Friday, September 28, 2012

International—and Internet—Pianist Young-Hyun Cho

Internationally renowned pianist Young-Hyun Cho honors keyboard masters with a solo recital in the refurbished Fulkerson Recital Hall at HSU on Friday, September 28.

Known for her versatility as well as musicianship, Young-Hyun Cho has won prizes in international and national piano competitions in the U.S. and South Korea. Her performances with orchestras and chamber music ensembles are as well regarded as her solo recitals. Her performances available on Internet videos attest to her range: from Bach and Chopin to Scarlatti and Stravinsky.

In her Fulkerson Hall recital, she will play a late Beethoven Sonata (No. 30 in E Major), the three-movement Estampes by Claude Debussy, Franz Listz’s Ballade No. 2, and Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus by 20th century French composer Olivier Messiaen.

Dr. Cho has lectured extensively on the Olivier Messiaen piece she will play at HSU. She describes it as in the tradition of church music, a devoutly Christian work by a composer “who established a unique musical language of his own.” Messiaen (who died in 1992) was greatly influenced by Debussy.  Dr. Cho will perform six of this work’s 20 movements, or “gazes.” The title can be translated as “Twenty Gazes (or Contemplations) on the Infant Jesus.”

  Now teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington, Doctor Cho will also conduct a Master Class at noon on the day of her recital.

This Guest Artist concert is one of three sponored by the HSU piano area, headed by professor Daniela Mineva. Dr. Winston Choi will perform in February and Natalya Antonova returns in May.

    Young-Hyun Cho performs on Friday September 28 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. A Guest Artist concert produced by the HSU Music Department. Tickets: $8/$3 students from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door.

Media: Arcata Eye, North Coast Journal, Tri-City Weekly
Guest Artist Young-Hyun Cho: Solo Piano Recital Program

Sonata in E major No. 30, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
I. Vivace, ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo
II. Prestissimo
III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andanto molto cantabile ed espressivo

Estampes by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  I. Pagodes
II. Soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la pluie

Ballade No. 2, S. 171 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)


Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
I. Regard du Pére
II. Regard de l’étoile
IX. Regard de temps
XI. Premiére communion de la Vierge
XIII. Noël
X. Regard de l’Esprit de joie

Additional Notes:

Debussy, one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, varies form and style in each of the three movements of Estampes. “Pagodas” has an East Asia flavor, incorporating Chinese and Japanese folk melodies, with percussion influenced by Javanese Gamelan. While “Pagodas” uses pentatonic scales, La soiree dans Grenade uses the Arabic scale to suggest the Spanish city of Grenada. Jardins sous la pluie uses French folk melodies, and chromatic scales.

Beethoven’s Sonata in E major No. 30, Op. 109 is one of his final half dozen sonata compositions. Like many of Beethoven’s last works, it is innovative and exploratory, as it refers to the past (the Baroque) and presages the modern.

  In addition to spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, three of these composers were also prominent keyboard players (Beethoven and Listz on piano, Messiaen on organ.) While also a pianist, Debussy was known more for his keyboard compositions.

  This year marks the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth, and the 150th of Debussy’s.
Guest Artist Young-Hyun Cho: Biography

Dr. Young-Hyun Cho is a uniquely versatile pianist, appearing frequently as orchestral soloist, solo recitalist, and chamber musician. As a featured soloist, she as appeared with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, the International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, and The University of Texas at Arlington Orchestra.

  Dr. Cho has won prizes in international and national piano competitions, including the Eastman Concerto Competition, the Harrison Winter Piano Competition, the KBS Music Competition, the Music Association of Korea Competition, the Seoul Arts Center’s Orchestral Festival Soloist Music Competition, and the Joong Ang Times Music Competition. She received a Certificate of Artistic Achievement from Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, for which she is frequently invited to return as a guest artist to perform at their concert series. She was one of the prizewinners for the 2005 Louisiana International Piano Competition, where she was later invited to return as a featured performer and speaker for their opening ceremonies in 2009.

