Music Friends Concerts at the Alden 2015-2016
The Premier Showcase for Great Chamber Music in Northern Virginia
This free classical music series, now in its 41st season, features professional musicians who have won international recognition for their artistry. The new season’s series also includes three Young Soloists Recitals that will showcase the talents of local school-age musicians.
Please note: Performances are subject to change.
OCT. 11, 2015—3 PM
Petronel Malan, pianist. As a multiple Grammy nominee and gold medalist at several international piano competitions, Petronel Malan has been lauded by critics as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry. She maintains a full performance schedule as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician in major venues throughout the world, and her uniquely captivating style has been described as ‘formidable…dizzying…magical.’
OCT. 25, 2015—3 PM
Young Soloists Recital
Lucy Chen, 10, is in the fifth grade at Wayside Elementary School and studies piano with Rosita Mang.
Michael Himy, 12, is in the seventh grade at Longfellow Middle School and studies piano with Margarita Gramaticova.
Grace Wang, 15, is a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School and studies piano with Marjorie Lee.
Virginia Sun, 17, is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and studies piano with Nancy O’Neill Breth.
Matthew Schultheis, 18, is a senior at Potomac Falls High School and studies piano with Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt.
Nov. 22, 2015—3 PM
National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
Dec. 13, 2015—3 PM
Pro Musica Washington founders violinist Hidetaro and pianist Zeyda Suzuki are joined by cellist Judith Serkin, daughter of the legendary pianist Rudolf Serkin, in a program of chamber music. Mr. and Mrs. Suzuki participate each year in some of the leading chamber music festivals of the world and have also provided the Washington area with many delightful concerts. Their Curtis Institute colleague, Judith Serkin, has been an active participant in some of the United States’ best known music groups, including Music from Marlboro.
March 20, 2016—3 PM
Introducing Henry, Chris and Mairead.
Described by critics as a “poet” of the violin, Henry Flory’s burgeoning career spans the U.S., Europe and Asia. Since making his debut as an orchestral soloist at the age of 12, Henry has performed in many of the great concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Mozarteum “Great Hall” and the Kennedy Center. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Juilliard with additional study at the Manhattan School.
Christopher Schmitt has been described by the Santa Barbara News-Press after his performance of the Liszt First Piano Concerto as a “formidable talent” and “mature beyond his years.” Pursuing a Doctorate at Juilliard, Chris is the newest pianist of the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band and performs regularly at the White House.
First prize winner of the Feuer Memorial Competition, Piedmont Symphony Competition and Bland Competition in 2015, homeschooled junior Mairead Flory is gifted with a golden cello tone reminiscent of the legendary Jacqueline du Pré. She studies with the performer and recording artist Amit Peled.
April 17, 2016—3 PM
Young Soloists Recital
Tracie Kwon, 14, is a freshman at Richard Montgomery High School and studies flute with Michelle Cho.
Muli Yu, 17, is a senior at Briar Woods High School and studies piano with Marjorie Lee.
Evelyn Mo, 17, is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and studies piano with John O’Conor.
Faith Ellen Lam, 18, is a homeschooled senior and studies piano with Raffi Kasparian.
The Nuage Piano Trio consists of Masato Chang, violin, Aimee Feng, piano, and Colin Hill, cello. All three are in the eighth grade, Masato at Longfellow Middle School, Aimee at Kilmer Middle School and Colin at Luther Jackson Middle School.
NUAGE PIANO TRIO
They were recently awarded a second prize in the Piano and Strings Division of the American Protégé International Competition and made their debut at Carnegie Hall. They were also named finalists in the Senior Division of the Misbin Chamber Music Competition this April.
May 22, 2016—3 PM
This dynamic young Boston-based piano trio has established itself as one of the most creative, communicative and exhilarating ensembles in the U.S. today. Formed in 2008 at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, it was the winner of the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s coveted John Lad Prize, named for the late violin-playing Stanford grad who had a passion for chamber music. Members are violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, cellist Gwen Krosnick and pianist Emely Phelps. Their repertoire spans early trios of Mozart and Beethoven through romantic masterworks and new pieces they have commissioned.
June 5, 2016—3 PM
Young Soloists Recital
Joanna Cheng, 11, is in the sixth grade at Hunter Woods Elementary School and studies piano with Marjorie Lee.
Piano duo: Karina Wugang, 13, is in the eighth grade at Longfellow Middle School, and Sophia Wugang, 16, is a junior at Langley High School. Their teacher is Marina Alekseyeva.
Emily Ye, 14, is in the eighth grade at Rachel Carson Middle School and studies piano with James Litzelman.
Eric Lin, 15, is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and studies piano with Marjorie Lee.
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Concerts at the Alden
Concerts are held at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA
For information, call 703-790-0123. TTY 703-324-8365.
Sponsored by the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library.