Virtuoso Vibrations

With Robyn Bollinger and California Symphony Wind Quintet

Online and on Walnut Creek TV

Cool vibrations abound in the second of four FREE virtual concerts hosted by Music Director Donato Cabrera, featuring lively selections by Robyn Bollinger and a quintet of musicians from the California Symphony’s all-star wind section. Join 30 minutes ahead of the concert to hear Maestro Cabrera in conversation with the featured artists.

• Bach, Balch, and Bartók: virtuoso Robyn Bollinger, who was the soloist at the 2019 premiere of former Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch’s Artifacts violin concerto, performs selections spanning three centuries.
• Full of Hungarian folk harmonies, Bartók’s fiendishly difficult violin sonata features sections where the soloist plays several notes simultaneously; plucking and bowing at the same time, and a fast section originally written in quarter-tones—that’s more than the standard 12 notes in Western classical music.
• An all-star California Symphony Wind Quintet—Laura Reynolds (oboe), Michelle Caimotto (flute), Stephen Zielinski (clarinet), Carla Wilson (bassoon) and Meredith Brown (French horn)—performs Afro-Caribbean and jazz infused pieces from Aires Tropicales by Cuban-born American composer Paquito D’Rivera.

This concert is made possible by California Symphony donors, with additional support from a CARES Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).