Streaming on FACEBOOK & YouTube
Glendale Noon Concerts 4/7/21
Jacqueline Suzuki – violin
Brendan White – piano
During the Covid-19 "Safer at Home" period,
Glendale Noon Concerts will bring our programs
to you via streaming on Facebook and YouTube:
The APRIL 7, 2021 program can be viewed at this link
beginning at 12:10 pm PDT. (VIDEO will be available ongoing)
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Every FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAY at 12:10 pm PDT
On Wednesday, APRIL 7, 2021 at 12:10 pm PDT:
Jacqueline Suzuki, Violin
Brendan White, Piano
Sonatensatz: Scherzo in C minor, WoO2
GEORGE N. GIANOPOULOS
City Vignettes for Violin and Piano, Op. 29d
Rain at Night
Violin Sonata in F minor, Op.4
Adagio – Allegro moderato
(Scroll down for artist bios and program notes)
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Streaming on Wednesday APRIL 21, 2021 at 12:10-12:40 pm PDT:
ALEXANDER KNECHT plays BACH
Solo Viola Recital
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The Glendale Noon Concerts series is presented by Glendale City Church every first & third Wednesday at 12:10-12:40 pm. www.glendalecitychurch.org
Concert schedule: www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com
Glendale City Church also presents the Second Saturday Concert Series,
and sponsors the Caesura Youth Orchestra http://www.mycyo.org
Much appreciation to the Hennings-Fischer Foundation for their
mission to support art & education and their generous grant to GNC.
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ARTIST BIOS: (includes bio/program notes for the Gianopoulos piece)
George N. Gianopoulos is a Los Angeles composer.
His bio can be found on his website: https://www.georgengianopoulos.com/biography
Program Note: The City Vignettes began as a work for the mezzo-soprano and guitar group, the Malkin-Trybek Duo. The arrangement for piano was born out of necessity and practicality, and the cycle was subsequently arranged on request for Flute, Clarinet, Violin and Alto Saxophone. American lyric poet, Sara Teasdale, first published her set of three miniature poems City Vignettes in 1911 in the collection Helen of Troy and Other Poems. Though Teasdale regularly had bouts of depression throughout her life, which ended in suicide, she was the first person, man or woman, to receive the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1918. The first poem, Dawn, opens with the atmospheric line “The greenish sky glows up in misty reds,” set in the key of a minor, grows to despair and ends in loneliness. A very free and expressive solo begins the second number, Dusk, and continues into a dismal description of the austere city landscape. There is hope, seemingly, as Teasdale writes “A thousand yellow lights begin to gleam and over all the pale untroubled skies,” set to a rhythmic and bouncy accompaniment based on the introductory material. A distinctly metered pedal point is employed at the onset of the third stanza, Rain at Night, depicting the steady precipitation. A plaintive tune is sung or played over the raindrops and reaches a climax, through a shift in the pedal tone and its rhythmic intensity, at the line “and the rain is heard now loud and blurred,” before subduing itself back to a light drizzle and concluding the cycle.
SARA TEASDALE (American, 1884-1933) From Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911):
The greenish sky
glows up in misty reds,
The purple shadows turn to brick and stone,
The dreams wear thin, men turn upon their beds,
And hear the milk-cart jangle by alone.
The city's street,
a roaring blackened stream
Walled in by granite, thro' whose thousand eyes
A thousand yellow lights begin to gleam,
And over all the pale untroubled skies.
Rain at Night
shine in a yellow line
Down the splashy, gleaming street,
And the rain is heard now loud now blurred
By the tread of homing feet.
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
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.
“Three composers presented the great violinist Joseph Joachim in 1853 with a belated 21st-birthday gift: a violin sonata of which Albert Dietrich had written the opening Allegro, Johannes Brahms the Scherzo, and Robert Schumann the Finale. Brahms was just 20 years old and this Scherzo was amongst the first fruits of his friendship both with Joachim and Schumann. It is his earliest instrumental piece, written just before the first piano sonata. Although the whole sonata has long been forgotten, this movement – first published in 1906 – has become a favorite as a separate piece, particularly in Germany.” - Stainer & Bell