The 2014 Season will feature the following featured performers. Please select an artist for biographic information and concert repertoire.
Jacob Ertl, a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, has performed across the United States, and abroad in Europe, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Ertl has debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, on Chicago Radio’s “Live from WFMT” series, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvehjem” series, and performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony. He is regularly invited to give guest recitals and master classes at universities/colleges and arts high schools. Ertl also frequently performs solo and chamber music at festivals including the Gijon International Piano Festival, Tel-Hai Piano Master Classes, Nice International Music Academy, Banff Piano Master Classes, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Lake George Music Festival, The Quartet Program, TCU/Van Cliburn Institute, and the Heifetz Institute.
A strong advocate of music outreach, Ertl has been the Artist-in-Residence Fellow for PianoArts for seven years, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts and collaborated with over twenty public schools, colleges and universities. Last summer, he also presented education concerts for the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.
An avid supporter of music of our time, Ertl regularly programs new music and is currently a member of the Eastman Broadband contemporary music ensemble, with whom he has recently toured to Mexico (Chihuahua International Music Festival) and New York (Americas Society, Symphony Space). He has also given lecture recitals on Frederic Rzewski’s “De Profundis” for speaking pianist.
Ertl completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant for Nelita True. He also earned his Master’s degree from Eastman and his Bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. He has also studied regularly with Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Pascal Roge, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Emanuel Krasovsky, and Michael Kim, among others. Ertl is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Gregory DeTurck is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Julian Martin and Thomas Schumacher, respectively. As the winner of the 2010 William Petschek Award, he gave his formal debut recital at Alice Tully Hall. Recent solo recitals include appearances at Carnegie Hall during Liszt Discovery Day, on Espace 2 Radio Suisse, and at the Deutsch-Amerikanische Institute as part of the Heidelberger Klavierwoche. He has served as adjunct faculty at the Gijon International Piano Festival, and the American Academy in Beijing. Additionally, Gregory recently appeared in chamber music recitals at Weill Recital Hall, the Tanglewood Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Phillips Collection Series, the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC, and on WFMT Chicago on the Dame Myra Hess Series. He has won several prizes on the international piano competition circuit, including the Raeburn Prize for Artist of Special Promise at the 2006 Honens Competition in Calgary. Gregory has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; other appearances include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Forbidden City Concert Hall with the International Festival Orchestra Beijing, and Thomas Ades’s Concerto Conciso with Ensemble ACJW in Zankel Hall with the composer as conductor. Gregory is also an alumnus of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute; he remains active with the alumni association, and has recently performed and taught under the guise of the Academy in Toyko, Asturias, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, and Merida. Gregory currently lives in Philadelphia, where he serves as faculty member in the Music Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences.
Monday, June 16 – 7:30pm
Sonata in F# minor – Antonio Soler (1729-1783)
Sonata in F# Major – Antonio Soler (1729-1783)
Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 959 – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Piano Sonata – Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Fantasia Baetica – Manuel de Falla (1878-1946)
Born and raised in Texas to a family of musicians from Poland, 26 year old pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim with his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post). He has garnered international prizes including the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, first prize in the 2003 China Shanghai International Piano Competition and the 2009 Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association.
With his extensive concerto repertoire, beginning with Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Liszt, and now fully embracing Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Bartok, Golka has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Pensacola, Lansing, Knoxville, Albany, South Dakota, and Grand Rapids symphonies, and with the Grand Teton and Colorado Music Festival orchestras. Internationally, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Poitou-Charentes, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco with conductors including Donald Runnicles, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Wigglesworth, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Edwin Outwater, David Lockington, Daniel Hege, Julian Kuerti, Michael Morgan, Timothy Muffitt, Ryan McAdams, as well as his brother, conductor Tomasz Golka.
Following a summer at Marlboro, the New York based Golka kicks off the 2013/14 season with a recital at Ravinia, and solo and chamber music concerts at Bargemusic in Brooklyn. He returns to the Fort Worth Symphony for a week of Brahms 2 performances with Joshua Weilerstein, followed by his debut at the New Jersey Symphony playing the Ravel G Major cto. with Music Director, Jacques Lacombe. The Ann Arbor Symphony sees him back for performances of Beethoven 2.
Last summer Adam Golka made his debut at Caramoor in a Beethoven program with Colin Jacobsen, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in pre-concert recitals of Lutoslawski and Brahms. Recitals followed across the 2012/13 season in New York, Ohio, Boston, Florida and in Wroclaw, Poland; plus guest artist performances with the Szymanowski Quartet at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He opened the Omaha Symphony’s season playing Beethoven’s Piano Cto. No. 2, joined the Jacksonville Symphony for Beethoven’s “Emperor” Cto., and played Mozart k. 491 with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Tchaikovsky Piano Cto. No. 1 with the Riverside County Philharmonic.
