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Thursday   August 18, 2016 First Presbyterian Church   •   8:00 PM

The Good Song

Tonight’s program offers three different ways to sing your heart out: Fauré’s achingly lyrical cycle of love songs, La bonne chanson (The Good Song), in a setting for string quartet, piano, and the “commanding” Met Opera baritone John Moore (New York Times); the rambunctious folk songs of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s Trio for violin, clarinet, and piano; and opera great Richard Strauss’s ardent and fiery Piano Quartet in C Minor.

Program:

Fauré: La bonne chanson
Khachaturian: Trio
Strauss: Piano Quartet in C minor

    



Musicians:

Edward Castilano
Edward Castilano
bass
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Edward Castilano, bass

String bass player Edward Castilano is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and an instructor at the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music. He played principal bass in the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra until its demise in 2011, and he appeared as soloist with that organization numerous times. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he participated for six seasons in Gian Carlo Menottis Spoleto Festival in Italy and Charleston, South Carolina, where he made several appearances with the Lincoln Center Chamber Players. He has performed annually in the Skaneateles Festival since its inception in 1980. Additionally, Edward has appeared in concert with the Philadelphia, Savannah, and Spokane Symphonies.

Performing:
Thursday, August 18

Jennifer Choi
Jennifer Choi
Violin
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Jennifer Choi, Violin

Hailed by Time Out New York as "one of New York's most reliably adventurous performers",
violinist Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries
of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation. Internationally
recognized as a performer with "brilliance and command," (The New York Times), "a leading
New York new-music violinist that plays it with fiery authority" (Boston Globe), and with
"intense, spectacularly virtuosic play" (The Seattle Weekly), Jennifer brings her strong
classical background and dedication to whatever work she decides to take on from Bach to
Zorn and back.

Learn more at http://jenniferchoi.com/.

Performing:
Thursday, August 18

Jonathan Chu
Jonathan Chu
Viola
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Jonathan Chu, Viola

Violinist and violist Jonathan Chu can be found on many different musical stages. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra's viola section, he toured throughout Asia and Europe, appearing in the finest halls in the world. He also has performed with many other ensembles: ECCO, which he joined in 2010; the St Louis Symphony and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras, as a violinist, and as concertmaster with the Juilliard Orchestra and guest principal with the St. Paul and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. For the 2013-14 season, Mr. Chu will begin his post as the newest violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Aside from his orchestral work, Mr. Chu enjoys a range of other musical interests. He has performed with the Musicians from Marlboro and Caramoor's "Rising Stars" series. With the Fader Piano Quartet, he was a prizewinner at the Coleman Competition in Pasadena, CA. He is also a founding member of the Io String Quartet. Festivals Mr. Chu has attended include Marlboro, Yellow Barn and Taos. He can also be found on the album of the rock band Vampire Weekend playing both violin and viola. Mr. Chu is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree along with a second major in economics, and the Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music studying with Robert Mann. He plays on a violin made in 1823 by Nicolas Lupot, a gift from his former teacher Marianne Pashler, and a viola made in 2004 by Hiroshi Iizuka.

Learn more at http://eccorchestra.org/jonathan-chu/.

Performing:
Thursday, August 18

Robert deMaine
Robert deMaine
Cello
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Robert deMaine, Cello

Robert deMaine is currently principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A highly sought after solo artist and chamber musician, he is the cellist of the Ehnes quartet and the Dicterow-deMaine-Biegel Piano Trio and a guest at many of this country's finest chamber music festivals. deMaine has soloed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Collaborators include violinists James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, and Gil Shaham; pianists Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Jeffrey Kahane, Orion Weiss, and Yefim Bronfman; and the Beaux Arts Trio as well as the Emerson, Juilliard, Kronos, Cleveland, American, and Pacifica Quartets—among many others.

deMaine was the first cellist ever to win San Francisco's prestigious Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. He is also the recipient of a career grant from the Helen M. Saunders Foundation. He has written several works for the cello, including a set of twelve Études-Caprices. Among the many works composed for him is "Summer Verses for Violin and Cello" by Christopher Theofanidis. Naxos released his recording of the John Williams Cello Concerto in 2015.

Learn more at http://www.robertdemaine.com/.

Performing:
Thursday, August 18

Kyu-Young Kim
Kyu-Young Kim
Violin
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Kyu-Young Kim, Violin

Kyu-Young Kim is one of the most versatile and accomplished violinists of his generation. Hailed by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune for his "flawless musical and technical command", Kim is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has recently toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Seoul Arts Center, the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), and the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn). As a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, and was a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Two Program. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and is a member of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York City Ballet Orchestra.
Mr. Kim is a recipient of the 2007 Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center in recognition of outstanding young artists from the Lincoln Center community. He is also a winner of a McKnight Fellowship as a member of the Soyulla Duo with his wife, cellist Pitnarry Shin. Mr. Kim's other chamber music activities have included collaborations with pianist Gary Graffman and the Juilliard String Quartet, and performances with the Chicago Contemporary Players, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the DaCapo Chamber Players, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has toured on four continents with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Sejong Soloists.

Performing:
Thursday, August 18

John Moore
John Moore
Baritone
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John Moore, Baritone

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Program, John Moore is garnering praise for his energetic performances and burnished baritone. In 2007, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He first performed internationally at Welsh National Opera in 2008 singing Figaro in WNO's acclaimed English Barber of Seville.

Among the roles for which he is known are Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Seattle and Atlanta Operas, Glyndebourne Opera Touring Ensemble), Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Metropolitan and Portland Operas), and Donald in Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival and Metropolitan Operas). Future seasons include a debut with Opera Philadelphia and returns to the Metropolitan Opera.

Learn more at http://www.moorebaritone.com/bio.html.

Performing:
Thursday, August 18

Natalie Zhu
Natalie Zhu
Piano
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Natalie Zhu, Piano

Natalie Zhu has performed widely in North America, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. From 1997 to 2006, she toured with Hilary Hahn throughout the U.S. and in Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Lyon, Lucerne, Hamburg, Geneva, London, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has performed with both the Vermeer and Miami quartets and collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Mendelssohn, and Ying Quartets as well as the Beaux Arts Trio.

Zhu received a 2006 Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award, the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2003 Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award. She also won the Astral Artistic Services 1998 National Auditions as well as grand prize in the both the 1988 and 1989 Young Keyboard Artists Association Competition. She was the first-prize winner in the Johanna Hodges Piano Concerto Competition in 1988 and 1991, and also received its 1991 Concert Series Award.

Zhu began piano studies at six in China and emigrated to the U.S. at eleven. She studied with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute and with Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music.

Performing:
Thursday, August 18


Concert Sponsors:

Koko Fuller

Guest Artist Sponsors:

Natalie Zhu sponsored by Donna Graber, Planning Sense, Inc.
Robert deMaine sponsored by Jennifer Sutherland