2004 Performances

Friday, January 9, 2004
Stanford Hospital Atrium

Bing Concert Series

Palo Alto, California
12:30 P.M. Friday, January 9
Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto

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Friday, January 9, 2004
Cowart Residence

Berkeley, California
8 P.M. Friday, January 9
Bob Cowart’s Residence

Hillside Concerts

The first half of this concert features the music of Bach and Telemann: the harpsichord is ever-present, fulfilling its role as the foundation of the ensemble. The second half features music of the twentieth century: the harpsichord has come of age, not an archaic curiosity, but a brilliant and vital instrument. Don’t miss the Jan Hanus Partita Pastorale with traditional Baroque instrumentation or the Manuel De Falla Concerto for Harpsichord, with echoes of old Spain. The musicians are all Baroque specialists who are also well versed in 20th century techniques.

Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord
Lars Johannesson, flute
Carol Panofsky, oboe, recorder, and director
Mark Sowlakis, clarinet
Karen Bentley, violin
Amy Brodo, cello

By Invitation Only
Donation: $15
www.cowart.com/concerts

 

 

January 10-11, 2004
Santa Cruz Chamber Players

Santa Cruz, California
8 P.M. Saturday, January 10
3 P.M. Sunday, January 11
Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos

The first half of this concert features the music of Bach and Telemann: the harpsichord is ever-present, fulfilling its role as the foundation of the ensemble. The second half features music of the twentieth century: the harpsichord has come of age, not an archaic curiosity, but a brilliant and vital instrument. Don’t miss the Jan Hanus Partita Pastorale with traditional Baroque instrumentation or the Manuel De Falla Concerto for Harpsichord, with echoes of old Spain. The musicians are all Baroque specialists who are also well versed in 20th century techniques.

Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord
Lars Johannesson, flute
Carol Panofsky, oboe, recorder, and director
Mark Sowlakis, clarinet
Karen Bentley, violin
Amy Brodo, cello

Review in Santa Cruz Sentinel

 

 

February 13-15, 2004
Seattle Chamber Players
Baltic Festival


Seattle, Washington
Nordstorm Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

ICEBREAKER II: MUSIC OF THE BALTIC SEA
Festival of New Music By Contemporary Composers
From the Countries of the Baltic Region

Preview in Seattle Times

Review in Seattle Post

Review by Richard Taruskin in New York Times

Concert 1: Friday, February 13, 2004 — 8 P.M.

Uljas Pulkkis (1975) Djinni (2002) for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano

Dieter Schnebel (1930) Auguri (Pieces #3, 4 and Epilogue) (1992) for piano

Onutė Narbutaitė (1956) Winter Serenade (1997) for flute, violin, and viola

Pär Lindgren (1952) Beep-Ooh (1995) for clarinet and percussion

Kaija Saariaho (1952) Terrestre (2002) for flute, percussion, harp, violin, and cello

Georgs Pelecis (1947) Music on the Grass (1995) for flute, violin, viola, cello, and bassoon

Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959) Fata Morgana (2002) for violin, cello, and piano

 

Concert 2: Saturday, February 14, 2004 — 2 P.M.

Remigijus Merkelys (1964) MiKonst (2000) for string quartet and piano

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928) cello and piano work to be determined

Krzysztof Knittel (1947) Trio for optional melodic instruments (2001) (for clarinet, flute, percussion)

Wiesław Rentowski (1953) Lake Charles Variations (1990) for prepared piano

Anders Nilsson (1954) Divertimento (1991) for flute, clarinet, string quartet, and piano

Alexandr Popov (1957) Hortus Conclusus (2002) for violin, viola, and cello

Choral Music with participation of Seattle Pro Musica

Pēteris Vasks (1946) Plainscapes (2001) for choir, violin, and cello

Arvo Pärt (1935) Magnificat (1989)

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933) Amen (1975)

Vaclovas Augustinas (1959) Trepute Martela (1994) for choir and four melodic instruments

 

Concert 3: Sunday, February 15, 2004 — 7 P.M.

