Sunday, April 08, 2012

Piano recital with Superstar Daniel Pollack

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Mission Viejo, CA – The Department of Music at Saddleback College is presenting  a piano recital fundraiser for the Saddleback College Piano Program starring superstar pianist Daniel Pollack on Sunday, April 29th at 3 pm in the McKinney Theatre.  A meet-the-artist champagne ticketed reception at $10 per person follows the recital.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Pollack began his studies at the age of four and made his debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of nine, performing the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1.

Pollack  is a graduate of the Juilliard School from the class of the legendary Rosina Lhévinne Audiences worldwide, across five continents - North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa -- recognize the pianism of Daniel Pollack for its signature colors in sound, coupled with over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity, giving his performances an electrifying element that catches the imagination of concert goers. Worldwide critics speak about "his astonishing pianism," Washington Post; "his dramatic tension, poignant lyricism," Diapason Magazine, Paris, France; and "his torrents of sound that turned feathery flurries of delicate sounds," Los Angeles Times. Pollack was recently featured in a profile in the New York Times headlined "Piano Man, Winning Russian Hearts and Minds" in which it was quoted, "he is now a legend in Russia."

Another profile featured in the International Herald Tribune, headlined, "A Musical 'love affair' with Russia." Recent highlights include appearances as soloist with conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia and as soloist with such major international philharmonics as London's Royal, Seoul, Korea, Hong Kong, Kiev, Ukraine, Bogota, Colombia, Montevideo, and in the U.S., as soloist with the philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, San Francisco, Minnesota, among numerous others.  Pollack has held several artist faculty positions including The Juilliard School, Columbia University and Yale's School of Music and is now on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Tickets are $20 general; $15 students/seniors; and $10 for the Meet-the-Artist Champagne Reception.  Music teachers with a MTAC or CAPMT ID receive a two for one discount.  

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California:  a complete lower-division curriculum for transferring music majors, numerous performance groups, private and group lessons, a full concert series with faculty and guest artists, and general music courses.  The nationally recognized faculty is dedicated to performance and to teaching in all areas such as vocal, instrumental, jazz, guitar and piano.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history and appreciation of western art music, rock, jazz and world.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit  For Fine Arts events,


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