Faculty Recital
Joana Genova & Friends
" Jazz in the Classics"

Genova-72The Williams College Department of Music presents Joana Genova, violin, in a faculty recital on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the college campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Artist Associate in Violin Joana Genova teaches and frequently performs at Williams as a member of the Williams Chamber Players and as a principal violinist with the Berkshire Symphony. On this evening Joana Genova is joined by cellist Benjamin Capps and pianist Vladimir Valjarević. They present works by classical composers influenced by jazz and blues. Jazz in the Classics opens with Blues, Deliver My Soulby David Baker, a kind of gospel waltz with a significant jazz-like scat section. Louisiana Blues Strut is a work for solo violin by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, which keeps close to the spirit of the cakewalk, and is steeped in blues. Suite for Violin and Pianois a three movement suite by William Grant Still which is inspired by visual art works, and explores African roots. Ms. Genova and Mr. Valjarević also present the famous Blues movement of Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata, followed by transcriptions of Porgy and Bess by the great violinist and friend of Gershwin, Jascha Heifetz. This includes the beloved classics Summertime/A Woman Is A Sometime Thing, My Man’s Gone Now, Bess, You Is My Woman Now, It Ain’t Necessarily So, and Tempo di Blues. The second half features the wild and jazzy first piano trio of “the bad boy” of Czech classical music Bohuslav Martinu, written while he was absorbing the dynamic musical and daily life of 1920s Paris. The final selection is Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music for violin, cello, and piano which draws on many of the types of music: early 20th-century American, Viennese, light classical, gypsy, beautiful Chassidic melodies, and Broadway.

About Joana Genova
Joana Genova began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra. She is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria and has appeared as soloist with the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra and Shumen Philharmonic. Ms. Genova received her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Her teachers included Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Prof. Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Since 2000, Ms. Genova has lived in the U.S. where she is the principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony, concertmaster of the Manchester Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She is on the summer faculty at the Manchester Music Festival and teaches violin at the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy in Vermont. Ms. Genova is active as chamber musician for the Manchester Music Festival and the Williams Chamber Players. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Rudiakov,Yehuda Hanani, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Adam Neiman and David Krakauer among others. Ms. Genova has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan, Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies, Berkshire Symphony and Manchester Festival Orchestra.