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Symphony Conductor Allen Pollack

Allan Pollack has served as music director and conductor of Symphony of the Redwoods for the past 24 years. He also currently serves as artistic director for the Mendocino Music Festival and served as artistic director/conductor for the Camellia Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento for eight years.

Pollack received a PhD in Composition from UC-Berkeley in 1984, and has since written several works for orchestra and chamber ensemble. Among his compositions are The Spiral Dance for chorus and orchestra, From the Song of Songs for soprano and orchestra, Two Movements in Time for orchestra, a Vibraphone Concerto, and A Summer Evening at the Boonville Fair for orchestra. His jazz concerto for saxophone, Albion Song, was recently premiered at the Mendocino Music Festival and subsequently performed by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Pollack has had an extensive teaching career in the Bay Area, including a 35-year lectureship at UC-Berkeley, and various appointments at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Community Music Center. He taught clarinet and saxophone out of his Berkeley studio for decades. His work as a clarinetist and saxophonist embraced a myriad of styles, and he played in many chamber groups, orchestras and jazz bands. Some say he still plays a mean jazz saxophone.

Pollack's commitment to excellence has inspired musicians and audiences alike, and through the years he has played a significant role in developing and sustaining musical life on the north coast of California.

2018-2019 SEASON



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Fall Concert
Concert Sponsors
John and Kathryn Hughes
Soloist Sponsor
Zoé Berna MD
Conductor Sponsor
Out of This World
Principal Cello Sponsor
Jason Kirkman & Carol Kawase
Winter Concert
Concert Sponsors
Charles and Olivia Hasty
Soloist Sponsor
Gary Bowers
in loving memory of
Samuel Allen Snook
Conductor Sponsor
Anonymous
Concertmaster Sponsor
Zoé Berna MD
Principal Viola Sponsor
Patricia O'Reilly
in memory of
Cordelia Shampanier
Spring Concert
Concert Sponsor
Deborah and Steven Farmar
Soloist Sponsor
Westport Hotel
Conductor Sponsor
Paul Sweigart — Edward Jones
Concertmaster Sponsor
Waiting for YOU!
Principal Viola Sponsor
Anonymous
Opus #1
Marilynn Thorpe
Opus #2
Jackie Wollenberg and Art Morley
Opus #3
Deborah & Steven Farmar
Opus #4
Carole Barnes & Richard Breen
Opus #5
Fort Bragg Center for the Arts
Opus #6
Savings Bank of Mendocino County
Opus #7
Jason Kirkman & Carol Kawase
Opus #8
Westport Hotel
BRONZE BATON
Sponsors of Music in the Schools:
Arts Council of Mendocino County
Get Arts in the Schools Program
Mendocino K-8 Parents Club
Gin Kremen DDS/Broken Leg Sports,
in memory of Robert and Arabell Davidson
M U S E
Barbara Faulkner & Steve Acker




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