Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Make Music Chicago
Rush Hour Concerts
Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
St. James Cathedral
Woman's Athletic Club
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Thomas Mesa, Cello Alexandra Joan, Piano Selections from Spanish Suite (4’) I. Vieja Castilla II. Murciana Joaquín Nin (1879 – 1949) Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (10’) I. Prologue:
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Thomas Mesa, Cello
Alexandra Joan, Piano
Selections from Spanish Suite (4’)
I. Vieja Castilla
Joaquín Nin (1879 – 1949)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (10’)
I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
III. Final: Animé, léger et nerveux
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 (24’)
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
III. Adagio cantabile – Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, is a winner of the Astral Artists Auditions (2017), the Sphinx Competition (2016), and the Thaviu Competition for String Performance (2013).
Concerto engagements for this season and future seasons include The Cleveland Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Firelands Symphony, and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include the Mainly Mozart Festival, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, Bargemusic, Columbia University, Carnegie Hall, The Supreme Court, Meadowmount School of Music, Strad for Lunch Series in NYC, and Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital.
Mr. Mesa was one of the featured instrumentalists on The Crossing Choir’s album called “Bonhoeffer” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2017. Led by Donald Nally, this multiple award-winning ensemble has invited Mr. Mesa as the featured soloist for performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, The Winter Garden (broadcast on WNYC) and the Theological Seminary in New York City.
He has held faculty positions at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Montecito International Music Festival, St. Petersburg International Music Academy, The Mozart Academy at John Jay College in New York, and the Manhattan School of Music where he currently teaches through the Long Distance Learning Program. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M. 2012) and Northwestern University (M.M. 2014), and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Mesa plays on a Richard Tobin cello dated 1820. www.ThomasMesaCello.com
Praised for her vibrant interpretations, the French-Romanian pianist Alexandra Joan is an active soloist and sought-after chamber player performing extensively in Europe and in the United States. She has appeared at major venues and festivals in Europe, Israel, and the United States, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, and Tel Hai. She has been a soloist with the “Follia” Chamber Orchestra, the Mulhouse and Montbeliard Symphony Orchestras in France, and the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra.
She has won prizes at the Andorra International Competition, the Arriaga Chamber Music Competition in 2010 (First Prize), and the 2013 Josef Suk International Competition in Prague (Second Prize). Her recital and chamber music performances have been featured on Radio France, Radio Suisse Romande, Arte TV, and WQXR in New York. An advocate of new music, she works regularly with young composers and has premiered a number of chamber works.
Her first CD “Dances and Songs” was released in October 2014 on the Victor Elmaleh Collection. Alexandra Joan began a Doctoral Program in Music Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center on a full scholarship in the Fall of 2015 and is currently studying with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode. www.AlexandraJoanPiano.com
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert goes to Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park Gaudete Brass Bill Baxtresser, Trumpet Charles Russell Roberts, Trumpet Phil Kassel, French Horn Paul Von Hoff, Trombone Scott Tegge, Tuba Red Star Brass Mark
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert goes to Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Bill Baxtresser, Trumpet
Charles Russell Roberts, Trumpet
Phil Kassel, French Horn
Paul Von Hoff, Trombone
Scott Tegge, Tuba
Red Star Brass
Mark Haworth, Trumpet
Sam Veren, Trumpet
Sarah Burgstahler, French Horn
Matt Martin, Trombone
Chris Smith, Tuba
I. Mäßig bewegt
Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963)
Selections from Legends of Olympus (10’)
Stacy Garrop (b. 1969)
Canzon in echo duodecimi toni à 10 (5’)
Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554/1557 – 1612)
Anthony Plog (b. 1947)
Since 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has committed itself to presenting serious brass chamber music through compelling concerts, commissioning new works and adventurous recordings. The group has engaged in live performances at venues such as Merkin Hall and Symphony Space in New York City and Millennium Park in Chicago, commissioned new works from noted composers such as David Sampson, Jonathan Newman, John Cheetham, Steven Bryant and Stacy Garrop, and appeared on radio broadcasts on WFMT in Chicago and Nashville Public Radio.
While keeping this rigorous performance schedule, Gaudete has recorded four albums: Brass Outings (2006), winner of the CDBaby Editors’ Choice distinction and nominee for Just Plain Folks Best Classical Chamber Album; Conversations in Time with organist R. Benjamin Dobey (2011, Pro Organa); Chicago Moves, produced by Grammy winner Judith Sherman and featuring several of its commissioned works (2012, Cedille Records) and sevenfive (2017, Cedille Records) featuring five new works commissioned for Chicago’s John Corigliano 75th birthday festival.
The quintet has also presented educational programs and concerts at prominent institutions including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Arizona State University and starting in the fall of 2013 the GBQ has joined Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts faculty as ensemble-in-residence. Gaudete (gow-day-tay) is a form of the Latin word for “Joy.” We support the idea that chamber music, even (and perhaps especially) the serious kind, can powerfully communicate both the poignant and the exuberant. To learn more about the Gaudete Brass, please visit www.gaudetebrass.com.
Red Star Brass is a professional chamber ensemble based in the Chicagoland area. Originally formed while studying at DePaul University, Red Star has become one of Chicago’s premiere brass quintets. From its inception, Red Star has been determined to deliver the quality of a classically trained chamber group without pretense.
