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Shattered Glass Ensemble to Make Carnegie Hall Debut Featuring Violinist Elizabeth Woo, 5/7

The Shattered Glass Ensemble and its Artistic Director, violinist Elizabeth Woo, will offer a smashing artistic experience when the conductor-less string ensemble makes its Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 8 PM, with Ms. Woo as soloist.

In addition to music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mendelssohn, Penderecki and Sarasate, the concert will feature the world-premiere of Rhapsody No. 6, "Korean," by Albert Markov, composed for and dedicated to Ms. Woo, inspired by the essay Valley of May by Korean writer Yoojung Kim and based on three Korean melodies.

The concert will be presented with support from Gangwon Province in Korea, site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Ms. Woo is based in New York, but her hometown is Chuncheon in Gangwon Province, where she often returns for visits and concerts. In a 2008 national telecast there, Ms. Woo premiered a work for violin and Korean traditional instruments based on Valley of May for a centennial tribute to Yoojung Kim, a Chuncheon native. On a 2012 visit, she introduced Mr. Markov to Valley of May, which has resulted in a new work for violin and western string instruments.

"This concert will have great meaning for me," she says. "Having lived both in New York and Chuncheon, I've been searching for ways to connect the two cities musically. Chuncheon is regarded as the center of culture in Gangwon Province. I believe that having a work inspired by a writer from Chuncheon performed in New York by a musician connected to both places will be a major step in this direction."

She adds, "Following this event, I will be starting a festival in Chuncheon, called 'New York in Chuncheon Fest' (May 26-29, 2013), where I'll be bringing musicians from New York (including some Shattered Glass members and friends) to communicate through music. Programs will include works by such composers as John Adams and Elliott Carter - thus, this time, bringing music of America to Korea. I hope to keep on discovering new ways to connect with future concerts and festivals."

Elizabeth Woo, violin soloist

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:00 PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Zankel Hall entrance: On Seventh Avenue at 56th Street
Carnegie Hall Box Office: On 57th Street at Seventh Avenue

(subject to change)

Vivaldi - Concerto for Three Violins in F major (RV.551)
Soloists: Elizabeth Woo, Holly Jenkins, Tina Bouey

J.S. Bach, arr. Qin Ding - Musical Offering: Ricercar a 6, BWV 1079:5 for 12 strings
(Arrangement Premiere)

Mendelssohn - String Symphony No.7 in D minor


Penderecki - Sinfonietta No. 1 for Strings

Sarasate, arr. A. Markov - Playera, Zapateado, Habanera
Elizabeth Woo, soloist

Albert Markov - Rhapsody No. 6, "Korean" (Premiere)
Based on Korean traditional melodies
Elizabeth Woo, soloist

Tickets - $30, $40 (Students, Seniors: $10, available only at the box office). Tickets available starting April 1, 2013 at the box office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue); by telephone at Carnegie Charge: 212-247-7800; or online.

Elizabeth Woo has risen from the level of young prodigy to seasoned professional with remarkable speed. Her 2004 debut at Carnegie Hall as the youngest performer to play all of Paganini's 24 Caprices for Solo Violin was evidence of her accomplishment.

In addition to Carnegie Hall, she has also performed at Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall, and at the 2004 United Nations' UNICEF memorial celebration. Ms. Woo has been invited for recitals in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, Japan and Bulgaria, and has performed with the Bulgaria Symphony, Romanian National Constanza Orchestra, Venezuela Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Bozeman Symphony and the Pyongyang Symphony of North Korea, as well as the Sungnam, KBS, Jeju, Mostly Philharmonic and Gangwon Province's Orchestras of South Korea.

Ms. Woo's involvement in the classical music scene of South Korea has led to her national acclaim as the "Best Outstanding International Musician of the Year" in 2002 by the Arts Critics Association as well as "Artist of the Year" in 2005 by the Kangwon Talent Support Foundation of Korea. Ms. Woo has recorded for EMI Classics Korea and Mook Sound.

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