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NEW YORK CLASSICAL PLAYERS 2013-2014

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Magnificent Bach DONGMIN KIM Conductor XIAO WANG Violin ELIZABETH FAYETTE Violin DAVID SOUTHORN Violin TONIMARIE MARCHIONI Oboe KEN HAMAO Violin SIWOO KIM Violin

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Magnficent Bach DONGMIN KIM conductor TONIMARIE MARCHIONI oboe KEN HAMAO violin DAVID SOUTHORN violin XIAO WANG violin ELIZABETH FAYETTE violin SIWOO KIM violin Saturday Evening, November 16, 2013, at 8pm College of Mount Saint Vincent (Chapel) Bronx, New York Sunday Afternoon, November 17, 2013, at 4pm Broadway Presbyterian Church

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J. S. BACH

Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 1. Allegro

J. S. BACH

2. Adagio 3. Allegro

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 1. Allegro

2. Andante 3. Allegro assai

ALEXANDRA DU BOIS Noctilucent Song for String Orchestra

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J. S. BACH

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

1. Vivace 2. Largo ma non tanto 3. Allegro

J. S. BACH

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042

J. S. BACH

Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068

1. Allegro 2. Adagio 3. Allegro assai


Note on the Programs JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060

In Weimar, Bach had studied Vivaldi’s concertos as well as the works of such Italian violin masters as Corelli and Torelli. At Cöthen, he put what he had learned to work, using Vivaldi’s concerto form of three movements in fast-slow-fast tempos and enriching it with his own stronger contrapuntal and architectural gifts. The Baroque concerto placed far less emphasis on virtuoso solo display than would the concertos of the later Classical and Romantic periods; instead, the listener’s ear is stimulated by the contrasts between the orchestral passages (known as the “tutti,” meaning “all”) and the solo sections. In the quick-tempo first and last movements, the orchestra opens with a presentation of its theme, which then recurs like a refrain throughout, while the soloists offer their own themes as well as borrowing from the tutti music. The middle slow movement throws the spotlight on the two soloists, with the orchestra providing only light harmonic underpinning. The first movement of this concerto makes delightful use of echo effects from the soloists. Eager to get to work, they keep interrupting the repeat of the orchestra’s opening tutti theme while the orchestra doggedly persists in finishing it. Spirited themes and brilliant contrapuntal writing characterize both this and the infectious final movement. In the slow movement, the two soloists weave long, flowing melodic lines in 12/8 meter around each other in a beautiful pas de deux. © Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 For a man whose professional life was a succession of mostly liturgical positions defined by their pre-set compositional duties, the job Bach took in Cöthen must have been a welcome taste of freedom. His new employer Prince Leopold was generous financially and fairly liberal with regard to his expectations. This open artistic atmosphere and the Calvinist ethos of the town (which for Bach meant a general lack of music in worship services) led to a unique period in Bach’s career, one that focused on secular instrumental music. The Cöthen years would be short but they yielded some of Bach’s most remarkable scores. These include the Cello Suites, the Orchestral Suites, the Brandenburg Concerti and (likely) the three Violin Concerti. As is so often the issue with Bach, it is remotely possible that the violin pieces date from a later time but their construction and effectiveness, if not actually born in Cöthen, were certainly based on the accomplishments of that fruitful environment. With the A Minor Concerto, Bach managed to take the example of Vivaldi and simultaneously treat it to respectful emulation and a highly individual expansion of ideas. Bach’s brilliant interweaving of counterpoint is unmistakably his own. © Jeff Counts


ALEXANDRA DU BOIS

Noctilucent Song for string orchestra (2013)

