On Oct. 4, the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts will feature violinist Jacqueline Suzuki and pianist Charles Fierro performing works by Guillaume Lekeu and Claude Debussy at the Sanctuary of Glendale City Church. Concerts are from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. and are free to attend.
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 appears 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 US. She initiated and curates the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com and also the Edendale Up Close Concerts: http://edendaleupclose.blogspot.com.
One of Southern California’s leading pianists, Charles Fierro has made concert tours for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council and has given more than 25 concerto performances with orchestras. He has appeared twice at the National Gallery of Art and the Dumbarton Oaks Foundation in Washington, D.C. In 1976, he played the American Bicentennial Recital at the Palace of Fontainebleau in France on the personal invitation of the legendary musician, Nadia Boulanger. He has interpreted the music of Beethoven, Schumann, Schoenberg and Liszt at the Ojai Festivals and performed more than a dozen times at the prestigious Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, presenting the American premieres of important new works.
His debut for Nonesuch Records was named “Critics’ Choice” for five consecutive months by High Fidelity Magazine. His recording of the piano music of Aaron Copland was made under the auspices of the composer himself.
As professor of music at California State University Northridge, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. An experienced adjudicator, he is known for his inspiring master classes in all aspects of the piano repertory.
Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave. (at Isabel St) in Glendale.