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Celliola members Cynthia Fogg (viola) and Tom Flaherty (cello) are joined by faculty friends in this annual celebration of new music. This year’s program welcomes soprano Melissa Givens, baritone Luc Kleiner, mandola player Joti Rockwell, and pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee in a program of music by Karl Kohn, Tom Flaherty, Frederick Lesemann, and Paul Wianko.

As the duo Celliola, Cindy and Tom have been playing music together for more than 40 years. In that time, they have had more than 30 pieces written for them: duos as Celliola, solos for one or the other, and chamber music for larger forces. Celliola has played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Orchestra Hall in Detroit, universities, and conservatories across the United States, and in music festivals in Romania and Austria. Celliola’s recordings have been released on Naxos and Bridge Records.

Cynthia Fogg has performed extensively on both viola and violin. In Boston, she played for many years with Emmanuel Music and the Monadnock Festival. Since settling in California, she has played with a variety of organizations including the Pasadena Symphony and Monday Evening Concerts and has appeared as guest violist with the acclaimed Kronos and Alexander quartets. Ms. Fogg has recorded chamber music for Naxos, Bridge, Opus One, Cambria, Klavier and Innova, as well as soundtracks for motion pictures and television. She currently teaches at Pomona College and Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Tom Flaherty has received grants, prizes, awards, and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Music Center, the Pasadena Arts Council, “Meet the Composer,” and Yaddo. Published by American Composers Editions and G. Schirmer, his music has been performed throughout Europe and North America and is recorded on the Albany, Klavier, Bridge, Capstone, SEAMUS, Reference, and Advance labels. Recent pieces include music for ensembles Volti, Speculum Musicae, Mojave Trio, Eclipse Quartet, and Quartet Euphoria; pianists Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Nadia Shpachenko, and Aron Kallay; organist William Peterson; guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan; and singers Lucy Shelton, Melissa Givens, Scott Lehmkuhl, and Scott Graff. Tom is the John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor of Music, at Pomona College.


Flaherty: Prelude Country Waltz

Kohn: Soliloquy II

Flaherty: If Truth in hearts that perish

Flaherty: Music I Heard With You

Wianko: American Haku

Flaherty: new work, yet to be named


Sunday, September 10, 2023


Bridges Hall of Music
150 E. Fourth Street
Claremont, CA 91711