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Caltech-Occidental Symphony Will Perform Two Concerts

Pasadena, CA (October 22, 2013) - The Caltech-Occidental Symphony, conducted by Allen Robert Gross, will perform on Saturday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Thorne Hall at Occidental College, and on Sunday, November 17th at 3:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium. The program will feature pianist Galina Barskaya, and music includes Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird.

Galina Barskaya teaches piano and is a staff coach/accompanist at Occidental College. She is also the Artistic Director of the Independent Opera Company. She began studying piano at the age of four and started to perform professionally at the age of seven. She got her BM and MM at Kiev State College and Kiev State Conservatory where she studied piano, organ, conducting, music history, and composition. She toured extensively in Russia, Ukraine, and other parts of the former USSR.

Since coming to the United States in 1993, Ms. Barskaya has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, and teacher. She has also been working as a conductor and music director. Ms. Barskaya has been on staff at Santa Monica College and California State University at Long Beach and has been a member and founding member of several chamber ensembles. In the Los Angeles area, she has performed at numerous venues including the Alex Theater and Hollywood Bowl. She's been involved in different religious music programs as Music Director/Conductor as well as pianist/organist including Emerson UU Church, Kehillat Israel, and Lutheran Church of the Master. She created the "Musical Explorations" concert series and from 2001 to 2009 had been its founding Artistic Director. She was also Music Director of the Pacific Palisades-based opera company LA Metropolitan Opera from 2009 to 2012.

Presently, she is on faculty at Occidental College, Music Director at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Music Director of Mesopotamian Opera Company, and the Founding Music Director/CEO of Independent Opera Company. Galina is also a composer, whose music was recently featured in an educational film titled "Birth In Action."

Admission for both performances is free, and no tickets are required.

For further information, please call the Occidental College Music Department at 323-259-2785 or Caltech Performing and Visual Arts at 626 395-3295. You can also visit music.caltech.edu.



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