works with Zhou Long’s and another performance of Schoenberg’s “Ode to Napoleon” performed by the Los Angeles-based Eclipse String Quartet with pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Michael Friedman as narrator. For a completely different sound, College Organist William Peterson will perform Saint-Saëns, Vierne, Kohn and Krenck later in the month.

April highlights include a recital with violinist Andrew McIntosh and pianist Gayle Blankenburg in a program of Ligeti, Schubert and Shostakovich; cellist Roger Lebow, pianist Karl Kohn and marimba player Nick Terry in new music for the trio; and array of student ensemble performances including the Pomona College Orchestra and Choir in two performances of Verdi’s Requiem with guest soprano soloist Lucy Shelton’65.

The spring season closes in May with additional student ensembles in performance. Additionally, Pomona College and Scripps College music departments present the Friday Noon Concert series for 10 Fridays between February 11 and May 6, 2011.

Contact: Elizabeth Champion, (909) 607-2671