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8. Outreach & Community
Recital, Yale Club of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. â€œEast Japan Tsunami Memorial Concert,â€? Japanese American Association of New York, New York City. Recital, Whitney Center for Elderly, Hamden, CT. Chamber Music Concerts with The Noble Trio, Whitney Center for Elderly, Hamden, CT; Edgehill Community Center, Stamford, CT.
The South China Morning Post "Student of the Year--Performing Artist;" Hong Kong.
Whitney Center Concert Series Sunday, October 14, 2012
Y. Alvin Wong, Cello Juan Carlos Nieto, Piano ! Twelve!Variations!on!the!theme!"Ein!Mädchen!oder!Weibchen"!from!! Mozart's!Opera!"Die!Zauberflöte"! ! ! ! ! ! ! Ludwig!van!Beethoven!(1770I1827)! ! ! Suite!Populaire!Espagnole! ! ! ! Manuel!de!Falla!(1876I1946)! ! El!paño!moruno! Asturiana! Jota! Nana! Canción! Polo! ! Intermission! ! Sonata!for!Cello!and!Piano!in!G!minor,!op.!10!!!!!!!Sergei!Rachmaninov!(1874I1943)! ! I.!Lento!–!Allegro!moderato! II.!Allegro!scherzando! III.!Andante! IV.!Allegro!mosso! !
Spanish born pianist Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Granada Symphony Orchestra performing Mozartâ€™s Piano Concerto in d minor under the baton of Lutz KĂśhler. At the time, he was the youngest pianist ever to perform with the orchestra, and received excellent reviews. He has concertized throughout Spain, Holland, Germany and the United States, collaborating with the Bari Symphony Orchestra, the Castilla y Leon Symphony Orchestra, the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra and the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra; This performance was broadcast on National radio and television in Spain. He made his Steinway Hall debut in November of 2009. Fernandez-Nieto is a prize-winner of many competitions in Spain and the United States, such as CSMTA Young Artists Competition, Infanta Cristina and Ciudad de Linares, National piano competition in Leon, among others. Past engagements include performances with the Tokyo String Quartet, and the Sonata for two pianos and percussion by Bartok at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and performances with the Grammy-nominated "Yale Cellos" under the direction of Aldo Parisot and the Yale Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada. Fernandez-Nieto holds degrees from the Yale School of Music (MM '09, AD '10) where he studied with Boris Berman. He previously studied in Spain under Julia Diaz-Yanes and Claudio Martinez-Mehner, and has received lessons from Joaquin Achucarro, Alexander Kandelaki, Antonio Baciero and Maria Joao Pires. MMA, AD, Yale; MM, Indiana; BM, Eastman. Alvin Wong has performed in concerts across five continents. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center and Hong Kong Cultural Center; and in music festivals such as Aspen, Orford, Fontfroide, Sion, Casals and Great Mountains. Recent highlights include appearance in the Festival de Carvalho in Brazil, a tour with Indiana University New Music Ensemble through the Midwest and East Coast, and a Chamber Music concert series in Hong Kong. Alvin has also given concertlectures in Korea and the States. He is the founder of the award-winning Noble Trio and performs frequently with the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos. Alvin is currently on the faculty of Connecticut College and Neighborhood Music School and is the principal cellist of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. His primary teachers are Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot.
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Relax with a glass of wine and other refreshments on Saturday afternoon, January 12th 2013 while enjoying an exquisite cello with piano recital. Date: Saturday January 12, 2013 Time: 3-5 pm Place: Chez Van, B2 Woodland Heights, 2 Wongneichung Gap Road, Hong Kong (Directions: Take Bus 6, 66, 15 from Central/Admiralty, Minibus 5 from Causeway Bay, get off at bus stop closest to the HK Adventist Hospital, at roundabout at top of Stubbs Road, end of Tai Hang Road, beginning of Wongneichung Gap Road. Parking also available. Or, walk along Bowen Road to the end, then up the driveway for Woodland Heights.) RSVP: Caroline Van email@example.com, 2838-0806h Fee: Yale Club members $50, others $100 While on a visit home from Connecticut over the holidays, Hong Kong-born cellist Alvin Wong will present a duo
recital with pianist Amy Sze featuring works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. The Beethoven Variations are based on a theme from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, sung by the humorous character Papageno. The Rachmaninoff Sonata represents its genre -the Romantic Sonata - at its peak. It will not be surprising if the audience leaves the concert humming its memorable melodies! Cellist Alvin Wong, Yale School of Music ’11, has appeared in concerts across five continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Hong Kong Cultural Center;; and in music festivals such as Aspen, Orford (Canada), Fontfroide and Casals (France), Sion (Switzerland), Carvalho (Brazil) and Great Mountains (Korea). Recent highlights include appearances in the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, Ipalpiti International Soloists Festival in Los Angeles, and a tour with Indiana University New Music Ensemble to the Midwest and East Coast. A native of Hong Kong, Alvin studied cello at the Eastman School of Music while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He received his Masters from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was also an Associate Instructor in Music Theory. At Yale School of Music, he received an Artist Diploma, graduated with the Master of Musical Arts degree, and is currently a doctoral candidate. His major
teachers are Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker. Alvin is currently on the faculty of Connecticut College, and is the principal cellist of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Amy Sze receives her Bachelor's degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honours, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She has received numerous scholarships, including the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Scholarship and the Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Overseas Scholarship. Her teachers include Chui-Fun Poon, Gabriel Kwok and Nelita True. Winner of the Eastman Concerto Competition and Finalist of the MTNA Steinway Competition, Sze has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She is particularly active in chamber music and keen on promoting new music. She appears frequently on RTHK Radio 4 in recitals and has been featured in such festivals as Le French May and ISCM World Music Days. Amy Sze is currently on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Baptist University of Hong Kong.
