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February 1, 2012
Camellia Symphony premieres jazz artist's piano concerto

Music runs in the family...

That much is clear with the young jazz pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack, son of Camellia Symphony music director Allan Pollack. His mother - Susan Waterfall - is a concert pianist in her own right.

Waterfall Pollack started studying piano at age 5, with his mother. At 17, he was leading his own groups.

And so it is only fitting that the Camellia Symphony give the world premiere of Waterfall Pollack's first piano concerto.

The orchestra's performance of Waterfall Pollack's 26-minute work will be noteworthy. After all, he owns some serious - and well deserved - cred in New York City and European jazz circles.

To date, Waterfall Pollack has performed or recorded with the likes of Joshua Redman, John Scofield and Miguel Zenon, among others.

Jazz figures large in his composition.

"The piano concerto is in three movements and its style draws heavily upon jazz, minimalism, and French impressionism," said Waterfall Pollack about the work.

The concerto plumbs Waterfall's experience of living on both coasts - he typically performs at the Mendocino Music Festival each summer.

The new work will be offered in a program titled "Sizzling" that includes Bernstein's Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town" and Stravinsky's "Petrushka."

Sizzling
Camellia Symphony
Julian Waterfall Pollack: Piano Concerto,
Julian Waterfall Pollack, piano
WHEN: 8 p.m., Feb. 25
WHERE: The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento
TICKETS: $28; $24 (senior); $15 (student)
INFORMATION: (916) 929-6655; www.camelliasymphony.org.

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