Music has the power to inspire, to heal, to open avenues for communication and to transport us to other times and places.
We know that you will enjoy the outstanding talent that our committee has selected for this season. Our first-ever Call for Performers drew enthusiastic responses from professional musicians delighted to perform for the benefit of Landmarks.
If you have not already done so, please subscribe to the season and enjoy these wonderful concerts. If ever you are unable to attend, you may extend your reserved seat to a friend.
The proceeds from the sale of Candlelight tickets support our Victor Borge Listen & Learn and other Landmarks educational programs and our Research Library & Archives. Wonderful musicians lend their talent in support of this mission.
January 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m.
Performing “La Clarinette Française”: A celebration of French music of the late XIX and XX century.
Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi - clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka - the SHTRYKOV-TANAKA DUO has been heard throughout the East Coast, garnering an impressive record of instant re-engagements.
Both artists are graduates of The Juilliard School in New York City and enjoy extensive international solo careers that have heard them in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Germany’s Leipzig Gewandhaus and Japan’s Izumi Hall.
Mr. Shtrykov and Ms. Tanaka first met in December 2012, when they were invited to present a clarinet and piano program during that holiday season in New York City. As avid chamber music collaborators, they instantly felt a unique artistic connection, resulting in an inspiring and creative friendship that blossomed into the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo.
Shawn Mlynek, Tenor and Dallas Heaton, Piano
February 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m.
Tenor Shawn Mlynek hails from Toledo, Ohio, and has received much acclaim for the beauty and clarity of his instrument, as well as his strong stage presence. A versatile singer, Mlynek feels at home in a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from the high-lying haute-contre music of the french baroque to Mozart, and bel canto to contemporary. As a soloist, he has performed in both operatic and recital venues in the USA such as Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Dallas' City Performance Hall, as well as engagements with such companies as the Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Chicago's Haymarket Opera, and the Aspen Opera Theatre Center. Mlynek received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is a proud alum of CCM, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his Masters of Music.
Collaborative pianist and vocal coach Dallas K. Heaton is much in demand as a collaborative recitalist, music director, and vocal coach. With degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (AD-Opera Coaching), Arizona State University (MM-Collaborative Piano), and Brigham Young University-Idaho (BMA-Piano Performance), Heaton recently joined the faculty in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. In addition to his position as director of USU Opera Theatre, Heaton also works regularly with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, have served variously as assistant conductor, chorusmaster, vocal coach, and rehearsal and pit pianist for their musical theatre and opera productions (Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Joseph) as well as with Utah Opera (Madama Butterfly, Salome, Of Mice and Men, Il Trovatore, Barber of Seville), Opera Idaho (Carmen, La Bohème), and El Paso Opera (Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville). Dallas also enjoys finding the occasional opportunity to use his harpsichord and accordion training in early music and folk music ensembles.
Lee-Wang Viola and Piano Duo
March 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m.
An Evening of Intimate Conversations- Romantic sonatas for Viola and Piano from the 19th and 20th century
Since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age sixteen, pianist Hanchien Lee has performed throughout the US, in Europe and across her native Taiwan. She has delighted her audiences at Steinway Hall in New York, Academy of Music, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Basilica San Pietro in Italy, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.
Described by the legendary pianist Claude Frank as a pianist with "Impeccable technique, sincere musicality, with presence and assuredness beyond her years" and Allentown Morning Review "Lee possesses striking drama and passion... brilliant clarity and produces a remarkable sonority from the piano."
Violist Meng Wang has established himself as a soloist, an avid chamber musician and a prominent orchestral musician. He has been a member of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and regularly plays with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to this, at age 23, he was hired as the Principal Viola by the Kansas City Symphony.
Deeply committed to chamber music, Mr. Wang has collaborated in chamber settings with distinguished artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Lars Vogt, Sharon Robinson, Chao-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Silverstein, Pinkas Zukerman, Lang Lang, Barbara Westphal and the pop star Bono. His performances have taken him throughout the United States and his native China, performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and the Beijing National Theater.
April 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m.
Aundrey Mitchell, Viola & Adrienne Kim, Piano
April 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m.
Pianist ADRIENNE KIM has performed in New York's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Bargemusic, Boston's Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.'s Phillips Gallery and Ravinia's Rising Stars series in Chicago. She has appeared as soloist with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Richmond Orchestra.
Ms. Kim was a member of Chamber Music Society Two, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's residency program for emerging young artists, and has performed with David Shifrin, Daniel Phillips, Ida Kavafian, Edgar Meyer, Cho-Liang Lin, Fred Sherry, Lucy Shelton, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito Rivera, and members of the Brentano, Borromeo, Cassatt, Mendelssohn, Meridian and Miami String Quartets.
AUNDREY MITCHELL, violist, has performed throughout the United States, South America, Canada and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player which include performances at New York’s Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and most recently, Russia’s Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. As a member of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra she has had tour engagements in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Serbia, and Russia. As recitalist, Ms. Mitchell has been featured in the New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., and in the US Virgin Islands. As a soloist, she has performed with The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Symphony Orchestra, Antara Ensemble and the Bronx Concert Singers. An avid chamber musician, she was a scholarship recipient for studies at the L’Ecole d’Arts Americaine at Fontainebleau, France and the chamber music program at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico.
2015 Concert Season Dates:
January 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m. - Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo
February 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m. - Shawn Mlynek, Tenor and Dallas K. Heaton, Pianist
March 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m. - Lee-Wang Viola and Piano Duo
April 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m. - Aundrey Mitchell, Viola & Adrienne Kim, Piano
Assigned seating only — RSVP to make reservations.
$160 for non-members (Members: $140)
$45.00 (Members: $40.00)
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