Music Professor Nadia Shpachenko, a multiple Grammy-nominated pianist, will host a Shpachenko & Friends Chamber Music Festival event to highlight her work, “Poetry of Places.”
The event on Monday, May 23 will feature piano, toy piano, voice, and electronics with multi-media presentations and include guest artists Joanne Pearce Martin, a Los Angeles Philharmonic pianist; as well as percussionists Nick Terry, a Grammy Award-winner; and Ted Atkatz, who formerly played with the Chicago Symphony.
The May 23 festival kicks off at 8 p.m. in the music Recital Hall. It also will be streamed live.
The performance brings together music and architecture. It is inspired by diverse architectural landmarks including the Frank Gehry Residence in Santa Monica; Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Gehry’s IAC Building in Manhattan; Aaron Copland House in Cortlandt, N.Y.; the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore; and Newgrange Ancient Temple in Ireland.
“I am immensely excited to share my ‘Poetry of Places’ program with the Cal Poly Pomona community and to welcome three incredible guest artists,” Shpachenko says, referring to Pearce Martin, Terry and Atkatz.
“The newly-written compositions are written by some of the most distinguished living American composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan, Pulitzer Prize finalists Harold Meltzer and Andrew Norman, and award-winning composers Amy Beth Kristen, Hannah Lash, and Jack Van Zandt, many of whom will be in attendance and will introduce their pieces.”
The event also includes free workshops prior to the performance. Award-winning composers Harold Meltzer and Jack Van Zandt will give a workshop on composition and performance Thursday, May 19 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall.
A second workshop in the Recital Hall May 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. will cover piano and percussion featuring Pearce Martin, Terry and Atkatz.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students, and are available online at csupomona.tix.com or at the Music Box Office in Building 24, room 188.
Visit the “Poetry of Places” website for more information about the program.