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Pacific Serenades Continues 22nd Season With World Premiere Of New Work For Violin And Piano By Versatile Composer Bruce Broughton

Saturday, March 1, 8 pm, at a private home in Brentwood
Sunday, March 2, 4 pm, at The Neighborhood Church in Pasadena
Tuesday, March 4, 8 pm, at The UCLA Faculty Center

Pacific Serenades, one of the West Coast’s leading chamber ensembles, continues its 22nd season with its 88th world premiere, Bruce Broughton’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. Broughton wrote the piece for his wife, violinist Belinda Broughton, who performs it with pianist Joanne Pearce Martin in concerts on March 1, 2 and 4.

Pacific Serenades founder and artistic director Mark Carlson describes the new work by multiple Emmy winner and Grammy and Oscar nominee Bruce Broughton as rousing in the fast movements, with a lyrical and moving slow movement. “It displays perfectly Belinda’s virtuosic skills,” he said.

In addition to the Broughton world premiere, the concert program, titled “Mavericks and Magicians,” features Debussy’s Sonata for cello and piano (1915), one of the last three pieces he wrote, and Mendelssohn’s rarely performed Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66, featuring cellist David Speltz with Belinda Broughton and Joanne Pearce Martin.

Pacific Serenades, led by Founder and Artistic Director Mark Carlson, presents four world premieres during its 2008 season. By the end of the season, the ensemble will have commissioned and presented 90 world premieres by 48 different composers since its inception, more than any other organization of its kind in the country.

Pacific Serenades concerts are supported in part by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles Center Studios and Keyboard Concepts.

Tickets are $55 (home concert) and $32 (Neighborhood Church and UCLA Faculty Center concerts). Student rush tickets are available for $5 (at the door only) for programs held at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena and the UCLA Faculty Center. To purchase tickets, more information, or to request a brochure, call (213) 534-3434 or visit the Pacific Serenades website.

Additionally, Mr. Broughton will be promoting the Pacific Serenades concerts in a series of upcoming radio interviews:

KCSN 88.5 FM—”Arts & Roots Forum,” hosted by Martin Perlich
Monday, February 25, 4 p.m. (live)

KUSC 91.5 FM—”Evening Concert,” hosted by Jim Svejda
Thursday, February 28, 10:00 p.m.

KUSC 91.5 FM—”Arts Alive”
Saturday, February 23, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.