ALEXANDRA DU BOIS Alexandra du Bois (MM The Juilliard School; BM Indiana University) has received performances of her works throughout five continents including Carnegie Hall, Théàtre de la Ville, Paris, Barbican, London and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Described as “an intense, luminous composer,” and “one of America’s most promising young composers,” (L.A.Times) and “a painter who knows exactly where her picture will be hung,” (New York Times) du Bois (b. 1981, Virginia Beach, Virginia) has received commissions from the Beaux Arts Trio, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Bargemusic, Kronos Quartet, Anchorage Symphony, Present Music with the Milwaukee Choral Artists and Milwaukee Children’s Choir, PALS Children’s Chorus Boston, New York Classical Players, Savannah Music Festival, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Merkin Concert Hall Azure Ensemble, Maya Trio, University Chorus and Chamber Singers at the University of Massachusetts, and the Kaufman Center NYC, among many others. She has been Composerin-Residence at Dartmouth College; Carnegie Hall via Weill Institute’s Professional Training Workshop Kronos: Signature Works; Merkin Concert Hall; Mammoth Lakes Music Festival; the Harrison House and with Southwest Chamber Music in 2013 in Los Angeles and Vietnam. Her grants, scholarships and awards include those from the Netherland-America Foundation. The Juilliard School, UMASS-Boston, Indiana University and BMI Foundation. Recordings of her works have been released by Kronos Quartet and trio MAYA. She is cofounder of Aerial Creatures Music Productions and has lived in Manhattan since 2005. Her works are published by Arbor Mundi Music Publishers and she is a member of BMI.

Noctilucent Song for string orchestra (2013) was commissioned by New York Classical Players and is fourth in a series works which, though not related in terms of instrumentation nor opus, is inspired expressly by nature – and more precisely, types of clouds. Latin for “night shining,” (to be) noctilucent is to be luminous (or shining) at night, and noctilucent clouds are rare, thin, high altitude clouds sometimes – if not entirely, according to some –formed by exhaust released from jet planes. My inspiration received from these visuals and pondering of noctilucent clouds in terms of metaphor, consciousness, conflict, profound beauty and equally pain, is multifarious and personal, just as I hope your own listening is. © Alexandra du Bois


Double Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 The two violins of Bach’s Concerto are like a pair of birds swooping through the skies, flying in a merry race, first one leading, then the other. The strings and continuo are there as the branches of a tree, offering the birds a place to alight briefly, but it’s those teasing, dueling violins that are the show. The violins hardly rest at all, but they take off at a breakneck speed, embroidering lacy patterns in sound, coming to a halt only when they’re done. (Imagine those elaborate domino pictures where one domino starts the action, and the lines of chips fall, racing along until the entire picture is revealed. That’s BWV 1043.) This piece dates from Bach’s tenure at Cöthen between 1717 and 1722. Prince Leopold was fond of music, and the post of Kapellmeister was an advance in Bach’s career. To get to Cöthen, though, Bach had to spend some time jailed by his then-employer, Duke Wilhelm, who was furious that Bach would attempt to leave his job at Weimar and attempted to keep him captive. © Bach Festival Society

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042 The E-major Violin Concerto is a creation of purest Bachian splendor. Opening with three aggressive chords, built on an E-major triad, that form the beginning of the main subject, the first movement unfolds in a fashion characteristic of the composer, but with some surprises. Two serious episodes in minor provide sharp contrast with the ebullience of the main material. And before the return to the main subject, the violin has a tiny solo followed by an unexpected pause before those three opening chords announce the final full exposition of the movement’s main substance. The minor-keyed slow movement opens the floodgates of a kind of exquisitely controlled poignancy that is Bach’s inimitable version of Baroque romanticism. The form is chaconne-like, which is to say there is a persistent figure in the orchestra above which the violin, after entering on a long-held note, spins seemingly improvisatory strands of serene expressiveness. Bach at his most exalted. The exuberant final movement is calculated to be give-and-take between orchestra and soloist – the group refrain appears five times with the soloist’s episodes in between. In the final solo episode Bach gives the soloist a brief but telling bit of virtuosity. © Orrin Howard

Air on a G string from Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068 There is no exact record of the composition of the four Orchestral Suites (or ``Overtures,’’ as Bach termed them), and different writers place them as early as 1722 and as late as 1731, but most sources agree on the earlier date. In any case, they represent something of an experiment by Bach, who may have wished to try his hand at a French style pioneered by Lully. The third of these, numbered 1068 in the standard catalog of Bach’s works, is the most popular and probably the most masterful. The so-called ``Air on a G String’’ is the brief (36 measures) second movement of this suite. Although the full suite includes trumpets, oboe, and tympani as well as the strings and continuo (a bass line usually played on harpsichord and cello), this movement is reduced to strings and continuo only. The title is inappropriate in the work’s original setting, having been invented by a violinist to identify his solo transcription. But the oddness of the title is not reflected in the music, which is one of the most pleasing trifles a listener could ask for. © Geoff Kuenning


