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Fall 2020 A Virtual Celebration of Sounds

Pomona College’s Department of Music announces its fall 2020 concert season featuring a collection of virtual concerts and a new Saturday afternoon radio program in collaboration with the college’s radio station, KSPC 88.7FM.

Kicking off the virtual concerts is the department’s annual presentation of Celliola and Friends featuring the popular local faculty duo of violist Cynthia Fogg and cellist/composer Tom Flaherty on Sunday, Oct. 11. Joining the accomplished duo are faculty members soprano Melissa Givens, baritone Scott Graff, mandolin-player Joti Rockwell and pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee. The eclectic program opening the season includes selections by Flaherty, Eric Moe, Oliver Dubon ’20 and Emeritus Professor of Music Karl Kohn.

The following weekend on Sunday, Oct. 18 Genevieve Feiwen Lee will offer a special solo piano recital, “Of Dreams, Dance and Spirit.” The program features an array of international composers including Juhi Bansal, Margaret Bonds, Fanny Mendelssohn, Karen Tanaka, Zenobia Powell Perry, Gao Ping and Joshua Uzoigwe from China, Nigeria, USA and Germany, bound to inspire our imaginations.

In the program “Out of the Shadows: Art Songs by Black Composers” soprano Melissa Givens, joined on piano by Lee, will celebrate the often-overlooked songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price and Perry. The program goes live on Nov. 8.

Rounding out the scheduled virtual series later in November (date to be confirmed) is the Pomona Valley Tuba Quartet in “400 Years of Music for the Tuba and Euphonium,” Members are Phil Keen, euphonium; Stephen Klein, tuba/euphonium; Beth Mitchell, tuba; and Joe Jackson, tuba. They will be joined by Jennie Jung, piano; and Gibb Schreffler, narrator in music from yesterday and today including Dowland, Gabrieli, Nehlybel, Plog and others.

The concerts go live at 3 p.m. on the dates listed above and links are available on the Music Department website. All virtual concerts will also be available on-demand for a limited time.

Adding to the virtual concerts this year, the department is also partnering with KSPC 88.7FM, in a collaboration to reprise six concerts from previous years. Erica Tyron, Director of Student Media said of the project, “I am very excited that we will be able to broadcast some of your previous concerts, with hopes we can reach members in our community who would be missing attending a Music Department concert in person.” The program “Saturday Afternoon Concerts” will air at 1 p.m.  on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19, the programs will feature past concerts from Fall 2016 to Spring 2019.

For more information and links to all these performances visit our concert website.