February 27, 2008
Pacific Serenades 22nd Season
World premiere of Bruce Broughton's Sonata for Violin and Piano
LOS ANGELES—Pacific Serenades, one of the West Coast's leading chamber ensembles, continues its 22nd season with the world premiere of award-winning composer Bruce Broughton's Sonata for Violin and Piano.
Noted among the most versatile composers working today, Broughton wrote the piece for his wife, renowned violinist Belinda Broughton, who will perform it with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin on Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m., at a private home in Brentwood; on Sunday, March 2, 4 p.m., at The Neighborhood Church in Pasadena and Tuesday, March 4, 8 p.m., at The UCLA Faculty Center.
Pacific Serenades founder and artistic director Mark Carlson describes the new work by multiple Emmy winner/Grammy and Oscar nominee Broughton as "rousing in the fast movements with a lyrical and moving slow movement. It displays perfectly Belinda's virtuosic skills."
In addition to Broughton's world premiere, the concert program, titled "Mavericks and Magicians," will feature Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915) and Mendelssohn's rarely performed Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66, featuring cellist David Speltz with Belinda Broughton and Joanne Pearce Martin.
"Debussy is the 'maverick' of the program," Carlson says, "in terms of the piece's unique form offering different colors from those usually heard in works for cello and piano. As for 'magicians,' Mendelssohn's piano trio has a playfulness to it, and although it's often overshadowed by his signature Piano Trio, No. 1 in D minor, this work is equally stunning."
Pacific Serenades, one of the foremost chamber music organizations in the U.S. since its inception in 1982, is twice winner (2003 and 2005) of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has achieved critical acclaim for its concerts at which new music is played alongside traditional chamber repertoire in intimate settings. Among its musicians are principals of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Long Beach Symphony.
The Neighborhood Church in Pasadena is located at 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena, the UCLA Faculty Center is located at 405 N. Hilgard Avenue in Westwood. Directions to the home concert in Brentwood (which is open to the public) will be sent to ticket buyers prior to the performance.
Pacific Serenades concerts are supported in part by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles Center Studios and Keyboard Concepts.
To purchase tickets and for more information call (213) 534-3434 or visit http://www.pacser.org.