Pomona College faculty artists Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano, and Roger Lebow, cello, will be joined by Roland Kato, viola, and Teresa Ling, violin, in a program to celebrate Pomona College's 125th birthday, on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m., in Pomona College's Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). The concert is free and open to the public.
The highlight of the program is Gabriel Fauré's Quartet in G Minor, opus 45, which, according to Lee, "was chosen to perform because it shares the 125th anniversary with Pomona College, having been composed in 1887." Also on the program is Ludwig van Beethoven's Quartet in D Major, composed about 100 years prior to the Fauré quartet.
Violinist Teresa Ling has performed at Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA, since 1998, where she and Lee have performed on numerous occasions. There she serves as resident violinist and co-artistic director. She has served on the faculties of the Washington Conservatory, University of the Pacific, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and has been a member of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Dakota String Quartet, Mariposa Piano Trio and the Aurelian Trio. Additionally, she has performed and taught at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Italy), among others. As a member of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, she has toured nationally and internationally and has recorded CDs of chamber music by Mozart, Brahms, Dvoˇrák, and Martinu. Her awards and prizes include an artist fellowship from the South Dakota Arts Council, the Winnifred Small Solo Prize in London, and a Rotary Fellowship resulting in an advanced diploma from London's Royal Academy of Music.
Violist Roland Kato has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "a brilliant virtuoso, playing with the perfect combination of energy and eloquence." This internationally acclaimed viola recitalist and soloist has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1978 and was appointed principal viola in 1987. He has also held the principal position in many orchestras including the LA Opera orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. A sought-after chamber musician, Roland participates in many chamber series in Los Angeles. He was invited to appear as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has also performed with the New York New Music Ensemble. He was honored to join Yo-Yo Ma in a chamber music concert benefiting cancer research. Roland produced the first-ever recording of Telemann's Quatrième livre de quatuors, a collection of six chamber pieces performed by the period instrument ensemble American Baroque, on the Koch Classics International label. This Grammy-nominated recording has been re-released on the Music and Arts label.
Cellist Lebow is in his 20th year as the cello instructor at Pomona College. A familiar figure in the Los Angeles musical landscape, he is frequently heard as a soloist, chamber player and in the LA Opera pit. Lebow has recorded on the Delos, New World, Water Lily Acoustics, Spectral Harmonies and Albany labels.
Pianist Lee (Everett S. Olive Professor of Music at Pomona College) performs on piano, harpsichord, toy piano, keyboard and electronics. In solo and ensemble work, she has been heard throughout the U.S., and in China, Europe and South America. She recorded a work by Kurt Rohde for speaking pianist, released by Innova Records in fall 2012. Her solo piano CD, Elements (Albany Records), features the premiere recording of works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin, and she can be heard with mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato on An American Collage (Albany Records). In the Los Angeles area, she has been a guest performer with XTET and Southwest Chamber Music and has appeared on the Jacaranda series in Santa Monica. She is also a founding member of the Mojave Trio.