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Celebrating George Crumb at 90

Sunday, April 7, 2019



Sunday, April 7, 2019


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Celebrating George Crumb at 90


Bridges Hall of Music
150 E. Fourth St
Claremont, CA


Ten stellar performers will celebrate George Crumb, known as the “American composer [who] continues to explore sonic possibilities in works of surprising and enchanting content,” (Gramophone), has received both Grammy and Pulitzer prizes.

The first of two works being performed is Celestial Mechanics (1970), (Makrokosmos IV) for piano four-hands with Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Brian Hsu. Faculty member Lee, a Grammy®-nominated pianist and Pomona College’s Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, is a versatile performer of music that spans five centuries. In addition to giving solo recitals, she is a member of the Mojave Trio, and has performed on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series. Award-winning pianist Hsu has delighted audiences throughout Spain, Italy, Japan, South Africa and the US, appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, at numerous music festivals and can be heard on Albany Records Labe with the Pro Arte quartet.

The second work is Ancient Voices of Children (1970), “A Cycle of Songs on Texts by Federico García Lorca,” which has been hailed by The New York Times as a “full-blown that springs to life as a whole.” The performers for this celebratory Pomona College performance include Brandon Takahashi (boy soprano), Melissa Givens (soprano), Francisco Castillo (oboe), Joti Rockwell (mandolin), Alison Bjorkedal (harp), Lee (piano), Yuri Inoo, Derek Tywoniuk and Dustin Donahue (percussion).

Takahashi, who made his solo debut with the Los Angeles Opera in The Magic Flute, is a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Givens, especially noted for her expressiveness and elegance on the stage, is an assistant professor of music at Pomona College. In addition to her solo appearances she continues to perform with the Grammy®-nominated Ars Lyrica Houston and Grammy® winning Conspirare. Castillo, who teaches oboe at Pomona, is principal oboist with the California Philharmonic Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, and has performed with numerous Southern California orchestras including the San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and others. Rockwell, associate professor of music at Pomona College, plays roots music, bluegrass and contemporary concert music on the guitar, mandolin, banjo and pedal steel guitar. He also performs in and coordinates Giri Kusuma, Pomona College’s Balinese gamelan ensemble. Grammy® award-winning harpist, Bjorkedal has been called by the Los Angeles Times an “excellent player” and “enterprising young harpist.” A member of Southwest Chamber Music, she has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and wildUP. Inoo has performed with Yo Yo Ma, John Williams, Evelyn Glennie and others. Tywoniuk has appeared with wildUP, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, The Cleveland, Orchestra and at the Ojai Music Festival. Donahue has played with the International Contemporary Ensemble, and on the Ojai Music Festival, Jacaranda Music and San Diego New Music seasons.

Program and performers subject to change.

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