Adam Golka has played all five Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Lubbock Symphony, and concertos by Mozart, Liszt and Ravel with the symphony orchestras in Phoenix, Duluth-Superior, Eugene, Fairfax, and Santa Fe. In 2010, Golka made his Isaac Stern Auditorium debut at Carnegie Hall, playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony and, in 2011, joined a Ravinia Steans Institute tour, with dates in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Stamford, and at the Highland Park Music Festival.
Further afield, he has played solo and chamber music concerts at the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, Nakanoshima Hall in Osaka, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, and at prestigious festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, the New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, the Newport Music Festival, and the Duszniki Chopin festival.
Adam Golka has premiered solo works written for him by Richard Danielpour and Michael Brown, and is an avid chamber musician and lieder partner. After studying with his mother, pianist Anna Golka, and Dariusz Pawlas of Rice University, Adam moved to Fort Worth to pursue studies with José Feghali at Texas Christian University. In 2012 he received an Artist’s Diploma from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, studying with the legendary Leon Fleisher, and has contined his work in masterclasses with Andras Schiff, Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida.
Thursday, June 19 – 7:30pm
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Nocturne in G Major, Op. 37 #2
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Etude in A minor “Winter Wind”, Op. 25, No. 11
Cantabile in B-flat Major, Op. posth.
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
An intimate performance featuring Paul Tuntland Sánchez, Gregory Deturck, Jacob Ertl, and Angelina Gadeliya on piano. Joining them will be a host of other musicians including Kayleen Sánchez (soprano), Laudon Schuett (lute), Christian Zamora (violin), and Kathryn Hufnagle (cello). Get a close look at the performers and interact with the guests in a way unlike any other performance at Dakota Sky.
Paul Tuntland Sánchez
Pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez is praised not only for his musicianship, but also for the breadth and quality of his musical activities: “Paul Sánchez is that rare combination of inspiring performer, insightful teacher and resourceful entrepreneur” (Delta David Gier, Music Director, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra). “[Sánchez] engages with you completely and effortlessly, and you are captivated by his generosity and sincerity. Then you see him teach, and you wish you were that lucky student. And when you hear him perform, you witness all these aspects come together, for his performances reveal the artistry, integrity, and warmth that are the essence of Paul Sánchez” (Tony Caramia, Director of Piano Pedagogy Studies, Eastman School of Music).
Praised for his “virtuosity and poetry” (Vladimir Leyetchkiss, 2013), and “his ability to create uniquely evocative atmospheres and his way of hypnotizing listeners with an irresistible inevitability in his timing… his original and thoughtful interpretations which are full of expressive power and poignancy,” (Adam Golka, 2012), pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez has performed in the United States and also in Canada, Mexico, Spain, and Germany, and in such festivals as the Barcelona Festival of Song and the Festival Internacional de Piano Reynosa. Recent recital appearances include performances for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the American Liszt Society, the Qu4rtets project, Eastern Illinois University, Wheaton College, Baylor University, Winnetka Recital Series, Baker Memorial Recital Series, Winterpast Recital Series, and fundraising events for Soli Deo Gloria and the Wayside Center.
His appearances with orchestra have included works from the Baroque to the 20th century, including concertos by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, and Rodrigo. His performance of Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy, Op. 80,” was released on the CD The Monumental Beethoven (Ragtime Studios, 2004).
CD releases in 2014 include Oh, Freedom: The Negro Spiritual, Reimagined (Yellow Einstein Records, expected release in 2014), featuring music of Shawn E. Okpebholo and in collaboration with two vocalists from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The Music of George Morey (expected release in 2014) in collaboration with his wife, Kayleen Sánchez. His musical partnership with Kayleen in a performance of composer David M. Gordon’s piece “Fader, Stilla Våra Andar,” was praised by the composer as “the first perfect performance” of any of his works. Sánchez’ collaborative work has also been featured on CBS national television in the broadcast of a Schubert performance with tenor Scott Piper. Sánchez has also performed educational concerts for children through the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings program in Fort Worth, Texas.
