White and Suzuki Perform for Glendale Noon Concerts

On Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 12:10 p.m., the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts program will be streamed.

Violinist Jacqueline Suzuki and pianist Brendan White will perform sonatas by Kirstin Fife (a premiere) and Johannes Brahms (No.3 in D minor) on a Facebook stream and YouTube.
There are many wonderful violinists on the world’s stages today, but not many of them compose and perform their own original compositions along with those of master composers of centuries past. Kirstin Fife has distinguished herself as one of these more rare musicians, a consummate performer and composer.

Many of her concerts are given in an intimate setting, such as private homes and small theaters. Also, she performs in regular concert series, such as the Glendale Noon Concerts, the Pasadena Presbyterian noon concerts, the Sunday musicale series at the Newport Beach Library, and The Sunspace Thursday night concert series.

Recently, Fife has been promoting and performing her performance piece, “The Major Arcana” for violin and piano, which includes a slide show to enhance the presentation.

In addition to “The Major Arcana” she has been performing her pieces based on the art work of Salvadore Dali, with the Dali Ensemble of Los Angeles.

“Czechmate” and “Pieces of My Heart” are two CDs that she released in 1996 and 2011 respectively. In between were hundreds of recordings she made as a studio musician for movies, television, and records including “Mission Impossible,” “Jag,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Michael Jackson” and many others.

On camera, she has appeared on “American Idol,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Voice”, among others. Also, she has performed for all of the major awards shows, including the Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, the Country Music Awards, and the Grammy Awards (with Prince and Bruno Mars).
Believing that music for weddings should be of the highest caliber for that special day, Fife makes special arrangements and performs for many ceremonies around Southern California. For more information, visit FifeDreams.com.

Violinist Jacqueline Suzuki is a longtime member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara Symphonies. A native of San Francisco, she began her earliest chamber music studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has performance degrees from the Mannes College of Music (BM), where she studied with William Kroll, and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA).

As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed with many ensembles and in many genres, from rock, jazz, Latin and Arabic to playing in the pit for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists: Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner, Placido Domingo and many others, and appeared on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip down the Green River in Utah. Tours have taken her many times to Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the U.S.

Pianist Brendan White has appeared as soloist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova (Eastman School of Music), Delta Symphony Orchestra, Crown City Symphony, and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. White’s collaborations in Southern California have included the Mühlfeld Trio, which won the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Speakeasy Society, and Eighteen Squared. He is also a founding member of the Sunset ChamberFest in Los Angeles. www.sunsetchamberfest.com Local recital appearances include Glendale Noon Concerts, Pasadena Presbyterian Music at Noon, Music@Mimoda, Mason Concerts, Emerging Artist Series Recital at Boston Court and Soundwaves series in Santa Monica.

White was born and raised in Tennessee before attending Eastman to study with Thomas Schumacher, and then, the University of Southern California, with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he was awarded Outstanding Master’s Graduate of the Thornton School of Music. As a devoted performer of new music, he has worked with notable composers and conductors including Thomas Adès, Donald Crockett, Alan Pierson, Steven Stucky and Jeffrey Milarsky.

Glendale Noon Concerts is in its 13th year of presenting free admission, and now streamed, concerts every first and third Wednesday for Glendale and the Southland community.

Upcoming concerts will be updated at http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com.