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Sunday Musicale: LA Classics & Pops Ensemble

Sunday Musicale: LA Classics & Pops EnsembleThe Iconic Music of Claude Bolling

LA Classics & Pops Ensemble
Cathleen Wong, flute & alto flute
Sonia Lee, piano
Scott Graham, bass
John Ryskowski, drums

After Bolling’s First Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio was released in 1975, the album hit the no. 1 spot of the Billboard Classical Charts, where it remained an astounding 2 years for a total of 530 weeks. Bolling’s Suite is a an elegant fusion of “Classical” and “Jazz” musical elements and the work is partially credited with the term “Crossover”.

The LA Classics & Pops Ensemble provides an aural experience which encompasses music from a wide range of genres, including repertoire which elegantly infuses jazz and classical.

SCOTT GRAHAM (BASS) recently retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he was an aerospace engineer for 31 years.  He has been playing double bass for approximately 20 years, and is student of Louis Kabok.  Scott plays in both jazz and classical ensembles.  He is currently a member of the bass section of the Peninsula Symphony, an orchestra that he has been a member of for over 15 years.  Currently, he plays in several small and large (big band) jazz groups, which perform in the Los Angeles area.

SONIA LEE (PIANO) performs on the modern piano and various historical keyboards with a versatile repertoire spanning from the 16th to the 21st century. She has appeared as guest soloist, collaborative artist, and masterclass teacher at numerous festivals and venues in more than eighteen countries on four continents. She holds advanced degrees in music from McGill University and the University of Illinois and is the immediate past president of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America. Visit

JOHN RYSKOWSKI (DRUMS) purchased his first drum set at 16 and for over 40 years, continues to hone his skills. His teachers include artists such as Clarence Johnson, Billy Moore, and Richard Wilson. He has played with Big Jay McNeely, the Dorsey Orchestra, gospel choirs, and other groups throughout the Los Angeles area. He even performed a “drum and organ” concert with his life-long friend, Dr. James Hurd, professor at El Camino College.

CATHLEEN WONG (FLUTE) graduated with honors from the USC School of Music (now known as the Thornton School of Music) with a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance and Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. Ethnic flutes, recorders, as well as saxophone and clarinet became instruments she utilized professionally – both live and in recording. Among the many performances, Cathleen has participated in the John Coltrane Young Artists Concert and the Long Beach Blues Festival. Collaborating with Dr. Rod Oakes, she was a featured soloist in several concerts sponsored by SCREAM (Southern CA Resources for Electro Acoustic Music) performing works by international electro-acoustic composers and has played in countless orchestras (from Broadway musicals to opera), big bands, jazz/casual combos, and top 40/party bands. As a composer, Cathleen has scored documentaries and shorts. She is currently composing for the Megatrax Music Production Company and is an adjunct instructor at Webster University in El Segundo. Cathleen maintains her flute skills as a member of the Peninsula Symphony, performances at the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates, and selective freelance performances.

Presenter / Producer: Newport Beach Public Library

Listed Categories
Music > Classical
Music > Jazz / Blues
Music > Chamber Music

Event Phone: 949-717-3800

Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach CA 92660

Long Beach & South Bay
Orange County

Performance Dates: 9/22/2019
Sunday, 09/22/2019

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