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Meet the Artist ToniMarie Marchioni oboe Her performances praised as “excellent” and “elegantly rendered” by the New York Times, oboist ToniMarie Marchioni has performed in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States. A member of the IRIS Orchestra and Decoda, ToniMarie is also an alumna of The Academy/Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall, a groundbreaking new initiative combining chamber music performance with arts advocacy, leadership, and teaching artistry. She has appeared with the National Symphony, American Ballet Theater, American Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Georgia Woodwind Quintet, and the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Continuum. In 2010, she performed the Martinu Oboe Concerto with the Orquesta Philarmónica del Ecuador, and in 2008, she gave the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s concerto Sprechgesang for Oboe/English Horn with the New Juilliard Ensemble. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Kentucky and has also served on the faculties of the University of Georgia, Las Vegas Music Festival, and the American Festival for the Arts (Houston, TX). A native of Mechanicsburg, PA, she holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Harvard University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School.

Ken Hamao violin Described by the New York Times as having “especially eloquent playing,” Ken Hamao is a second-year C. V. Starr doctoral fellow at the Juilliard School, studying with Masao Kawasaki and Ronald Copes. Previous teachers include Robert Lipsett and Zakhar Bron. He has been collaborating often on contemporary music, performing – in addition to the violin – on the viola and mandolin. He regularly performs with Argento Chamber Ensemble and the New York Classical Players, and is also a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble and AXIOM at Juilliard. Ken has appeared as a soloist with the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony and YMF Debut Orchestra, among others. He has been a prizewinner at several competitions, including the Concours International de Violon Sion Valais, the Bronislaw Kaper Awards, and Kingsville International Violin Competition. While at the Aspen Music Festival and School, he was invited to perform a special concert with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also soloed in collaboration with Gil Shaham in a concert led by Nicholas McGegan in Aspen. He has also participated in the Saito-Kinen Festival in Japan, Taos School of Music in New Mexico, and ENCORE School for Strings in Ohio. Ken has served as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, American Youth Symphony and Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, and has also been Principal Violist of the Crossroads Chamber and Colburn Chamber Orchestras. As part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program, Ken received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from Columbia University and a Master in Music from Juilliard.


David Southorn violin A member of the Amphion String Quartet, they are Winners of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild auditions in New York and are currently CMS Two artists at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Southorn has performed as Concertmaster with such orchestras as the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the Miami Symphony and currently serves as the Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Southorn has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Music Chamber Music series and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. With the Amphion String Quartet he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Princeton, New York University, Caramoor, BargeMusic, and Jeju island and the Seoul Arts Center in Korea. He has collaborated with David Shifrin, Edgar Meyer, Peter Wiley, James Dunham, Paul Neubauer and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. Southorn has performed at a number of music festivals including the Banff Music Centre, Spoleto Festival USA, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Tanglewood Festival. As a member of the Amphion Quartet he has performed at the Beethoven Institute at Mannes and Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Caramoor, Kneisel Hall, The Chautauqua Institute, Music Mountain, and Cooperstown Music Festival. Mr. Southorn is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. He received both an Artist Diploma and Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and his Bachelor of music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Siwoo Kim violin Siwoo Kim is a versatile young artist who enjoys a blossoming career as soloist and chamber musician. As the winner of the 2011 Juilliard Violin Competition, Siwoo Kim made his New York concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with James DePreist and the Juilliard Orchestra. This season, he will give the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s first violin concerto. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Mr. Kim founded Quartet Senza Misura. The quartet has given “whip-smart performances” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) in venues such as Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center. Recently, they committed to a week-long residency with El Sistema in Venezuela. Siwoo was also invited as an artist to the Bergen Festival (Norway), Tivoli Festival (Denmark), and Ensemble DITTO’s tour in South Korea. Siwoo was the recipient of the 2012 King Award for Young Artists. In addition, he has won the California, Corpus Christi, Crescendo, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Schadt, WAMSO, and Yangtongliu competitions. Siwoo is currently a graduate student at The Juilliard School on full scholarship. There, he leads the Juilliard Orchestra as concertmaster and studies with Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes. Previously, Siwoo studied under Robert Mann and Almita Vamos. Mr. Kim performs on the 1728 “Artot” Stradivarius violin on generous loan from the Juilliard Collection.


