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Cornell Orchestras Perform Music of Piazzolla, Sibelius and Mozart

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Chris Younghoon Kim <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear All, I would like to invite you to the following concert.  It is
free and open to the public.

1230 PM, Thursday, October 19, 2006
B20 of Lincoln Hall, Cornell University

Members of Cornell Symphony Orchestra And Cornell Chamber Orchestra
Andrew Eng, violin
Anna Herforth, English Horn
Sezi Seskir, fortepiano
Chris Younghoon Kim, conductor

Program
Astor Piazzolla Winter and Spring from Seasons
With Andrew Eng, violin
Jean Sibelius  Swan of Tuonela With Anna Herforth, English horn
W.A. Mozart   Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondeau
With Sezi Seskir, fortepiano

Andrew Eng
A founding member of the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and
the Symphony in the Barn of Ontario, Mr. Eng also plays as the principal
violinist for MASS Tango, the Chagall-Boston String Quartet and as a
member of the Found Objects Jazz String Trio of Boston.  He is a frequent
Guest Artist on the Lyrica Boston Chamber Music Series since its' inception
in 2003.  Festival appearances include Spoleto, Orford, Domaine Forget,
LyricaFest, Killington and the Quartet Program at Bucknell University.
Eng recently collaborated as a soloist with Elmar Oliveira and the Lyrica
Chamber Orchestra, in chamber music with Eugene Drucker, Terry King,
Victor Rosenbaum, Joseph Robinson and jazz improvisation with George
Garzone, Diane Monroe, and Peter Cassino. This season, as Guest
Concertmaster of the Indian Hill Orchestra, Eng performed Rimsky-
Korsakow's Capriccio Espanole and was subsequently invited to serve
as a soloist for the New Bedford Symphony.  This summer, Eng joins the
faculty of LyricaFest, a summer music festival in New Jersey, which
represents students from virtually every major music school in The United
States.  In 1998, Andrew received his A.R.C.T.  Performer's Certificate
from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada, and then in 2003 and
2005 respectively received his Undergraduate Diploma and Master of Music
at the Longy School of Music as a student of Laura Bossert and Peter
Cassino. Eng was honored with the Patricia Sherman Award, the highest
honor given to a member of the graduating class.  (Andrew Eng will also
give talk/concert at Alice Cook House on thursday evening at 9 pm.  There
will be music, discussion of music with Andrew Eng over some cookies.)

Anna Herforth is a doctoral student at Cornell in International Nutrition.
She holds a M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University,
and a B.S. in Plant Science, summa cum laude, from Cornell University.
From 1998-2003, Anna played in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra under Ed
Murray and John Hsu.  While getting her master's degree, Anna was the
English hornist for the New England Philharmonic, and the principal
oboist and solo English hornist for the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, with
which she played Copland's Quiet City.  She studied for two years with
former Boston Symphony Orchestra oboist Wayne Rapier, and was also
influenced by lessons from current BSO oboist John Ferrillo. She currently
lives in Cortland, NY.

Sezi Seskir was born in Ankara, Turkey, where she received her first
degree in Piano. She went on with her studies in Luebeck Musikhochschule,
in Germany with Prof.  Konstanze Eickhorst.  In January 2005, she completed
degrees both in artistic and pedagogical piano and wrote her finishing
thesis on 'Theodor Kirchner's Schumann Reception'.  Along with many solo
recitals she gave in Europe and Turkey, she also played Robert Schumann's
A minor piano concerto Op. 54 with the Istanbul State Symphonic Orchestra
and Maurice Ravel's Concerto in G major with the Bursa State Symphonic
Orchestra.  Sezi Seskir currently studies with Malcolm Bilson.

In February of this year three current students of Malcolm Bilson,
Frederic Lacroix, Stefania Neonato and myself, played the Triple Concerto
in F Major, K. 242 with Chris Kim and the Cornell Chamber Orchestra in
the Annual Mozart's Birthday Concert.  This event inspired us to devote
the entire Fall semester to Mozart piano concertos.  Today's concert is
the second in this series.  Our aim is to experience these works in a
somewhat different way than is usually done with a modern piano and large
orchestra.  The biggest difference is of course the five-octave Viennese
piano but it is not the only difference.  For example, we play continuo
during the orchestral ritornelli as was the custom at the time; this
gives a quite different picture of the 'action' of these works.  We have
also worked together with Profs.  Chris=

Kim and Malcolm Bilson on articulation, bowing and other performance
practice matters.  It is our wish to share the knowledge we accumulate
during our doctoral studies here with the students in the chamber
orchestra, and learn together from mutual experience.

The Concerto in A Major, K.414 was the first of Mozart's great series
of Viennese piano concertos.  It is also the first in a set of three
that he performed at his Lenten concerts of 1783.  In an oft-quoted
letter to his father he describes the three as follows: "...these concertos
are a happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult; they are
very brilliant, pleasing to the ear and natural without being vapid".
Although Mozart's piano concertos do not generally quote other people's
music, in the second movement of K. 414 we find a direct citation from
Johann Christian Bach's overture to the opera La Calamita dei Cuori.
Bach had died on January 1, 1782, and Mozart had known him personally
as a child and had certainly been influenced by the older man.  This
movement might just be a conscious or even unconscious tribute.  - notes
by SS

Also this week;
October 21, Saturday 8 pm in Bailey Hall
Cornell Symphony performs Sibelius' Finlandia in the First Year Family
Weekend concert.  CSO will be joined by Wind Ensemble and Jazz
Ensemble.  Select members of CSO strings will join the WE and JE and
President David Skorton in Jazz Standards.

Chris Younghoon Kim
Director of Orchestras at Cornell University
www.arts.cornell.edu/orchestra

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