4/3/2022 Esther Ro/Hwanwook Seong Student Recitals

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Esther Ro, clarinet | Hwanwook Seong, cello Senior Recitals

Sunday, April 3, 2022, 2:00 p.m. Emerson Concert Hall | Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Recitals are presented by the Department of Music at Emory University. | music.emory.edu Please turn off electronic devices. | Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is required for all patrons. Full details are available at schwartz.emory.edu/FAQ The concert hall capacity has been reduced to allow distance between seated parties. Please be mindful of distancing. | Digital capture or recording of this concert is not permitted.

Astor Piazzolla (1921–1991)

Histoire du Tango 1. Bordello 1900 2. Cafe 1930 3. Nightclub 1960 Esther Ro, clarinet | Thayer Naples, guitar Sonata for Clarinet in B-flat and Piano 1. Allegro Tristamente 2. Romanza 3. Allegro Con Fuoco

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)

Esther Ro, clarinet | Jason Lin, piano Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, op. 65 Allegro moderato Largo

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)

Hwanwook Seong, cello | Jason Lin, piano Suite in D Minor, op. 22 IV. Gavotte VI. Fughette Hwanwook Seong, cello | Rachel Seong, cello

Julius Klengel (1859–1933)

Performer Biographies Esther Ro is a senior at Emory University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology and music. She has been playing the clarinet for 12 years, currently under the mentorship of Marci Gurnow, an affiliated artist of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ro began her clarinet journey at age 10 from her mother’s insightful recommendation, noticing her daughter’s interest in playing the recorder. Ro immediately fell in love with the dark tone of the clarinet and avidly continued her clarinet journey. She auditioned and participated in competitive state ensembles including GMEA AllState Band, as well as Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ro is currently an active member of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. Besides music, Ro had been working as a medical assistant to build up her career as a physician associate. Hwanwook Seong, 22, is a senior at Emory Univeresity studying biology and music. He began his cello studies at age 11 with Michael Way in El Paso, Texas, and has been playing since. He is from Sugar Hill, Georgia, and currently studies under Karen Freer. Seong has received top honors at regional and state competitions including All-Region, All-State, GMTA, UIL, and GHP. While living in Texas, he served as principal cellist for All-Region and El Paso Symphony youth orchestras. After moving to Georgia, Seong served as principal cellist for Georgia All-State orchestras, the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and now with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. He is an advising fellow at Matriculate, volunteers at Emory myLIFE Autism Center, and performs at the Wesley Woods Retirement Home with Continuo. Outside of music, Seong conducts research at the Department of Human Genetics in the School of Medicine. He is utterly thankful for the support of his parents, his past teachers including Michael Way and Justin Dougherty, and his friends and mentors. Thayer Naples is a freelance musician and guitar instuctor with a bachelor of arts degree in music performance from Berklee College of Music. He has served in many roles throughout his career including as a teacher, soloist, private gig entertainer, pit orchestra musician, session musician, and original artist, among others. Jason Lin is a senior at Emory University, studying chemistry and music. He began playing piano at age six with Melody Ouyang and currently studies under Elena Cholakova, director of piano studies at Emory. Rachel Seong, 19, is a sophomore at Emory studying biology and music. She is from Sugar Hill, Georgia, and has been studying cello for 9 years. She is currently studying under Emory Artist Affiliate Karen Freer. Cover and Program Design: Lisa Baron | Cover Photo: Mark Teague

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