Xiao Wang violin Violinist Xiao Wang, first prize winner of the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition, is the first Chinese violinist to win the competition. He has been performing with the Kodaly Philharmonic Orchestra during its Budapest Spring Festival as well as with the Gewandhaus Academisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany. As first prize winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists competition, Mr. Wang performed as soloist with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lavard Skou Larsen. In addition, he was heard in live performances on Houston Public Radio’s “Front Row” series. He has also performed under the baton of Maestro Andreas Ligeti appearing in Hungary’s Bela Bartok National Concert Hall as well as in New York as part of the Young Music Forum Series. Mr. Wang is a passionate chamber musician and has collaborated with the American String Quartet, members of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Xiao Wang began playing the violin at age 5. At age 10, he was accepted to study at the Central Conservatory in Beijing with Professor Wei-dong Tong, later studying at the Curtis Institute of Music with Joseph Silverstein. He has played in master classes for Claude Frank, Midori, Cho liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt and Pamela Frank. Xiao Wang is currently a full scholarship student at Manhattan School of Music where he studies with Lucie Robert.

Elizabeth Fayette violin Elizabeth Fayette was born to a musical family. After beginning violin studies with her mother, she attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division, the Curtis Institute of Music, which she graduated in 2011 as the recipient of the Milka Violin Artist Prize. In her time at Curtis, she studied with Arnold Steinhardt, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Pamela Frank. Ms. Fayette recently completed a Master of Music with Sylvia Rosenberg, and she is in the Artist Diploma program. Ms. Fayette has enjoyed solo performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, the Aspen Music Festival and the solo performance with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Most recently she performed as a soloist with the Julliard Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall with Alan Gilbert conducting. She has been featured on Robert Sherman’s Young Artist Showcase, selected as Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and was a Gold Winner in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Youngarts program. Ms. Fayette has had the privilege of collaborating with artists such as Atar Arad, Paul Biss, Peter Wiley, Steven Tenenbom, Robert Levin and Joseph Silverstein. As part of the Curtis on Tour chamber music ensemble, she toured Europe alongside Pamela Frank and Roberto Diaz. Her most recent festival appearances include Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. While at Aspen, she performed with the Aspen Concert Orchestra as the winner of the 2011 Delay Fellowship. In summer 2014 she will attend the Marlboro Music Festival.


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The New York Classical Players is a professional chamber orchestra of highly-gifted young instrumentalists from different cultures committed to bringing FREE classical repertoire concerts to the public. Envisioned by Dongmin Kim in 2009, the NYCP brings together seven nationalities combining personal and cultural strengths and a high level of chamber musicianship based upon democratic principles in the process of creating music. Trained at distinguished music institutions, members of the NYCP are en route to careers as critically acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians in major American orchestras. Music Director Dongmin Kim has conducted orchestras in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Korea, and the States such as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Studying with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin


and Christoph Eschenbach, he was awarded the distinguished Karajan Fellowship and served a residency with the Wien Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival, and was a cover conductor as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Now in their fourth season in 2013-2014, the NYCP continues to present 12 FREE CONCERTS in different venues around the New York metropolitan area. Repertoire includes pieces spanning from Bach to composers of our time. This season’s guest artists include one of the most loved performing artists soprano Sumi Jo, world renowned violinis Chee-Yun and Stefan Jackiw, and some of NYCP’s musicians. In addition, the NYCP is highly committed to creating new repertoire to convey a different dimension of interest to the public by presenting pieces by young outstanding composers of today, including, Vivian Fung and Alexandra du Bois. As one of today’s most exciting young performing arts organizations, the NYCP takes on the responsibility of being an emerging cultural source by connecting people with a broader world of musical art and culture.


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Musicians VIOLIN

Robin Scott Elly Suh Elizabeth Fayette Xiao Wang Siwoo Kim David Southorn Alexi Kenney Ken Hamao VIOLA

Andy Lin Megan Griffin CELLO

Madeline Fayette Michael Katz BASS

Kris Saebo Harpsichord

Euntaek Kim

ALEXI KENNEY violin Winner of top prizes at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, the Manfred Grommek Prize at the 2013 Kronberg Academy and the Mondavi Center Young Artist Competition. Collaborated with Atar Arad, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Wu Han, among others. Festivals include Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. Currently attending the New England Conservatory of Music under Donald Weilerstein on the Richard Elias Scholarship with a violin made by Eugenio Degani on generous loan from the Ravinia Festival. ALICE YOO cello Collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Miriam Fried, and Kim Kashkashian. Festival appearances include the Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Perlman Program, Banff, and Yellow Barn. Top prize winner of the Cleveland Cello Society Competition, Klein String Competition, among others. Masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, and Gary Hoffman. Studied at the NEC, the Royal Northern College, and the USC. Currently on the faculty of The Bard College Preparatory Division. ANDY LIN viola Born in Taiwan. BM/MM from the Juillard School and DMA Candidate at the Stony Brook University. Winner of numerous competitions including the Juilliard viola competition, Stony Brook University concerto competition and Taiwan National viola competition, among others. A member of the Amphion String Quartet, the Concert Artists Guild winner, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a three-year residency. Performed chamber music with world renowned artists. Currently the artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. DANNY KIM viola Studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Juilliard School. Participated in Marlboro Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and Aspen Music Festival where served as the principal violist. Performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated with Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Charles Neidich and others. Took part in a residency with El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela coaching chamber groups


and performing with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura. DAVID SOUTHORN violin A member of the award winning Amphion String Quartet, the winners of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild auditions in New York and have been selected for a three-year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two beginning in 2013. Solo performance includes with the Fremont, Nova Vista and Portland Festival Symphonies, to name a few. Served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, the New Haven Symphony, the Miami Symphony, and currently the concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Studied at the Manahattan School of Music, Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory. ELIZABETH LAFAYTTE violin Studies with Shirley Givens at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College, she entered the Curtis Institute and studied the violin and chamber music with Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt and Shmuel Ashkenasi, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley and Ida Kavafian. After graduating from Curtis as a recipient of the school’s Milka Violin Artist Prize, she completed her MM under Sylvia Rosenberg at the Juilliard School, where she currently enrolls Artist Diploma program. Ms. Fayette has appeared at the Music from Angel Fire, Kneisel Hall, Aspen, and Ravinia, and performed throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, she appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony. In summer 2014, she will attend the Marlboro Music Festival. ELLY SUH violin The 2nd Prize winner of the 2012 Naumburg Inter-

national Violin Competition, and 3rd Prize winner of the 2013 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition. Received awards from the Society for Strings and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Appeared on Live from Lincoln Center and From the Top. Performed at the Atlantic Festival, the Banff, the Perlman Music Program, the Taos, and the Meadowmount. Performed with the American String Quartet and members of the Cleveland and Takacs String Quartets. Served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. Born in Seoul. Began violin lessons at 5 and entered the Juilliard Pre-college at 10. BM/MM from the Juilliard School and the Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. EMILY DAGGETT SMITH violin The winner of the Juilliard concerto competition and made her debut in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra with DePreist, Slatkin, and Tilson-Thomas. Performed with world renowned artists at various festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Steans Institute, Banff, and the NY String Orchestra Seminar. Appeared on Live from Lincoln Center, and From the Top. Solo appearance as violist with the New York Classical Players. BM/MM from the Juilliard School under the guidence of Ronald Copes, Nick Eanet, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Masuko Ushioda, and Donald Weilerstein. JIYOUNG LEE cello Cellist Jiyoung Lee, “plays with passion and sensitivity. Her interpretation is impeccable for its depth of feeling and intelligence.” (The Times Herald-Record) She has performed as a soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Seoul Symphony, the Juil-


