Polish Artists in Concert at “First Friday First” in Manhattan Beach @ First Lutheran Church & School
Feb 1 @ 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


Brahms’ “Viola Songs”

Opus 91, Nos. 1 & 2

KATARZYNA SADEJ                                Violist
                            ALMA LISA FERNANDEZ

This recital brings together three consummate artists and Beverly Hills National Auditions winners for a performance that will feature Brahms’ much-loved Viola Songs, which Brahms composed as a gift for the great violinist Joseph Joachim and his wife Amalie. Other selections will fill out the program.

Polish-born, Los Angeles-based, Canadian mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej has sung internationally in some of the world’s leading venues. She made her L.A. Opera debut as The Page of Herodias in Strauss’ Salome. Other recent debuts include her San Diego Opera role as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and as River Voice in the world premiere of Hopscotch by L.A.’s cutting-edge contemporary-opera company, The Industry.

Learn about Katarzyna in her own words
and watch recital excerpts

Violist Alma Lisa Fernandez has been described by LA Times’ senior music critic Mark Swed as “…a soulful violist.” She is a member of the Eclipse Quartet, and as a member of the Denali String Quartet, she performed the world premiere of Ben Johnston’s Revised Standards on the Jacaranda series. Alma also performed the West Coast premiere of Tigran Mansurian’s Percussion & Viola Duet.

Polish-American pianist, Basia Bochenek‘s passion and dedication for collaborative arts brought her to venues throughout the North America and Europe. Basia co-founded the Kasia & Basia Duo with mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej.