2012 Performances

April 13—15, 2012

Friday, April 13  12:30 P.M.
Palo Alto, California
Stanford Hospital Atrium

Saturday, April 14  3 P.M.
San Jose, California
Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Road

Sunday, April 15  4 P.M.
Palo Alto, California
St. Ann’s Chapel, 541 Melville Avenue

Karen & Heather Bentley join the Albany Consort for the Usual & the Unusual

The Usual
Antonio Vivaldi Four Seasons
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6

The Unusual
Alex Shapiro Slip for Violin and Harpsichord
Jeremy Cohen Tango Eight for Two Violas

Jonathan Salzedo & Marion Rubinstein, harpsichord
Karen Bentley Pollick violin & viola
Heather Bentley, viola
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin
Natalie Carducci, violin
Roy Wheldon, gamba
Amy Brodo, cello
Hallie Pridham, cello
Andrei Gorbatenko, bass

$10-25  www.albanyconsort.com/




Thursday, April 26, 2012

Evergreen, Colorado
Evergroove Studio
7 P.M. Mountain Time

Mountain Size Records Presents
Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity

Live Webcast
The show can be streamed at
or at the Mountain Size Records Facebook page

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin & viola
Video by Sheri Wills



Friday, May 11, 2012

Burlington, Vermont
Flynn Theatre

Paul Dresher Double Duo

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

$25 www.flynntix.org/Productions/Details.aspx?perfNo=7511&perfCodePrefix=FST12D



Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Two Sense performs at Barge Music

Pohadka (1923) Leos Janacek (1854-1928)
Prayers Remain Forever (2011 Martin Bresnick (b.1946)
Piano Trio* (2011) Samuel Adams (b.1985)
Piano Trio (1988) Martin Bresnick (b.1946)

*world premiere – commissioned by TwoSensePERFORMERS:
TwoSense: Ashley Bathgate cello and Lisa Moore piano
with guest artists:
Karen Bentley Pollick violin (for Adams)
Courtney Orlando violin (for Bresnick)
TwoSense – this “new-music equivalent of a special-ops team” (New York Magazine) features Bang on a Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate and Bang on a Can All-Stars alumna pianist Lisa Moore. Grabbing the chamber music scene by storm last season they join forces in Bargemusic’s “Here and Now” series with three virtuosi – violinists Karen Bentley Pollick and Courtney Orlando – presenting a concert of stalwart 20th Century masterpiece trios – Martin Bresnick (Piano Trio) plus……. a world premiere* of Piano Trio by Sam Adams. This concert will open with a TwoSense favorite, Leos Janacek’s Pohadka (Fairy Tale) for cello and piano and Bresnick’s Prayers Remain Forever.* commissioned through TwoSense’s Kickstarter Mission to Commission. Thanks to our donors so far!
Our KICKSTARTER campaign ends this coming Tuesday Aug 23! Please click on this link to be a part of this amazing run. There’s still time to join.
bookings: (718) 624-2083
TICKETS: $35 ($30 Senior, $ 15 Student)See footage from our LPR NYC concert last January here:
Review by Bruce Hodges for Seen and Heard International
Review by Chris McGovern for The Glass


June 22 and 23, 2012


Stuart Diamond, Electronic Wind Instrument
Don Slepian, Keyboards
Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin

Featuring Stuart Diamond’s Baroque Fantasy for Solo Violin

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST
56 Walker Street, New York City 10013Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST
Art Music CoffeeHouse (Live Webcast)
63 Chariton Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301http://www.electricdiamond.com/
ELECTRIC DIAMOND is arguably one of the longest-lived electronic performance ensembles – 35 years plus and going strong. The ensemble first performed in 1976 playing concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall, Symphony Space, the Guggenheim Museum and other venues of the New York 1970s new music scene. In the mid 1980’s electronic wind player founder Stuart Diamond joined forces with the ecletic electric keyboard innovator Don Slepian, whose credits and talents are legendary – from artist-engineer-in-residence at Bell Laboratories to the original ambient sound painter for “Music form the Hearts of Space”.Together they began presenting programs that integrated classical music with free-flowing improvisations – from Bach to Mussorgsky, from medieval dances to Native American soundscapes. They have performed throughout America and Asia, performing for the erudite audiences at Steinway Hall to the mass audiences at the Macy’s 4th of July Celebration in downtown Manhattan.ELECTRIC DIAMOND’s performances are truly “live”, without the use of any computer sequencing or multi tracking techniques. The results are performances of immediacy, power and authentic feeling.ELECTRIC DIAMOND’s performances are seamless and flowing meditations, integrating classical, jazz, pop, folk, medieval music into the original sound that is Electric Diamond. Think electronic-classical-ragaThursday, August 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

ISAM GALA CONCERT in Ochsenhausen, Germany

You are invited to the ISAM Gala Concert concert and prize giving ceremony held on Thursday 9th August 2012, 7pm, at the Bibliothekssaal Ochsenhausen (Landesmusikakademie Baden-Württemberg, Schloßbezirk 6, Ochsenhausen, 88416, Germany). Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, cellist František Brikcius, pianist Sabine Sauer-Essl and percussionist Aurélien Hadyniak will feature brand new music written by winners of the Joseph-Dorfman-Composition Competition.

