Emmy-Nominated Kathryn Bostic Featured in Chamber Music Final Concert

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Kathryn Bostic

Kathryn Bostic, an Emmy-nominated and award-winning composer and artist known for her work on films, TV, and theater, will present the World Premiere of her composition “Good Morning Kayla Four” at Chamber Music Palisades final concert. The musical event will be held at 8 p.m. on April 20 in the sanctuary of St. Matthew’s Parish, 1031 Bienveneda Avenue.

Bostic was nominated for her score in the award-winning films “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir” and “Toni Morrison – The Pieces I am.” Bostic has written for Broadway, collaborating with the award-winning playwright August Wilson on “Gem of the Ocean” as well as the Mark Taper production of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” directed by Phylicia Rashad. Bostic was asked to score the PBS American Masters program August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand.

A Tuft’s University graduate, who studied at the New England Conservatory, she is the recipient of the prestigious Sundance Time Warner Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring, African American Film Critics Award for Best Music in Film, BMI Conducting Fellowship and Society of Composers and Lyricists “Outstanding Music for Independent Feature Film.”

A member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2016 she became the first female African American score composer in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. At the concert, her piece will be played by Susan Greenberg (flute), Sergio Coelho (clarinet) and Bernadene Blaha (piano). Bostic will offer a brief commentary on her new work.

Opening the concert will be the Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet by Ludwig Thuille (sounds like Brahms), performed by Kevin Fitz-Gerald (piano), Greenberg, CMP Artistic Director, Jonathan Davis (oboe), Coelho, Judith Farmer (bassoon) and Amy Jo Rhine (horn).

Two pieces for piano four hands, a sonata by Francis Poulenc and Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak, will be performed by Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald, husband-and-wife duo who have appeared at prestigious festivals and concert venues throughout the world and also are professors on the keyboard faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The concert will close with the Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, by Poulenc.

Tickets will be available for $35 online at cmpalisades.org or at the door at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue, Pacific Palisades.  Guests must wear masks and provide ID and proof of full vaccination. CMP offers free admission for full-time students with ID.

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