The Restoration Concert on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. will feature a trio: flutist Susan Greenberg, clarinetist Michele Zukovsky, and pianist Pierre Tang. The program includes music by Bizet, Shostakovich, Ginastera, Debussy, Albert, Chihara, Brahms and Joplin. The concert is presented by the Restoration Concerts Committee of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and will be held in the beautiful historic Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro St. in South Pasadena. Tickets will be available at the door for $25.
Flutist Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as “brilliant,” “elegant,” and “supple,” and has lauded her “panache” and “musical projection.” During her 36 years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, Greenberg was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo, premiering a concerto for piccolo by Bruce Broughton and performing a concerto for flute, alto flute, and piccolo written for her by Gernot Wolfgang. Greenberg is presently the flute professor at Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College. She has also taught at California Institute of the Arts and Occidental College. She is the co-artistic director of Chamber Music Palisades, now celebrating its 22nd season. Greenberg has recorded for over 500 motion pictures and many television shows, including The Simpsons for the last 25 years.
When clarinetist Michele Zukovsky auditioned for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1961, she hadn’t a clue that this decision would set her on a rewarding and unconventional course for her entire career. At a mere 18 years old, she became the orchestra’s principal clarinetist. “Michele Zukovsky is the standard for which I judge every other clarinetist.” – Zubin Mehta. She went on to become the orchestra’s longest-serving female woodwind player and by the time she retired in December 2015, she had played under five of the orchestra’s major directors: Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Gustavo Dudamel. Since that time, she’s invested her energy in teaching both privately and at institutions, namely Azusa Pacific University, Citrus College, and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, all the while maintaining a busy schedule with guest masterclasses.
As a vocal coach, collaborative pianist and period keyboardist, Pierre Long-Tao Tang completed a doctoral degree in collaborative piano. Tang oversees the instrumental ensemble program, directs the orchestra and wind ensemble, and serves as the conductor for the annual musical theatre and opera productions at Pepperdine University. Recently, Tang joined the roster of staff pianists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Recent performances as keyboardist include St. Michael’s Church in Vienna, Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center in New York, Chicago Symphony Center, and in the Krannert Center in Illinois.
The Restoration Concerts Committee, a committee of the non-profit organization, The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, has a goal to bring world-class music at an affordable price to the concertgoers in South Pasadena and surrounding communities. As the name suggests, net proceeds from the concerts provide for restorations, enhancements and other benefits to the South Pasadena Library and Community Room. For more information about Restoration Concerts, contact email@example.com or go to https://www.friendsofsopaslibrary.org/restoration-concerts.