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Sun, Apr 8 2018 7:00 PM

House Concert
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House concert in Berkeley Hills featuring music of Berkeley composers David Jaffe and Sheli Nan, and San Juan Island composer Alex Shapiro. Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick plays Jaffe's solo fiddle fireworks "Cluck Old Hen Variations," as well as his fanciful "Impossible Animals," in which the violin is embedded in a menagerie of computer-generated singing bird-humans. She is joined by harpsichordist Jonathan Salzedo for the premiere of "Three Musicians (after the Picasso Paintings)," a Picasso-like abstraction of American roots music, in a setting created specially for this house concert. Jaffe himself will take the stage as he tackles his "magnum opus for a minuscule instrument", the solo mandolin "Ellis Island Sonata," a musical journey drawing on themes passed down from his mandolinist father and grandfather. The concert is rounded out by two additional violin and harpsichord works, Sheli Nan's lyrical "Absinthe avec mes amis" and the wild "Slip" by Alex Shapiro.

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Cost: 30