2010 Performances

February 4, 2010

College Station, Texas
Texas A&M University

Paul Dresher Double Duo

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Lisa Moore, piano
Joel Davel, percussion
Paul Dresher, quadrachord

Elapsed Time for violin and piano

Double Ikat for violin, piano, and percussion

In the Nameless for quadrachord and percussion




 February 18, 2010

New York, New York
211 West 58th Street

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Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Ivan Sokolov, piano

Ivan Sokolov: Solnechnaya Sonata for violin and piano

Sokolov: Viola Sonata

Jan Vicar: Uspávanky (Lullabies)

Ole Saxe: Tango Orientale

Sergei Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives

Ivan Sokolov: In the heaven

Dan Tepfer: Solo Blues for violin and piano

Program notes



March 11, 2010

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham-Museum of Art
2000 Eighth Avenue North
6:00 P.M.

March 19, 2010

Seattle, Washington
The Chapel at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
8:00 P.M.

Solo Violin with Alternating Currents

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin & piano

Charles Norman Mason, Technical Director

Rick Nance, Engineer


Michael AngellCapital Spheres (world premiere)

Dorothy HindmanFantasia for Karen Alone (world premiere)

Charles Norman MasonMetaman (world premiere

Brian MoonDuetto con Bobik (world premiere)

David JaffeImpossible Animals

Zack BrowningSole Injection

Dan TepferSolo Blues for Violin and Piano

Alex ShapiroVista

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program Notes

Review in Birmingham News




April 18, 2010

Birmingham-Southern College Theatre
Hill Recital Hall
2:30 P.M.

Homage to RSCH

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin and viola
Lucerne DeSa, pianist

In celebration of the 200th year of Robert Schumann’s birth, Karen Bentley Pollick teams up with BSC pianist Lucerne DeSa in a recital of duos by Schumann and his circle of friends and muses. Robert Schumann’s epic Sonata No. 2 in D minor for violin and piano anchors the program along with his Märchenbilder for viola and piano. The FAE Sonata is a musical tribute to the renowned Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim and is comprised of movements composed by Albert Dietrich, Johannes Brahms and Schumann. The performance concludes with a pair of delightful Romances by Clara and Robert Schumann.



April 19-23, 2010

Vulcan Park and Museum
1701 Valley View Drive
11:30 A.M.

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Grant Dalton, percussion
Roger van Fleteren choreographer
Phillip Ratliff, composer

A ballet in one act for violinist, percussionist and five dancers for Vulcan Park and Museum



May 9, 2010

Birmingham, Alabama
Unitarian Church of Birmingham
4300 Hampton Heights Drive
4:00 P.M.
Strings for Mother’s Day
Karen Bentley Pollick, violin and viola
Julia Sakharova, violin
Jean Marie Leclair: Duo in E minor
Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor
Henryk Wieniawski: Etudes Caprices No. 1 in G minor, No. 4 in A minor
Jeremy Cohen: Tango Eight
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Duo No. 2 in B-flat major
Ivan Sokolov: Elegie for solo viola
Benedikt BrydernBebop for Beagles
Marc O’Connor: F.C.’s Jig
May 22-23, 2010
Birmingham, Alabama
Samford University
Harrison Theatre
7:30 P.M. May 22
2:30 P.M. May 23
Review from Birmingham News

Southern Danceworks presents Spring Dances

The performance will include the world premiere of Quips and Cranks, which blends viola, violin, and a variety of percussion instruments along with the use of electronics in a dynamic score performed onstage with dancers.




