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Pogossian and Grace perform music by Beethoven and Wolpe

By Jen Mulson Updated: January 31, 2014 at 9:17 am 0

Works by Beethoven and Wolpe, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free; 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu

Local pianist Susan Grace and Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian perform Friday. Their repertoire includes three pieces by German composer Stefan Wolpe and a sonata by Beethoven.

The musicians paired up when the Wolpe Society asked them to record the composer's works for violin.

"The music of Wolpe is by no means an easy preparation," Pogossian says from Los Angeles, "but once you get into it, he has a fascinating life story. He's a larger than life person, and widely respected. His music could use a little more advertising. It needs to be heard more."

Pogossian came to the United States in 1989 and made his musical debut in 1990, performing with the Boston Pops. He now lives in L.A. and is a violin professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Grace is an artist in residence and music lecturer at Colorado College and is also music director of the college's Summer Music Festival.

The two musicians (with the help of Pogossian's wife, who is also a violinist) will record the Wolpe album at Colorado College the first week of February.

"It's been quite a learning experience for me," Pogossian says. "At first you're thrown into learning something you've never heard or played before, and it's a lot of tactical issues. It's as if you are in the forest, but you don't even know where the forest is. Once you are able to go over the trails and see from a bird's-eye point of view, you see how beautiful the structure is, how inventive it is. There is a lot in the way of characters in the music. It's very perhaps angular, but there is also a lot of lyricism and passion."

Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

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"Woody Allen: A Documentary" - Shown in two 90-minute parts, first is 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, second is 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $5 for each part; $5 for both parts for those who buy tickets to "Play It Again, Sam"; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org

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