An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, Cal Poly Pomona music professor and multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko welcomes top new music performers to her Fall 2016 Shpachenko & Friends Chamber Music Festival.
A series of music master classes and performances kicks off Thursday, Oct 13 with guest pianist Alexander Tselyakov. The HOCKET Ensemble, Grammy-nominated Ray-Kallay Duo and Grammy-nominated pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee will perform with Shpachenko on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.
For her album “Woman at the New Piano,” Shpachenko commissioned composer Tom Flaherty to write a piece for piano, toy piano and electronics titled “Airdancing,” which she and Lee premiered and performed many times, earning a Grammy nomination for their recorded performance.
Shpachenko’s upcoming album release will contain new works inspired by older composers. Shpachenko commissioned Flaherty to write a new piece and double the instrumentation to include two pianos, two toy pianos and electronics, and to triple the performers to six pianists.
The Oct. 20 concert will feature two compositions for six pianists: Tom Flaherty’s “Igor to Please” (inspired by Igor Stravinsky) and James Matheson’s “Bagatelle” (inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven), which will be recorded by Shpachenko and Lee, the HOCKET Ensemble and Ray-Kallay Duo for Shpachenko’s upcoming album.
The concert will also feature Lee and the HOCKET Ensemble performing piano solo and duet compositions by Beethoven, Mayke Nas, Alexander Elliott Miller, Michael Laurello and Andy Akiho, as well as the West Coast premiere of an additional piece by Matheson titled “Alone, in Waters Shimmering and Dark.” The solo piano piece will be performed by Shpachenko and included on her upcoming album featuring new works inspired by buildings.
Additional festival events include a master class and recital by pianist Alexander Tselyakov, a leading Canadian pianist who has won top prizes in major piano competitions and will be presenting a varied program of traditional and new compositions by Chopin, Ravel, Scriabin, Carrabré and Gougeon; a piano master class by the HOCKET Ensemble; and a chamber music master class and music industry workshop by five-time Grammy-winning producer Elaine Martone.
All events will be staged in the Music Recital Hall. Concert tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Workshops and master classes are free.
- Thursday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.: Alexander Tselyakov piano master class.
- Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.: Alexander Tselyakov piano recital.
- Thursday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.: HOCKET Ensemble piano master class.
- Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.: Concert featuring Nadia Shpachenko, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, the HOCKET Ensemble and the Ray-Kallay Duo.
- Monday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon: Elaine Martone chamber music master class/music industry workshop.
Event tickets may be purchased online at csupomona.tix.com or at the Music Recital Hall Box Office, Building 24-188, Monday through Friday from noon to-1 p.m. and one hour before the concert. Parking is $7. Artists and events are subject to change.