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June 2, 2018, Cañada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City. Redwood Symphony performs "How Did It Get So Late So Soon," with Karen Bently Pollick, violin.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Karen Bentley Pollick performs Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity 2016, includes "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works. Seattle, Washington, Chapel of Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, 4th Floor, corner of 50th Street in Wallingford, Seattle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, University of Colorado Composer Seminar lecture, Boulder, Colorado

Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Boulder & Broomfield, Colorado. US Premiere of violin concerto "How Did It Get So Late So Soon? - an homage to Dr. Seuss" (2016), Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Bahman Saless, conductor.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Permainu Muzika/Music of Changes Festival, Klaipėdos koncertų salė, Šaulių g. 36, Klaipeda, Lithuania. Karen Bentley Pollick performs Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity 2016, includes "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works.

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Tytuvenai Festival, Lithuania.
World Premiere of Violin Concerto "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?"(2016), Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Robertas Šervenikas, conductor.

Fricay, March 5th, 2016l 7:30 PM. Chapel Performance Space, at the Historic Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 4th Floor, Seattle, WA. "Music in the Space Between Us," for eight strings and Radiodrum controlled Trimpin percussion, featuring Andrew Schloss, the Lafayette String Quartet and others; "Impossible Animals," for two voices, with Karen Bentley Pollick and David A. Jaffe, voices; "Cluck Old Hen Variations," for violin, with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid.

Fricay, March 5th, 2016l 7:30 PM. Chapel Performance Space, at the Historic Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 4th Floor, Seattle, WA. "Music in the Space Between Us," for eight strings and Radiodrum controlled Trimpin percussion, featuring Andrew Schloss, the Lafayette String Quartet and others; "Impossible Animals," for two voices, with Karen Bentley Pollick and David A. Jaffe, voices; "Cluck Old Hen Variations," for violin, with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid.

— Events in 2015: Yi David Yang and Jack Van Geem perform "Library of Babel," S.F. Conservatory of Music (Feb. 22); Lecture/concert at CCRMA, Stanford University (March 4); New Music Works performs "Dybbuk" (Oct. 24); Lecture/concert on Mills College's Songlines series (Nov. 23), including performance of "Cluck Old Hen Variations."

— Events in 2014: US premiere of "Fox Hollow," in Lafayette, Danville and Berkeley, California (Feb 21-24); "Cluck Old Hen Variations" performances: Vilnius, Lithuania (June 16), SPECTRUM in New York, with premiere of film by Fred Kolouch (Oct 5), Detroit Institute of Arts (Oct 10), CCRMA, Stanford (Nov 20); World premiere of "Eight O's in Woolloomooloo" for baroque strings and voice, S. F. Early Music Society, Berkeley, California (Dec 4).

— Events in 2013: Lectures at U.C. Berkeley (March) and Sonoma State (April); premiere of "NotomotoN Unstrung", for mandolin and computer-controlled percussion, at U.C. Irvine (April); World premiere of "The Library of Babel," at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Arcata, California (July); University of Victoria Orion Fellow for 2013, with World premiere of "Fox Hollow" for string quartet and Canadian premiere of "The Space Between Us," "May All Your Children Be Acrobats," and 8 other works (November), Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Sharps and Flatirons Review of Boulder Chamber Orchestra performance of "How Did It Get So Late So Soon"

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Review of November 11, 2016 Boulder Chamber Orchestra performance of "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?" is on the Sharps & Flatirons web site, a blog by Peter Alexander. Link to review is here. Excerpts below...

This highly personal but unmistakably American work [How Did It Get So Late So Soon?] received a vigorous performance from the orchestra and Pollick, for whom the concerto was written, and by whom it was premiered in Lithuania Aug. 27.

A former bluegrass musician, Jaffe has filled the score with quotes and references to American music from the blues to the protest music of the 1930s. You may not hear the Woody Guthrie song he quotes, but the overall tone will be familiar to American audiences. The blues inflections, the outbreaks of Appalachian fiddling, the folk-tune-like melodies all come from a world we recognize.

There are portions of the concerto that sound as American as anything by Copland. But these ideas are always refracted thought a Charles Ives-ian sensibility, so that the music never settles into an extensive folkish groove. To my ears, that makes it all the more interesting: you never know what will happen next, but it all hangs together in a fascinating mélange. Bravo to Saless and the BCO for programming a work that deserves to be heard widely.

 

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"Boulder Chamber Orchestra presents music grown from friendship"

by Peter Alexander, Boulder Weekly, November 9, 2016. Link to article is here.. Excerpts below. . .

“I strongly believe music is made between people who know each other,” [Karen Bentley Pollick] says. “The history of music is people writing with and for people that they’re fond of.” . . . “What really appealed to me was how clever [Jaffe’s music] was written for the violin, because he was a violinist,” Pollick says. She also loved his mixing of idioms across many different styles. “He has such a grounding in roots music,” she says. “Blues, folk music — it’s all in there. And it feels good to play on violin.” . . . “This concerto could only have been written by an American vernacular composer,” she says. “There’s a familiarity for anybody who comes from American music — they’ll feel immediately connected with this piece. . . . “My dream is to unite our audience through the celebration of eloquent varieties of American music, and the U.S. premiere of the violin concerto, creating a transcendent and memorable experience for all present.”

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