Gwhyneth Chen is a Taiwanese-American pianist who in 1993, won the biggest cash prize in the history of piano competitions. Ms. Chen, then a young lady of 23, was the youngest contestant at the Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competition. Subsequent to the award, Mr. Pogorelich himself said of her talent, "She is too good to be true." Immediately recognized as one of the foremost pianists of her generation, the victory was broadcast internationally on CNN television. In recent years she has played joint concerts with Ivo Pogorelich in Switzerland and in Taiwan.
Born in Taiwan, Ms Chen emigrated to the United States with her family in 1980, where she continued her musical studies with Eduardo Delgado, Robert Turner, and Aube Tzerko. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. While in New York, her teachers were Martin Canin, Byron Janis and Yin Cheng-Zong.
Performing: Charles Ives: Three Quartertone Pieces Jason Heath: Water Clock/Music Box (world premiere) Bill Alves: world premiere Enno Poppe: Rad Colin McPhee: Balinese Ceremonial Music
Pianist/composer Aron Kallay has been praised as possessing "that special blend of intellect, emotion, and overt physicality that makes even the thorniest scores simply leap from the page into the listeners laps." After Aron premiered three of his works, composer and music critic Kyle Gann was "struck speechless," adding, "he did a beautiful job and made me all impressed with my music all over again... he makes me want to write more."
Described as “phenomenal and fearless” Vicki Ray is one of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano music. A long-time champion of new music she has worked with some of the most prominent composers of our time, including figures as diverse as Gyorgy Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Elliot Carter, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Oliver Knussen, Louis Andriessen, Steven Stucky, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and Chinary Ung. Ms. Ray has commissioned and premiered numerous works, running the gamut from established composers such as John Adams, Morton Subotnick, Stephen Hartke, David Rosenboom, Paul Dresher, Rand Steiger, Kamran Ince and Eric Chasalow among others - to emerging young artists such as Amy Kirsten, Daniel Wohl and Oscar Bettison.
ROREM | I am Rose • GUY | La vie en rose • HEGGIE | Paper Wings RAVEL | Tout gai! • COPLAND | Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven POULENC | Voyage à Paris • ROREM | Early in the Morning MAHLER | Lob des hohen Verstands MASSENET | Va! Laisse couler mes larmes, from “Werther” THOMAS | Me voici dans son boudoir, from “Mignon” HEGGIE | A Route to the Sky • PUCCINI | E L’Uccellino • POULENC | Nicolette SONDHEIM | Send in the Clowns • HEGGIE | Primary Colors
Recognized as one of the most beloved musical figures of our time, Frederica von Stade has enriched the world of classical music for three decades with her appearances in opera, concert, and recital. The mezzo-soprano is well known to audiences around the world through her numerous featured appearances on television including several PBS specials and "Live from Lincoln Center" telecasts. She has made over sixty recordings with every major label, including complete operas, aria albums, symphonic works, solo recital programs, and popular crossover albums. Her recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disc awards, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy's Premio della Critica Discografica, and "Best of the Year" citations by Stereo Review and Opera News. Miss von Stade was awarded France's highest honor in the Arts when she was appointed as an officer of L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1983 she was honored with an award given at The White House by President Reagan in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts.
Men's Chorus: Rachel Stenson:Alleluia Jacob Handl:Regnum Mundi Mark Sirett:Dans les chantiers J. Michael Dorough:Ship of State Bruno Mars:Just the Way You Are Scottish Folk Song:Loch Lomond Joseph Jennings:Harambee (Call to Unity)
Benjamin Britten: Missa Brevis arr. John Rutter:Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Craig Hella Johnson: Dorothy Poems R. Murray Schafer: Gamelan Susan Borwick: And Ain’t I a Woman?
Jazz Singers featuring guest artist
the Don Shelton Quartet
and the CSUF Jazz Trio
John Proulx, director
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8pm
Meng Concert Hall