Spring 2019 Brings Renowned Performers to Pomona College in Free Music Concerts

Afro Cuban Drumming

Pomona College’s Department of Music spring 2019 concert season features music ranging from work by J.S. Bach to Tuvan throat singing.

This semester’s offerings include music from a variety of cultures, eras and musical backgrounds—a little something for everyone.

Opening with the 27th Annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Acoustic Music, the festival features guest violinist/composer Mari Kimura. A leading figure in the field of interactive computer music, she is renowned for her mastery of subharmonics. Other festival performers include the Eclipse Quartet, The Smudges, and performances by Sarah Thornblade (violin), Cynthia Fogg (viola), Maggie Parkins (cello), Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) and Joti Rockwell (guitar). The festival runs Feb. 1 and 2 with 8 p.m. concerts on both evenings and a Saturday lecture/demonstration by Kimura at 3 p.m. All events will be held in Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building.

On Sunday, Feb. 3rd Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Emeritus Professor of Music and organist William Peterson will perform an All-Bach concert on the Hill Memorial Organ in Bridges Hall of Music at 3 p.m. Peterson has been heard on NPR’s “Pipedreams” and has performed across the U.S. and in France in programs ranging from Bach to the French music of Franck and Widor.

Throat singing and instrumental music from Mongolia and Tuva will be featured on Feb. 6th by award-winning Tamir Hargana. Known for his presentations from Taiwan to Mongolia, Hargana is a specialist in Khoomii–Mongolian throat singing and Morin Khuur–the horse-head fiddle, and will offer an afternoon lecture/performance in Lyman Hall.

“Consistently rewarding” and “a pleasure to hear,” (Houston Chronicle), faculty soprano Melissa Givens offers her first solo campus recital since her fall appointment as assistant professor of music. Givens’ Bridges Hall of Music recital “The Artist at 50,” includes songs chosen upon Givens’ 50th birthday, and is made up of art songs written and/or published in the year each composer celebrated their own 50th, and includes music by Beach, Brahms, Chaminade, Copland, Duke, Gounod, Hagen, Massenet, Price, Satie, Shostakovich and others. Joining Givens at the Feb. 15th recital is Grammy®-nominated faculty pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee.

Other faculty and guest performances include LA Harptette on Feb. 24th, Christine Brandes, soprano and Eric Moe, piano in a program of music from 1828 to 2017 on March 31, a celebration of George Crumb’s 90th birthday with Lee, Givens, Rockwell, Francisco Castillo (oboe) and Alison Bjorkedal (harp) and others on April 7. Then later that month on the 28th pianist Gayle Blankenburg is joined by Mark Menzies (violin/viola/piano) in music from Debussy to today.

In addition to these performances, numerous student ensembles will offer a variety of concerts. Among them are the Pomona College Orchestra with concerto winner Oliver Dubon (tuba) performing Vaughn Williams’ Tuba Concerto, the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble, the Balinese Gamelan and the Pomona College Choir and Orchestra together in works by Bloch and Duruflé.

Also available are lunchtime concerts featuring Pomona College faculty artists on the Friday at Noon Concert series co-sponsored with Scripps College. Learn more about the Friday Noon Concert Series.

The Pomona College Department of Music’s Spring 2019 printed season concert calendar is now available. Thanks to support from alumni and friends of the Music Department, all the department’s offerings are free and open to the public.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Free admission to all performances and events


Ussachevsky Memorial Festival Guest Mari Kimura, violinist/composer

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 – Concert: Mari Kimura, violin; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Maggie Parkins cello; and The Smudges (Jeff Gauthier, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello; Alex Cline, percussion) in music by Kimura, Alves, Gauthier, Hunt and Taylor

3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 – Lecture/demo: with Mari Kimura

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 – Concert: Mari Kimura, violin; Sarah Thornblade, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello; Joti Rockwell, guitar; Genevieve Lee, piano; and Eclipse Quartet (Sara Parkins and Sarah Thornblade, violin; Alma Fernandez, viola; Maggie Parkins cello), in music by Beglarian, Haddad and Kimura

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building


All-Bach Organ Recital William Peterson, organist

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3

Bridges Hall of Music
Music by J.S. Bach


Tamir Hargana, Mongolian Throat-Singer

4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Lecture/performance: with traditional music from Mongolia and Tuva


“The Artist at 50” Soprano Melissa Givens with pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Beach, Brahms, Chaminade, Copland, Duke, Gounod, Hagen, Massenet, Price, Satie, Shostakovich and others


LA Harptette Paul Baker, Laura Griffin-Casey, Jillian Lopez, and Mary Dropkin

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Broughton, Burkhart, Hovhaness and others


Pomona College Orchestra with Eric Lindholm*, conductor
Oliver Dubon (PO ’20), tuba, 2018 Concerto Winner

8 p.m. Friday, March 1

3 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Bridges Hall of Music

Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D., K. 504, “Prague”
Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps
Strauss: Tod und Verklärung


Pomona College Jazz Ensemble Barb Catlin, director

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

An afternoon of jazz favorites


Christine Brandes, soprano and
Eric Moe, piano

3 p.m. Sunday, March 31

Bridges Hall of Music

A varied program of selections from 1828 to 2017 including music by Debussy, Moe, Schoenberg, Schubert and White


Celebrating George Crumb at 90 Melissa Givens*, soprano; Francisco Castillo*, oboe; Joti Rockwell*, mandolin; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Brian Hsu and Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, piano; Yuri Inoo, Derek Tywoniuk and Dustin Donahue, percussion and others

3 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Bridges Hall of Music

Makrokosmos IV – piano-4 hands
Ancient Voices of Children


Pomona College Choir and Orchestra Donna M. Di Grazia* and Eric Lindholm*, conductors

8 p.m. Friday, April 19

3 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Bridges Hall of Music

Bloch: Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), pt. I
Duruflé: Requiem


Music from Debussy to Today Mark Menzies, violin/viola/piano; Gayle Blankenburg*, piano

3 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Cameron-Wolfe, Debussy, Harrison, Menzies, Schoenberg and Takemitsu


Pomona College Afro-Cuban Music Ensemble Joe Addington*, director

8:15 p.m. Monday, April 29

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Featuring drumming and dance from Afro-Cuban Yoruba traditions and more


A Concert of Music from China Charlotte D’Evelyn*, director

8 p.m. Monday, May 1

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building


Pomona College Glee Club Donna M. Di Grazia*, conductor

8 p.m. Thursday, May 2

1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4

Bridges Hall of Music

Choral music from across the centuries


Pomona College Jazz Ensemble Barb Catlin*, director

8 p.m. Friday, May 3

Bridges Hall of Music

Jazz from throughout the ages


Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks*, conductor

11 a.m., Saturday, May 4

8 p.m., Sunday, May 5

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Bremer, Holst, Musgrave and others


Giri Kusuma
Pomona College Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Nyoman Wenten*, music director and Nanik Wenten, dance director

8 p.m. Monday, May 6

Bridges Hall of Music

Traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance with guests


* Pomona College Department of Music faculty members
This listing does not include Friday Noon Concerts