Piano Spheres: P plus P=Percussion squared
An Evening of Piano and Percussion
Susan Svrcek
November 09, 2012

Yes, the piano is a percussion instrument, and with the dynamic pianist, Susan Svrcek at the keyboard, and virtuoso percussionist, Yuri Inoo bringing a full array of not necessarily recognizable instruments, you are in for an unusual night of interesting and colorful music exploring the repertoire expressly written for the piano and percussion.  Dare to be transported from the serene of "Like still waters" by Thomas Osborne to John Psathas'  amazing and wild "Matre's Dance", a piece inspired by a dance performed by a group of characters in one of Frank Herbert’s "Dune" novels.  As a footnote, the dancers often collapsed or died before completing the exhausting routine.  Hmmm...See what happens when Susan and Yuri dance their way into Music at the Court!

 

This performance begins at 8pm.

Pianist Susan Svrcek has established a versatile career that encompasses critically acclaimed solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in the United States and abroad. A winner of the Concert Artists’ Guild International Competition in New York, she made her debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. She has also had solo engagements from the Boston Museum of Fine Art to Tokyo’s Zero Hall, Art Hall in Seoul, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She has been soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. She has been a featured artist on National Public Radio, Bavarian National Radio, and NHK Radio (Japan).Ms. Svrcek is noted for her wide range of repertoire, from Mozart and Beethoven to Xenakis and Boulez. She has achieved mastery in her performances, as noted in the Los Angeles Times, “because she has probed so carefully into, and brought so many facets out of the massive repertory for the solo piano, one comes to her recitals with high expectations, new thrills, rediscovered gems, unknown masterpieces.” As a founding member of Piano Spheres, Susan Svr%u010Dek has premiered works by Joan Huang, Benjamin Lees, Frederick Lesemann, Hyo-shin Na, Jeffrey Holmes, and Sean Heim. She is the pianist with ensembleGREEN, the Los Angeles-based chamber music group, specializing in the performance of new music. Concurrently, she performs chamber music of the “old masters.”

A native of Kanagawa, Japan, Dr. Yuri Inoo is musician and educator in the Los
Angeles area. She has studied percussion under David Rosenthal at San Francisco State
University, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating summa cum
laude, and receiving the Most Outstanding Senior Award.
Yuri has received her Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts degree in
Percussion Performance at the University of Southern California, studying under Erik
Forrester, minoring in Music Education, Instrumental Conducting, and Music Industry.
During the years at USC, she has performed and collaborated with artist such as Yo Yo
Ma, John Williams, Steve Reich, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen,
Paul Chihara, Evelyn Glennie, and members of NEXUS. An advocate for new music,
she held the teaching assistant for USC’s award-winning Contemporary Music Ensemble
under the direction of Donald Crockett, where she has performed Micro-Concerto written
by Steven Mackey.
Yuri is currently the percussion instructor at Occidental College, the Principal
Percussionist with the Redlands Symphony in Redlands, California, and an active
freelancer with other regional orchestras and chamber ensembles in Southern California.

A native of Kanagawa, Japan, Dr. Yuri Inoo is musician and educator in the LosAngeles area. She has studied percussion under David Rosenthal at San Francisco StateUniversity, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating summa cumlaude, and receiving the Most Outstanding Senior Award.Yuri has received her Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts degree inPercussion Performance at the University of Southern California, studying under ErikForrester, minoring in Music Education, Instrumental Conducting, and Music Industry.During the years at USC, she has performed and collaborated with artist such as Yo YoMa, John Williams, Steve Reich, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen,Paul Chihara, Evelyn Glennie, and members of NEXUS. An advocate for new music,she held the teaching assistant for USC’s award-winning Contemporary Music Ensembleunder the direction of Donald Crockett, where she has performed Micro-Concerto writtenby Steven Mackey.Yuri is currently the percussion instructor at Occidental College, the PrincipalPercussionist with the Redlands Symphony in Redlands, California, and an activefreelancer with other regional orchestras and chamber ensembles in Southern California.

A native of Kanagawa, Japan, Dr. Yuri Inoo is musician and educator in the LosAngeles area. She has studied percussion under David Rosenthal at San Francisco StateUniversity, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, graduating summa cumlaude, and receiving the Most Outstanding Senior Award.Yuri has received her Master of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts degree inPercussion Performance at the University of Southern California, studying under ErikForrester, minoring in Music Education, Instrumental Conducting, and Music Industry.During the years at USC, she has performed and collaborated with artist such as Yo YoMa, John Williams, Steve Reich, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen,Paul Chihara, Evelyn Glennie, and members of NEXUS. An advocate for new music,she held the teaching assistant for USC’s award-winning Contemporary Music Ensembleunder the direction of Donald Crockett, where she has performed Micro-Concerto writtenby Steven Mackey.Yuri is currently the percussion instructor at Occidental College, the PrincipalPercussionist with the Redlands Symphony in Redlands, California, and an activefreelancer with other regional orchestras and chamber ensembles in Southern California.

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