liard Orchestra, and the Seoul National University Orchestra. She was awarded at the Juilliard, Hudson Valley Concerto Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, and the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. She participated in Master-classes with David Geringas, Franz Helmerson, Arto Noras, Bernard Greenhouse, and Gary Hoffmann. A graduate of Curtis, she has her Masters degree at The Juilliard School with Timothy Eddy and is in the Artist Diploma Program with Joel Krosnick. KATIE HYUN violin Hyun has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Winner of the Albert M. Greenfield Competition(Philadelphia Orchestra), the Aspen Academy Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Houston Symphony League Competition among others. Studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Yale School of Music, and the Stony Brook Universtiy, under Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, and Aaron Rosand. Currently a member of the Amphion String Quartet. KEN HAMAO violin/viola Hamao has appeared as a soloist with the American Youth Symphony and YMF Debut Orchestra, among others. He has been a prizewinner at several competitions, including the Concours International de Violon Sion Valais, the Bronislaw Kaper Awards, and Kingsville International Competition. Served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, and American Youth Symphony and Principal Violist of the Crossroads Chamber and Colburn Chamber Orchestras. Studied Economics and Psychology from the Columbia Universtiy and is currently pursuing a DMA at the Juilliard School with Masao Kawasaki. Previous teachers include Robert Lipsett and Zakhar Bron. KRIS SAEBO double bass Bassist well-versed in a variety of musical forms including classical, contemporary, folk, and funk. Member of The Declassified, Ensemble ACJW, SONYC, The Carnegie Ensemble, and performs regularly with Wordless Music Orchestra, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Grammy Award-Winner Paul Halley. Currently teaches privately and at Bloomingdale School of Music. Studied at the Julliard School (BM/MM) as a student of Orin O’Brien and Homer Mensch. MEGAN GRIFFIN viola A recipient of the Peter Mennin Award for Outsanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Performed at Marlboro, Musique a Chambre de Giverny, Spoleto Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Perlman Program. Principal violist with The Juilliard Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Two time winner of the Young Musicians Foundation “Top Performer” prize. Received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School studying with Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman and Hsin-yun Huang. Currently a fellow with Ensemble ACJW.

MICHAEL KATZ cello Winner of the 2011 Aviv Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Turjeman Competition, and most recently the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Coleman and the J.C. Arriaga competitions. Performed at Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, and Kfar Bloom, and has presented recitals in the U.S, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Czech and Israel. Collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Don Weilerstein, Peter Frankl, among others. Born in TelAviv Israel. BM from New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser and MM from the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick. Currently pursuing a DMA at the Stony Brook as a student of Colin Carr. ROBIN SCOTT concertmaster/violin Winner of the California International and the WAMSO Young Artist Competitions, and 2nd Prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin, and the Irving M Klein. Solo with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lille, among others. Numerous recitals and chamber musics throughout the world, in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Jordan Hall, among others. Music Festivals incldue the Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn and others. Artist Diploma at Indiana Universtiy and BM at the New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox, and Miriam Fried. Currently serves as concertmaster of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra with a Vuillaume violin generously lent to him by the Marlboro Festival. SIWOO KIM violin Made his New York concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has won the Corpus Christi, Hellam, Ima Hogg competitions among others. Most recently he has given the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s violin concerto. As founding member of the Quartet Senza Misura, he performed at Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center and had a residency with El Sistema in Venezuela. He was also invited to the Bergen Festival, Tivoli Festival and Ensemble DITTO’s tour in South Korea, and studies at the Juilliard School under Don Weilerstein and his former teachers include Robert Mann and Almita Vamos. He performs on the 1728 “Artot” Stradivarius violin on generous loan from the Juilliard Collection. XIAO WANG violin Top prize winner of the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition, and the Cynthia woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition. Solo performances with the Kodaly Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Leipzig Academy Orchestra, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, among others. Collaborated with the members of the America and the Mendelssohn Quartets, and the NY Philharmonic. Studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Curtis Institute of Music, and currently at the Manhattan School of Music, under Wei-Dong Tong, Joseph Silverstein, and masterclasses with Claude Frank, Midori, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt and Pamela Frank.


