Concert Dates

The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series

30th Anniversary Season


Inna Faliks & Ellen Bass

Faliks Bass

Inna Faliks, pianist and Ellen Bass, poet


Sunday, February 22, 4:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Ellen Bass, Santa Cruz’s Poet Laureate, will collaborate with Inna Faliks, a world renowned concert pianist from New York City, as Ms. Falik brings her “Music/Words” project to Santa Cruz. Ellen Bass will read her personal poetry before each piece played by Inna Faliks, which will include the music of Mozart, Brahms and Liszt.

Ellen Bass’s poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, along with hundreds of other publications. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, Psychology Today, and the PBS News Hour. Her latest poetry book, Like a Beggar, which she worked on for seven years, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2014. In praise of the book, on a New Yorker podcast, Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine said, “”She is a poet with terrific power.””

After Inna Falik‘s acclaimed teenage debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Gilmore Festival, she has performed thousands of recitals and concerti on many prestigious stages in the United States as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan, and Russia. Critics describe her playing as “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun), “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), and describe her as “a concert pianist of the highest order” (Chicago WTTW).

For an in depth description of what you will experience, please read Michael Tierra’s delightful article after personally interviewing Ellen. For more details: BiosEllenLike a BeggarInnaMusic/Words.

Spring 2015

Program 4

Inna Faliks, pianist

Ellen Bass, poet
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Program 5

Raffi Besalyan, pianist
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30

Program 6

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, pianist
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 7:30

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