Upcoming Performances

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Alive:  New Music at The Dairy Center in Boulder


(sponsored by Arthur Lieb – in memory of Michael Bistritzky, conductor at Cass Technical H.S. in Detroit)

     supported by Holly and Grant Hickman and Jon and Jerrie Hurd

Serenity Diptychs for violin, tape, and still images (2015) by Zibuokle Martinaityte

     Photographic Imagery and Video by Philip VanKeuren

     Visual and Digital Production by Melissa Tran

     Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

Andante for Contrabassoon and Piano by Ivan Sokolov (2015) (world premiere)

     Michael Christoph, contrabassoon

     Karen Bentley Pollick, piano

Etudes for Piano by David Rakowski

   Dorian Blue


         Amy Briggs, piano

Danse for Solo Clarinet by Dirk-Michael Kirsch (world premiere)

   Deborah Marshall, clarinet

Study No. 6 for player piano (transcribed for piano duet) by Conlon Nancarrow

   Amy Briggs and Carter Pann, piano

ALT by Thomas Kent Hurd and Brian Jack

    Short feature film and Bassoon Quartet

       Starring Abby Brammell

       Boulder Bassoon Quartet

           Brian Jack

           Kent Hurd

           Michael Christoph

           Ethan Turner

The Mechanics “Six from the Shop Floor” for Saxophone Quartet by Carter Pann

       (Regional premiere – Pulitzer Prize Finalist)


       Drive Train





     The Black Diamond Quartet

        Ryan Van Scoyk, soprano saxophone

        Chris Ruiz, alto saxophone

        Sean Edwards, tenor saxophone

        Rob Ward, baritone saxophone




Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity at CCRMA

The Knoll, Stanford University

World Premiere of new piece for violin, video, digital piano and trumpet by Venezuelan composer Servio Marin

Serenity Diptychs for violin, tape, and still images (2015) by Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė

     Photographic Imagery and Video by Philip VanKeuren

     Visual and Digital Production by Melissa Tran

     Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

World Premiere of Stuart Diamond’s video to Mont Ararat for solo viola by French composer Dominique de Williencourt

Beirut is a House of Many Rooms by Randall Woolf


International new music violinist Karen Bentley Pollick returns to CCRMA after recent performances at the “Music of Changes” festival  in Klaipeda, Lithuania, SPECTRUMNYC, and Wayward Music Series in Seattle with a diverse program fusing music and videos from France, Lebanon, Venezuela and America. 

Ethereal Baltic harmonies haunt Žibuoklė Martinaitytė’s ‘Serenity Diptychs’. Dominique de Williencourt’s soulfully evocative ‘Mont Ararat’ simulates a duo of duduks on scordatura viola. ‘Randall Woolf’s thought provoking music is featured in the film ‘Beirut is a House of Many Rooms’.  

For several years now Bentley Pollick has shared her time between Vilnius and Evergreen, Colorado, pursuing an active career as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as producing various projects in the U.S. and elsewhere. Her unabating thirst for new music, “keen sense for gleaning quality in experimental music and giving these scores their rightful due” (Michael Huebner, Birmingham News) characterizes Bentley Pollick as a highly gifted and creative performer, equally adroit on the violin and viola. Being open to new experiences and social life, she may frequently be seen attending diverse cultural events and collaborating with various artists from across disciplines. In Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity she covers a wide range of imaginative interactions between imagery and music.




Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Boulder Piano Gallery

3111 Walnut Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301  (303) 449-3177

Music of Viennese composer Hermann Graedener (1844 – 1929)

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

Gottfried Rabl, piano

Violin Concerto #1 in D Major, Op. 22 (1905)

Violin Sonata in C minor, Op. 35 (1904?)

Violin Concerto #2 in D minor, Op. 41 (1914)


Colorado MahlerFest XXX – Unfinished / Unheard
Chamber Concert – Wednesday – May 17, 2017 – 7:30pm
Gordon Gamm Theater – The Dairy Center – Boulder, CO

Tickets: Dairy Center Box office – $20.00 ($10.00 for students) – Click HERE to order and for more information.

Mahler/Schnittke: Piano Quartet in a (fragments)
Kurtág: Signs, Games, Messages (Jelek, Játékok és Üzenetek)
   —  Intermission  —
Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956, Op. posth. 163

James Stern – Violin (Mahler/Schnittke, Kurtág, Schubert) ♦
Karen Bentley Pollick – Violin (Schubert)
David Yang – Viola (Mahler/Schnittke, Kurtág, Schubert) ♦
Kenneth Woods – Cello (Mahler/Schnittke, Kurtág, Schubert) ♦
Parry Karp – Cello (Schubert)
Jennifer Hayghe – Piano (Mahler/Schnittke)



MahlerFest XXX

Dedicated to the Memory of Stan Ruttenberg

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10
(Cooke III performance version)
Edward Elgar (arr. D. Matthews): String Quartet in e, op.83
arranged for string orchestra (2010)
(U.S. Premiere)

Monday, May 15 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

Please check back often to view the evolving plans for MahlerFest XXX



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles

Thrilled to receive 8 nominations in the 2017 Just Plain Folks Music Awards! 

Experimental Song: Impossible Animals by David Aaron Jaffe on Wildlife, released by Well Tempered Productions. 

Solo Instrumental Song: Born FreeNo Torture, & No Slavery from Human Rights Suite on CD Peace Piece by Ole Saxe, released by Neptunus Records and Ariel Ventures.

Classical Vocal Album: Rosas de Pulpa, Rosas de Cal: Music of Valdo Sciammarella, including his CREDO for Piano Quartet. Ricardo Sciammarella, soprano Diane McNaron, released by Hoot/Wisdom Recordings of Florida Atlantic University.

Contemporary Classical Album: Russian Soulscapes: String Trio and Piano Quartet by Ivan Sokolov, with violist Basil Vendryes and cellist Richard Slavich. Engineering by Sam McGuire at Denver University, with post production by Brad Smalling of Evergroove Studio. Recorded in Colorado, released by Ariel Ventures.

Solo Instrumental Album: Peace Piece by Ole Saxe. Recorded in Sweden, Lithuania & Colorado with pianists Ivan Sokolov and Justas Servenikas, and guitarist Volkmar Zimmermann, released by Neptunus Records and Ariel Ventures.

Soundtrack Album: Wildlife by David Aaron Jaffe, released by Well Tempered Productions.