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Glendale Noon Concerts 1/20/21
Jacqueline Suzuki - violin
Brendan White - piano
KIRSTIN FIFE Violin Sonata (Premiere)
JOHANNES BRAHMS Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor
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Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10 pm PDT
On Wednesday JANUARY 20, 2021 at 12:10 pm PDT:
Jacqueline Suzuki - violin
Brendan White - piano
KIRSTIN FIFE Violin Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.1 (2020, premiere)
In 3 movements.
JOHANNES BRAHMS Violin Sonata no. 3 in D minor, Op.108 (1886-8)
Un poco presto e con sentimento
(Scroll down for artist bios & program notes)
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There are many wonderful violinists on the world's stages today, but not many of them compose and perform their own original compositions along with those of the master composers of centuries past. Kirstin Fife has distinguished herself as one of these more rare musicians, consumate performer and composer.
Many of her concerts are given in an intimate setting, such as private homes and small theaters. Also, she performs in regular concert series, such as The Glendale Noon Concerts, the Pasadena Presbyterian noon concerts, the Sunday musicale series at the Newport Beach Library, and The Sunspace Thursday night concert series. Recently, Kirstin has been promoting and performing her performance piece, "The Major Arcana", for violin and piano, which includes a slide show to enhance the presentation.
In addition, to "The Major Arcana", Kirstin has been performing her pieces based on the art work of Salvador Dali, with the Dali Ensemble of Los Angeles.
"Czechmate" and "Pieces of My Heart" are two CD's that she released in 1996 and 2011 respectively. In between, were hundreds of recordings as a studio musician for movies, television, and records including "Mission Impossible", "Jag" Star Trek:The Next Generation", "Michael Jackson" and many others too numerous to mention. On camera, she has appeared on "American Idol", "Tonight Show", and "The Voice", and others. Also, she has performed for all of the major awards shows, including the Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, the Country Music Awards, and the Grammy Awards (with Prince and Bruno Mars).
Kirstin loves to perform for charitable causes, these have included "Alzheimer's Foundation" "The Red Shirt Project" and "Hope Gardens. She welcomes the opportunity to do much more of this kind of work.
Believing that music for weddings should be of the highest caliber, for that most special day, Kirstin makes special arrangements, and performs for many ceremonies around Southern California. For more information, please go to FifeDreams.com.
Kirstin Fife is in the business of creating,
recording, performing and teaching. Her CD's are available on Itunes.
Original compositions and arrangements are available on
Jacqueline Suzuki, violin, is a longtime member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara Symphonies. A native of San Francisco, she began her earliest chamber music studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has performance degrees from the Mannes College of Music (BM), where she studied with William Kroll, and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA). As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed with many ensembles and in many genres, from rock, jazz, Latin and Arabic, to playing in the pit for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists: Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner, Placido Domingo and many others, and appears on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip down the Green River in Utah. Tours have taken her many times to Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the US.
Pianist Brendan White has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova (Eastman School of Music), Delta Symphony Orchestra, Crown City Symphony, and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. White’s collaborations in Southern California have included the Mühlfeld Trio, which won the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Speakeasy Society, and Eighteen Squared. He is also a founding member of the Sunset ChamberFest in Los Angeles;
Local recital appearances include: Glendale Noon Concerts, Pasadena Presbyterian Music at Noon, Music@Mimoda, Mason Concerts, Emerging Artist Series Recital at Boston Court, Soundwaves series in Santa Monica.
White was born and raised in Tennessee before attending Eastman to study with Thomas Schumacher, and then, the University of Southern California, with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he was awarded Outstanding Master’s Graduate of the Thornton School of Music. As a devoted performer of new music, he has worked with notable composers and conductors including Thomas Adès, Donald Crockett, Alan Pierson, Steven Stucky and Jeffrey Milarsky.
KIRSTIN FIFE Sonata For Violin and Piano No.1
Movement 1 was composed largely during the wildfires in Los Angeles in the Winter of 2017. I was evacuated, and though very distracted, tried to compose. The only thing I could think of were very large accented skips of intervals, like the breaking of branches and repeated minor 7th intervals, which I cobbled into the first movement of the sonata.
Movement 2 was composed on a ukelele during the previous winter. The chord progression was discovered by me, as I was fooling around on a blue plastic uke that I bought on a whim. I thought it reminded me of a chord progression, that of one of my idols, Sergei Prokofiev. The steady eighth notes are an Alberti bass pattern, used frequently in pop songs or a picking pattern for a uke.
Movement 3 was inspired as a frenetic/manic boogie woogie. It begins with solemn sustained chords in the introduction and then continues into this tribute to Americana. I imagined kids dancing to a Lindy or other popular song, except with lots of parallel motion as the harmonic foundation. In the middle, there is a nod to more contemporary jazz rhythms.
JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor, Op.108