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Artist Portrait and Interview with Sound Espressivo Judge Donna Weng Friedman
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Artist Portrait and Interview with Sound Espressivo Judge Donna Weng Friedman

Pianist Donna Weng Friedman speaks with the program host Anna Ouspenskaya about Donna’s pandemic EP which will be released on May 1, 2021 in support of AAPI community during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Musical selections: 8:19 Chopin - Waltz in C-sharp minor 29:57 Chinary Ung - Space Between the Fish and the Moon Press release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, an Album Spotlighting Music by Under- Represented Composers, Will Be Released on May 1st New EP Featuring AAPI/BIPOC Artists Aims to Promote Understanding and Tolerance and Combat Racism New York, NY—April 26, 2021 On May 1st, pianist and music producer Donna Weng Friedman will be releasing the EP album Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings. The album, which will be available on Spotify, Amazon, Tidal and other online outlets, is intended as a response to the wave of violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals, and aims to promote understanding and tolerance among people of all backgrounds. It features Ms. Weng Friedman and soprano Indira Mahajan performing music by composers Margaret Bonds, Beata Moon, Florence B. Price, and Chinary Ung. The performers and composers are all members of the AAPI and/or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities. https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/donnawengfriedman/heritage-and-harmony-silver-linings The album’s release date is timed to coincide with the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. “I am an Asian American concert pianist, and like so many of us, my heart aches from the ongoing hate crimes against our AAPI community,” says Ms. Weng Friedman. “Each piece on this EP album helped get me through the pandemic year, which started with my being assaulted on the street of New York City for being Asian, and ended with my entire family getting sick with COVID-19.” All proceeds from the album will be donated to the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) an organization that supports the AAPI community through philanthropy and education. “The KAFC is committed to fighting for diversity, equity and inclusion, and will not tolerate racism on any level,” notes Ms. Weng Friedman. “I learned an incredible amount from their virtual information sessions, talks and panels over the last year.” She adds, “My hope is that this album will resonate with people of all ethnicities who are looking for a way to help support our AAPI community. By listening to each track on Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings, they can enjoy the glorious music of incredible but under-represented BIPOC composers and musicians while also making a small but valuable contribution to the AAPI community.” For more information, contact: Donna Weng Friedman donnawengfriedman@gmail.com
SEC presents Piano Masterclass with Avguste Antonov on Haydn - Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob XVI 46
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SEC presents Piano Masterclass with Avguste Antonov on Haydn - Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob XVI 46

In collaboration with Virtual Concert Halls and the Sound Espressivo Competition, concert pianist Avguste Antonov is offering virtual piano masterclasses. Each masterclass will have a theme (for example, a specific composer or a specific style) and participants would also be able to request for their masterclass to focus on a specific topic The first masterclass was held on April 3, 2020. The next one is scheduled for June 5, 2021. Please sign up as a Participant or Observer here: https://avgusteantonov.com/virtual-masterclasses 01:14 Elaine Lim performs Haydn - Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob.XVI:46 7:37 Masterclass About Sound Espressivo Competition = https://www.soundespressivocompetition.com/ ====== Born in Bulgaria, Avguste Antonov studied piano in Bulgaria (Dobrich), France (Ecole Normale de Paris, Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud) and the United States (2000: University of Missouri-Kansas City; 2001-2004: University of Kansas; 2006-2008: Texas Christian University). Pianist Avguste Antonov is at home in all repertoire, with a special interest for the 20th and 21st century music. He has performed World and USA premieres at venues across North America and over the years, he has worked with composers Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Michael Colgrass, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger and others. Avguste Antonov has performed recitals all over the United States, including in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee . He has been featured as soloist with many ensembles including the San Jose State University Wind Symphony, the San Jose Wind Symphony, the University City Symphony, the Alton Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Camerata, the Lakeland Community Orchestra, the Jewish Community Orchestra-Portland and the South Kansas Symphony. Concertos performed include Schumann Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff 2nd, McDowell 2nd, Liszt 2nd, Ravel in G, Gershwin in F, Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue", Carter Pann "Concerto Logic" and Matthew Saunders "Piano Concerto". In addition to performing, Avguste Antonov is active as lecturer and has presented lectures for the Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Frisco Music Teachers Association, Kansas Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. He is an adjudicator for various competitions including the ENKOR Piano Competition, the Sound Espressivo Global Competition and the Music International Grand Prix. Previous seasons highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann "Concerto Logic" with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the World and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders "Piano Concerto" with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH). Since April 2019 Avguste Antonov resides in France. During the year 2019-2020, he was piano professor at the school of music "Couleur Musique" and since September 2020, he is professor of piano and accompaniment at the Conservatoire de Châteaubriant.
Vox Novus and VCHS present Composer's Voice - Lehner String Quartet
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Vox Novus and VCHS present Composer's Voice - Lehner String Quartet

Featuring new string quartets written by living composers selected for this program in 2021. 6:27 William Toutant (USA) - Quarantine Quartet 18:22 Miguel Heatwole (Australia) - Reef Dive Quartet Ken Paoli (USA) - String Quartet No. 3 28:45 I mvt 35:35 II mvt. 41:12 III mvt. Kevin Pang (Hong Kong) - 52:10 Consolation & 58:33 Serenata from Suite for String Quartet Tatiana Mikova (Czechia / UK) - String Quartet "In Modo Lidico" 1:09:30 I mvt. 1:15:14 II mvt. 1:20:20 III mvt. The Lehner String Quartet is composed of four Kennedy Center musicians, the members of the Washington National Opera Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra: violinists Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violist Philippe Chao, and cellist Igor Zubkovsky. Each are accomplished performers in their own right, they have a history of performing together to bring music to audiences around the world. Virtual Concert Halls and Vox Novus are proud to feature these four talented string players to present new music by living composers: William Toutant, Miguel Heatwole, Ken Paoli, Kevin Pang, and Tatiana Mikova. William Toutant became Professor Emeritus in May 2013 at California State University, Northridge after 38 years of teaching music. For eighteen years he wrote and hosted the weekly radio program, “The KCSN Opera House.” Miguel Heatwole began his career as a choral musician during the 1990s. As musical director of Ecopella and of the Solidarity Choir he arranged and composed numerous pieces on environmental and social justice themes. Ken Paoli, Professor of Music at College of DuPage. Ken is involved in archiving and researching the works of American composer Phil Winsor. Ken’s research interest includes algorithmic composition. Kevin Pang is a Hong Kong-based composer and medical doctor. His compositions had been selected for the Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival 2020, New Generation 2020, Music Salon of Hong Kong Composers’ Guild and composition masterclass with Prof Ken Ueno (UC Berkeley) at Toolbox International Creative Academy 2021. The music of London based Czech composer Tatiana Mikova straddles two worlds: The concert hall and the movie. Her Two Nonets performed by renowned The Czech Nonet won Global Music Awards/USA and were featured on American Public Media/Performance Today, Classical KUSC/Los Angeles, Classical KDFC/San Francisco and other stations worldwide.
Sound Espressivo Competition presents the 1st Prize Winners of 2020 edition
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Sound Espressivo Competition presents the 1st Prize Winners of 2020 edition

Please support musicians and this concert series here: Paypal.me/vchs20 2:20 Maria Narodytska Schubert/Liszt - Erl King A pianist of Ukrainian origin, Maria Narodytska is a winner of more than 40 international piano competitions. Maria holds a Master of Music degree from Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine which she graduated from as a pianist (Prof. Natalia Tolpygo) and as a composer (Prof. Iryna Aleksiychuk). In 2019 an album with Maria Narodytska playing Brahms was released under the label OnClassical for further worldwide distribution by Naxos of America. Her second album for Nationalux as a winner of “The most beloved artist” prize at Richter International Piano Competition is being prepared for release at the moment. Website: maria-narodytska.de 12:28 Joseph Yoon Haydn - Sonata in F Major, Hob.XVI:23 (I. Allegro) Joseph J. Yoon, 10, started playing piano at age 7 and is currently a student of Dominique Shim. Joseph has won numerous awards for both national and international, classical piano music competitions, and is passionate about introducing music to other people. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzd6Dv3C3FIZbBg84pXjQTA 22:32 Ukki Sachedina Liszt - Variations on a Basso Continuo from Bach's Cantata “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” Ukki Sachedina, 15, studies with Mr. Jeff Lavner at the Colburn School. Ukki has won national and international awards and his performances have been featured on WXQR public radio as well as in the New York Concert Review. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzz3Aa2x3lyZ81rZgG0kH6A 44:24 Matthew Brand Milhaud - La cuisine (Cooking), from La muse menagere, Op. 245 Matthew Brand - Reaching, Mischief Matthew Brand was born in New York and has been playing piano for 7 years. He attends Horace Mann School. Matthew studies classical piano with Donna Weng Friedman and composition with Dr. Steven Sacco at Mannes College of Music (Honors). He is a member of the Mannes Prep Jazz Ensemble. Matthew studied jazz at Interlochen with Leonard Foy and Xavier Davis. A winner of numerous completions and honors for his piano technique and original compositions, Matthew has performed at Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to perform in the Winner’s Recital for Sound Espressivo. Please support musicians and this concert series here: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/vchs20
Alexander Schwarzkopf: Musical Reflections during Pandemic
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Alexander Schwarzkopf: Musical Reflections during Pandemic

