Wow. What a wonderful way to kick off our season! The Patrick Kreeger Piano and Organ recital was certainly a home run. It may have had our best attendance ever. And what an appreciative audience! Many standing ovations. I can tell you, Patrick was particularly honored and grateful. He has many fans from past performances, and at the concert, I was asked about the trio. So Patrick’s mission is to try to re-establish the trio (Eunice Kim violin and John Henry Crawford cello) to join us next season. All of those young performers have now graduated from Curtis, and are onto either additional schooling or performance careers. Eunice Kim has just joined the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, while John Henry Crawford was a finalist in the Tchaikovsky competition last summer.
6 November: we welcome classical guitarist Dr. Ben Pila. An outstanding artist, Dr. Pila performed for The Pope during his recent visit to our country. You can see this performance on You-Tube. Dr. Pila’s program is titled ‘Guitar Music from Around the World. The historic importance of classical guitar can be seen in both the significant amount of literature written for guitar, and how it influenced composers to write ‘in the style of guitar’ for other instruments – notably the piano (rapid repeated notes and the strumming effect. One of Dr. Pila’s pieces is the Adagio movement from the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto: It is one of the most beautiful musical tributes of grief and sorrow, written after the untimely death of his beloved daughter. He will be accompanied by Leslie Hammes.
And don’t forget us after the holidays….
22 January 2017: UF String Quartet. This program will include a variety of your favorite chamber combinations. The coach, Dr. Hee Jung Kang, is sending us their best.
26 February: Violist David Pedraza, (Viola and piano). Viola is the seldom heard bigger brother to a violin. It has such a beautiful, rich and warm sound. This will be a genuine treat. David is involved in many chamber music productions in south Florida.
2 April: our Marion Cultural Alliance grant concert featuring 10 year old child prodigy Patricia Zhuga, also a Susan Starr student, who declares Patricia to be “the most talented student she had ever taught.” She has won piano competitions in China, in England and in the U.S. And she has already made her Carnegie Hall debut.
I know many of you have already made your annual donation/contribution to us this year. For those who still intend to do it, we have included the form below. We greatly appreciate your donations to make these concerts possible.