As the only American concert pianist to have earned a Master of Spanish Music degree under the legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha, Sánchez’ specialization in Spanish music has made him one of the foremost exponents in the field, and his expertise is highly sought out in performance and academic settings alike. His research in Spain as a Fulbright Fellow from 2005–2007 led to the release of a CD recording entitled España: Piano Music of Spain from the 19th and 20th Centuries (Mundo Arts, 2006). His lecture-recital entitled The Poetics of Deep Song: Albeniz, Debussy, and Lorca was nominated for the 2012 doctoral lecture recital award at the Eastman School of Music. His most recent solo recording, Paul Sánchez: In Recital (Athyr Records, 2012), features music by Mompou, Soler, Schumann, and Liszt.
An avid composer, Sánchez’ music has received critical acclaim and has been performed by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Henry Charles Smith, and broadcast by South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and radio.
Dr. Sánchez serves as Lecturer in Keyboard Studies (Piano) at the Baylor University School of Music. He has taught classes and private piano lessons at the Eastman School of Music, and has presented original research in music cognition at the Eastman–University of Rochester–Cornell Music Cognition Symposium in Rochester, New York. He has also served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Sánchez studied with Tamás Ungár at Texas Christian University, graduating summa cum laude, with honors, and receiving the Presser Scholar award for outstanding scholarly and artistic work. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and earned his Master of Spanish Music degree with Ms. Alicia de Larrocha at the Academia Granados- Marshall in Barcelona, Spain. In 2006, Sánchez founded the Dakota Sky Foundation and International Piano Festival. From 2009–2012, Sánchez was the recipient of the prestigious Max Landow Award for distinction in performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in the studio of Dr. Douglas Humpherys.
Sánchez lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife, soprano Kayleen Sánchez.
Lutenist Dr. Laudon Schuett earned his BM in Guitar Performance under Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. While helping professor Koonce with transcriptions of vihuela music, Laudon became fascinated by the study and performance of early music. He entered the graduate early music program at the Eastman School of Music, studying lute, theorbo, and performance practice under Paul O’Dette. Laudon completed his MM in Early Music (Emphasis: Historical Plucked Instruments) in 2010 and has recently completed his DMA in Early Music. In 2011, Laudon won the Lute Society of America competition and performed a winner’s concert at the Boston Early Music Festival that year. Laudon has also written an article for the Lute of Society of America on articulation and interpretation in Nicolas Vallet’s music, published in their quarterly. In the fall of 2011, he co-directed a performance of John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis,” the first staged production in the Eastman School of Music’s new recital hall, Hatch Hall. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Lute Society of America scholarship to attend the 2012 LSA Summer Workshop but was unfortunately unable to attend. Laudon has also been a guest lecturer and performer at Glendale Community College, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the Eastman School of Music, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is now an active performer and teacher in Rochester, NY.
Soprano Kayleen Sánchez is an imaginative, inspiring, and deeply communicative artist and teacher, equally effective whether performing opera, singing art song, or teaching historically-informed performance practice and healthy vocal technique. Kayleen has appeared as soprano soloist on multiple recordings with the St. Charles Singers and has performed with the Newberry Consort and Haymarket Opera. Kayleen will record two CDs this year featuring the music of composers George Morey and Paul Sánchez. She will also have her debut with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra this December as the soprano soloist for Handel’s “Messiah.”
Violinist Christian Zamora was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. As a child, his family moved to the United States where he experienced a multicultural upbringing. Zamora began studying the violin at the early age of nine within the public school system. At age 13, he studied with violinist, Paul Hatton. By the age of 18, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin in order to study with one of Hatton’s former teachers, the renown violinist and pedagogue Vartan Manoogian. He has held the title of concertmaster for the Bismarck/Mandan Symphony, the Kansas City Puccini Festival Orchestra, the Kansas City Civic Opera, and the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. He was also a founding member of the Yurodivy String Quartet and served as a faculty member for the Kansas City String Quartet Seminar. Zamora assisted in the formation of the Accende Ensemble, a Chicago based chamber music collective. The mission of the Accende Ensemble is to advance the work of living composers, while maintaining a sense of social consciousness. In 2005, he performed with the Mandragora Tango Ensemble in the Jeune Lune Theatre production of Astor Piazzolla’s opera, “Maria de Buenos Aires.” He was a founding member of Charanga Tropical, a Cuban music collective that is devoted to the performance of Cuba’s Classical Music. Of his current endeavors, Zamora performs as associate concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and is a teacher for the Avera Family Wellness Program. Zamora currently resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Kelly, and their three children; Eli Paavo, Isabella Medea, and Luca Declan.
