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In 2009, Lane received a ten-year appointment to the Beijing Contemporary Music Academy as a Senior Advisor and regularly teaches and performs in Athens, Beijing, Brasilia, Caracas, Florianopolis, Helsinki, Munich, Paris, Prague, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Zurich and at numerous festivals around the North America including the Third Coast Rhythm Project, Tap City, Vancouver Tap Festival and Soul to Soles. He has appeared with such greats as Donald O'Connor, Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, the Nicholas Brothers, Buster Brown, Prince Spencer, Peg Leg Bates, Jimmy Slyde, Bill Irwin, Savion Glover and Luke Cresswell. Lane currently teaches at the Tap Studio in Chicago and has served on the faculties of dance studios and universities across the United States.
Eighteen-year-old cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at the age of three, conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra on a set of variations by Mozart. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic (London), Northern Sinfonia (UK), Albany Symphony, Marin Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, among others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12, recorded with the legendary singer Roberta Flack at age 13, and at age 15, released a CD of the live world premiere performance of the "quadruple concerto" Velesslavitsa by Alexander Prior on the European label, Toccata Classics. He was featured in the Peabody Award-winning HBO Television documentary, "The Music in Me," the Grammy Award-winning radio show, "From the Top," and was one of the featured artists of the acclaimed three-part British Television documentary, "The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies." Nathan currently attends the Columbia University-Juilliard School Exchange program and studies with Richard Aaron.
Pipa player, singer and composer Min Xiao-Fen was born in the ancient capital of Nanjing, China. She has become internationally known for her virtuosity and fluid playing style on the pipa, whether performing classical music or in avant-garde or improvised settings.
Min has recorded traditional Chinese music together with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras and other ensembles and has performed at a number of international festivals. Since moving to the United States in 1992, she has been featured as a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and New Haven Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Min premiered composer Tan Dun's opera Peony Pavilion with director Peter Sellars in 1998. Min also premiered composer Anthony De Ritis's pipa concerto, Ping Pong, with the Taipei Chinese Music Orchestra in 2004 and composer Huang Ruo's solo work, Written on the Wind, for the Meet the Composer series in 2008.
In spite of her classical background, Min has also become an established member of the improvised music community in New York. She has worked with a variety of artists, including trombonist George Lewis, saxophonists Jane Ira Bloom and Ned Rothenberg, guitarists Marc Ribot and Elliott Sharp, violinists Regina Carter and Jason Kao Hwang, bassist Mark Dresser, pianists Jon Jang and Daniel Kelly, sound artists Carl Stone and DJ Spooky, and sound and visual artist Christian Marclay. Min has also made a guest appearance on singer Björk's album, Volta, in 2007 and was invited to perform as a special guest with Björk at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York City following the release of the album.
As a composer, Min received a commission in 2007 for Return of the Dragon from The Kitchen in New York, followed by a performance with her Asian Trio. She was a featured composer and performed her solo piece Blue Pipa for the American Composers Orchestra's Composer Out Front series. Ghost Masks was commissioned and performed by Min-Wu-Xu at the Glatt & Verkehrt Festival in Krems, Austria in 2008, and her solo Dim Sum was premiered at Interpretations in 2010 in New York.
Min regularly performs with her own groups, which include the Blue Pipa Trio (with bassist Dean Johnson and guitarist Steve Salerno), the Chinese Women String Ensemble, The Asian Trio (with Korean cellist Okkyung Lee and Japanese percussionist Satoshi Takeishi), and Min-Wu-Xu.
Min has taught many master classes and has been an artist in residence at schools and universities across the United States and Europe, including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Boston Conservatory, The New School, Columbia University, Wellesley College and the Amsterdam Conservatory. She is the founder of Blue Pipa Inc. and currently lives in Forest Hills, Queens.
Soprano Soyoung Park was born in Busan, South Korea, and began singing when she was thirteen years old. Ms. Park received her bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Seoul National University where she was awarded a full scholarship and graduated first in her class. At SNU she performed the roles of Violetta from Verdi's La Traviata and Gilda from the opera Rigoletto in their main-stage productions. Ms. Park was awarded first prize at the Sungjung Music Competition in 2008 and Nanpa Vocal Competition in 2009. She also performed in The Young Artist Debut Concert at the Sejong Art Center in Korea.
Ms. Park was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for her Master's Degree at the New England Conservatory in 2012 where she performed the roles of the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and Zerbinetta from the Prologue of Ariadne auf Naxos. She went on to sing the Queen of the Night at the Aspen Music Festival in 2012. Most recently she performed the role of Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at NEC and will be performing the role of Lisetta in NEC's production of Rossini's La gazzetta in 2013. She is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory in the studio of Lorraine Nubar.
The Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, Inc. (LOS), now in its 65th season, performed its inaugural concert at The Town Hall on October 20, 1947, and has since been devoted to presenting music and educational programming that inspires audiences of all ages to encourage a lifetime of participation in the arts. The LOS honors both the past, by presenting ensemble pieces created by the great early composers, while also "orchestrating the innovation" in classical music through world premieres of new works -- more than 65 throughout its history. The Orchestra performs dynamic repertoire using multiple art forms to create meaningful experiences for today's audiences.
The LOS's mission to present music in engaging, educational contexts was refined under the direction of the late Maestro Dino Anagnost, who led the orchestra from 1979 to 2011. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has given many important premieres and launched the careers of major musical talents in its concert programming for adult audiences. In addition to its concert performances, its music Education and community engagement programs educate and entertain New York Metropolitan Area children and their families, as well as senior citizens, through the Musical Connections, Live In Concert! and Project 65Plus programs.
Musical Connections: The School Partnership Program, a year-long music Education program, teaches students the basic elements of music by engaging them in the process of composing their own works. Live In Concert! seeks to instill a lasting love of music in children and their families and to create new audiences for classical music. New York City public school students and children from publicly-funded daycare centers and Social service agencies attend The Little Orchestra Society's dress rehearsals and concerts without charge. Project 65Plus recognizes the importance of life-long learning and provides senior New Yorkers with free admission to the Orchestra's concerts. The LOS also works to serve grandparents who are caregivers. More than 12,000 people participate in LOS music Education and public service programs each year.
The Little Orchestra Society's concert series includes the Peabody Award-winning Happy Concerts for Young People for children ages 6-12, the Lolli-Pops for children ages 3-5, and the concerts for adults, which have included Vivaldi's Venice, Cathedral Concerts - Great Music Under a Byzantine Dome and Sound Discoveries. For more information, visit littleorchestra.org or call 212-971-9500.