Currents: Mozart, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns & Cohn
Saturday, June 01, 2013
$59 (includes refreshments and reception with composer and musicians)
Pacific Serenades completes its 27th season with a world premiere by Emmy-award winning composer Stephen Cohn. The program will be an inspired mix of music, including Quintet for Piano and Winds in Eb major, K 452 by Mozart, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in Eb major, Op. 167 by Camille Saint-Saëns, Francis Poulenc’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon and finally, Bellscape, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano, by Cohn. The performers are Jennifer Johnson, oboe (Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra); Gary Gray, clarinet (Pacific Serenades, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra); Judith Farmer, bassoon (LA Opera, SB Chamber Orchestra), Richard Todd, French horn (LACO) and Joanne Pearce Martin, piano (LA Philharmonic), all well-known to Los Angeles classical music fans for their musical brilliance. For information and tickets, please visit www.pacser.org or call 213-534-3434.
Stephen Cohn is internationally recognized for his compositions for the concert stage, feature films and television. His commissioned work has been performed and recorded by the world’s finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in the United States and Europe, including the Arditti Quartet, the Prague Philharmonic, the Chroma String Quartet and many others. About another Cohn work, Richard Ginell of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “Of the other pieces on Sunday’s program, Stephen Cohn’s Sea Change made the biggest impression. The lyrical sections had attractive, pertinent things to say; the driving sections had substance and momentum that roared headlong toward the finish line.” Referring to the same piece, Rodney Punt wrote for LAOpus, “It [Sea Change] was a standout work and performance.”
Pacific Serenades is honored to present this opportunity to hear some of the very finest musicians in Southern California - indeed in the country – interpret the works of Mozart, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns and contemporary composer Stephen Cohn. We are extremely fortunate to welcome back Joanne Pearce Martin, principal keyboardist for LA Philharmonic and a regular performer with Pacific Serenades over the past 15 years. Oboist Jennifer Johnson is Principal Oboe of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO), and performs regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony. The remarkable Richard Todd, Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), is one of the finest horn soloists performing today. Rounding out the quintet are Gary Gray, former principal clarinetist with LACO and founding member of Pacific Serenades, and Judith Farmer, principal bassoonist with SBCO, who has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LACO, LA Opera, among many other fine ensembles.