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PC Music to Host Two Outstanding Performances

Porterville College Music to Host Two Outstanding Performances

Bright Feather – Matterhorn Jazz Ensemble

Local audiences are in for a real treat this coming week as two outstanding ensembles visit Porterville College for music performances, hosted by the college’s music department.

“Bright Feather” will perform on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00pm in room CA-2.  Benjamin Hoffman, violin, and Irene Kim, piano, first played together in this very space as faculty members of the Porterville Summer Strings music camp, which the college hosts each summer.  Both performers are internationally acclaimed performers and winners of numerous American and international competitions. 

Pianist Irene Kim was born and raised in Los Angeles, and recently completed her doctorate at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore, MD).  Her performance credits have taken her all over the globe, but her passion for teaching has brought her back to Porterville’s summer camp for several years.  Violinist Benjamin Hoffman is also a globe-trotting musician whose talents have been recognized as he has garnered international awards, served as a Concertmaster from an early age, in performed in noted venues with well-known conductors and orchestras worldwide.  “Bright Feather” combines the talents of these two young virtuosi in a program to feature music of Schubert, Mozart,and Prokofiev.

The Matterhorn Jazz Ensemble, visiting the west coast from New York City, has been critically acclaimed in jazz circles, with recent commentary saying they are “…a joy to listen to” (allaboutjazz.com) .  Trumpeter and composer John Blevins will lead his ensemble, Matterhorn, on a west coast tour of the United States celebrating the band’s eponymous CD and LP release on pfMENTUM records. “An electrifying confluence of jazz, rock, and the avant-garde, Matterhorn was co-produced by Shane Endsley of the acclaimed postrock/jazz outfit Kneebody. John Blevins (Trumpet/Compositions), Drew Williams (Bass Clarinet/Compositions), Jeff McLaughlin (Guitar), Jesse Bielenberg (Bass), and Nathan Ellman-Bell (Drums) create a genre-defying music of explosive horn lines searing through churning, ever-shifting rhythmic patterns” is leader John Blevins’ self-description of the ensemble’s style.  Their concert will be performed at the Porterville College Theater at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 19th.

Both performances are free, as is parking for all Music Department events.  Please call the PC Music Department at 559-791-2255 for additional information.

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