Concert Series Oct. 7, 10 & 12
Contact: Alisa Moore 654-6462 or
Robert Lawson 648-8920
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 8 pm: GRAND PIANO SOIREE — This exciting program of world favorites includes two world premieres composed by Ventura College music faculty. The program will include the music of Bach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin as well as the debut of Harmonic Motions by faculty member and composer O. Powers, for two pianos eight hands (2008) and a two-piano reduction of the suite Lieutenant Kije by Sergei Prokofiev done by faculty member and composer Miguel del Aguila.
The participants include:
Miriam Arichea appears regularly with Dr. Burns Taft and the VC Community Orchestra and with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, KuanFen Liu, Conductor.
Joy Asenas holds a B.F.A. degree in Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and teaches piano in Camarillo and Fillmore.
Landon Baumgard currently studies piano under Françoise Régnat at CSUN. He was the winner of the CSUN concerto competition in 2007.
Teresa Dye has been a piano teacher, a performer on piano and keyboards, a dancer, and a singer, and has performed in numerous local productions.
Helen Farson is a graduate student at UCSB working on a dissertation related to Handel's secular oratorios.
Linda Fern Fay is on the piano faculty at Ventura College, performs at the Pierpont Inn and holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Pacific Lutheran University, where she served on the faculty.
Mariana Franco-Sommer received her postgraduate Artist Diploma from the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Germany and has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Britain and Germany as well as an orchestral player.
Pianist Shirley Kalberg Leak has had a piano teaching career spanning more than 60 years, the past 34 in her home in Ojai. .
Newton Friedman studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, and later in New York and California. He has accompanied various concert musicians in recitals for the past 25 years.
Dr. O. Powers earned his doctorate of arts from Ball State University, Indiana.
Gil Rosas has been a pianist and entertainer for over fifty-five years. He studied piano at UCSB and began his professional career at the age of sixteen as musical director of the new television station KEYT in Santa Barbara.
Friday, Oct. 10, 8 pm: AN EVENING OF ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC: Music of O. Powers plus works by Varèse and Dockstader
Ventura College faculty member Dr. O. Powers has been keenly interested in the evocative power of electronic music all his life, and presents his fall concert of works that explore the far reaches of musical experience.
Several of the works will be performed live, using a computer to generate and process sounds under the composer’s control. In addition, Dr. Powers will utilize the theremin, an electronic instrument invented in 1920, in one of the works.
Also on the concert are two classic works: Poème électronique (1958) by Edgar Varèse, and Luna Park (1961) by Tod Dockstader. These works of “organized sound” created nearly fifty years ago still have the power to astonish the ear.. He has composed for acoustic instruments, for electronic sounds and in popular styles, and has performed from time to time on piano, guitar, recorder, and theremin. An instructor in the Ventura College music department, he teaches a variety of courses, including his specialty of music technology.
Sunday, Oct. 12, 3:30 pm: DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAYS Guest Artist Recital - a tribute to the memories of famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti and violinist/journalist Daniel Pearl.
World Music Days brings together thousands of music lovers on every continent, ringing the world with a musical affirmation of the oneness of humankind. This performance by guest artists 'cellist Dr. Janice Foy and violinist Hubert Pralitz, with the Seoulful ‘Cello Quartet join faculty pianist Fern Fay, as part of the Sixth Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days - a global network of concerts that uses the universal language of music to diminish hatred, respect differences, and reach out in global friendship.
Daniel Pearl, the journalist and musician kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan was a classically-trained violinist, as well as a fiddler and mandolin player who joined musical groups wherever he traveled. World Music Days commemorates his October 10th birthday and carries on his mission of connecting diverse people through words and music.
We thank you for joining us in helping to spread "Harmony for Humanity".
The event will include performances of music by Papandopulo, Rachmaninoff, Bartok, Shelly Cohen, Manuel de Falla, Ennio Bolognini, and Rudolfo Falvo, among others.
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For additional information, call Alisa Moore at 805-654-6462 or the Ventura College Theatre information line at 805-654-6392.
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