Event is free and open to the public. In cooperation with the Landesmusikakademie Baden-Württemberg and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, Los Angeles. Further details on websites http://www.ISAM-Masterclasses.de/ ,http://www.Landesakademie-Ochsenhausen.de/ ,http://www.KBentley.com/ &http://www.OferBenAmots.com/ISAM .
Thursday 9th August 2012, 7pm, Bibliothekssaal Ochsenhausen (Landesmusikakademie Baden-Württemberg, Schloßbezirk 6, 884 16, Germany).




SEPTEMBER 11 Memorial Concert in Colorado Springs
September 11 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: COLORADO COLLEGE DISTINGUISHED ORGANIST SERIES: Memorial Concert. Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs. Renowned organist and composer Jürgen Essl, and violinist Karen Bentley Pollick will perform works by Vitali, Jirasek, Essl, and CC Professor of Music Ofer Ben-Amots, plus improvisations and Sonata #4 in C minor for Violin and Organ, BWV 1017 by J.S. Bach. More information at


Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:00 

Firehouse Space

Brooklyn, New York

Tickets $10 at the door

Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity:  Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin & Viola

Videos by Sheri Wills, Stuart Diamond, Erin Elyse Burns & Jeffrey Harrington

Music by Preston Stahly, Stuart Diamond, Nat Evans, Jeffrey Harrington, Jan Jirásek, Ofer Ben-Amots, & Charles Norman Mason


Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Chapel of Good Shepherd Center

Seattle, Washington

$5-15 sliding scale at door cash or check only

Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity:  Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin & Viola

Sapphire for violin and electronics (2010)  Preston Stahly

Baroque Fantasy for violin (1974) Stuart Diamond

Heat Whispers for violin & video (2012) Nat Evans  Video by Erin Elyse Burns World Premiere

Grand Tango for violin (2011) Jeffrey Harrington World Premiere

Dilemma for viola (1987) Jan Jirásek

The Red Curtain Dance for viola (2003) Ofer Ben-Amots

Letter to Avigdor for violin (1990, rev. 1999) 

Metaman for violin with digital sound &video (2009)   Charles Norman Mason




Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Stanford Hospital Atrium, Bing Concert Series

Free Admission!


Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

505 East Charleston Road

Palo Alto, California  94306

General Admission:  $25    Senior $15   Student $10   Family maximum $50

albanyconsort.com     consort@albanyconsort.com    (408) 480-0182

The Albany Consort presents

Four friends in an eclectic mix of styles and a guarantee of no Christmas themes!

A sonata for organ by Johann Sebastian Bach, in Marion Rubinstein’s arrangement for recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord.  A violin concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, in his own arrangement for the same group.  A sonata for violin and harpsichord by Bach, untarnished other than by the inspiration of the moment.  And two new pieces for violin and harpsichord by Alex Shapiro and Sheli Nan.

In his sonatas for violin and harpsichord, Bach paved the way for the two instruments to have an equal say when playing together.  Sheli Nan’s Absinthe is identifiably in this tradition, a lovely mellow musical account of a meeting of two close friends on a rainy day.  Alex Shapiro’s Slip is anything but in any tradition – bringing together the greatest number of different styles ever to be found in a single piece of music – Cuban, Egyptian, Indian, Japanese, Irish, Italian, Bluegrass, Rock-n-roll, Hot Club quintet, Greek – but ironically with no reference to the eighteenth century at all.

The virtuoso ensemble of friends for this program consists of Marion Rubinstein (recorder), Karen Bentley Pollick (violin), Dan Reiter (cello) and Jonathan Salzedo (harpsichord).



December 14 & 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Theater Artaud Z Space

San Francisco, California

Paul Dresher Electro-Acoustic Band concerts with premieres of new works by Paul Dresher, Jack Perla: Pretty Boy and Fred Frith: Rocket Science, and reprises of commissioned works by Bruce Pennycook: For Joe Z and Ryan Brown: Gangbusters.

The Paul Dresher Ensemble’s Electro-Acoustic Band in:
“1-2, 1-2″ 

at Z Space | 450 Florida St. (at 17th St.) San Francisco
December 14 – 15 | 8 PM | $20 general, $12 students/seniors | TICKETS
For 20 years, the Paul Dresher Ensemble’s Electro-Acoustic Band has integrated the traditional instruments of chamber music (violin, woodwinds) with modern instruments and technology (electric guitar, electronic percussion, synthesizers). The Electro-Acoustic Band (EAB) performs contemporary chamber music that crosses traditional aesthetic boundaries and styles. These concerts feature the EAB performing two world premieres by local composers commissioned by the Dresher Ensemble, two recently commission works, and a piece by Paul Dresher himself.


Jack Perla – “Pretty Boy” (World Premier) – with text by David Brock (based on the life and stories about gangster Pretty Boy Floyd)
Fred Frith – “Rocket Science”(World Premier) – Fred Frith is an art rock legend and associate of John Zorn, Chris Cutler, and currently a professor of music at Mills College
Ryan Brown – “Gangbusters” (2010, revised 2012) – Ryan Brown is a SF Conservatory grad and founder of San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival
Bruce Pennycook – “For Joe Z” (2010) – inspired by legendary jazz composer/pianist Joe Zawinul – co-founder of ground-breaking jazz-fusion group Weather Report and a Miles Davis alumni, performance features special guest, John Schott on guitar
Paul Dresher – “Chorale Times Two” (1996) – 2nd movement of Violin Concerto featuring EAB member, Karen Bentley Pollick (violin)


Sarah Lockhart, Business Manager
Paul Dresher Ensemble/Musical Traditions Inc.
333 Valencia St. #301
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-558-9540