Flutist Burr and Pianist Sánchez Perform for Glendale Noon Concerts 

Flutist Ellen Burr

On Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 12:10 p.m. the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts program will be streamed.

Flutist Ellen Burr and pianist Lorenzo Sánchez will perform works by Bohuslav Martinů, Ned Rorem, Mario Lavista and Mike Mower on a Facebook stream and YouTube.

The pair will perform “First Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Bohuslav Martinů,

“Mountain Song” by Ned Rorem, “Danza de las bailarinas de Degas” by Mario Lavista and “Opus di Jazz” by Mike Mower.

Ellen Burr’s multifaceted musical career has won her praise in performance, improvisation and composition. She had her solo debut with the Topeka Civic Symphony at age 16, and in October played Michael Kibbe’s “Verdugo” with the Carson City Symphony.         

Burr has been improvising almost as long as she’s been playing and began teaching only two years after she began taking private lessons. She appears on more than 25 CDs and has received worldwide performances of over 50 of her compositions. Her improvisational card game “Ink Bops” is included in the graphic score anthology Notations 21, ed. by Theresa Sauer, pub. 2009.

She has been a featured performer/clinician for high schools, universities and festivals across the U.S., Canada, UK and EU. Burr held a year-long position as visiting assistant professor of theory and music composition at Wichita State University, and was guest flute instructor for a semester at California Institute of the Arts.

Lorenzo Sánchez, pianist, has enjoyed interpreting music of a variety of styles and nationalities in the United States, Mexico and Europe. Sánchez premiered Robert Guillory’s “Concertino for Piano and Orchestra.” His interest in Polish music led to him giving several lecture-performances at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. He has performed for African-American composer George Walker and Japanese composer Mitsuru Asaka in Hawaii. He has played for several choirs touring Italy, The Vatican, and several Filipino community celebration masses at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Los Angeles. Looking toward his heritage, Sánchez has edited and helped publish piano works by Mexican composer Domingo Lobato. He has recorded two CDs of Lobato’s solo piano works, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Virginia Figueiredo. The global pandemic caused the cancellation of concert appearances in Brazil and Mexico this year.

The Glendale Noon Concerts is celebrating its 14th 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.