A Mid-week Musical Interlude

Introducing “A Mid-week Musical Interlude,” a podcast from Pomona College Music Department. This series pulls excerpts from past concerts held in Bridges Hall of Music, affectionately known as “Little Bridges,” or Lyman Hall, by some of the department’s esteemed faculty members and some of our stellar student ensembles.

With public performances temporarily impossible, we are excited to venture into this new realm and give you a chance to meet something new or enjoy a familiar favorite. The program will share music from Balinese Gamelan to Classical and Electro-Acoustic.

Recent Podcast Episodes

Podcast transcripts are available.

Guitarist Jack Sanders performs Giuliani

August 12, 2020

This week we close our summer series, “A Mid-week Musical Interlude,” with award-winning guitarist Jack Sanders. In this episode he delights us with Mauro Giuliani’s Sonata, Op. 15, a three-movement work that offers an array of colors and textures from light to melancholic, but always dramatic. Published in 1808 while Giuliani lived in Vienna, the work represents more of a Beethoven-inspired style than that of Giuliani's native Italy. Incidentally, Mr. Sanders built the instrument he performs on for this performance.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Shostakovich and Beethoven with the acclaimed Mojave Trio

August 5, 2020

The Mojave Trio, with violinist Sara Parkins and faculty members Maggie Parkins, cello and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano, share music’s ability to express a gamut of emotion in this week’s episode. We will hear some life’s darkest and lightest moments in this podcast beginning with the first movement from Shostakovich’s Trio No. 2 in E minor. The movement opens with ghostly high sounds from the cello, joined gradually by a mournful violin part and somber bass lines in the piano. Written in 1944, this trio likely reflects the historical events weighing on the composer at the time. The music is grim but powerful. The group then lifts the heavy cloud with the final movement from Beethoven’s Trio in G Major. Written in Beethoven’s early years, it is filled with fun and games, bringing us all a bit of joy.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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The Pomona College Orchestra performs Respighi

July 29, 2020

Whisk off to Italy with the Pomona College Orchestra, Eric Lindholm, conducting, as the ensemble performs the two last movements of Respighi’s glorious Pines of Rome, “The Pines of the Janiculum” and “The Pines of the Appian Way.”

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Celebrating the Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electro Acoustic Music with selections from two previous festivals

July 22, 2020

We celebrate the Ussachevsky Memorial Festivals of Electro Acoustic Music this week with Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann’s Two Aphorisms with Interlude featuring pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee and recorded electronic sounds from the 2020 festival. Then, from 2018, we close with Missy Mazzoli’s Harp and Altar. The Eclipse Quartet — Sarah Thornblade and Sara Parkins, violins; Zach Dellinger, viola; and Maggie Parkins, cello – performs with excerpts from Hart Crane’s The Bridge, pre-recorded by singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane. We thank these performers and composers for letting us share their music this week.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Jin-Shan Dai, violin and Jennie Jung, piano perform Strauss and Massenet

July 15, 2020

Pomona College faculty pianist/lecturer Jennie Jung is joined this week by LA Philharmonic violinist Jin-Shan Dai in two beautiful selections. The duo opens with the second movement - Improvisation: Andante cantabile - from Richard Strauss’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 18, which is then followed by Méditation from Jules Massenet’s Thaïs.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Electro Acoustic Music with flutist Rachel Rudich

July 8, 2020

Recording artist and flutist Rachel Rudich performs the five-movement piece, Liminal Highway, written for flute, water bottles and electronics in 2016 by internationally acclaimed composer Christopher Cerrone. This recording is from the 28th Annual Ussachevsky Festival of Electro Acoustic Music on January 31, 2020.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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A Celebration of American Song with soprano Ursula Kleinecke

July 1, 2020

Ursula Kleinecke brings to life the poetry of two American writers – Dorothy Parker and Sara Teasdale – set to music by award-winning American composer Bruce Babcock. Selections include two works from This is What I Know – Four Poems of Dorothy Parker, “Fair Weather” and “Somebody’s Song” with Ken Foerch, alto saxophone; and Gayle Blankenburg, piano. Then Ms. Kleinecke closes with “Give Me Your Stars” joined by harpist Alison Bjorkedal.

