The Coronado Public Library is hosting several free events this month. Staff photo.

Explore how American and French composers were inspired by American jazz and musical friendships on Friday, February 24 at 1 p.m. at the Coronado Public Library.

Full of rhythmic drive and blues, this program featuring violinist Alicia Choi and pianist Futaba Niekawa includes William Bolcom’s Sonata no. 2, Maurice Ravel’s Sonata no. 2, Amy Beach’s Romance, and John Corigliano’s Sonata.  
Choi’s current season includes performances as Guest Concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony, concerts at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, the Festival de Lanaudière, and the Salle Bourgie Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal, as well as concerts across Québec.

Her solos with orchestra include performances with the Atlantic Music Festival, the Berkshire Symphony, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra under conductors Ronald Feldman, Constantine Kitsopoulos, and Julian Kuerti. A graduate of Williams College and The Juilliard School, she holds a Doctor of Music in violin performance from McGill University Schulich School of Music, where she has been an Instructor of Chamber Music since 2017. 
Futaba is a pianist, chamber musician, and mentor across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Taiwan, and her native Japan. To date, she has released five recordings encompassing solo, four-hands, duo, and chamber music from classical to newly composed works. Currently a Lecturer in Chamber and Collaborative Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. 
This event is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Coronado Public Library. Learn more at Doors open at 12:45pm.

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