Kathryn Hufnagle has been Associate Principal cello of the South Dakota Symphony since 2007. Originally from a suburb of Washington D.C. Kathryn was born into a musical family and began her cello studies at the age of 9. In 2003 she received her bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA having studied with David Wells and Peter Stumpf. Ms. Hufnagle received her master of music degree in 2007 from the Cleveland Institute of Music having studied with Stephen Geber, retired Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra.
In addition to playing in South Dakota, Kathryn is also Principal Cello of the Sioux City Symphony. She has also performed with the Omaha Symphony, Canton Symphony, New World Symphony, Mansfield Symphony (OH), New Bedford Symphony (MA), and the Boston Philharmonic.
An active chamber and collaborative musician, Kathryn is a member of the Sioux City Symphony String Quartet. She was also a member of the Augustana String Quartet throughout its entire duration (2007-2013).
Kathryn has received fellowships to attend Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. In 2007 she received the Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award from the Tanglewood Music Center for musical excellence. She has also participated in music festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra, Yellow Barn, and Meadowmount.
Ms. Hufnagle is currently on faculty at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and maintains a Suzuki and traditional style cello studio in Sioux Falls.
Monday, June 23 – 7:30pm
Remember me my dear – Anonymous, 16th Century Scottish
In a Garden so Greene – Anonymous, 16th Century Scottish
O lusty May – Anonymous, 16th Century Scottish
Laudon Schuett, lute, and Kayleen Sánchez, voice
Violin Sonata No. 2, Movement II – Blues: Moderato – Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Christian Zamora, violin, and Gregory DeTurck, piano
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, Movement III – Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Kathryn Hufnagle, cello, Christian Zamora, violin, and Jacob Ertl, piano
Partita for Violin No. 2 in D minor, Movement V – Chaconne – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Christian Zamora, violin
Café Music – Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947)
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Andante moderato
Christian Zamora, violin, Kathryn Hufnagle, cello, and Gregory DeTurck, piano
Dream With Me – Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Kayleen Sánchez, voice, Kathryn Hufnagle, cello, and Jacob Ertl, piano
Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 441 “Jupiter”, Movement IV – Molto allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), transcribed Theodore Kirchner (1823-1903)
Angelina Gadeliya, Greg DeTurck, Jacob Ertl, and Paul Sánchez, piano
Oblivion – Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), arranged by Jose Bragato (b. 1915)
Jacob Ertl, piano, Christian Zamora, violin, and Kathryn Hufnagle, cello
Galop-marche à huit mains – Albert Lavignac (1846-1916)
Angelina Gadeliya, Gregory DeTurck, Jacob Ertl, and Paul Sánchez, piano
Du bist die Ruh, D. 776 – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Greg DeTurck, piano, and Kayleen Sánchez, voice
Praised for her “refined and exceptionally phrased and stylized” playing (Telavivcity.com), and her “rare ability to make music speak” (The Gazette), pianist Angelina Gadeliya has received high critical acclaim for her performances as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and across Europe. Angelina completed three seasons with the prestigious Ensemble ACJW- a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. As a member of the ensemble, she was actively involved in educational outreach in New York City, and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall as well as at the Juilliard School. She and her colleagues from Ensemble ACJW have formed a new ensemble, Decoda, an exciting new collective seeking to reinvigorate the world of classical music through revelatory audience engagement, community outreach, and innovative programming. Angelina has participated in highly acclaimed residencies with the ensemble at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, Princeton University, the Bulgarian Consulate in NYC, and most recently at Trinity Wall Street in celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial.
She has appeared as soloist with the Sinfonia of Colorado, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, as well as with the Fort Worth, South Dakota, Oberlin, and Stony Brook symphonies. Angelina was invited to perform as part of Carnegie Hall’s Discovery Day for the Emerson String Quartet’s Beethoven Project in 2007, as well as for the Mahler Symphonies Project in 2009. Twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she has collaborated with such artists as Lucy Shelton, James Conlon, James Levine, David Stern, Andrew Manze, Paul Nadler, David Bowlin, principal players of the New York Philharmonic, and the internationally acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group. Angelina’s recent performances include solo and chamber music recitals in such venues as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, the Consulate of France, The Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the New York Historical Society, and the German Consulate; and at such festivals as the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Beethoven Master Course in Positano, Italy, the Reynosa International Piano Festival in Mexico, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and David Dubal’s “Chopin and Schumann at 200” lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since the summer of 2009, Angelina has served as a faculty member at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. This past summer she also served on the faculty of the Vocal Arts Festival at Colorado College.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Angelina has given numerous premiers of works and has worked closely with such composers as John Adams, Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, Steve Reich, Steven Mackey, Daniel Bjarnason, Matthias Pintscher, and John Harbison. In October of 2008, Angelina Gadeliya organized a benefit concert at NY’s Steinway Hall in order to aid refugees in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ms. Gadeliya has also toured Ukraine several times playing benefit concerts for families with special needs children. Angelina’s debut solo album, Music of Tribute: Schnittke and His Ghosts, will be released by Labor Records and Naxos in the fall of 2014.
