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Program: Saturday Afternoon Concert on April 17, Plucked String Extravaganza

Pomona College Department of Music
Recorded Sunday, February 22, 2015
Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College

Concert Program

Joti Rockwell, mandolin
Jack Sanders, baroque and classical guitars
Jason Yoshida, theorbo and baroque lute


Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741):  Trio in G Minor, RV 85
           Andante molto

Mr. Rockwell, mandolin; Mr. Sanders, baroque guitar; Mr. Yoshida, theorbo

Ennemond Gaultier (c.1575 – 1651):  Pieces in D Minor from various 17th-century manuscripts
          Courante, “Le Canon”
          Tombeau de Mesangeau
          La Cardinalle
Gaultier:  Pieces in F Major from various 17th-century manuscripts
          Prelude in F Major
          La Cascade

Mr. Yoshida, baroque lute

Mauro Giuliani (1781 – 1829): Sonata in C Major, Op. 15
          Allegro spirito
          Adagio con grand expression
          Finale – Allegro vivace

Karl Kohn (b. 1926):  Soliloquy V, premiere

Mr. Sanders, guitars

Vivaldi:  Trio Sonata in C Major, RV 82
           Allegro non molto

Mr. Rockwell, mandolin; Mr. Sanders, baroque guitar; Mr. Yoshida, theorbo


This performance is is generously supported by the Robert C. Mitchell ’26 Memorial Fund. Pomona College is grateful to its alumni and friends whose continuing generosity makes this and other programs presented by the Department of Music possible.

About the Artists


Praised by Mark Swed as “eloquent and serious,” Jason Yoshida specializes in solo and continuo performance on lutes and historical guitars. He has performed with Les Surprises Baroques, Angeles Consort, Con Gioia, Corona Del Mar Baroque Festival Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Singers. Yoshida accompanied Placido Domingo in L.A. Opera’s production of Handel’s Tamerlano. He has played continuo in opera productions at UCSB and USC, and at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Bach Collegium San Diego and the Hawaii Early Music Society. He has performed and recorded with Ciaramella at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Houston Early Music Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Getty Museum, Da Camera Society, and in Hawaii, Arizona and San Diego. Yoshida received international recognition for his CD Mozart Encomium, featuring the world premiere recording of Scheidler’s virtuosic “Variations on a theme by Mozart” for baroque lute. Yoshida can be heard on Ciaramella’s CD Dances on Movable Grounds and recordings released by Radio Bremen and Yale University Press. Yoshida received a Bachelor of Music from UC Santa Barbara, a Master of Music in classical guitar and a Doctor of Musical Arts in early music from the USC Thornton School of Music. Yoshida teaches guitar at Pomona College and lute for the early music department at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Honored in 2013 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Guitar Society, Jack Sanders’ performances have included appearances at The Sitka, Kapalua and Arrowhead Bach Festivals. He has performed with the St. Petersburg, Colorado and Angeles String Quartets. Recent performances include Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Claremont Symphony and premiere performances of the Concerto for Resonator Guitar and Orchestra by Gabriel Bolaños with the Mill Valley Philharmonic. This year, Sanders will tour Ohio, Louisiana and Florida on behalf of The Piatigorsky Foundation.
          With his duo partner violinist Clayton Haslop, he has appeared at two GFA Festivals, in Merkin Hall (New York), the Oregon Bach Festival and in concerts from Hawaii and Alaska to Maine. The Haslop/Sanders Duo toured for the California Arts Council, and a 1988 tour of China included the Shanghai Conservatory, where Mr. Sanders was the first U.S. guitarist to appear after the Cultural Revolution. The duo has recorded for Centaur and Townhall. Mr. Sanders has also recorded the preludes of Ponce, Villa-Lobos and Carlevaro, which Townhall Records released in 2000.
          Along with oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton, Mr. Sanders has appeared at the International Music Festival of Costa Rica and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival. He has given premiere performances of Las Folios D’Espana, a concerto by Louis Moyse, Music in 4 Sharps by Ian Krouse and the U.S. premiere of Raymond Luedeke’s Elemental Dances with the Colorado String Quartet. 
          An accomplished luthier, Sanders builds modern guitars, vihuelas, baroque guitars and 19th-century instruments. Recently, he built Rene Lacôte (c. 1830) copies for the San Francisco Conservatory and Yale University, and baroque guitars after Stradivarius (1700) for the UCLA Baroque Ensemble and CSU Dominguez Hills. A faculty member of Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University since 1980, he received his degrees from California Institute of the Arts in 1980.

Joti Rockwell joined the Pomona College faculty in 2007 and has taught courses in music theory (Music 4, 80, and 82), popular music (Music 68), rhythm (ID1) and music and natural order (ID1). He does research in the realms of American popular music, mathematical music theory, roots music, rhythm and meter, genre and analysis. He is published in the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Ethnomusicology and Popular Music, and he has work forthcoming in the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music. Joti has presented at conferences of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-U.S., the International Council for Traditional Music, the Society for American Music, the International Country Music Conference and the Society for Ethnomusicology, as well as national and regional meetings of the Society for Music Theory. He previously served as chair of the Society for Music Theory’s Popular Music Interest Group, and he is currently on the editorial board of Music Theory Online. He received a BS in Physics and Music from Haverford College in 1997, after which he recorded and toured professionally as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist in the acoustic duo Rockwell Church. He received his PhD in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago in 2007, with a dissertation examining the sonic and discursive foundations of bluegrass music. He performs roots music, bluegrass, and contemporary concert music on the acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo, and has been performing as part of Pomona College’s Balinese gamelan since 2008. In 2012, he received a Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Program from the 2015 concert.