Chamber Music Festival features renowned artists

By Lindsey Floyd

Nadia Shpachenko, Cal Poly Pomona associate professor of music, embodied CPP’s motto of “learn by doing” Wednesday evening when she performed with two other respected musicians at the Chamber Music Festival concert.

Broncos of all years and majors crowded the Recital Hall to hear the three prestigious artists perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Witold Lutoslawski and Johannes Brahms.

The concert consisted of Shpachenko, on piano, as well as well-known artists Martin Chalifour on violin and David Korevaar also on piano.

“It’s an honor to have artists like this come to our school,” Shpachenko said. “It makes us known as a music school and attracts the local community to come here.”

Korevaar is a Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts at the Julliard School of Music. He has played both internationally and across the U.S.

Chalifour teaches at the University of Southern California’s Thorton School of Music and is the principal concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The violinist has performed with a variety of artists and acted as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world.

The night began with a duet by Korevaar and Shpachenko. They played Mozart’s “Sonata for Piano Four-Hands in C Major, K. 521”. Both musicians shared one grand piano throughout the entire piece

Korevaar described the piece as a “curiosity” and Mozart’s “fullest flower”. He explained the piece was generally intended for two ladies in the living room but no matter who is playing it is “fun for both musicians”.

The second piece, Lutoslawki’s “Partita for Violin and Piano” was played by Chalifour, on violin, and Shpachenko, on piano. Chalifour said the piece embodies a sort of “freedom”. It was the first time either professor had performed the piece.

Shpachenko and Chalifour finished the concert with Brahms’ “Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108”.

The piece was written in 1886, the “height of [Brahms’] creative powers” according to Chalifour. He described the piece as having a quiet first melody followed by an “explosion of sound from the piano”.

Chalifour talked about the importance of music and the positive qualities it can bring to life.

“I think music should be a part of health care,” said Chalifour. “It helps you think” but mostly it just takes you to higher places.”

According to Shpachenko the concert was being put on in conjunction with master class events in which professional musicians come and instruct students and the public. Students are allowed to prepare pieces and have them critiqued by the professionals.

“I am sort of an example for my students because they are learning to perform and inspire people with beautiful music,” said Shpachenko.

By watching professionals perform, music students can see the necessary interaction that happens between performers on stage.

“Listening to [Shpachenko, Korevaar and Chalifour] playing can teach students new techniques,” said second-year Music student Joshua Banks.

He continued to say that the performance was a way to learn by watching and that music can help people to connect.

For students who are unable to take music classes, there are many on-campus ensembles that students can play in.

“Regardless if you are going to make a living out of it or not the skills that you acquire of perfecting something for a stage and public presentation are totally useable in other areas of life,” said Chalifour.

Chamber Music Festival

Jenilee Umali/The Poly Post

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