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Japanese Tsunami Memorial Concert, organized by Japanese American Association. March 10, 2013. Kumi Ogano, piano; Alvin Wong, cello.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
student of the year award Former SCMP Student Musician of the Year tells Mabel Sieh how he expresses himself best through music
The magic of music A
lvin Wong was the SCMP Student Musician of the Year in 1998. He was a Form Six student at St Paul’s Co-Educational College then. Today he is an established cellist who lives in New Haven in the US state of Connecticut, and is about to move to Australia to teach at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. As the traditional Chinese saying goes, Wong’s destiny as a musician could have been set in stone at the age of three. “My mum told me that, when I was three, I went up to the piano and started playing nonsense and wouldn’t leave. I’d be running around all day, but when I practised my piano, I’d sit quietly and patiently for five hours,” says the 32-year-old musician. Wong has a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale School of Music and is a doctoral candidate there.
Alvin Wong, in concert at right, will teach music in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Dana Ross
What winning the SCMP award meant to me “The award was certainly an encouragement as it recognised my potential and talents,” he recalls. “But I was also aware how small Hong Kong was. Though I’d won many local competitions, I had no idea how talented I was [compared with others outside the city].”
That’s why he turned down the offer to study medicine at the University of Hong Kong and went to study music in the United States. “I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try and see how far I could go [in music]. And I knew very clearly that if I had given up music right then, there would be no turning back, and I’d regret it for the rest of my life.”
I want to nurture musicians and artists who would use their talents to connect people What music means to me “The answer is simple: it’s my life. I can’t imagine one moment without music. Even if I became deaf, I would have music in my head. “I think I will hear my own requiem when I am on my death bed.” Wong believes music has a magical power to communicate. “It empowers me to communicate with people, nature, myself or God alike. There are so many things I can’t express with words, but I can use music to say what is on my mind or how I feel about certain things. “Music also brings people together. Through music I have met people from different walks of life, and there is always something to talk about. I can only wish that when
people go to war, they’d use music as their weapon.” Success No stranger to success, Wong has been invited to perform with distinguished orchestras and conductors around the globe, and commissioned and premiered new cello works by international composers. However, he remains down-to-earth. “Success is being able to achieve what one wants to do or be. In our world, success is often measured in a materialistic way by questions like ‘How much money do you make?’ ‘How big is your house?’ or ‘What car do you drive?’ But if you want to be an artist, materialism is the first thing you need to give up. “I’m extremely lucky to have attained the position at the University of Melbourne. But my goal doesn’t stop here. “I want to nurture a generation of musicians and artists who would use their talents to connect people in the community. That’s what our society needs right now.” What qualities the Best Performing Artist needs “You need to be technically fluent and possess a sense of beauty. But your skills will improve over time. Most important is the ‘performing’ part. You need to be able to communicate with the audience and cultivate a relationship with them on stage.” And for young people, whether or not their musical: “Nothing is impossible. Pursue your dream with all your heart and effort.”
