Ensemble 212 to Present SONOROUS STRINGS, 11/13
Ensemble 212, Sonorous Strings
Ensemble 212 presents Sonorous Strings: Orchestra Concert, the second show of its 2013-14 season on Wednesday, November 13th at 8pm. Representative of a true kaleidoscope of styles, the evening will feature music of the Baroque and Romantic eras as well as that of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Special soloists include Rachel Ku, violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing the New York premiere of The Desires for Viola & String Orchestra, a new work by Ensemble 212 Composer in Residence, Ke-Chia Chen and core member violinist, Miyun Chung, performing the world premiere of a new arrangement of Vitali's Chaconne for Violin & String Orchestra. Mahler's tender "Adagietto" is contrasted with two works with folk elements from different eras to round out the evening's fantastic program: Vivaldi's vigorous Concerto 'alla rustica' and Bartok's Divertimento.
Tickets for this concert will be 2 for 1 at all rates! The concert is set for Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church at Lincoln Center, 152 West 66th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Ave), New York, NY 10023. Call 646-266-9632 or visit www.ensemble212.org. Subway: 1 to 66th Street; Bus: M5, M7, M11, M20, M66, M104. For more information, go to www.instantencore.com/ensemble212 and www.facebook.com/ensemble212. *Advance Ticket prices: $20; $12 for seniors and $10 for students with ID http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/478050. *Tickets at the door (cash only): $25; $15 for seniors and $12 for students with ID. *2 FOR 1 NIGHT! BUY 1 TICKET & BRING A GUEST FOR FREE! VALID FOR ALL RATES!
On the Program:
Concerto in G Major alla rustica, RV 151
Yoon Jae Lee, Conductor
Ciaconna for Violin & String Orchestra
Miyun Chung, Violin Kyunghun Kim, Conductor
The Desires for Viola & String Orchestra
Rachel Ku, Viola
Yoon Jae Lee, Conductor
"Adagietto" from Symphony No. 5 Kyunghun Kim, Conductor
Divertimento for String Orchestra
Yoon Jae Lee, Conductor
World Premiere of new arrangement by Yoon Jae Lee
New York Premiere
Ensemble 212 (two-one-two) is making a tremendous impact in today's cultural music scene. Led by Artistic Director Yoon Jae Lee & Principal Associate Conductor Kyunghun Kim, the New York based orchestra has been at the forefront of performing several premieres of major works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Huang Ruo & Daniel Felsenfeld. This season, Ensemble 212 will feature the music of emerging composer Ke-Chia Chen as their new Composer in Residence. Through its annual Young Artist Competition Series, Ensemble 212 showcases outstanding instrumental and vocal soloists by providing them opportunities to perform as a soloist with a professional orchestra.
Ensemble 212 is comprised of New York's finest young professionals, emerging artists, and freelancers. Since its inception, they have performed nearly fifty concerts featuring an eclectic mix of repertoire from the Baroque era to the 21st century in chamber music, ensemble, and orchestra concerts. Highlights from previous seasons include performances at diverse venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theatre, New York City Center, John Zorn's The Stone, collaborations with clarinetist David Krakauer, Nicholas Kitchen & Yeesun Kim of the Borromeo String Quartet on Fairouz's Double Concerto commissioned by Ensemble 212, Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet, a 10th anniversary memorial concert titled "Remembering 9/11: Memorial, Reflection, Assurance" and "Cultural Convergences", an innovative presentation with the Michael Mao Dance company combining Huang Ruo's music and Yoon Jae Lee's chamber version of Der Abschied from Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with modern dance.
Ensemble 212 has been featured on 105.9 FM WQXR's Q2 Music program and on BBC News Magazine. In recognition for its contribution to excellence in New York's diverse cultural scene, the orchestra was acknowledged by 93.9 FM WNYC & WQXR's Salute The Arts *STAR* Initiative in 2009 and 2013.
Rachel Ku, Violist: Violist Rachel Ku joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as the youngest member of the Orchestra in September 2004, at the age of 19. She has been studying viola since age eight and piano since age five. She made her solo debut in Taipei in 1995 and has since made solo appearances with the Mansfield Symphony in Ohio, the Rice University Chamber Orchestra, and the Curtis Chamber Ensemble. In January 2005 she performed as soloist in Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher with the Delaware Symphony as part of that ensemble's subscription concert series.
Ms. Ku has received several awards and honors, including first prize in the 2004 Delaware Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition and second prize in the 2002 Riverside Symphonia Caprio Young Artists Competition. She was rewarded first prize at the 1997 Taiwan National Viola Competition, as well as second and fifth prizes in the 1996 Taiwan National Viola and Piano competitions, respectively. During the summers she has participated in numerous music festivals, such as Marlboro, Sarasota, Kneisel Hall, Taos, Angel Fire, the International Music Festival in Saluzzo, Italy, and the Encore School for Strings. She has collaborated as chamber musician with such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Steven Isserlis, Julian Rachlin, Chantal Juillet, David Kim, Arnold Steinhardt, and Marcy Rosen.
Ms. Ku graduated with a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Joseph de Pasquale. She was principal viola of the Curtis Symphony for the 2002-03 season. In addition to teaching private lessons she is also an adjunct faculty member at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and a faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music and the International Strings Music Festival.
Ke-Chia Chen, Composer in Residence: Ke-Chia Chen's compositions have been performed by leading orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists throughout the United States, Japan and Taiwan. Her music has been programmed at a variety of different venues including Carnegie Hall (Song of the Wanderer, for clarinet and piano), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Broken Crystal, for orchestra), WHYY radio in Philadelphia (The Desires, for viola and double string quartet) and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra's Miles of Manuscript ~ A New Music Concert, hosted by David Lang (Rhapsody of Seasons for string quartet). Her work, To An Isolated Island for piano solo, can be heard on the Blue Griffin Recording Label release, Formosa: 24 Caprices for solo piano.
Ms. Chen's critically acclaimed Broken Crystal, winner of the prestigious Marilyn K. Glick Young Composer Award, was hailed by the Indianapolis Star as a work "orchestrated with lavish self-confidence and a resourcefulness", and "made a coherent whole out of its pattern of abrupt contrasts, crowned by a broad, stunningly accented 'maestoso' episode."
Past and present collaborators of Ms. Chen include Teddy Abrams, assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Gersen, music director of the New York Youth Symphony; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center violinists Ida Kavafian and Bella Hristova, viola soloist Toby Appel of the Julliard School, and musicians from the Marlboro Festival, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming projects include a recording of The Silent Flame for horn and piano with Jennifer Montone, principle horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2013-2014, she will be a composer-in-residence with the New York based orchestra Ensemble 212 directed by Yoon Jae Lee.