Gloria Cheng, piano
Carver Cossey, vocalist
Pacific Symphony musicians:
Benjamin Smolen, flute
Jeanne Skrocki, violin
Yen-Ping Lai, violin
Adam Neeley, viola
Laszlo Mezo, cello
The “Artists Unite” program is a unique and eclectic experience for music and art lovers at OCCCA, an alternative art space in Downtown Santa Ana. Curated for the musically and culturally curious, “Artists Unite” features a diverse mix of musical compositions from Crumb to Rzewski, and Glass to Daugherty, performed by Pacific Symphony musicians and guest artists, pianist Gloria Cheng and vocalist Carver Cossey.
The event focuses on the unique artistic perspective that composers have used to highlight meaningful issues of their time, including environmentalism, peaceful protest and socio-political justice.
Join us for pre-concert entertainment, featuring live music, craft beer and wine at 7:15. View OCCCA’s current exhibition, “Art as Protest.”
"In a series of brilliant recordings and in her appearances — frequent in Southern California, rarer but all the more treasured in the Bay Area — Cheng has been an eloquent champion for new and recent music of all stripes." — The San Francisco Chronicle
Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng is widely acclaimed for her poetic and rigorous performances of contemporary music. In recitals that have been described as “characteristically adventurous and filled with meaningful interrelations” (The New York Times), Cheng has been presented by the Ojai Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, William Kapell Festival, and Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. She has appeared on leading concert series including Carnegie Hall's Making Music, Cal Performances, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Engine408, Stanford Lively Arts, and at (le) Poisson Rouge.
Cheng's solo recordings depict wide-ranging tastes across the contemporary landscape and often explore significant interconnections between composers. Her 2008 Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutosławski (Telarc) captured the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without Orchestra, and her 2013 release, The Edge of Light: Messiaen/Saariaho (harmonia mundi usa), was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In 2015 she launched MONTAGE: Great Film Composers and the Piano, a CD and documentary film featuring solo works composed for her by Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, and John Williams. According to The Boston Globe, “Cheng is an authority on modern piano music, having premiered works that run the aesthetic gamut from Terry Riley to Pierre Boulez.”