2015-16 Concert Series

Thank you for your interest in the 2015-16 Paul Pollei Commemorative Concert Series! The foundation is touched by the outpour of support for the inaugural Paul Pollei Commemorative Concert Series, which culminated last May with a celebration of his legacy. We are excited to present five artists this year that also had close connections with Paul and we invite you to join us again this season to experience what Paul knew so well: that the incomparable joy found in sharing the language of great music unites our world of numerous nationalities and diverse cultural backgrounds!

October 23 | 7.30pm

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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659 Johann Sebastian Bach / Ferruccio Busoni
Organ Prelude in G Minor, BWV 535 Johann Sebastian Bach / Alexander Siloti
Four Mazurkas Frédéric Chopin
     B-flat Major, op. 7, no. 1
     A Minor, op.17, no. 4
     C Major, op. 24, no. 2
     B-flat Minor, op. 24, No. 4
Scenes d’enfants Federico Mompou
L’histoire de Babar Francis Poulenc/Jean de Brunhoff
     Narrated by Anne Cullimore Decker
Intermission
from Iberia Isaac Albeniz
     El Puerto
     El Albaicin
Martha Complained (from Eight Bible Vignettes) Nathaniel Dett
Poems for Piano (selections) Vincent Persichetti
Tangos Argentinos (selections) TBA
mirian conti Argentine/ American pianist Mirian Conti, based in New York City, enjoys a growing reputation as a musician whose performances combine technical brilliance with striking originality and artistic insight. Stylistically assured in a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Conti’s prolific recording output and international concerts have garnered praise and awards. In recognition of her extraordinary talent, a scholarship honoring Mirian Conti was established at The Juilliard School by the Edwin Bachman Estate. In addition, she was selected as one of the “100 Outstanding Alumni” to celebrate The Juilliard School’s Centennial in 2005-6. She was a Scholarship student of Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff and graduated from the School with a BM and MM. Other teachers include Genny Blech, Freda Rosenblatt and Byron Janis.

The newly created Steinway & Sons label has released her recordings of the complete Chopin Mazurkas (CD 3003). The Fanfare magazine review of the CD says, “Conti brings all these pieces to life with a spirit of fantasy and imagination that is totally endearing…Conti’s mazurkas rest beside splendid complete sets in my collection by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Brailowsky, and Alexander Uninsky”. Also on the Steinway & Sons label: Nostalgias Argentinas (2012) and Panorama Argentino (2014). Mirian Conti has appeared worldwide as soloist and with many orchestras, in Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America, Canada and throughout the U.S. She has made solo, orchestral and chamber appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and has performed at numerous concert halls throughout the world, including the Teatro Colón in her native Argentina. She has appeared in Poland, Latvia, Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Montenegro, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and many cities in China.

Since 2007, Ms. Conti is on the Faculty of the Evening Division at the Juilliard School. Mirian Conti is a Steinway artist.
Anne DeckerAnne Cullimore Decker crosses many boundaries as an actor, director, educator, and arts advocate. Her portrayal of Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS (1998 and 2010) at Salt Lake Acting Company has become her signature piece. Her most recent roles on stage are: Ellie in A LOSS OF APPETITE by David Kranes at Salt Lake Acting Company; Rebecca Nurse in THE CRUCIBLE, Arthur Miller, at Pioneer Theatre Company. Her credits with Utah Opera/Symphony are: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE MERRY WIDOW, THE GONDOLIERS, and FAÇADE. Her most recent film was A DARLING COMPANION where she played the mother of Keven Kline and Diane Keaton. Her awards include the Distinguished Madeleine for Arts and Humanities, Governor’s Mansion Artist Award; Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award for an Individual; Distinguished Alumna, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah (2011); and “Utah’s 15, The State’s Most Influential Artists” (2014). The University of Utah bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in 2015. Anne served on the Utah Arts Council for nine years, serving as Chair for four of those years. She is presently serving on the National Advisory Council at the University of Utah. She retired from teaching at the University of Utah Theatre Department and Honors Program in 1996.

