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Spirit and Music Concert Series: Solo Piano Love Pieces

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Join us for pianist Marina Pacowski's monthly series celebrating where Spirit & Music meet in the works and lives of composers & musicians

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PRS presents a special series that explores the relationship between spirit and music by focusing on the life and context of the composers, literature that relates to the performers themselves, aspects of the instruments, and reflection on style. Join us for a unique PRS offering of music and musings.

Tonight's live online performance will feature pianist Marina Pacowski celebrating the lives and loves of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Schumann, Chopin. Special guest Mandy Kahn will read poems on Debussy and Bach.

In the words of PRS founder Manly P. Hall: “In the early days of the world the children of the earth learned to imitate the eternal music of Nature, the singing of the birds, the moaning of the winds, the swishing of the waves on rock bound shores, the night cries of bird and beast, all of these blend into a mystic cadence which we may call in truth the endless symphonies of Nature. The powers of creation are eternally musical, their mystic cadences swell from star to star with note divine. All nature, seen and unseen, formed and unformed, listens in rapt awe to the endless symphonies of the Great Unknown. Then there is another music, the song of Life, the beating of human hearts, the peals of merry laughter, the broken sobs of sorrow. All these blend into a mystic orchestra, oftimes unheard, which swells in note invisible through eternity to the very footstool of the Divine. Man’s nature pours forth from his being with the expression of living music... the very emotions of his soul pour out in divine harmonies from the instrument that registers and seems to live the innermost thoughts of the musician, the innermost symphonies of his soul.”

Marina Pacowski was born in France. As a pianist, Marina has toured internationally, performing extensively in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as in the United States where she is currently residing in Los Angeles. Marina is a passionate and devoted teacher who taught for over 20 years in the conservatory of music “Maurice Ravel,” in Bayonne, France, as well as giving master classes at many work shops and music camps. Having lived in Los Angeles for over 3 years now, she also teaches at the Rhodes School of Music. As a jazz vocalist, Marina has performed in L.A. jazz hot-spots including the Jazz Bakery, The Lighthouse ( La-la-Land) and was featured as a guest vocalist for a tribute to guitarist Kenny Burrell at the Catalina Jazz Club. A lover and performer of chamber music, Marina was awarded the 2017 “Best Collaborative Music Award” by the International Society of Bassists. She hosts a monthly concert series at the Philosophical Research Society called: Spirit and Music.

Mandy Kahn is the author of two poetry collections; her work is included in The Best American Poetry anthology series and she is the subject of the forthcoming documentary Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems of Mandy Kahn. Kahn presented a program of peacebuilding interactive poems at the Getty Museum in 2019; she hosts a live event series at the Philosophical Research Society called I LIKE PEACE and a weekly Peace Class every Wednesday.

image: The Concert by Marc Chagall

This is a free online event; donations are welcome in support of the performers and live music!

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