Pomona College’s Department of Music announces its Fall 2017 season featuring an eclectic offering of music from a wide range of genres, eras and musical backgrounds. Special performances and guests will join Pomona College’s performance faculty and student ensembles on the schedule.

Among the special guests are guitar duo Johannes Möller and Laura FraticelliCD HotList critic Rick Anderson has called their playing and unique fusion of Swedish perfection and Argentinian passion, “exquisite.” First prizewinner of the 2010 GFA Concert Artist Competition and numerous other competitions, Möller is also an award-winning composer with the Swedish newspaper Göteborgsposten writing, “What is to become of Johannes Möller? A Swedish Mozart – in our time?” Fraticelli has been praised for her beautiful tone and passionate interpretations, “When Laura plays the guitar it sounds as if the strings are made of velvet. Exquisite and sensitive, yet distinct,” (Vimmerby Tidning, Sweden). The duo has performed throughout Europe, North and South America as well as on radio and TV, and released a recording with the works of Johann Kaspar Mertz for the Naxos label. They will perform on September 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.

Later in the month, acclaimed baritone Nmon Ford returns to present his new and eclectic production entitled “ORFEUS,” which has been described by Ford as “a mashup of opera, house music, theater and film.” It comes to Bridges Hall of Music on September 23, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Coming for performances November 17, 18 and 19, Boris Berman will join the Pomona College Orchestra in two concerts – Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. – and offer a solo recital of music by Brahms at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Praised for his sound imagination, “His ability to transfer it to the keyboard is unique, creating an intriguing world of sound-complexities which makes his performance a very special and unusual experience,” (The Jerusalem Post, Israel) and The New York Times writes of his performance of Brahms’ Opus 118, “The pieces were exemplary: clean, carefully planned and then sensitively played, as if the pianist were in the midst of a meticulously structured reverie. Mr. Berman's playing was technically adept and charged with energy and intelligence.”

In addition to these special programs, the fall season offers a celebratory Inaugural Kick-off concert in honor of incoming Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr on October 7 at 3 p.m., with performances by faculty and students including: Gwendolyn Lytle, soprano; Scott Graff, baritone; Gibb Schreffler, voice, bass and accordion; Ken Foerch, saxophone; Sarah Thornblade and Alfred Cramer, violin; Cynthia Fogg, viola and fiddle; Sara Murphy ’18, fiddle; Maggie Parkins and Tom Flaherty, cello; Joti Rockwell, banjo and guitar; Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Barb Catlin and Alexander Woods ’18, piano; and William Peterson, organ in music from Bach to the Carter Family and Duke Ellington to a new composition for the occasion by Flaherty.

In addition to these performances numerous student ensembles and faculty members will also be offering a variety of solo and chamber recitals. Among them are a piano and harpsichord solo recital on September 30 at 8 p.m. with Genevieve Feiwen Lee who will later in the fall join clarinetist Gary Bovyer on October 22 at 3 p.m. in music by Brahms. Additionally, pianist Jennie Jung will be joined by violinist Elbert Tsai in recital September 15 at 8 p.m.

The Music Department’s Fall 2017 Season Concert Calendar is available online at www.pomona.edu/music-calendar or can be picked up at the Music Department office in Thatcher Music Building, 150 N. College Ave, Claremont on the campus of Pomona College.  All the department’s offerings are free and open to the public.

Fall 2017 Schedule

September 2017

  • Lecture: Karen Walwyn  

4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

New York based composer/pianist speaks about her compositions

  • Celliola and Friends

Celliola members Cynthia Fogg*, viola, and Tom Flaherty*, cello, with Joti Rockwell*, mandola; Karl Kohn* and Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, piano; Rachel Huang, violin; Scott Graff*, baritone

3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Flaherty, Kohn, Ravel,  Jack Van Zandt,
Karen Walwyn and others

  • Violin Sonatas with Elbert Tsai, violin; Jennie Jung*, piano

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Beethoven, Dvořák and Saint-Saëns

  • Möller-Fraticelli Guitar Duo with Johannes Möller and Laura Fraticelli

3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Johann Kaspar Mertz and Johannes Möller, plus three Argentinian Tangos

  • “ORFEUS” written and produced by Nmon Ford

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

A mashup of opera, house music, theater and film with performers: Nmon Ford, baritone, and others

October 2017

  • Pomona College Orchestra with Eric Lindholm*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Sibelius, Schubert and Prokofiev

  • A Musical Inaugural Kick-off Celebration

3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Members of the Pomona College Music Department faculty offer a special celebratory program featuring selections from Bach to The Carter Family and Duke Ellington to a premiere by Tom Flaherty to welcome incoming college President G. Gabrielle Starr

  • Music from Brahms’ Last Years with Gary Bovyer*, clarinet; Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, piano

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Brahms’ two Clarinet Sonatas and two late solo piano masterpieces

November 2017

  • Lecture: Activist Ethnomusicology in India’s Dalit Community with Zoe Sherinian, University of Oklahoma

4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Presenting the case of the South Indian parai drum to illustrate methods of activist ethnomusicology and analyze theoretical approaches to marginalized music cultures. Her documentary on the subject will be presented on Tues. Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m.

  • Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10; 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Bennett, Grainger, Jacob, Nixon and others

  • Pomona College Orchestra with Boris Berman, piano; Eric Lindholm*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, November 17; 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Mr. Berman and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5

  • All-Brahms Piano Miniatures with Boris Berman, piano

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Opuses 116, 117, 118 and 119

  • Pomona College Jazz Ensemble with Barb Catlin*, director

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

An afternoon of jazz favorites

  • Pomona College West African Music Ensemble with Nani Agbeli*, director

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Featuring drumming and dance of West Africa

December 2017

  • Pomona College Choir with David Rentz*, guest conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Betinis, Guillaume, Rachmaninoff, Schütz, Whitacre and others

  • Giri Kusuma with Nyoman Wenten*, music director and Nanik Wenten, dance director

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, Bridges Hall of Music

Traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance with guests


* Pomona College Department of Music faculty members

Does not include Friday Noon Concert Series performances



Music Department events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations.