Date: Sunday, April 2, 2006
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $20; students/seniors $15.
L'Ensemble Pennetier—two pianists and two percussionists—combines verve with impeccable aristry in a program complementing the current exhibition Degas at the Getty.
The program features classics of 19th-century French music as well as exciting contemporary compositions.
Claude Debussy, Images (Book 1): "Reflets dans l'eau," "Hommage à Rameau," "Mouvement"
Olivier Messiaen, "Amen du désir" (excerpt from Visions de l'Amen)
Bruno Ducol, Treize Fenêtres for two pianos and percussion (written for l'Ensemble Pennetier)
Guy Reibel and Georges Pennetier, Variations en Étoile (electronic music and percussion)
Béla Bartók, Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
About L'Ensemble Pennetier
L'Ensemble Pennetier is a family group of three of France's finest musicians: Jean-Claude Pennetier, France Pennetier, and Georges Pennetier, plus the percussion artistry of Christopher Thompson.
Jean-Claude Pennetier is a master pianist as well as a composer, conductor, teacher, chamber player, and soloist. Part of the renowed Paris Piano Trio, he has performed with the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatkapelle of Dresden, NHK in Tokyo, and at festivals around the world. He has also composed award-winning film scores and operas for children.
Pianist, composer, opera singer, actress, and orchestral conductor France Pennetier has devoted her long and distinguished career to both contemporary and classical music. She specializes in lyric interpretation and has worked with conductors and composers including Charles Bruck, Marius Constant, Max Deutch, and Diego Masson.
A percussion virtuoso, Georges Pennetier plays both traditional percussion instruments and a wide variety of finger drums. An expert in rhythm and movement, he writes music for ballets, stage plays, and children's productions and performs percussion for contemporary African dance performances.
Percussionist Christopher Thompson has performed with orchestras across the United States and is a founding member of the Line C3 Percussion Group. He is both a classically trained graduate of the The Juilliard School and a composer of electronic music.