2011 Performances

January 20, 2011

Miami, Florida
Clarke Recital Hall
Frost School of Music
University of Miami
3 P.M.

26th Annual SEAMUS National Conference

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

Heather Stebbinsthe forgotten dialect of autumn (2009)
Dorothy HindmanFantasia for Karen Alone (2009)
Charles Norman Mason / Sheri WillsMETAMAN for violin and digital sound and video (2009)
April 26 and 27, 2011
Czech Republic
April 26: Olomouc, Czech Republic
April 27: Jesenik Priesnitz Spa
7:00 P.M.

Solo Violin with Alternating Currents

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin & piano

Michael AngellCapital Spheres

David JaffeImpossible Animals

Brian MoonDuetto con Bobik

Charles Norman MasonMetaman

David A. Jaffe: Cluck Old Hen — Variations for Violin

Dan TepferSolo Blues for violin and piano

Alex ShapiroVista for violin and prerecorded electronics

Dorothy HindmanFantasia for Karen Alone

Zack BrowningSole Injection


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May 2 – May 6, 2011

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

Vulcanalia:  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




Sunday, May 8 2011

Birmingham, Alabama
Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham
4300 Hampton Heights Drive
4:00 P.M.

Mother’s Day Recital and Benefit for the Tornado Relief Effort in Alabama

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Grant Dalton, percussion

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in A minor (transcribed for violin)
Bjarne Brustad: Eventyrsuite
David A.Jaffe: Cluck Old Hen Variations for solo violin
Jeremy Cohen: Blues Etude
Phillip Ratliff: Vulcanalia for violin and percussion




Friday July 29 and Sunday, August 1, 2011

Highlands, North Carolina
Highlands Performing Arts Center

Highlands/Cashiers Music Festival

Friday: 6 P.M.

Haydn: String Quartet Op. 33
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in C minor, Op. 30
Brahms: String Sextet in G major, Op. 36

Sunday: 5 P.M.

Bach: Double Concerto for Two Violins
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons with violinist William Preucil
Review from August 1 on CVNC.org




August 18, 2011

Sunrise Ranch
Loveland, Colorado
5:30 P.M.

Quid Novi Jam

A recent arrival to Colorado, Karen Bentley Pollick will debut at the Quid Novi Jam at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland on August 18, 2011 performing her favorite repertoire for solo violin, viola and Norwegian hardangerfele. Selections will include: Salsa for Karen by Swedish composer Ole Saxe, David A. Jaffe’s bluegrass inspired Cluck Old Hen VariationsBlues Etude by Jeremy Cohen, Duetto con Bobik, featuring the vocals of Karen’s hound dog Bobik by Alabama composer Brian C. Moon, Fanitullen (Devil’s Dance) for hardangerfele, and The Red Curtain Dance for solo viola by Colorado composer Ofer Ben-Amots.

Sunday: 5 P.M.

Tickets: www.sunriseranch.org
Festival info: www.quidnovifestival.com






September 23, 2011

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
63 Chariton Drive
8:00 P.M. EST

Electric Diamond Renaissance live webcast

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October 23, 2011

Seattle, Washington
Century Ballroom
915 East Pine, 2nd floor
1–3:30 P.M.

Waltz Cafe

Your Chance to be ‘in the Movies’ With the Valse Café Orchestra

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Dave Bartley, guitar
Toby Hanson, piano/accordion
Eric Likkel, clarinet
Dennis Staskowski, bass

See more info about Waltz Cafe here



November 1, 2011

Seattle, Washington
Chapel at Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North (4th floor)
8:00 P.M.

Seeing through Sound:  chamber music by Ivan Sokolov

Program Notes

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Ivan Sokolov, composer/piano

Russian composer/pianist Ivan Sokolov returns to the Chapel at Good Shepherd Center for a program of his chamber works with piano and strings. Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick joins Sokolov in his sonorous Solnechnaya Sonata for Violin and Piano and hypnotic Viola Sonata, featured repertoire from their duo CD <amberwood>. Violist Laura Renz and cellist Page Smith will join for the world premiere of Sokolov’s Piano Quartetcomposed in 2010.




November 5 & 6, 2011

November 5: Evergreen, CO
Church of the Hills Presbyterian
28628 Buffalo Park Road
6:00 P.M.

November 6: Dillon, CO
Lord of the Mountains Lutheran
56 Highway 6
4:00 P.M.

See article from SummitDaily.com

Seeing through Sound:  compositions by Ivan Sokolov

Program Notes

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin
Ivan Sokolov, composer/piano

Evergreen violinist/violist Karen Bentley Pollick will debut with Russian composer/pianist Ivan Sokolov in recital at Church of the Hills Presbyterian in Evergreen, Colorado on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Sokolov’s sonorous Solnechnaya Sonata for Violin and Piano and hypnotic Viola Sonataare featured repertoire from their duo CD along with duos by Czech composer Jan Vičar and Swedish composer Ole Saxe. Also on the program are Sokolov’s profound Elegie for Solo Viola and transcendent In The Heaven for Solo Piano, and Four Preludes by Dmitri Shostakovich.




December 7, 2011

Denver, CO
King Center Recital Hall, Auraria Campus
Metropolitan State College of Denver
855 Lawrence Way
7:30 P.M.

Electric Vivaldi: Global Solstice

Gregory Walker will be dusting off his guitar chops for the occasion, with a crack chamber ensemble, including the dynamic duo of Hardanger virtuosa Karen Bentley Pollick and Irish fiddler Mintze Wu, multi-percussionist Josh Reagan, synthesist Lori Walker, Boulder Philharmonic and Boulder Chamber Orchestra principals Aniel Caban, Marcelo Sanches, and Dale Day, as well as Colorado Public Radio host David Rutherford. Together, we’ll play Vivaldi, Corelli and Walker’s own composition Global Solstice that merges traditional and classical music from his travels into a nostalgic yet challenging odyssey of holiday madness.