Music Director Dongmin Kim music director/conductor

Kim’s conducting of Copland’s “El Salon Mexico” focused on details and punctuation, and allowed solo voices the space to speak idiomatically. WASHINGTON POST

Dongmin Kim is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. He gave a critically acclaimed debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He was also at the podium with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic and the Ensemble Zandonai, among others. Dongmin has conducted The Magic Flute at the Seoul Arts Center with “9-sold-out” performances. He was the first to conduct a new opera Lorenzo de Medici by P.Q.Phan in 2007. He led Die Flut by Boris Blacher, and Bastien und Bastienne by Mozart. As assistant conductor at the IU Opera Theater, he covered La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, The Tale of Hoffman, and West Side Story among others. Dongmin was awarded the Karajan Conducting Fellowship and served a residency with the Wien Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. He has also studied and worked together with Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Sergiu Comissiona. As one of conducting staffs at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as the Schmidt Fellow, he worked with such artists as Raynold Leppard, Andrew Litton, Christoph Poppen, Garrick Ohlsson, Andre Watts, Lynn Harrell and Lang Lang. As a fine violist, Dongmin Kim has held the principal viola positions at the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under the music directorship of Michael Tilson-Thomas, the Yonsei Symphony Orchestra and the IU Symphony Orchestra. He was the first violist ever to win First Prize in the Yonsei Symphony Competition where he appeared as solo violist with great success. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has given numerous concerts in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore as well as the United States. A native of Seoul, he studied orchestral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University under David Effron, Thomas Baldner and Imre Pallo. As associate instructor, he taught the graduate conducting courses, and the IU All Campus Orchestra. Prior to his study in the States, he graduated from Yonsei University, where he was awarded the Music Merit Scholarship.


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From 2010-11 to current season corporate sponsor

BMW of North America, LLC

$25,000 or more Anonymous $10,000 or more Anonymous $5,000 or more Main Violin $4,000 or more Fa Park Foundation Meadou Kim Goldman Sachs Matching Program $2,500 or more JCOS, Inc. Harold Lee & Associates, Inc. Kiheon Cho and Eunjae Cho Jae Jin Yoon and Seunghwa Yang Hyeon Shin and Gisun Kim $1,500 or more David Howe and Charlene Howe Soong Ahn and KyungA Min Sisters of Charity Center Ju Shin Julie C. Kim Dong-In Kang and Jiyoung Cho Son Won Byeon Sang Moon and Jaeun Shin Anonymous Anonymous $1,000 or more Floris Jae M. Kim and Yoojin Cho Brian Chang and Janet Chang John W. Chae and Doreen Chae DK Dental Group Jane G. Hong $500 or more Chris Hale and Ella Hale Microsoft Matching Program Eun-Gyu Kim and Sung K. Park Czech Center New York Children’s Dental Arts, P.A. Bomie Han and Jongsun Lim HHC Foundation Micheal Song and Yoon J. Oh Dongchoon Lee Hanjun Kim and Seon Lee

Jack An Anonymous Howard Kwak Digital Right Brain, LLC Myungsook Kim Wuijin Koh Won-Bae Chang Transway Freight Systems, Inc. Sun L. Riehm and Francesca H. Park La Prairie Hye-Gyung Ji Michael Song and Yoon J. Song JBP & Assocates Paul Song and Kasey Choi June Rhee Peter Song and Jeeyoung Kim Anonymous Lydia J. Kang $200 or more David Hale and Shawn Hale Jimmy Park and Michelle Hwang Soloist Music Friends of Grace Seniors, Inc. Jung Han Lee and Youwha Lee Robert Jacklosky Sung Kim and Hee Sun Kim PJ Kim Daniel Lechner Ki-Young Kim and Eun-Ju Ryu Yeji Cha Woosik Ju and Anna Ju Herbert Spann and Mun Spann Wonshin Park Steve Kim and Seung J Kim Lee’s Tailoring, Inc. JunKyu Choi Daxun Zhang Ye Jin Kim Yong Kwon and Kyungja Kim Robin Braun de Sierra Jasmine Choi Yong Nam Park and Kyunghee Cho Jong I. Kim and Young S. Park Anonymous Jaehoon Yoo Joseph Lee Chul S. Kang Sungjoo Kim and Myonghee Kim Young Seung Park and Hee Jyung Park ~$199