 June 4 & 6, 2010

San Francisco, California
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street
8:00 P.M. June 4
4:00 P.M. June 6

Paul Dresher Ensemble Double Duo

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Lisa Moore, piano, electric keyboard
Joel Davel, percussion, marimba lumina
Paul Dresher, quadrachord & electric guitar

The Bay Area debut of the Dresher Ensemble’s newest chamber music grouping–the Double Duo–features a program of challenging and exciting contemporary acoustic, electro-acoustic and invented instrument compositions by Paul Dresher, Sam Adams, and Martin Bresnick. The Double Duo features Dresher performing on electric guitar and his remarkable 15 foot-long invented stringed instrument, the Quadrachord, long-time Ensemble percussionist Joel Davel on the miraculous Marimba Lumina, virtuoso violinist Karen Bentley Pollick and pianist Lisa Moore, the noted contemporary music soloist and founding and long-time member of the Bang on A Can All Stars. Performing in various combinations of duo, trio and quartet, the Double Duo’s repertory highlights very recent works by Martin Bresnick (Bird As Prophet) and Sam Adams (John Adams’ very talented young son) composed specifically for Bentley Pollick and Moore, Dresher and Davel, performing their invented instrument duo Glimpsed From Afar (recently performed twice with the Los Angeles Philharmonic) as well long-time favorite Dresher compositions such as the trio Double Ikat, the duo Elapsed Time and a new quartet version of Chorale Times Two.



August 14, 2010

Pepper Place
2901 2nd Avenue. South
9:00 P.M.

The Improvisor Festival

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin and viola
John Scalici, Percussion
Sharrif Simmons, Spoken Word (myspace link)




September 7 – September 10, 2010

Birmingham, Alabama
Vulcan Park and Museum
1701 Valley View Drive
11:30 A.M.

A ballet in one act for violinist, percussionist and five dancers for Vulcan Park and Museum

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Grant Dalton, percussion
Roger van Fleteren, Choreographer
Phillip Ratliff, Composer



September 9, 2010

Birmingham, Alabama
Samford University
Brock Recital Hall
7:30 P.M.

Review in Birmingham News

BAMA 2010-2011 Opening Concert: Quirks and Quartet

Quirks and Quartet consists of pieces for small ensemble: solos, duos, a trio, and a quartet. As always, the program includes an eclectic mix of works with something for everyone.

Josh Crowe: Quirktet, performed by Karen Bentley Pollick, Julia Sakharova, Gabirel Schlaffer, and Craig Hultgren

Ed Robertson: Reflections, performed by Lori Ardovino

J. Cooper Schrimsher: Field of Dreams, performed by Karen Bentley Pollick and Kathryn Fouse

Aurelia Gooden: Allegro in F minor, performed by the composer

Dorothy Hindman: Jerusalem Windows, performed by Karen Bentley Pollick, Craig Hultgren, and Kathryn Fouse

Monroe Golden: 81, performed by Adam Bowles

Jan Vičar: Musica da Canzonetta, performed by Karen Bentley Pollick and Abraham Becker




September 25, 2010

Unitarian Universalist Church
4300 Hampton Height Drive
8:00 to 10:00 P.M.

CD Release Event
Rosas de Pulpa, the Music of Valdo Sciammarella

Featuring soprano Diane McNaron, the CREDO piano quartet performers: violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, violist Melanie Rogers, cellist Craig Hultgren and pianist Adam Bowlers; Argentine studies speaker Kelly C. Jensen. Live performances, tracks from CD, stories about Argentina and its noted eighty-six year old composer, Valdo Sciammarella.



September 26, 2010

Alys Stephens Center Kids’ Club
Reynolds-Kirshbaum Recital Hall
1200 10th Avenue South
1:30 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin and viola
John Scalici, Percussion
Germaul Barnes, Choreographer

In this exciting, contemporary performance children can explore the creative process between choreographers, dancers and musicians. Featuring award-winning choreographer Germaul Barnes and musicians/composers Karen Bentley Pollick and John Scalici. Part of the 11 Day Opening Festival.




October 31, 2010

Napa, California
Napa Valley College
Performing Arts Center
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
8 P.M.

San Francisco Concerto Orchestra

See this article in San Francisco Classical Voice



November 7, 2010

Guerneville, California
The Composer’s House
16375 4th Street, Guerneville
8 P.M.

San Francisco Concerto Orchestra: Prodigies & Mystics

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin (concertmaster)


November 14, 2010

Guerneville, California
The Composer’s House
16375 4th Street, Guerneville
8 P.M.

San Francisco Concerto Orchestra: All Bach Concert

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

Brandenburg Concertos No. 4 & 5