List-Glenn Institute Festival

For immediate release: 05/09/96

Contact: Paul Van Ness, Director,
The List-Glenn Institute for Piano & Strings
(323) 343-4091
or Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

A Tenth Anniversary Celebration Chamber Music Festival for
The List-Glenn Institute for Piano & Strings

Los Angeles, California -- May 9, 1996 -- In celebration of its tenth anniversary, The List-Glenn Institute for Piano and Strings at California State University, Los Angeles will present International Chamber Music--1996, a summer music festival, from June 22 through July 7, with concerts at the Luckman Theatre on the CSLA campus and in the Pasadena and Los Angeles areas.

Student and professional musicians from countries on three continents, Turkey, Bulgaria, Taiwan (ROC), and the United States, will perform together as the Festival Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Saim Akcil, Professor at the Istanbul State Conservatory.

International Chamber Music--1996 is designed to promote international contact and understanding through music by bringing together musicians from specially targeted countries to perform music from their own diverse cultures along with more frequently heard works from the standard chamber music repertoire. The festival is directed by Paul Van Ness, professor of music at Cal State L.A.

The festival's gala opening concert on Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m. at the Luckman Theatre will feature the Anderson String Quartet and CSLA Visiting Artists along with guest artists. On Saturday, June 29th, the Festival Chamber Orchestra will perform a work by Bulgarian composer Pancho Vladigerov, a concerto for the pi-pa (Chinese "lute") with Cal State alumna Jane Chin as soloist, and Mozart's great Sinfonia Concertante with Anderson Quartet members Marisa McLeod, violin, and Diedra Lawrence, viola. The third concert, held on Saturday evening, July 6th, will again present the Festival Chamber Orchestra led by Maestro Akcil in performances of works by Schnittke, Bartok and Turkish composer Ulvi Cemal Erkin. A special performance of the Shostakovich First Piano Concerto will mark the anniversary of The List-Glenn Institute -- it was the premier of this work in 1933 by the sixteen-year-old Los Angeles resident Eugene List that made him instantly famous. Soloist will be Bulgarian pianist Lily Popova.

In Pasadena, a special all-Bach concert will be held at The Neighborhood Church on July 3rd, led by Bulgarian Rotary Scholar Nayden Todorov. This performance will include a cantata for soprano, trumpet and orchestra, the Concerto for Two Violins and the Concerto in D minor for harpsichord with soloists Renee Sousa, soprano, Fong Ho and I Kuan Wu, violinists and Robert Berwin, harpsichordist. There will also be performances at the Huntington Library and Descanso Gardens on June 30th.

The List-Glenn Institute was founded in 1986 as a memorial to the great American pianist Eugene List and his wife, famed violinist Carroll Glenn. These two renowned musicians epitomized the highest ideals of the performing arts profession and exhibited a generosity which touched the lives of people the world over. The Institute is dedicated to continuing their work "to promote international contact and understanding through a humanistic approach to music study and performance." Since its founding by Professor Van Ness, it has produced numerous festivals and individual music events for this purpose.

For complete details of The List-Glenn Institute's International Chamber Music--1996 festival, contact Paul Van Ness, The List-Glenn Institute, (323) 343-4091.

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