Ester Mägi (1922) A tre (1991) for violin, cello, and guitar

Bronius Katavičius (1932) Cranes’ Dances (1989) for clarinet and two pianos

Per Nørgård (1932) Serenita (1996) for guitar

Peter Bruun (1968) Heaven and Earth (1996) for flute, clarinet, percussion, guitar, violin, cello, and celesta

Poul Ruders (1949) De Profundis (1990) for two pianos and percussion

Helena Tulve (1972) Island (1993) for violin and clarinet

Raimo Kangro (1949-2001) Idioms (1992) for flute, violin, and guitar

Ivan Sokolov (Russia) - Farewell Music (2004) (World Premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

 

 

Friday, February 20, 2004
Washington Composers Forum

Seattle, Washington
8 P.M.
Frye Art Museum Auditorium
704 Terry Avenue

Washington Composers Forum
presents

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Dmitriy Cogan, piano

Lawrence Frank: Prelude and Fugue and Reflections on a Jewish Holiday
Donald Skirvin:
 Sonata for violin and piano
Melissa Maier:
 looking back
Sebastian Currier: Clockwork for violin and piano
Benedikt Brydern: From My Notebook Vol. I and Sonata Montuno
Derek Healey: Four Preludes on Latino Religious Songs

Born in Moscow in 1963, pianist Dmitriy Cogan began his music studies at the age of six at the Central Music School in Moscow. In 1974, he immigrated with his family to the United States and settled in San Francisco. He studied conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and continued his piano studies with Vladimir Pleshakov and Maria Cysic. In 1979, he moved to New York to study with Martin Canin at the Juilliard School, where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. He has performed publicly since age nine in Moscow. His American debut was in 1975 with the Peninsula Symphony in San Mateo, California. In 1976, he won the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley: his recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area have been favorably reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. Since 1980, he has appeared in numerous solo and chamber music concerts in the New York area. In 1981, he was prizewinner at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in New York; in 1982 won first prize at the American Music Scholarship Association International Piano competition in Cincinnati; in 1983 he was a laureate of the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition in Cleveland. Cogan gave his New York recital debut in October 1988 at Carnegie Hall to favorable reviews, and has appeared in recitals throughout the Northeast and California. He has also toured in France twice, performing in Paris, Nice, and other cities to enthusiastic reviews, and was laureate of the Jose Iturbi International Piano competition in Valencia, Spain. He toured Russia in 1993 and again in 1997, giving a series of concerts in Moscow, including the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and in other cities, playing to capacity audiences. Since 1985, he has also performed throughout North America and Asia with violinist Alexander Markov; their first compact disc was released worldwide on the Erato label. Dmitriy Cogan currently lives near San Francisco. He has often performed with violinist Philip Quint throughout California in recent years.

Washington Composers Forum (WCF) is a non-profit arts organization that nurtures the creation, performance, and dissemination of new music. WCF presents opportunities in Washington State for composers everywhere. Since its founding in 1984 WCF has produced concerts, readings, and lectures in the U.S. and Canada, representing many composers in the region. Attracting strong interest from the public, WCF has received sustained funding from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Cultural Development Authority of King County/Motel Hotel Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, Seafirst Bank Corporation, Meet The Composer, and generous donations from the private sector. WCF has collaborated with such organizations as the Seattle Art Museum, Town Hall, Jack Straw Productions, Richard Hugo House, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Creative Orchestra, Northwest Mahler Festival, Seattle Viola Society, and many ensembles.

 

 

Friday, March 26, 2004
Four Horizons
Music for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Annville, Pennsylvania
7:30 P.M.
Lebanon Valley College, Zimmerman Recital Hall

Saturday, March 27, 2004
Four Horizons
Music for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8 P.M.
Curtis Institute of Music Recital Hall
1726 Locust Street (corner of 18th and Locust)

Charles Abramovic piano
Allison Herz clarinet
Karen Bentley Pollick violin
Michal Schmidt cello

Across the Horizons World premiere by Jay Reise
Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano by Béla Bartók
Sonata: Portraits of Antiquity for cello and piano by Richard Wernick
Four Pieces for clarinet and piano, Opus 5 by Alban Berg
Dance Card Suite for violin and cello by Scott Eggert

 

 

Sunday, May 2, 2004
Allen Theatre
Benefit concert for Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County

Annville, Pennsylvania
2 P.M.
Allen Theatre
36 East Main Street

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin, viola and hardangerfele
Karen Savage, piano

A kaleidoscopic musical journey from Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and Charles Ives’ Sonata No. 2 with American hymn and fiddle tunes to Swedish composer Ole Saxe’s Tango Orientale for viola and piano, a Finnish Tango, and a Norwegian folk fiddle tune