The composer thanks the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for authorizing this use of Dorothy Parker's work.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Pomona College Choir and Orchestra perform Brahms and Mendelssohn

June 24, 2020

Pomona College Choir and Orchestra present the fourth movement, “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen,” of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem from their Spring 2016 performance. Following, are selections from Part 2 of Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, recorded at the Spring 2017 performance—“Behold, God the Lord passèd by,” along with “And then shall your light.” Eric Lindholm conducts the ensembles and Donna M. Di Grazia prepared the choral forces.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble performs music of G.F. Handel

June 17, 2020

The music of G.F. Handel, performed by the Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble, comprises this week’s podcast. Soprano Melissa Givens joins the period-instrument ensemble singing his German aria Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften, it is followed by the first two movements from his Trio Sonata in F Major, Op. 2, No. 4. The episode closes with the aria In den angenehmen Büschen, again with Ms. Givens.

Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble members performing are: Aki Nishiguchi, alto recorder; Alfred Cramer, violin; Roger Lebow, cello; and Graydon Beeks, harpsichord.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Genevieve Feiwen Lee performs keyboard gems by Couperin and Beethoven

June 10, 2020

Versatile keyboard artist Genevieve Feiwen Lee opens with the uplifting opening movement from Couperin’s harpsichord suite No. 25, and then moves to the piano for a performance of Beethoven’s stirring final movement from Sonata in E Major, opus 109.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Sonorous Organ Selections of Ibert and Guilmant with William Peterson

June 3, 2020

We are delighted to present two organ selections this week, performed on the C.B. Fisk (Op.117), Hill Memorial Organ by College Organist William J. Peterson from his CD “Recital at Bridges Hall.” The first is Alexandre Guilmant’s Choral, Op. 49, No. 3, composed in 1876, and it is followed by Jacques Ibert’s Choral: Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt from an anthology published in 1921. 

We are grateful to Loft Recordings, LLC for granting the Music Department permission to use tracks from Loft Recordings LRCD-1140, “Recital at Bridges Hall,” William J. Peterson, organ, for this podcast. Copyright 2019 Loft Recordings, LLC. All rights reserved • www.gothic-catalog.com

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Audio Engineering by: Loft Recordings
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Global Sounds from the Pacific Ocean with Gibb Schreffler and Bali with Giri Kusuma

May 27, 2020

Two selections from our ethnomusicology area comprise this week’s episode. The first, features Assistant Professor of Music Gibb Schreffler singing and playing on a period accordion, on a song popular on Pacific Ocean whaling ships in the mid-nineteenth century, “Roolin down to Old Mowhee.” Then we shift to Bali for “Bapang Selisir” a traditional Balinese Gamelan piece performed by Giri Kusuma, Pomona College’s Gamelan ensemble, with friends from Cal Arts, under the direction of Nyoman Wenten.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Soprano Melissa Givens in selections from past recitals

May 20, 2020

This week’s episode showcases soaring selections by Pomona College’s exquisite soprano Melissa Givens known for her beautiful and rich, singing. She shares excerpts from two recent recitals featuring the music of Haydn, Massenet, Purcell, Satie, Wolf and others. Ms. Givens is joined by pianists Shannon Hesse and Genevieve Feiwen Lee.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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"Reeding the Scales" by Tom Flaherty and the Pomona College Band

May 13, 2020

Today's episode features "Reeding the Scales," by faculty composer Tom Flaherty performed by the Pomona College Band, Stephen Klein conductor and Leslie Schroerlucke clarinet soloist.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Third Movement from Brahms's Requiem with the Pomona College Choir and Orchestra

May 5, 2020

Today we bring to you our first “Mid-Week Musical Interlude,” which features the third movement of the Brahms's Requiem, performed in Spring 2016 by the Pomona College Choir and Pomona College Orchestra, Eric Lindholm, conductor, and Donna M. Di Grazia, choir director. Steven Pence is the baritone soloist.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

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Introducing "A Mid-week Musical Interlude"

Apr. 28, 2020

Introducing “A Mid-week Musical Interlude,” a podcast from Pomona College Music Department. This series pulls excerpts from past concerts held in Bridges Hall of Music, affectionately known as “Little Bridges,” or Lyman Hall, by some of the department’s esteemed faculty members and some of our stellar student ensembles.

Introduction by: Melissa Givens
Concert Audio Engineering by: Barry Werger-Gottesman and student recording staff
Managed by: Elizabeth Champion
Produced by: Jeff Hing

Full Audio: