The Cal Poly Pomona Department of Music’s Winter 2018 concert series includes five piano events that feature renowned guest artists, new compositions and the premiere performance of the Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble.
The series begins with Martin Chalifour, violinist and principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will perform with Nadia Shpachenko on Monday, Feb. 5. The program is titled “Italian and French Romantic Music” and features works by Antonio Vivaldi, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ottorino Respighi, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Arvo Pärt with guest artist Cristina Basili, a cellist (performing Vivaldi). A bonus performance of Gernot Wolfgang’s “Windows” with Edgar Lopez on clarinet and Judith Farmer on bassoon will kick off the performance.
Shpachenko, a professor in the music department, will present works from her upcoming CD on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in a special pre-release concert. The recital will feature works from Shpachenko’s new World Premieres CD “Quotations and Homages,” to be released by Reference Recordings in April. The new homages by Adam Borecki, Daniel Felsenfeld, Tom Flaherty, Vera Ivanova, Missy Mazzoli, Nick Norton, and Peter Yates were inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Mozart to Brahms to Stravinsky to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. In a program both serious and lighthearted, the new works will be performed by Shpachenko together with some of the original inspirations by Brahms, Debussy, Prokofiev, Satie and Stravinsky.
The Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble will present their premiere performance on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Works planned will include new compositions as well as classical piano pieces. The concert will present the West Coast Premiere of “Arebati,” which features two toy pianos, two pianos, a celesta, a marimba, a vibraphone and electronics, written specifically for the ensemble by composer Jack Van Zandt. The Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble premiered the piece at their Florida International Toy Piano Festival tour in early January. The concert also will feature works by Antonín Dvořák, Tom Flaherty, Jerome Kitzke, Thomas Kotcheff, Tristan Perich, Samara Rice and Franz Schubert. Shpachenko, who will perform with the ensemble, also will direct.
Complementing the performance events, violinist Martin Chalifour will present a free Chamber Music Master Class on Monday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., and composer Jack Van Zandt will present a free Performance/Composition Master Class on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Both clinicians will advise music students who will perform a variety of works.
All of the concerts will be at 8 p.m. in the music recital hall. Tickets may be purchased online at csupomona.tix.com or at the Dr. Andrew G. Chong Box Office, weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. and one hour prior to concert time.
- Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. — Chamber Music Master Class with Martin Chalifour
- Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. — Italian and French Romantic Music concert with Martin Chalifour & Nadia Shpachenko
- Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. —Quotations & Homages CD pre-release concert with Nadia Shpachenko
- Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. — Performance/Composition Master Class with Jack Van Zandt
- Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. — Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble Concert