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Forgotten Songs

13 Mar

Forgotten Songs

WANG XI, TIMOTHY KWOK 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Forgotten Songs

Xi WANG

Opera News praised Xi WANG for her “exciting” rendition of “I am the wife of Mao Tse-Tung,” from Nixon in China and she was featured in San Francisco Classical Voice. The Chinese soprano is emerging as an important new talent. After she moved back to Asia in 2014, she was frequently invited to perform with Hong Kong Philharmonic and Macao Youth Orchestra. In the summer of 2011, Ms. Wang joined the prestigious Merola program at San Francisco Opera as a young artist, where she sang scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor and Rigoletto. In May she appeared as a guest soloist at New York City Opera’s Annual Composer showcase concert “VOX” under the baton of Maestro George Manahan.

As a National semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2009, Xi Wang was noted as “a musician with impressive artistry and musicality.” Ms. Wang has collaborated with world class musicians, including composer Jake Heggie, Huang Ruo; conductor Carlo Rizzi, Patrick Summers, Kevin Murphy, Warren Jones, George Manahan, Johannes Debus, David Angus, Mark Gibson, Alastair Neale, Perry So, Xia Xiaotang, and Hu Yongyan; also shared the stage with Frederica von Stade, Kiri te Kanawa, Dai Yuqiang etc. Ms. Wang was invited and has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Cincinnati Chamber Opera.

During the 2013 season, Ms. Wang sang second orphan lady and covered Sophie of Der Rosenkavalier at Cincinnati Opera and portrayed Queen of the night in Die Zauberflöte in the main stage production at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2012, she was featured as a young artist at Des Moines Metro Opera singing Zerlina in Don Giovanni and series of concerts. Other operatic roles that Ms. Wang sang professionally including Susanna and Barbarina from Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilda from Rigoletto, Liu from Turandot, Lucia from The Rape of Lucretia, Diane from Orpheus in the Underworld, Serpina from La Serva Padrona.

Among her awards, Ms. Wang was the first place winner of the Opera Columbus Competition; the East Bay Young Artist Vocal Competition; Fe Bland Scholarship Competition; Henry & Maria Young Artist Scholarship Competition; two time first place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the San Francisco District; winner of the Gerda Lissner International Competition; a Semifinalist in the 2009 Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera, and first place at NATS Southern Regional.

On the concert stage, Ms. Wang has frequently appeared as guest solo soprano in the repertoires including Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Mozart C Minor Mass, Mozart Missa Brenvis in B-flat, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Richard Strauss Op. 68 Brentano Lieder.

During her time as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ms. Wang worked as the Artistic Director and Conductor at a local Chinese choir. During her year, the choir participates in many choral festivals and competitions. Among those awards, including the Silver metal at International Choral Festival & Competition in 2013 at Louisville, Kentucky and Bronze metal at The 7th World Choir Game in 2012 at Cincinnati, OH.

She received her Doctoral of Music Arts from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (2014); Artist Diploma in Opera from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (2011); Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2009); and Bachelor of Music from Brenau University in Vocal Performance (2007). Ms. Wang currently works as a full-time voice faculty at Macao Polytechnic Institute.

 

Timothy KWOK

Praised for his “intense personal commitment to the music, the ability to vary his sound, and poetic imagination”, pianist Timothy KWOK has performed in many places including New York City, Cincinnati, Bloomington, Prague, Taipei, Macao, Shenzhen, and his native Hong Kong. As an active collaborative artist, he has collaborated with violin virtuoso Bin Huang, suona maestro Yazhi Guo, and erhu master Xiu-rong Cheng. He was also invited to partner with Yazhi Guo in his latest album City Rhapsody, on which they made the world premiere recording of the suona and piano version of “Birds Pay Tribute to the Phoenix”. The album was released by M. A. Recordings in 2010. His recent recording highlights include the complete Fauré-Naoumoff Requiem, Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and Liszt’s Harmonies du Soir for the Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4. In 2014, Kwok was selected and presented by the Hong Kong SAR Government’s “Our Music Talents” recital series, and gave his Hong Kong debut recital at the Hong Kong City Hall. In the same season, he was also invited to perform on occasions such as the inauguration concert of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) and a faculty concert by China’s Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in Macao. An avid performer of contemporary music, Kwok was a prizewinner of 2012’s Lou Harrison piano concerto competition at University of Cincinnati. He will give the Guangzhou premiere performance of Chen Qigang’s piano concerto “Er Huang” with Guangzhou Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

 

During his stay in the United States, Kwok was appointed as the only Tangeman Graduate Teaching Assistant of Early Music at University of Cincinnati, teaching Baroque interpretation, basso continuo, and harpsichord performance. Since graduation, Kwok joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong as a piano and harpsichord faculty member. He is currently a full-time lecturer of the music programme at the Macao Polytechnic Institute’s School of Art, teaching piano performance, chamber music, and other performance-related classes.

 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kwok began studying the piano at the age of six. His major mentors include Mary Wu, Edmund Battersby, Eugene Pridonoff, Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Vivian Montgomery. Additional studies were with Gabriel Kwok, Emile Naoumoff, and Nelly Akopian-Tamarina. He also played for Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Akiko Ebi, James Tocco, Ann Schein, Ian Hobson, and Edward Auer in masterclasses, among others. Kwok graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music, and was named a Fellow of Trinity College London. With the C. F. Hu Memorial Scholarship and Jacobs School of Music Graduate Scholarship, Kwok furthered his postgraduate studies at Indiana University Bloomington, and graduated with a Master of Music degree in piano performance. Kwok then studied at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati with a full-assistantship and stipend; and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance in twenty-eight months, setting a new record in the history of the school.

PROGRAM

George Frideric Handel

“Lusinghe piu care” from Alessandro               

“Tornami a Vagheggiar” from Alcina

Claude Debussy

Ariettes oubliées   

1. C’est l’extase langoureuse

2. Il pleut doucement sur la ville

3.L’ombre des arbres

4. Chevaus de bois

5. Green

6. Spleen

Aaron Copland

Long Time Ago                                                               

I Bought Me A Cat
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