Judges | Student of the Year
Judging Panel Student of the Year - Grand Prize Alvin, Leung Sheung Ming
Wang Xiang Wei
Dean of Education of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
SCMP Editor in-Chief
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Student of the Year - Visual Artist Henry Lau
Founder of Simply Art & Young Artists Foundation
SCMP Editor, 48 Hours
Tina Lam Winner of Year 2004
Student of the Year - Linguist (English) Professor Cheng Kai Ming
Chair Professor of Education at
SCMP Editor, Young Post
the University of Hong Kong
Hugh Alexander Kam Tsun Ting Winner of Year 2003
Student of the Year - Linguist (Cantonese)
Chow Chung Yan
Hugh Alexander Kam Tsun Ting
Winner of Year 2003
Judges | Student of the Year Professor Cheng Kai Ming Chair Professor of Education at the University of Hong Kong
Student of the Year - Linguist (Putonghua) Professor Cheng Kai Ming
Professor Cheng Kai Ming
SCMP Editor, Education
Hugh Alexander Kam Tsun Ting Winner of Year 2003
Student of the Year - Community Contributor Dr. Kim Mak
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, The Hong Kong Jockey
SCMP Editor, Special Projects
Pauline Yeung Winner of Year 2004
Student of the Year - Sportsperson Professor Chung Pak Kwong
Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University
SCMP Editor, Sports
Alex, Fong Lik Sun Winner of Year 1997
Student of the Year - Performing Artist Tisa Ho
Executive Director of the Hong
SCMP Editor, 48 Hours
Kong Arts Festival
Alvin, Wong Yan Ming Winner of Year 1998
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School of Music presents the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos in their popular annual concert on Wednesday, April 11 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). Aldo Parisot will lead the ensemble that he founded in a diverse program of music from the baroque to the present day. Favorite pieces by Albinoni, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, and Scott Joplin will be performed alongside music by Ginastera, Davidoff, and others. Three virtuoso soloists will open the program: Arnold Choi, performing Ginastera’s Pampeana; Sungchan David Chang, performing the first movement from the Cello Concerto by Russian-Latvian cellist and composer Carl Davidoff; and James Jeongwhan Kim, performing Martinu’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini. The first half will conclude with an audience favorite, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, performed by a quartet of cellists.
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Traumerei, op. 15 no. 7 Solo Violoncello
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Robert Schumann arr. Y. Alvin Wong
In accordance with Jerry’s wishes, fruit is served in the common room. Afterwards, in memory of Jerry’s love of books, we invite you to visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at 121 Wall Street; library closes at 4:45 pm.
Donations may be made in Jerry’s honor to his favorite charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017, or online at http://www.nationalmssociety.org.
Jerome Priest, 1931-2012
Introit Exerpts from the Lute Suites, Johann Sebastian Bach
Meditation Aria Cantilena, Bachianas Brasileiras #5, Heitor Villa-Lobos Cellists Alvin Wong, Joonwhan Kim, Andrew Hayhurst, Shinae Kim
Congregational Hymn Morning Has Broken lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon; tune Bunessan
Welcome Julia Priest
Letters Deborah Rose Adam Rose Jonathan Rose
Reflection Barbara Neiman
Sharing Morning has broken, like the first morning; Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird. Praise for the singing, praise for the morning; Praise for the springing fresh from the word. Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven; Like the first dewfall, on the first grass. Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden Sprung in completeness where his feet pass. Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning Born of the one light Eden saw play. Praise with elation, praise every morning God's re-creation of the new day.
Please feel free to share a memory of Jerry.
Congregational Melody Nigun (song without words) to the tune of Avinu Malkenu
Meditation Going Home Lyrics and music by William Arms Fisher bass-baritone Andy Berry
Recessional Ride the Chariot arranged by William Henry Smith Quintet from the Whiffenpoofs: Andy Berry, Henry Gottfried, Reuben Hendler, Daniel Reardon, Mike Young
Going Home Antonin Dvorak arr. Y. Alvin Wong
for Bass and Cello Quartet
I'm jes' go - in' home.
Go - in' home, go - in' home, I'm a - go - in' home; Qui - et - like, some till day,
Work all done, care laid by, going to fear no more.
Moth - er's there 'spect - in' me,
Fa - ther's wait - in' too;
It's not far, jes' close by,Through an o pen door;
Lots o'folk gath - er'd there, All the friends I knew,
Copyright © Y. Alvin Wong 2012
No more long - in' for the day,
Going to roam no
Morn - in' star lights the way, Res' less dream all done;
No more stum - blin' on the way,
No more fret nor pain,
No - thin' lost, all's gain,
All the friends I knew.
Shad - ows gone, break o' day, Real life jes' be - gun.
Dere's no break, ain't no end,
Jes' a - liv - in' on,
Wide a - wake, with a smile
Go - in' on and on.
It's not far, jes' close by, Through an o-pen door.
Go - in' home,go - in' home, I'm jes' go - in'
jes' go - in' home.
Go - in' home.
O O O pp