On Wednesday, Sept. 5 the free admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature viola d’amore player Adriana Zoppo premiering a new work by Los Angeles composer Maria Newman at the sanctuary of Glendale City Church.
She will also perform works by Quantz, Graupner, and Ariosti with baroque violinist Lindsey Strand-Polyak and harpsichordist Arthur Omura.
The program features “Sonata No. 1” from Recueil de pieces, Attilio Ariosti (1666-1729), “Trio Sonata in B flat, GWV 217,” Christoph Graupner
(1683-1760), “Madrigal & Intermede” from Oscuro Maria L. Newman (b. 1962) and “Trio Sonata,” Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773).
A winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions of the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters, Adriana Zoppo performs on the violin, viola, baroque violin, baroque viola, and the rarely heard viola d’amore. She has played regularly with the Santa Barbara, Pacific, and Long Beach symphonies, Pasadena Pops, Long Beach Opera, St. Matthew Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles in the area. Director/curator of the Glendale Noon Concerts’ early music sub-series Zoppo, with Ergo Musica, is heard there frequently. Previously a member of the Carmel Bach Festival and LA Baroque Orchestra, she plays with the original instrument ensembles Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, LA Baroque Players, Bach Collegium San Diego and the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival, where she has appeared as viola d’amore soloist.
Zoppo has played for motion pictures, TV shows, video games, solo artist recordings, Broadway musicals and live shows of all musical styles from classical to jazz, and was part of the band for the musical Hamilton during its recent run in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelors degree from USC and masters from the University of Michigan, both in violin performance.
Lindsey Strand-Polyak is active in the Early Music community as both violinist and violist. A graduate of UCLA in musicology and violin performance, Dr. Strand-Polyak has presented lecture-recitals at numerous conferences in the U.S. and Canada. She performs with Pacific MusicWorks, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Austin Baroque, Seattle Baroque, and the Los Angeles-based Tesserae and Ensemble Bizarria and has appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Fringe Series in Boston and Berkeley and is co-director of LABaroque: a community baroque orchestra. She serves on the faculty of the Claremont Graduate University as adjunct professor of baroque violin and viola.
Arthur Omura is a specialist in historical keyboard instruments. He studied organ repertoire of the baroque under Charles Rus in San Francisco, modern technique with Dr. Ladd Thomas at USC, and harpsichord repertoire with Dr. Lucinda Carver also at USC. He has performed at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music festivals and given numerous performances at home in Los Angeles. Omura keeps an active performance schedule as an organist and harpsichord player. He has worked with MicroFest, wildUp, iPalpiti, Musica Angelica, and the Los Angeles Baroque Players. Omura can be heard on several recordings, most recently on “Kontrapunktus,” a collection of new music by composer Mark Moya written in a baroque idiom. His interest in instrument making led him to work with harpsichord builder Curtis Berak, whom he has assisted in restoring several instruments, and with organ builder Manuel Rosales
Commended by the United States Congress for her work in the field of classical music composition and performance, Maria Newman is an award-winning composer, violinist, violist, pianist, conductor and pedagogue. As an Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow, featured concert composer, and violin/viola soloist in such diverse venues as the United States Capitol Building Dome and Rotunda, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the music scoring stages of 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM, Paramount, and Universal Pictures, as well as in a wide variety of international settings, Newman has become a visible symbol in modern classical music, deriving her living from commissions and performances. Newman’s extensive library of scintillating and highly discussed works represents a range of genres, from large-scale orchestral works, works for the ballet, chamber works, large choral works and vocal solo, song cycle and chamber works, to original collaborative musical scores for a large number of historic silent films.
Glendale City Church is located at 610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel Street) in Glendale.