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Maydeen Merino
Staff Writer

Pomona College hosted a duo performance by violinist Jin-Shan Dai and pianist Jennie Jung Sunday at the Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music in Pomona College. 

Dai and Jung performed three pieces. The first piece performed was Sonata in E-flat Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 18 written by German composer Richard Strauss in 1888.

The next piece performed was Sonata for Violin and Piano created by composer Leoš Janáček from the Czech Republic in the early 1900s, providing a sound of romance and folk. 

Lastly, Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, written by French composer Maurice Ravel during the early 1900’s, featured hints of exotic tones mixed in with jazz music, finishing off into a more orchestral tune. 

All three pieces were chosen specifically by the musicians to follow a theme of differing musical styles within the same time period. 

“The main theme is that they are all contemporaries, they lived at the same time and we wanted to showcase how different pieces can be although they are from the same time,” Dai said. 

Pomona College offers free concerts throughout the year for students and community members. 

The concerts tend to attract students studying music at the Pomona College, which allows for guests to both learn from and enjoy live, professional music. 

“As a violinist, I am excited to see how he approaches the music and interprets the music, but besides that I am here to just enjoy the music,” Sara Uehara, a music major from Pomona College, said. 

Uehara is a violinist who said she plans on attending as many concerts as she can this school year. 

“It’s kind of sad how people think classical music is kind of lame when this is a great opportunity to see these concerts,” Uehara said. “But everyone has their own preferences.”

Non-music majors are also drawn to the concerts, such as international student and computer science major Kenneth Ochieng.

“This is an art of music that I have not been exposed to that much because I am an international student,” Ochieng said. “So I am trying to understand and enjoy it.”

The Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College provides a unique experience with live classical music, Jung said. 

“It is one of the best halls you can find around, the students here are so lucky to being able to play on this stage here and we are so privileged to play on this stage,” Jung said. 

The next concert will feature the Pomona College Orchestra at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Bridges Hall of Music. 

Maydeen Merino can be reached at maydeen.merino@laverne.edu. 

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