A Wide Variety of String Music

December 2, 2023, 11:00 am

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Today, we feature performers from Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, the Music Institute of Chicago, and Lake Zurich High School in works for different combinations of strings. We hear music of Mellits, Beethoven, Zupko, Giddens, Esmail, Prokofiev, Puccini and Haydn.

Members of the chamber groups have appeared on Introductions before:
– Pianist Samuel Kim performed alongside his brother, guitarist Joseph Kim, in a double recital in September 2023
– Cellist Jan Vargas Nedvetsky appeared as a soloist in recital in January 2021 and with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in April 2023. He has appeared with chamber groups on Introductions in August 2020, in May 2021 and in August 2022; and was also part of WFMT’s 70th Anniversary Day of Celebration in December 2021.


Marc Mellits: Tapas:
1st movement

Trio Fiammifero: Javier Irizarry, violin; Callia Murray, viola; Cecilia O’Malley, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in D, Op. 70, No. 1, Ghost:
I. Allegro vivace e con brio

Trio Lumina: Julia Kim, violin; Caleb Sim, cello; Samuel Kim, piano

Mischa Zupko: Mong-geum-po-taryung (몽금포타령)

Julia Kim, violin; Elizabeth Vaughan, piano

Rhiannon Giddens: At the Purchaser’s Option

Reena Esmail: The Voyage:
III. The Nine Muses
IV. The Lion’s Spring Dance

Lake Zurich High School Symphony Orchestra; Nathan Sackschewsky, conductor

Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50:
I. Allegro

Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi

Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 3, Emperor:
I. Allegro

Calcifer String Quartet: Zak Chen & Kana Aihara, violins; Leo Zupko, viola; Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, cello