2018-19 Weekend Discovery Concerts
Sunday, November 11, 4:30 pm
Folklore Urbano NYC Trio
with special guest trumpeter Alejandro Berti,
Pablo Mayor, piano/compositions/arrangements,
Dave Hertzberg, bass, Franco Pinna, drums.
A Benefit Concert for the Grace Church Organ Restoration Fund
Folklore Urbano was founded in 1999 when Pablo Mayor moved to New York City and decided to dedicate his career to producing modern Colombian music, combining his formal studies in jazz arranging with a passion for music from his native country of Colombia. Out of this concept came his renowned band in various formats from trio to full 12-piece orchestra, an educational project “Cumbia for Kids and Cumbia for All,” The Encuentro NYC Colombian Music festival, and a music and dance collaboration with Colombian dancer Daniel Fetecua “Amalgama.”
This concert, which benefits the Grace Church Organ Restoration Fund, features original music and arrangements of Colombian standards by composer Pablo Mayor.
Sunday, April 7, 4:30 pm
The Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir
Spring Tour Farewell Concert featuring music from around the world and across centuries.
Mary Clementi, Director
A Benefit Concert for Highbridge Voices and Downtown Music
Since 1998, Highbridge Voices has been teaching children to embrace a commitment to excellence. The program provides an extraordinary training experience in choral singing to more than one hundred students in the historically underserved Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. With its robust academic program, Highbridge Voices is also dedicated to improving the academic outcomes of all our students through enrichment activities designed to show students the direct correlation between academic and personal success. Highbridge Voices has secured a strong reputation throughout the state and country. Since 2006, more than 90% of our seniors have completed high school in four years, while more than 80% have enrolled in college.
Sunday, May 19, 4:30 PM
Esther and Sun-A Park: Duo Amadeae
One Piano, Four-Hands Prize Winners of the New York International Piano Competition.
Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
Sisters Esther and Sun-A Park, known as Duo Amadeae, dazzled the judges at the 2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition, winning this distinguished event sponsored by the Music Institute of Chicago. Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. Dr. Park has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, Poland, Orchestra Filarmonica, Romania, Shanghai Philharmonic, China, Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony.
Recent recitals include performances at the Juilliard Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Halls’ Weill Recital Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Palau de la Musica, Valencia, Spain and on the Dame Myra Hess Piano Recital Series, Chicago. She has appeared at the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, the Tel-Hai International Music Festival in Israel, and the Van Cliburn-TCU Institute in Texas. Dr. Park has been heard in New York on WQXR Radio station as the winner of the 52nd Kosciusko International Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition.
Pianist Sun-A Park is quickly establishing herself as one of the exciting pianists of her generation. Hailed as “incredible” by the great pianist Martha Argerich, Ms. Park has received international recognition in several competitions including first prize at the 2018 Olga and Serge Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards (New York), and prizes at the 5th International Sendai Music Competition (Sendai, 2013), the 58th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, 2011), and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (Salt Lake City).
During her 2017-2018 Season, Ms. Park made appearances at Steinway Hall (New York), Bass Recital Hall (Fort Worth, TX), and was a featured soloist with the Yale Philharmonia and Sendai City Orchestra (Japan) performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1. Additional concerto engagements included performances with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony, San Marino Republic Orchestra, Orchester Haydn (Italy), Hannover Hochschulorchester (Germany), and Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla y León (Spain) working with conductors Peter Oundjian, Eiji Oue, Arthur Hagen, Krzysztof Urbanski, and Alastair Willis.