Pomona College Fall 2018 Free Music Concerts Announced

Pomona College’s Department of Music announces its Fall 2018 concert season featuring an eclectic offering of music from a wide range of genres, eras and musical backgrounds. Special guests will complement performances by Pomona College’s faculty artists and student ensembles.

Tania Chen, Jon Leidecker, Thurston Moore, David Toop and Gino Robar will collaborate in a special performance – co-sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library – of John Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano. This 60-plus minute work contains Cage’s envisioned elements, which include having the artists use technology to keep a piece “current, revealing and astounding.” This concert on Sept. 28 in Bridges Hall of Music, follows the release of a new recording by the same ensemble on Omnivore Recordings. The concert is free and ticketed.

October rewinds the clock with a period chamber ensemble, the world-class London Handel Players. In a program titled “To Play before the King,” they will present works by C.P.E. Bach, François Couperin, Handel, Domenico Scarlatti and others. Hailed for “consummate skill and musicianship,” (The New York Times) the ensemble comes to Bridges Hall of Music on Oct. 28.

Faculty recitals feature performances including duo Celliola (Cynthia Fogg, viola, and Tom Flaherty, cello) and Friends in works by living American composers on Sept. 16. The annual eclectic Chamber Music Extravaganza features many of the department’s performance faculty and members of some of Southern California’s top performing ensembles, including the LA Chamber Orchestra and Long Beach Symphony – in music by Babcock, Beethoven, Broughton, Henkel and others on Oct. 17. On Nov. 4, faculty members Melissa Givens, soprano; Gary Bovyer, clarinet; Maggie Parkins, cello; and Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Jennie Jung, piano; join in the world-wide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with Celebrating Bernstein at 100.

In addition to these performances, numerous student ensembles and faculty members will be offering a variety of concerts. Among them are the Pomona College Orchestra with pianist Lee performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, and the Pomona College Choir with soprano Givens in Bach’s Magnificat. Additionally, Pomona College faculty artists will be presented in the Friday at Noon series co-sponsored with Scripps College. More information is available at: pomona.edu/academics/departments/music/concert-calendar/friday-noon-concert-series.

The Pomona College Department of Music’s Fall 2018 printed season concert calendar is now available online at www.pomona.edu/music-calendar and can be picked up outside Thatcher Music Building on the campus of Pomona College. All the department’s offerings are free and open to the public.

 

Fall 2018 Schedule

Free admission to all performances and events • Tickets only required for the Sept. 28th concert

September

 Celliola and Friends
Celliola members Cynthia Fogg*, viola, and Tom Flaherty*, cello, with Gwendolyn Lytle*, soprano; Scott Lehmkuhl*, bass; Joti Rockwell*, mandola; Karl Kohn* and Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, pianos; William Peterson*, organ

3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by William Appleton ’14, Flaherty, Kohn, Eric Moe, Caroline Shaw and Jack Van Zandt

 

Spontaneity & Sound
Interactive workshop with Tania Chen

4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Discussion of the components of performance and their relationship to their instruments and sound making objects.

 

John Cage’s “Electronic Music for Piano”
Pianist Tania Chen, with Jon Leidecker,
Thurston Moore, David Toop and Gino Robair

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Bridges Hall of Music

A 60-plus minute piece created by this ensemble using technology and improvisation to make this a one-of-a-kind live performance.

Note: Free admission, tickets required | Online: pomona.edu/cage-at-claremont  | Phone: (909) 607-1193

 

October

Chamber Music Extravaganza
Performance faculty Carolyn Beck, bassoon; Gayle Blankenburg, piano; Francisco Castillo, oboe; Ken Foerch, alto saxophone; Jennie Jung, piano; Stephen Klein, tuba; Ursula Kleinecke, soprano; Maggie Parkins, cello; Jack Sanders, guitar;

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Babcock, Beethoven, Broughton, Carlevaro, Gianopoulos and Henkel

 

Pomona College Orchestra
with Eric Lindholm*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Bridges Hall of Music

Copland: “Billy the Kid” suite
Thea Musgrave: “Rainbow”
Bernstein: “Symphonic Dances” from
West Side Story

 

London Handel Players in
To Play before the King
Adrian Butterfield, Baroque violin; Rachel Brown, Baroque flute and recorder; Katherine Sharman, Baroque cello; Silas Wollston, harpsichord

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by C.P.E. Bach, F. Couperin, Geminiani, Handel, Hellendaal, Quantz and D. Scarlatti.

 

Lecture/Demo with the London Handel Players
including dancers Mary Collins and Steven Player

4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29

Bridges Hall of Music

 

November

Celebrating Bernstein at 100
Melissa Givens*, soprano’ Gary Bovyer*, clarinet; Maggie Parkins*, cello; Jennie Jung* and Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, pianos

3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Bridges Hall of Music

Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story for two pianos, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Meditation No. 3 from the Mass for cello and piano, “La bonne cuisine” for soprano and piano and more

 

Pomona College Band
with Graydon Beeks*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Bennett, Bernstein, Grainger, Feliciano, Sousa and others

 

Pomona College Jazz Ensemble
Barb Catlin*, director

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

An afternoon of jazz favorites

 

Pomona College Choir:
Sounds of Latin American and
German Baroque

Donna M. Di Grazia*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30

Bridges Hall of Music

Bach’s Magnificat, and music by Araujo, Zumaya, Fernandes, and others with soloists including Melissa Givens, soprano

December

 

Pomona College Choir:
Sounds of Latin American and
German Baroque

Donna M. Di Grazia*, conductor

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Bridges Hall of Music

Bach’s Magnificat, and music by Araujo, Zumaya, Fernandes, and others with soloists including Melissa Givens, soprano

 

Pomona College
West African Music Ensemble
Nani Agbeli*, director

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Featuring drumming and dance of West Africa

 

Pomona College Orchestra
Eric Lindholm*, conductor
Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, piano

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Bridges Hall of Music

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with Ms. Lee
Stravinsky: Suite from “The Firebird” (1919)

 

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

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10

Bridges Hall of Music

Traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance with guests

 

* Pomona College Department of Music faculty members

VENUES:

Thatcher Music Building – 340 N. College Ave, Claremont, 91711
Bridges Hall of Music – 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont 91711