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        Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library Restoration Concert: Flute, Harp, Viola, Cello and Electronics

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      Date(s) - 02/05/2023
      4:00 pm

      South Pasadena Public Library Community Room


      Robert Thies at the Restoration Concert Series on September 18, 2016 (Photo - Melanie Hooks).

      Robert Thies at the Restoration Concert Series on September 18, 2016 (File Photo – Melanie Hooks).

      The Restoration Concerts Committee of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library presents Susan Greenberg – Flute, Christina Montes Mateo -Harp, Robert Brophy -Viola, Maya Magub -Violin, Armen Ksajikian -Cello, and Derrick Skye -Composer and Electronics.

      The program includes music by Ibert, Debussy, Reger, Mozart, and Fiorillo. Derrick Skye will be presenting his newest work with drones, pads, and soundscapes that the acoustic instruments would play atop of and through.

      Tickets will be available at the door for $25. Mask wearing is optional but strongly recommended.

      Derrick Skye is a composer, conductor, and musician based in the Los Angeles area who often integrates musical practices from cultures around the world in his work with classical music communities. The Los Angeles Times has described Skye’s music as “something to savor” and “enormous fun to listen to.” The Times (London) described Skye’s music as “deliciously head-spinning.” His works have been performed and/or commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. Skye passionately believes in music as a doorway into understanding other cultures and different ways of living. Through learning the music of other cultures, the opportunity for dialogue rather than conflict between strangers is opened.

      In the words of Maestro Zubin Mehta: “…Cristina Montes Mateo is one among those very few individuals who have reached the very top of her field”. Unanimous 1st prize winner at the “Torneo Internazionale di Musica” (Rome) and the International Harp Competition “V.Bucchi”, Cristina is recognized as one of the leading harpists of her generation throughout the world.

      Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as “brilliant,” “elegant,” and “supple,” and has lauded her “panache” and “musical projection.” She was a member of the LA Chamber Orchestra for 36 years, where she was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo, and even alto flute.

      Maya Magub is a British violinist living and working in Los Angeles. She has led a varied career performing in the world’s greatest concert halls and has played on numerous movies and records. She has played in chamber music festivals across the UK, USA, France, Belgium, Norway, Iceland, and India, collaborating as a guest with the Calder Quartet, the Emperor Quartet, the London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

      A native of England, violist Robert Brophy maintains a busy career in the Los Angeles area. In addition to performing with the LA Opera Orchestra and the LA Philharmonic, Robert is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the New Hollywood String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence for the South Pasadena Library’s Restoration Concerts series.

      Armen Ksajikian has been very active in LA’s musical life, working with such notables as Heifetz, Rostropovich, Van Cliburn, Pavarotti, Rosza, Giulini, Baryshnikov, Cage, Mancini, Corea, Dudamel, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Newman, Zubin Mehta, and James Cameron. Armen has appeared as a soloist with the Nacional Orchestre du Brazil, Pacific Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, and regularly subs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

      The Restoration Concerts Committee, a committee of the non-profit organization, The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, has a goal to bring world-class music at an affordable price to the concertgoers in South Pasadena and surrounding communities. As the name suggests, net proceeds from the concerts provide for restorations, enhancements, and other benefits to the South Pasadena Library and Community Room.

      > For more information go to friendsofsopaslibrary.org/restoration-concerts.


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