She has studied under the guidance of Gilbert Kalish, Angela Cheng, Pavlina Dokovska, and Julian Martin. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and Mannes College of Music, she also studied at CU Boulder, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Angelina serves as piano faculty at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, as well as at the Colorado Springs Conservatory of Music where she started a Faculty Recital series. Her performances have been featured on New York’s WQXR as well as WWFM radio stations.
Thursday, June 26 – 7:30pm
Variations for Piano, Op. 27 (1936) – Anton Webern (1883-1945)
Variations on a Chord (1965) – Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Variations on a Theme by Glinka (1957) – Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Six Moments Musicaux, Op. 16 (1896) – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
III. Andante cantabile
V. Adagio sostenuto
Jon Kimura Parker
“What an amazing way to mark the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring. Stunning!” These words from the Toronto Star echoed glowing reviews across North America for Jon Kimura Parker’s recent CD, Rite, which includes world premiere recordings of his solo piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrouchka. Mr. Parker also celebrates this special centenary with recitals throughout 2014.
A veteran of the international concert stage, Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie. Conductors he has recently worked with include David Afkham, Pablo Heras-Cassado, Claus Peter Flor, Jeffrey Kahane, Carlos Kalmar, Peter Oundjian, Larry Rachleff, Xu Zhong and Pinchas Zukerman. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor.
He performs as duo partner regularly with James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell, Orli Shaham, and Cho-Liang Lin, with whom he has given world premieres of sonatas by Paul Schoenfield, John Harbison and Steven Stucky. An unusually versatile artist, Mr. Parker has also jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen. As a member of the outreach project Piano Plus, Mr. Parker toured remote areas including the Canadian Arctic, performing classical music and rock’n’roll on everything from upright pianos to electronic keyboards. In commemoration of his special performances in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995, he was a featured speaker alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of the relief organization AmeriCares.
An active media personality, Mr. Parker hosted the television series Whole Notes on Bravo! and CBC Radio’s Up and Coming. His YouTube channel features the Concerto Chat video series, with illuminating discussions of the piano concerto repertoire.
Last season Mr. Parker appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and toured the United States with Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He also had the honor of being the last guest pianist to work with the Tokyo String Quartet in their final season.
Highlights of this season include solo appearances with the St. Louis Symphony with David Robertson, the San Diego Symphony with Jahja Ling, the Seattle Symphony with Ludovic Morlot, the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra with Larry Rachleff, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra with Hannu Lintu. He appears at the Hong Kong Festival with Gary Hoffman, Vadim Repin and Joyce Yang, and begins two major chamber music collaborations, with the Miró Quartet, and in a trio with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith.
A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His students have won international piano competitions, performed with major orchestras across the U.S., and given recitals in Amsterdam, Beijing, New York and Moscow. He has lectured at The Juilliard School, The Steans Institute, New York University, and Yale University. Mr. Parker is also Artistic Advisor of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, where he has given world premieres of new works by Peter Schickele and Jake Heggie.
Jon Kimura Parker has recorded music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Chopin and PDQ Bach for Telarc, Mozart for CBC, and Stravinsky under his own label. His new recording, Fantasy, featuring not only the Schubert Wanderer Fantasy and the Schumann Fantasy but also William Hirtz’s brilliant fantasy on themes from The Wizard of Oz, is scheduled for release in early 2014.
“Jackie” Parker studied with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker privately, Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Robin Wood at the Victoria Conservatory, Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. He lives in Houston with his wife, violinist Aloysia Friedmann and their daughter Sophie. For further information, please see www.jonkimuraparker.com and www.oicmf.org.
Saturday, June 28 – 7:30pm
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5 – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2 – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
The Rite of Spring – Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) arr. Jon Kimura Parker
Part I: Adoration of the Earth
Dances of the Young Girls
Games of the Rival Tribes
Procession of the Sage
Dance of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice
Mystical Circles of the Young Girls
Glorification of the Victim
Summoning of the Ancients
Ritual Dance of the Ancients
Sacred Dance — The Victim
Fantasy in C Major, “Der Wanderer”, D. 760, Op. 15 – Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4 – Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Wizard of Oz Fantasy – based on themes by Harold Arlen & Herbert Stothart – William Hirtz