Evgenia Pevzner Kathy Dean Frances Needles Joseph Lee Sung Jae Kim and Tae In Lee MinKyung Suh Sungil Lee and Soyon Kim Joyce Kim Ellen Ensig Brodsky Shirley Lans David Segal Violins Ltd. David Cho Yonseok Suh and Won Y. Chang Wooin Jeon ConJae Baek and Mira Hahn Tae Wook Kang Juny Jung LLC Myeong Kyu Ahn and Bok Jun Ahn Helen Jew Eun Z. Yoon and Young H. Yoon Wheebong Lee and Haekyung Lee Heungchul Moon Brooklyn Academy of Music James Jordan and Margaret Jordan Sucha Jung Margaret Auliffe-Edelman Jungwoo Lee and Meeyoung Park Jung Y. Jun Raymond J. Burghardt Kwangbin Lim, Songhee Han-Lim Kristie S Han JongKug Yoon and Jeeyeon Kim Jaeho Kim and Kyunghee Na Ryan S. Lee and Eun S. Cho Naresh M. Maniar Ruth Lepp and Stephan M. Lepp Scott Bahng and Woo Young Jang Sang Hak Shin and Hye Sook Kim VENUE SPONSORS Bohemian National Hall Church of the Heavenly Rest Chodae Community Church College of Mount Saint Vincent Good Neighbor Community Church Arumdaun Presbyterian Church Cheim & Read Aaron Copland School of Music


concert cycle 3

Chee-Yun with NYCP As one of today’s leading performing artists with flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry, violinist Chee-Yun joins the NYCP performing Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccio as well as Sarasate’s Navarra with violinist, Alexi Kenney, top prizewinner at the Menuhin Violin Competition. Under the baton of music director Dongmin Kim, NYCP performs Nielsen’s Little Suite, Delius’ Two Aquarelles and a Serenade by Polish composer Karlowicz. CARL NIELSEN DELIUS SARASATE SAINT-SAENS KARLOWICZ

DONGMIN KIM Conductor CHEE-YUN Violin ALEXI KENNEY Violin

Little Suite for Strings Op. 1 Two Aquarelles Navarra for Two violins Introduction and Rondo Capriccio Serenade for Strings

Sat, Feb 22, 2014, at 8pm CHODAE COMMUNITY CHURCH 100 Rockland Ave, Norwood, NJ 07648 Sun, Feb 23, 2014, at 3pm CHURCH OF THE HEAVENLY REST 2 East 90th St, 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128

concert cycle 4

Sumi Jo sings for Hope DONGMIN KIM Conductor SUMI JO Soprano

Fri, Mar 28, 2014, at 8pm TBA (New Jersey) Sun, Mar 30, 2014, at 8pm TBA (New York)

Tue, April 1, 2014, at 8pm KOREAN CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sumi Jo, recognized and acclaimed as one of the best-loved sopranos of our time, will “Sing for Hope” with the NYCP, in hopes of conveying the message that music knows no barriers and has the potential to rise above destruction and towards peace and harmony for all cultures. Music director Dongmin Kim also introduces Dag Wiren’s Serenade for Strings and Gustav Holst’s Brook Green Suite.

15451 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20121

Thr, April 3, 2014, at 8pm SARANG COMMUNITY CHURCH

1111 N. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, CA 92801

concert cycle 5

Bohemian Brilliance DONGMIN KIM Conductor Sat, May 17, 2014, at 8pm KATIE HYUN Violin CHODAE COMMUNITY CHURCH MICHAEL KATZ Cello 100 Rockland Ave, Norwood, NJ 07648

Sun, May 18, 2014, at 3pm TBA (New York)


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