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General $20 | Senior $15 | Student $8
Season (all 4 concerts) $60
For season, senior, and student tickets, call 801.355.ARTS

ROSE WAGNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
138 West 300 South | Salt Lake City

February 5 | 7.30pm

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The Cheng-Chow Trio

from Hungarian Dances Johannes Brahms
     No. 2 in D Minor
     No. 3 in F Major
     No. 4 in F Minor
     No. 5 in F-sharp Minor
Petite Suite Claude Debussy
     En bateau
     Cortege
     Menuet
     Ballet
Sonata (1918) Francis Poulenc
     Modéré
     Rustique
     Final
from Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 Antonin Dvorák
     No. 4 in F Major
     No. 6 in A-flat Major
     No. 8 in G Minor

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Allegro, from Sonata in C Major, L. 60 Franz Joseph Haydn
Nocturne for Left Hand Alone, Op. 9 No. 2 Alexander Scriabin
Etude-Tableau in E-flat Minor, Op. 39 No. 5 Sergei Rachmaninoff
from Dolly, Op. 56 Gabriel Fauré
     Berceuse
     Le pas espagnol
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring J.S. Bach/ Myra Hess
America from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein/ Derison Duarte
Photo credit: Lisa Kohler
Photo credit: Lisa Kohler
Angela Cheng
Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. She has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras. An avid recitalist, Ms. Cheng has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. She is currently on the artist faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was honored with the 2011-12 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Alan Chow
Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire”, Steinway artist Mr. Chow has performed in recital and in concert with orchestra from coast to coast in 45 states. Mr. Chow also regularly tours Asia with performances in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Mr. Chow currently serves as a member of the artist faculty at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.

Alvin Chow
Alvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as an orchestral soloist and recitalist. Chow has also presented numerous master classes and lectures throughout the United States and abroad. In 2011, a CD of music for four and six hands, recorded with Angela Cheng and Alan Chow, was released by Arioso Classics. It features music by Brahms, Dvorák, Ravel, Milhaud, Corigliano, and Copland. Since 1999, Alvin Chow has been a member of the artist faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is currently Chair of the Piano Department and the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music.

General $20 | Senior $15 | Student $8
For senior and student tickets, call 801.355.ARTS

ROSE WAGNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
138 West 300 South | Salt Lake City

March 19 | 7.30pm

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Ballade No. 2 in B Minor Franz Liszt
Sonata in F Minor, op. 57 (Appassionata) Ludwig van Beethoven
         Allegro assai
         Andante con moto
         Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
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Pictures at an Exhibition Modest Mussorgsky
Armen Babakhanian Armen Babakhanian, Armenian pianist, is prize-winner at several of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions including the Leeds, the Van Cliburn, the Guardian Dublin, the William Kappell, the Gina Bachauer, and the World Piano Competition, and has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike through the intensity and honesty of his performances.

Mr. Babakhanian has given recitals in the USA, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Irish National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, with Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Yurovsky, Slovenian Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic among others. Festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Santander and Baalbec Music festivals. Babakhanian’s performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet during Santander Festival in Spain was named the best chamber music performance of the festival. Mr. Babakhanian has recorded for the ASV, Real Sound and Sigmund Classics labels.

His performances have been broadcast on BBC, PBS (USA), ORF (Austria) and RAI (Italy) television networks. His recording of the Tchaikovsky piano sonatas has received rave reviews in the European press. Mr.Babakhanian’s recent recording of Complete Piano Works by Aram Khachaturian awarded the “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the Armenian Award 2007.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Babakhanian has served as jury member for several international piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and most recently Maria Callas International Piano competitions. In 1999, he founded and served as Artistic Director for the Armenian Legacy Pan Armenian Competition in Yerevan, Armenia. He has taught numerous master-classes in Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, China, Iceland and the United States. Mr. Babakhanian is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, where he also received his musical education under Professor Anahit Bogdanyan. He also studied with Claude Frank and Vera Gornostaeva.

In 2004 Mr.Babakhanian became a Founder and Artistic Director of “Cadence” Ensemble. In April 2004 gave first worldwide tour with “Cadence” which includes performance in Buenos Aires at famous Teatro Colón. “Cadence” Ensemble is scheduled to perform in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Lithuania, Greece, Japan, Korea, USA and Canada. In 2008 Armen Babakhanian was awarded Gold Medal by Ministry of Culture for great contribution in Spyurk-Armenia relations. In 2009 Mr. Babakhanian was awarded Artist Emeritus from the President of Republic of Armenia.

In 2011 Armen Babakhanian became Dean of Piano Department at Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia.

General $20 | Senior $15 | Student $8
For senior and student tickets, call 801.355.ARTS

ROSE WAGNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
138 West 300 South | Salt Lake City

April 30 | 7.30pm

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Scaramouche Darius Milhaud
Vif
Modéré
Brazileira
Gazebo Dances (1972) John Corigliano
Overture
Waltz
Adagio
Tarantella
El Salon México Aaron Copland// Leonard Bernstein
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Three Songs Sergei Rachmaninoff// Victor Babin
Vocalise
It’s Lovely Here
Floods of Spring
Porgy and Bess Fantasy George Gershwin// Percy Grainger
resize_imageAlvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as an orchestral soloist and recitalist. In addition, he has performed extensively in duo-piano recitals with his wife, Angela Cheng, and his twin brother, Alan.

A native of Miami, Florida, he graduated summa cum laude and co-valedictorian at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler. Chow has won first prize in competitions such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Young Soloists Competition, the National Symphony Young Soloists Competition, and the Indiana University Concerto Competition, as well as prizes in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition, and the MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition.

Chow has performed in major concert halls including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall in Chicago; Weill and Steinway Halls in New York City; and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has presented as recitalist in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Detroit, and Miami, and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, among others. He has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and on CBC Radio in Canada. He has also been invited to be the convention artist for the state MTNA conferences in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, and Ohio. In 2011, a CD of music for four and six hands, recorded with Angela Cheng and Alan Chow, was released by Arioso Classics. It features music by Brahms, Dvorák, Ravel, Milhaud, Corigliano, and Copland. Chow has presented numerous master classes and lectures throughout the United States and abroad, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Taichung University in Taiwan, Colburn School in Los Angeles, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and Northwestern University, among many others. He has been a member of numerous competition juries, including the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Jacksonville International Piano Competition, MTNA Student Competitions (national finals), the Sorantin Young Artist Competition, the International Piano e-Competition (screening), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (screening), and the Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin.

Chow was the first Fulbright College Visiting Artist in Piano at the University of Arkansas during 1987-88, and he later taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1999, he has been a member of the artist faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is currently Chair of the Piano Department and the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music. alan-chow

Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire”, Alan Chow has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition. Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, he was also a prizewinner in the William Kapell International Piano
Competition.

A Steinway artist, Mr. Chow has performed in recital and in concert with orchestra from coast to coast in 45 states. His recitals have brought him to the major music centers including New York (Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall), Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago (Symphony Center and Ravinia), Washington, D. C., Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami. Concerto performances include appearances with the National Symphony, Utah Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony and Omaha Symphony. Most recently he performed with the European Union Orchestra, with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting. Mr. Chow also regularly tours Asia with performances in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore including performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Pan-Asia Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the American, Pacifica and Miami String Quartets and has been guest artist at the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, San Juan Islands Chamber Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Music Festival of Arkansas and Music Mountain. In addition, he appears in joint recital engagements in the Cheng-Chow Trio with pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow.

Also in demand for his teaching, Mr. Chow has given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Asia at conservatories, universities and summer festivals including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, New Orleans International Piano Festival, Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, Las Vegas Piano Festival, Classical Music Festival (Austria), Shanghai International Piano Festival and Institute (China), Tunghai International Piano Festival (Taiwan) and in Singapore. Appointed Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and Honored Visiting Professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, he has also presented recitals, master classes, and lectures in China at conservatories and festivals in Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan, Xiamen and Hong Kong. His former and current students have been prizewinners in many national and international piano competitions, and as a result he has been invited to be MTNA convention artist for many state conferences including Washington, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Additionally, Mr. Chow is also active as a juror for many piano competitions including the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Junior and Young Artist Competitions, the Eastman International Young Artist Competition, the Cooper International Competition at Oberlin, and most recently as head of the jury at the Hilton Head International Young Artist Competition.

Mr. Chow studied with Nelita True at the University of Maryland where he graduated Co-Valedictorian with his twin brother Alvin, and received the Charles Manning Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts given to the outstanding graduate; with Sascha Gorodnitzki at The Juilliard School where he was awarded the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano; and with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he was the recipient of the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship. He also studied at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Carlo Zecchi.

Formerly Artist-in-Residence at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Chow currently serves as a member of the artist faculty at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. In the fall of 2013, he also held the position of Visiting Associate Professor of Piano at Oberlin Conservatory.

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General $20 | Senior $15 | Student $8
For senior and student tickets, call 801.355.ARTS

ROSE WAGNER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
138 West 300 South | Salt Lake City