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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
100 Years of Genre-Bending Music

with Allan Pollack
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Anyone who has ever wondered what inspires a composer of great music should come to Allan Pollack's June 13 presentation, in which he will retrace the influences that have reshaped a wide range of musical genres and have created some of the greatest music of our time. Using ample audio illustrations Pollack promises to strike a chord with his listeners regardless of their musical tastes.

Allan Pollack Although Pollack is well known to local music patrons as the musical director of the Mendocino Music Festival and the Symphony of the Redwoods, he has musical tastes far beyond the classical repertoire. The eclectic variety of offerings at the annual Mendocino Music Festival provide ample evidence of his appreciation of any genre that is done well.

Some may not know that Pollack has taught saxophone and clarinet in his Berkeley studio for decades and is reputed to play a mean "ax." He has performed in many chamber groups, orchestras and jazz bands. In this talk he plans to draw examples from jazz, rock, pop, African, Asian and South American influences to provide examples of ways one genre may influence another.

Pollack, who received a PhD in composition from UC Berkeley in 1984, has written several works for orchestra and chamber ensemble. Some of them, such as A Summer Evening at the Boonville Fair have local connections. His jazz concerto for saxophone, Albion Song, recently premiered at the Mendocino Music Festival and was performed by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento.

Pollack maintains a very active schedule promoting music education. He taught music for over thirty-five years at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, the Conservatory of Music, and the San Francisco Community Music Center. He now divides his time between Berkeley and Mendocino.

Regardless of one's musical tastes, this event promises to be both entertaining and informative. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. A $5 admission will be collected at the door. Additional information about the upcoming Mendocino Music Festival can be found on-line.

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