  As an active chamber musician, Dr. Cho’s collaborative repertoire is consistently marked by a demanding repertoire and a diversity of musical styles. She was selected as a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society. She was active as a graduate assistant in accompanying and was repeatedly nominated for the Excellence in Accompanying Award. Dr. Cho has collaborative coaching experience with various pianists, instrumentalists, and singers, such as Jean Barr (piano), Oleh Krysa (violin) and Mikhail Kopleman (violin).

Dr. Young-Hyun Cho currently serves as Assistant Professor of Piano at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Cho received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music of University of Rochester, a Master’s degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University.

  Dr. Cho is a dedicated educator, having held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. She gave a master class at the Texas Music Teachers Association and was invited to teach at the Berlin International Music Festival and Academy. She has also presented master classes and recitals at various U.S. colleges and universities as well as Yonsei University and German Embassy in Seoul, Korea, German Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, AUA Auditorium in Chiang Mai, Thailand, University-College Sedaya International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, World Piano Conference in Serbia, and Regensburg University in Germany.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Welcome Concert September 8

Among HSU faculty performing in the Welcome Concert on September 8 are (front row): Gil Cline, Elisabeth Harrington, Karen Davy, Cindy Moyer, Virginia Ryder, Brian Post, (back row) Eugene Novotny, Howard Kaufman, Paul Cummings and Fred Tempas.

School is in and the HSU Music faculty presents its annual Welcome Concert on Saturday September 8 at 5 p.m., inaugurating the newly refurbished Fulkerson Recital Hall.

This year’s concert includes the Trumpet Consort von Humboldt conducted by Gil Cline, performing the program they recently played at the Historic Brass Symposium in New York City. Besides the Fulkerson Hall refit, a new instrument will premiere: the piano-carillon. Daniela Mineva plays two pieces on this instrument, as well performing a Beethoven sonata on piano, with violinist Cindy Moyer.

  The eclectic concert also features Dan Aldag on jazz trombone, percussion by Eugene Novotny and Howard Kaufman, vocal selections by Elisabeth Harrington, a string quartet and other group and solo performances.  The program appears here below. 

Concertgoers can meet and greet the players and other HSU Music Department faculty and staff at an open reception immediately after the late afternoon performance. The concert itself is the year’s best opportunity to sample music by a number of faculty players at HSU.

  The HSU faculty Welcome Concert begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday September 8 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $8/$3 students and seniors from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. An HSU Department of Music production.

Media: Tri-City Weekly, Humboldt State Now, Arcata Eye
Welcome Concert: The Program

Trumpet Consort von Humboldt
(Frederic Belanger, Ryan Brown, Gilbert Cline, Anywn Halliday, Andrew Henderson, Brandon Lewis.)

Mohrentanz: Tielmann Susato

Chiamata di Guerra [segue]
Ricercata l'Amerighi: Girolamo Fantini

Bolero: Francois Georges Auguste Daverne

Nieder Reiter

String Quartet
(Cindy Moyer, violin; Karen Davy, violin; Sherry Hanson, viola; David Davis, cello.)

Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 4:  Franz Joseph Haydn    

Cindy Moyer (violin) and Daniela Mineva (piano)

Sonata for violin and piano op. 12 No. 1:  Ludwig von Beethoven

Elisabeth Harrington (soprano) and John Chernoff (piano)
"Song to the Moon" from Rusalka: Antonin Leopold Dvorak
Piano Quartet
(Daniela Mineva, piano; Cindy Moyer,violin; Karen Davy, viola; Dave Davis, cello.)

Piano Quartet in Eb major, op. 47:  Robert Schumann

Virginia Ryder (alto saxophone) and Daniela Mineva (piano)

Scaramouche:   Darius Milhaud

Dan Aldag (trombone)

wotda:  Dan Aldag

Introducing the new HSU piano-carillon: Daniela Mineva
Music for carillon #1:  John Cage
Music for carillon: Lowell Lieberman

Eugene Novotney, Howard Kaufman (percussion) and Brian Post (piano)
Poincina: Buddy Bernier & Nat Simon