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Lara St. John, violin


International star and high-powered soloist
September 23, 2017  7:30pm

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Lara St. John, violin


International star and high-powered soloist
September 23, 2017  7:30pm

Concert $25     18 and under $10
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Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times.

She has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, the Boston Pops, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Camerata Ireland, Belgrade Symphony, Amsterdam Symphony, and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra in Turkey, among others.

Lara has also performed with the Queensland Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, ACO², Auckland Philharmonia, Tokyo Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Hangzhou Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony.

She has traveled to Latin America for appearances with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Sao Paulo Symphony, Rio de Janeiro’s Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, SODRE in Montevideo and the Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima in Peru.

Recitals in major concert halls have included New York, Boston, San Francisco, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Washington DC, Prague, Berlin, Toronto, Montreal and in the Forbidden City.

The Los Angeles Times wrote “Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.”

Lara owns and runs her own label, Ancalagon, which she founded in 1999. Bach: the Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo was the best-selling double album on iTunes in 2007. Her 2008 world premiere recording of Matthew Hindson’s Violin Concerto prompted Gramophone to write: “It’s the sort of work that should get audiences running, not walking, back to concert halls on new-music nights.”

In 2009, American Record Guide said of her Vivaldi/Piazzolla disc with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela: “I can imagine no suaver, more atmospheric performance.” Her Mozart recording won a Juno Award in 2011.

In 2014, her Schubert album with Berlin Philharmonic harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet, cellist Ludwig Quandt and soprano Anna Prohaska was chosen as one of ‘The Best CDs of Spring’ by Der Tagsesspiegel and MDR Figaro recommended it for its “boundless enchantment.”

She has been featured in People, US News and World Report, on CNN's Showbiz Today, NPR's All Things Considered, CBC, BBC, a Bravo! Special: Live At the Rehearsal Hall and on the cover of Strings.

Lara began playing the violin when she was two years old. She made her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at age four, and her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra when she was 10. She toured Spain, France, Portugal and Hungary at ages 12 and 13 and entered the Curtis Institute at 13. Her teachers have included Felix Galimir and Joey Corpus.

She performs on the 1779 “Salabue” Guadagnini thanks to an anonymous donor and Heinl & Co. of Toronto.

 

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Lara St. John, violin
“International star and high-powered soloist"
September 23, 2017  7:30 PM      

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Xiayin Wang, piano


Keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity
November 18, 2017  7:30pm

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Xiayin Wang, piano


Keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity
November 18, 2017  7:30pm

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Pianist Xiayin Wang, an artist of keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity, has brought audiences to their feet with playing in the grand Romantic tradition. Having made numerous celebrated recordings and performed throughout the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to music centers in South America, Europe, and Asia, she excites music lovers and critics alike with her impressive artistry.

In November 2016, Ms. Wang released her most recent recording of Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2with the BBC Philharmonic and their Music Director Juanjo Mena, celebrating the centennial anniversary of the composer’s birth. As a successful recording artist, her series of discs for Chandos Records has drawn critical international attention with Gramophone calling them “four out of four superb discs in succession.” Her recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonatas (2014) were lauded for “flawless” (BBC Music Magazine) technique and “awesome clarity and poise” (Gramophone, Editor’s Choice for both Rachmaninoff discs), and her disc of American Piano Concertos (2013) was crowned disc of the month by MusicWeb International.

Recent and upcoming highlights included orchestral debuts with the Pacific Symphony and Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, solo recital at the Amijai Theater in Buenos Aires, and performances/recording of Tchaikovsky & Khachaturian Piano Concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian. She joined the Fine Arts Quartet in Milwaukee for the Saint-Saëns Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 14 and returned to New York City’s celebrated International Keyboard Institute & Festival for a solo recital in Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse.

Ms. Wang has performed with the Baltimore, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphonies, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma. She has appeared in recital in New York at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Vienna at Mozartsaal, as well as in France, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, and her native China.

She completed her studies at the Shanghai Conservatory and garnered an enviable record of first prize awards and special honors for her performances throughout China. Ms. Wang, who began piano studies at the age of five, came to New York in 1997. She holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Professional Studies degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

 

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“Keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity"
November 18, 2017  7:30 PM      

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East End Quartet


Eclectic and engaging
February 17, 2018  7:30pm

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East End Quartet


Eclectic and engaging
February 17, 2018  7:30pm

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Formed in 2014 among graduate students at the Eastman
School of Music, East End presents concerts described as “deep and powerful, sweet and high, fast and madcap” (SILive). 
East End is rapidly gaining recognition for its unique approach
to programming, which features close collaboration with composers, in-house arrangements, and an eclectic range of their own transcriptions. Collectively, the ensemble has premiered over forty works by prominent composers
including Michael Djupstrom, Ken Thomson, Samuel Adler,
Ted Goldman, Steven Bryant, Robert Morris, Izumi Matsumoto, and Yukiko Yoshino. Its members have performed in Austria,
the Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Mexico, and East End was featured in the award-winning Staten Island
chamber music series, Serenade, last November. Most recently, they performed as guest artists for the 2015 Central Michigan University Saxophone Day.

In March of 2015, East End took first prize at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Chamber Music Competition. Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this was the third and final round of a competition that began with over one hundred and twenty ensemble entrants from institutions across the country. Collectively, the members of East End have garnered top prizes from numerous national and international competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Collegiate Solo and Chamber Competitions, and the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. This year, East End Quartet will receive the Eastman School of Music’s Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music.

Drawing inspiration from their leadership roles in the groundbreaking Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), East End performs almost exclusively from memory. Their approach engenders a closer connection to the music they present while facilitating a deeper level of communication with the audience and one another. As firm believers in offering a balanced and diverse concert experience, they work collaboratively to arrange repertoire written for other instruments and, in many instances, before the saxophone was invented. By programming pieces from a variety of historical eras, East End provides concerts that are eclectic, engaging, and representative of diverse musical styles.

Today, the ensemble devotes much of its time to expanding the repertoire available to saxophonists. East End is committed to the beneficial experience of collaborating with living composers, and they are constantly working to commission and premiere new
works as they broaden the saxophone quartet repertoire. Their debut album will feature new works by award-winning composers
Michael Djupstrom and Jon Russell, and is set to release in 2017.

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“Eclectic and engaging"
February 17, 2018  7:30 PM      

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New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra


Reframing classical music
May 19, 2018  7:30pm

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New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra


Reframing classical music
May 19, 2018  7:30pm

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The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra performs music that we think matters, whether it was written in the Middle Ages or sometime next year, in the heart of Old Europe or the new conservatories of East Asia. 

We trace our history back to 1960, when a group of amateur musicians in the New Brunswick area came together to play classical works for their own pleasure. Gradually the group has evolved into a professional ensemble of 16 to 26 musicians that tackles some of the biggest assignments possible for chamber orchestras. We're as comfortable performing works such as Handel’s “Messiah” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” as we are with John Adams' "Shaker Loops" or Piazzolla's "Four Seasons".  We really love working with composers, and at almost every performance, you can be guaranteed you'll hear something new.

We are a mobile ensemble as comfortable at a local church as in the historic State Theatre or the intimate Crossroads stage.  We frequently perform in one of the two art venues in the city: Zimmerli Art Museum and Alfa Art Gallery.  You'll also see us performing with soloists, choirs and dance ensembles from throughout the area.

As concert musicians we have inherited a tradition, but we are not constrained by it.  Modern classical music has few boundaries and many possibilities: multimedia, minimalism, dance, film and theater. Come and see what you think.

 

New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra
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New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra
“Reframing classical music"
May 19, 2018  7:30 PM      

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