Karen Hsiao Savage, of Victoria, British Columbia is active as a collaborative pianist, performing frequently with both singers and instrumentalists. Recent performances include those in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and Shanghai Grand Theatre. Ms. Savage has also served as collaborative pianist with the Perlman Music Program in New York and Shanghai. Dedicated to community outreach and education, Ms. Savage performed frequently at health care facilities in New York through Juilliard’s Community Service Fellowship Program, and performed at Inside Chamber Music at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The recipient of many awards, including the Music Academy of the West Alumni Fellowship, the Carl Roeder Memorial Prize, the David Garvey Scholarship, the Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale Scholarship, Ms. Savage was selected twice to perform in Juilliard’s Vocal Arts Honors Recital in Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Savage holds master of music degrees in both solo and collaborative piano from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Juilliard and an adjunct faculty member at Lebanon Valley College.

 

 

Friday, June 11, 2004
Global Fusion Music

Mill Valley, California
Mount Tamalpias United Methodist Church
8 P.M.
410 Sycamore Avenue (at Camino Alto)

Ian Dogole, Karen Bentley Pollick and Moses Sedler in Concert

Ian Dogole, Karen Bentley Pollick and Moses Sedler collaborate to present a one-of-a-kind musical experience that traverses a myriad of genres and styles. Compositions by Bach, Bartók, Brahms, Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, Ole Saxe, plus an assortment of original pieces will be performed. The confluence of classical, jazz and “world” influences, coupled with the high energy and inventiveness of the performers make this a concert not to be missed!

Ian Dogole udu, mbira, hang, dumbek & talking drum
Karen Bentley Pollick
 violin, viola
Moses Sedler 
cello

Sunday, June 13, 2004
Red Violin with Redwood Symphony
San Mateo, California
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
3 P.M.
300 N. Delaware
Preview from The Independent

Violinist Karen Bentley appears with Redwood Symphony performing music from John Corigliano’s The Red Violin.

This concert also features Olivier Messiaen’s Un Sourire and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring Schola Cantorum.

 

 

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Birmingham, Alabama
Hill Recital Hall
Birmingham Southern College
2:30 P.M.

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

Adam Bowles, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven ”Kreutzer” Sonata No. 9 in A major for violin and piano, Op. 47

Ole Saxe Salsa for Karen

Fanitullen for Norwegian hardangerfele

Arnold Schoenberg Phantasy for violin with piano accompaniment, Op. 47

Charles Ives Second Sonata for violin and piano

Pre-concert lecture at 2 P.M.

Preview in Birmingham News

BSC student Review in Hilltop News

 

 

Friday, October 29, 2004

San Francisco, California
Englander House
8 P.M.
807 Franklin Street
Cathedral Hill/Opera Plaza at between Turk & Eddy Street

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin, viola and hardangerfele
Ian Dogole, percussion
Moses Sedler, cello
with special guest Lebanese poet Elias Abu Saba reading from his recent works in Arabic and English

New York composer Neil Rolnick will join Karen Bentley Pollick in a performance of his dynamic composition Fiddle Faddle for solo violin and computer and share his computer effects processing in a riveting finale with the trio.

 

 

Sunday, November 7, 2004
Just Plain Folks 2004 Music Awards

Santa Anna, California
The Galaxy Theatre
5:00 to10:30 P.M.
3503 S. Harbor Boulevard

Karen will perform selections from her CD Dancing Suite to Suite, recently nominated in the Best Classical Soloist Album Category, and then collaborate with Kourosh Zolani on santour and Julianne Markavitch on piano playing Isaac Albeniz’ Asturias.

 

 

Friday, November 12, 2004
Paul Dresher Electro-Acoustic Band

New York, New York
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
7:30 P.M.
57th Street & 7th Avenue

This concert is part of IN YOUR EAR, a weekend festival curated by John Adams.

Works by Paul Dresher:

Violin Concerto (Cage Machine & Chorale Times Two)

Din of Iniquity

In the Nameless (Duo for quadrachord & marimba lumina)

“Racer” (from Elapsed Time)

Double Ikat Part Two

 

 

Wednesday and Thursday, November 17 & 18, 2004
Paul Dresher Electro-Acoustic Band

San Francisco, California
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
5701 Mission Street, at 3rd

Paul Dresher Ensemble

Featuring world premieres by Ingraham MarshallJames Moberley and Neil Rolnick.

Neil Rolnick’s Plays Well With Others uses samples of toddlers playing, with a form taken from social models of how small children learn to play.

Review by Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

Review from artssf.com

Review from sfcv.org