Program: "18 Variations and a Coda on a theme Frere Jacques explores the timeless children's tune by synthesizing physical and perceptive challenges, forming a labyrinth of twisting pathways The Pandemic Preludes are a Diary of pandemic observations, thoughts and reflections I have experienced through the pandemic" ~ A. Schwarzkopf Alexander J. Schwarzkopf was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Alexander is regularly featured as pianist and composer at festivals and concert series such as Makrokosmos Project Festival in Portland, Oregon, Pianoforte Series at the Asheville Art Museum and Klavierfestival-Lindlar, where he has been invited for concerts and lectures. Alexander has performed cutting-edge new music by composers from the United States and abroad as well as his own works at the Oregon Bach Festival and John Donald Robb Composers Symposiums, Cascadia Composers (NACUSA) and the Schultz Seminar at Stanford. Alexander has given masterclasses throughout the United States, at UFRGS Conservatory in Porto Alegre, Brazil and at DTKV and Klavierfestival-Lindlar in Germany. Alexander has been a jury member for MTNA local and regional piano and composition competitions and has given lectures on his current research “Visualization in Music: Translating the Contours of Melodic Lines into Physical Movements” for Oregon Music Teachers Association Eugene and Portland chapters. Among other awards, Alexander was a finalist at the Silvio Bengali International Piano Competition in Pianello, Italy. Known for his diverse repertoire, Alexander has been featured in performances of a wide array of works such as the Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach, the Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage or the Makrokosmos by George Crumb. As a composer, Alexander has received commissions from organizations such as the Oregon Music Teachers Association, Bill Evans Dance and the Drama Department at the University of New Mexico. In 2017, Alexander received a commission for the award Composer of the Year for OMTA to compose a piano concerto, titled “PSi.” A finalist for the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year, the concerto is now in the catalogue of the national archives. Alexander has been Visiting Artist Piano Faculty at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and faculty at the Klavierfestival-Lindlar and DeutcherTonKünstlerVerein “Musik Aktiv” festivals in Germany. Alexander’s incisive recording of Falko Steinbach’s “Figures: 17 Choreographic Etudes” on the Centaur Records label can be found on Amazon, iTunes and other major catalogues internationally. Alexander holds the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon, and currently lives and conducts his private teaching studio in Eugene, Oregon. For more information on Alexander, please visit www.ajsmusic.org.
Yael Weiss: A Marathon Event in Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary, Dec. 16th 9am - 9pm
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Yael Weiss: A Marathon Event in Celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary, Dec. 16th 9am - 9pm

Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration Presented live online by Virtual Concert Halls Join us for an all-day marathon event, including performances of Beethoven sonatas, newly commissioned works written for the project “32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World", interviews and conversations with the composers and special guests. Performances will also include two World Premieres of Beethoven-inspired "32 Bright Clouds" works by composers from Cambodia and Hong Kong! The day’s events will begin at 9am and end at 9pm, with a new segment beginning each hour on the hour. Guests include composers Bongani Ndodana-Breen (South Africa), Ne Myo Aung (Myanmar), Sidney Boquiren (Philippines), Alfred Wong (Hong Kong), Bosba (Cambodia), Ananda Sukarlan (Indonesia), Aslihan Kecebashoglu (Turkey), Adina Izarra (Venezuela), Milad Yousufi (Afghanistan), Carolina Noguera-Palau (Colombia), Xavier Beteta (Guatemala), music writer and broadcaster Jed Distler and more. The complete lineup for the day will be announced on December 1st. Yael Weiss dedicates the day’s events to the memory of the great pianist Leon Fleisher, her teacher and mentor who passed away on August 2nd, 2020. This full day Marathon Beethoven Celebration is being offered free of charge. If you wish to support this effort, donations are greatly appreciated! To make a tax-deductible contribution supporting the composers and the “32 Bright Clouds” project: https://www.nyfa.org/fiscal-sponsorship/project-directory/view-project/?id=YW1547 About “32 Bright Clouds”: 32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World” is a global music-commissioning, performing and recording project curated by pianist Yael Weiss. The project commissions a diverse group of composers from countries of conflict and unrest around the world, with all new works unified by a single “Peace motif” from Beethoven, where he added the inscription “A Call for Inward and Outward Peace” above the notes. Each new composition is connected to one of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. "32 Bright Clouds" aims to harness music’s great power for unity and peace. For more about "32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World": https://www.32brightclouds.com About Yael Weiss: https://www.yaelweiss.com/ About Virtual Concert Halls: https://virtualconcerthalls.com/ To listen to samples of works: https://youtu.be/IZIVnduZWHY https://youtu.be/wPLPDUAoeh0 To sign up for the newsletter: https://www.32brightclouds.com/newsletter
Di Naye Froyen Kapelye
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