Migratory Journeys Sunday Salon Concert
An All Chinese Music Concert dedicated to the memory of Barbara Tiao
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall
This year, we are pleased to present the 23rd Annual All Chinese Music Concert, the third concert in the Migratory Journeys Concert Series. The All Chinese Music Concert, held every spring, showcases Chinese composers, instruments, themes and/or performers. This eclectic and inspirational event, presented in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center is free and open to the public.
Yearning – Chen Yao
Seven Desires for Guitar – Tan Dun
Book of the Forgotten – Huang Ruo
Moon Lullaby – Tonia Ko*
The Willows are New – Chou Wen Chung
Tai Ping Gu – Zhou Long
A Journey into Desire – Lei Liang
About the Musicians
Daniel Armstrong, double bass
Daniel Armstrong joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in June 1995, following twelve seasons as assistant principal bass in the Milwaukee Symphony. His musical studies began at an early age in northern British Columbia and continued to a degree from the Juilliard School.
As a frequent performer on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series, a member of the Jason Seed Stringtet, a founding member of Milwaukee’s Present Music ensemble, a performer of new Canadian music on CBC Winnipeg, and solo performances with the Milwaukee Symphony of a work of his own, Dan has demonstrated great interest in playing new music.
Lawrie Bloom, clarinet
J. Lawrie Bloom is a versatile player who has been heard in chamber, orchestral, and concerto appearances on soprano clarinet, basset clarinet, basset horn, and bass clarinet. In September of 1980, Sir Georg Solti invited Lawrie to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the position of clarinet and solo bass clarinet. Mr. Bloom has been a featured performer at numerous International Clarinet Association conferences and at the Ambler, Grand Teton, Ravinia, Skaneateles, and Spoleto festivals and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Mr. Bloom is a senior lecture in clarinet at Northwestern University and is an artist performer of the Buffet Crampon Company and RICO International.
Catherine Brubaker, viola
A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989, Catherine Brubaker is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she was a student of William Lincer. Catherine is a former member of the Dallas and Seattle symphony orchestras. She has served on the music faculty at Northwestern University, teaching orchestral repertoire for viola.
An avid performer of chamber music, she appears annually on the CSO Chamber Music Series and has been a guest artist on radio broadcasts over WFMT, including the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. Other recent appearances include performances with the Pilgrim Chamber Players, Northwestern University’s Winter Music Festival, and the Sheridan Chamber Players. She has performed as soloist with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and as principal violist of Music of the Baroque.
YuQi Deng, zheng
YuQi Deng 亓瑀, a virtuosic guzheng performer, graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music (中央音乐学院) in Beijing, China and has performed widely in China and other countries. She was the solo guzheng performer in the Chinese National Traditional Music Concert in celebration of the reunification of Hong Kong to China and was one of the winners of the National Guzheng Competition sponsored by the China Culture Bureau. She holds recitals, and frequently records guzheng music for record companies, CCTV, and a large number of TV series and programs.
In 2007, YuQi received her master degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle. While there, she worked as guzheng instructor for the department and gave concerts, lectures, and workshops at universities throughout the country.
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Pianist Kuang-Hao Huang is most often heard as a collaborator, performing recitals and radio broadcasts with Chicago’s finest musicians, from instrumentalists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to singers with the Lyric Opera. An advocate of new music, Huang is a member of Fulcrum Point New Music Project and has given numerous premieres, including solo works by Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Millennium Piano Book Project.. Huang serves on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Concordia University-Chicago. Huang can be heard in recordings on the Cedille and Naxos labels. For more information, visit www.khpiano.net.
Scott Hostetler, oboe
Scott Hostetler joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra oboe section in 2002. In 2008 he was appointed to the English horn position by Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink. Prior to joining the CSO he was principal oboist and an Artist-in-Residence of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and second oboist with the Erie Philharmonic. He also frequently performs with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and at Northwestern University’s Winter Chamber Music Festival.
A native of Kokomo, Indiana, he received his bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of John Mack. He subsequently studied with Elaine Douvas at the Juilliard School in New York and at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
An active teacher as well as performer, he has coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra oboe section since 2006. He is currently on the faculty at Northwestern University and has taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Ken Olsen, cello
Kenneth Olsen joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as assistant principle cello in 2005. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and a winner of the school’s prestigious concerto competition. His other awards include first prize in the Nakamichi Cello Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and second prize at the 2002 Holland-America Music Society Competition. His teachers have included Richard Aaron at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Joel Krosnick at New York’s Juilliard School of Music, and Luis Garcia-Renart at Bard College. He has also been a participant at the Steans Institute for Young Artists, the Ravinia Festival’s professional-studies program for young musicians, and at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.
A native of New York, Kenneth Olsen is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), a conductorless string orchestra comprised of young musicians from orchestras and ensembles all over the country.
You Wang, guitar
You Wang began his classical guitar training at age 13 with world-renowned professor Zhi Chen at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. From 2004 to 2010, You Wang received full- scholarships to study with Maestro Denis Azabagic in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Since 2000, You Wang has received first prizes in many major competitions including but not limited to: the 2nd Indiana International Guitar Festival & Competition, the Louisville International Guitar Competition, and the ECU Summer Guitar workshop Competition. He has also been invited to perform as a guest performer at various festivals/events such as the Parisian Salon Concert Series and the Chicago Society of Guitar. Recently, he was invited to perform in the Sioux City Chamber Music Series with flutist Lisa Schroeder. He has also been featured in various articles in Soundboard magazine.
You Wang is currently on the guitar faculty for University Of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
Cynthia Yeh, percussion
Cynthia Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal percussionist in June 2007. She previously served as principal percussionist for the San Diego Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2007.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Yeh received a bachelor of music performance degree from the University of British Columbia and a master of music performance degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Abel. Yeh has been featured as a soloist on Chicago’s WFMT program Live from Levin Studio. She performs regularly with the CSO’s MusicNOW ensemble as well as various chamber ensembles throughout Chicago. Cynthia has given master classes and clinics all over the United States, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, New World Symphony, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, and New York University.
Yuan-Qing Yu, violin and viola
Yuan-Qing Yu joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1995. A year later, Daniel Barenboim appointed her assistant concertmaster. An international award-winning violinist, Yuan-Qing Yu leads an active life in music as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and advocate of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Shanghai, Yu won the Chinese Nationwide Violin Competition at age 17. The following year, she captured second prize at the world-renowned Menuhin International Violin Competition in England. Yuan-Qing also took the third grand prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris, and a special prize for her outstanding performance of the contemporary work written especially for the competition.
Yuan-Qing Yu has great enthusiasm for contemporary music. She gave the Chicago premier of Pierre Boulez’s Anthèmes 2 for violin solo. Boulez and Barneboim invited Yuan-Qing to perform this work in Berlin as part of the grand celebration concert for Maestro Boulez’s 80th birthday. Yuan-Qing Yu is an active chamber musician and is a founding member of Civitas Ensemble, a not-for-profit chamber music group comprised of members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also serves on the faculty at Roosevelt University and Valparaiso University in Indiana.
For her upcoming concerts, visit http://www.yuanqingyu.com.