Red Star Brass first brought its bold sound to the Lincoln Station Bar, sparking partnerships with groups throughout Chicago’s music scene. Red Star went on to found the Kitchen Sink Urban Chamber Series, a music series taking classical music to Chicago’s urban landscape with innovative programming spanning all genres. Equally at home in both beer halls and concert halls, Red Star is changing the expectations of a brass quintet. Shows at venues such as The Tonic Room, St. Clement’s Cathedral, and the Kitchen Sink Cafe showcase Red Star’s appetite to push the boundaries of performance practice for the brass quintet.
In addition, Red Star Brass has a strong desire to reach out to the next generation of brass players. Red Star has led masterclasses and performances for schools throughout the Chicagoland area including Loyola University, Morton College, the Wolcott School as well as Glenbard East High School’s Band Boot Camp.
(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Sung Chang, Piano Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) arr. Myra Hess (1890 – 1965) Twelve Variations on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman,
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Sung Chang, Piano
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
arr. Myra Hess (1890 – 1965)
Twelve Variations on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman, K. 265 (10’)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Selections from Three Old Viennese Dances (10’)
Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962)
arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
Reminiscences of Snow White (8’)
Frank Churchill (1901 – 1942)
transcr. Earl Wild (1915 – 2010)
Tea for Two (3’)
Vincent Youmans (1898 – 1946)
arr. Art Tatum (1909 – 1956)
Today’s concert is generously sponsored by Debra Fishman Yates in loving memory of The Honorable Stephen R. Yates.
Sung Chang, born in Seoul, Korea, began playing piano at the age of three, and gave his debut concert at age five. He became the youngest winner in the Nagoya International Piano Competition in Japan and also received the Chamber Music Special Prize and the Japan Expo Special Prize. He also received first prize in a number of prestigious competitions including the 7th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition and the Korea International Music Foundation Competition in the US, the Valsesia Musica International Competition, International Piano Competition “Citta Di Caraglio” in Italy, and the International Wettbewerb der Chopin-Gesellschaft Hannover first prize and audience prize in Germany. He is also the winner of the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duo, and has performed in many concerts as a chamber musician. Recently, he was awarded the silver medal, Best Performance of a Work by a Classical Composer and Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer at the 12th San Antonio International Piano Competition.
Mr. Chang has expanded his activities by performing in Germany, Italy, Netherland, France, Japan, Taiwan, China, USA and Korea. These include a performance for the Isang Yun Memorial Concert, the North Korea National Orchestra Interaction Concert, the Kumho Rising Star Series Concert and Yamaha Rising Star Concert.
He also performed with many orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Kyung-Ki Philharmonic Orchestra, HMTM Hannover Orchestra, Taejon Symphony Orchestra, Wonju Symphony Orchestra and KNUA Symphony Orchestra. Most notably, he has appeared at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles playing the Liszt Concerto No.1 and his recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was broadcast live across the country.
Mr. Chang completed his undergraduate studies at the Korea National University of Arts in Korea before he continued his studies at the University of Music Drama and Media Hannover in Germany with Professor Vladimir Krainev and Ewa Kupiec. After successfully completing the Musical Performance and Postgraduate Program courses, he is currently pursuing studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music under Professor Jeffrey Kahane.
The Honorable Stephen R. Yates (1940-2000), son of the late U.S. Rep. Sidney Yates, served his native city of Chicago with a distinguished judicial and academic career that spanned more than twenty years. During his time on the bench, Judge Yates was renowned as an eloquent and compassionate advocate for the mentally ill, and was the first Illinois judge to finalize the adoption of a child by a same-sex couple. He was also dedicated to the arts, and was a long-time friend of Al Booth. Judge Yates was the beloved husband of Debra Fishman Yates and father of Jonathan, Lauren, and Carolyn.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Yaegy Park, Violin Victor Santiago Asuncion, Piano Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 (14’) I. Allegro II. Tempo di menuetto Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) Romance, Op. 11
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Yaegy Park, Violin
Victor Santiago Asuncion, Piano
Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 (14’)
II. Tempo di menuetto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Romance, Op. 11 (13’)
Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Violinist Yaegy Park was born in Houston, Texas, and was recognized as a rising young violinist when she joined the Houston Young Artists at age 4, the foundation’s youngest member in history. She then performed in local hospitals and nursing homes with the HYAC, developing a passion for community service through music. Under the mentorship of Kyung Sun Lee, Ms. Park was named a Jack Kent Cooke Artist and performed on the NPR program “From the Top”. She went to Germany in 2009 and won 3rd place in the Louis Spohr International Competition. In 2010, she took 1st place in the International Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition and American Protégé International Competition.
Ms. Park was accepted to the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Catherine Cho in 2011. During this time, she won top prizes in such competitions as the International Virtuoso Competition, the YWCA New York Music Competition, the NY Chamber Players Competition, and the Stulberg International Competition in 2015, which has given her performances with orchestras like the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Temple Symphonies and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. The same year, she was named a YoungArts finalist and had her Carnegie Hall debut with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture. Currently, she is a G.rium Artist, sponsored by SK Chemical, giving her recital opportunities in South Korea until 2018.
Ms. Park is also an avid chamber musician. She is part of the Eva Quartet at the Juilliard School participating in community outreach projects in collaboration with Daniel’s Music Foundation. She is currently a third year BM student at Juilliard and uses a Zygmuntowicz violin on loan from the Maestro Foundation.
Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999.
A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, and many others. He served on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. His recordings include the complete Sonatas of Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with cellist Joseph Johnson, and the Rachmaninoff Sonata with the cellist Evan Drachman. He is also featured on the award winning recording “Songs My Father Taught Me” with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and WFMT-Chicago.
He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Victor Asuncion is a Steinway artist. www.victorasuncion.com