Announcing our 2019 Rising Stars!
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” So said the great Brazilian soccer star Pele, and his message is just as important in the world of music as in the world of sport.
Violinist Hsin Lin Alice Lee, pianist Joshua Tromans, and cellist Nathan Kwok know very well the value of working hard and persevering. These three young people are this year’s Rising Stars in the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus’ annual Rising Stars Concert to be held at Fraserview Church on Saturday, February 16th, 2019.
The Richmond Orchestra and Chorus Association is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of this remarkable concert which gives young musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a full orchestra and a professional conductor.
Hsin Lin Alice Lee, Joshua Tromans and Nathan Kwok are all winners in their concerto category at the recent Richmond Music Festival.
Hsin Lin Alice Lee will perform the first movement from Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. This concerto, which took six years to complete, is the last of Mendelssohn’s great orchestral works. Although it follows the traditional concerto form, it also includes many innovative features which were later adopted by many other composers in their own concertos. The concerto was an instant success when it was premiered in Leipzig in 1845. To this day it is considered to be one of the most important violin concertos of all time and is, after all these years, essential repertoire for all aspiring violinists.
Joshua Tromans will be performing the first movement from Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major. Unlike Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was not an instant hit when he first performed it with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1921, although it went on to become the most popular piano concerto of the five which Prokofiev wrote. The concerto is very lively and full of humour and is a good demonstration of Prokofiev's masterful technical skill.
Nathan Kwok’s chosen piece is the Concerto No. 1 in A minor, by Camille Saint-Saëns. This cello concerto was premiered in Paris in 1873 and marked the start of Saint- Saëns’ growing acceptance by the French musical establishment. This concerto is remarkable in that it does not follow the traditional three movement form of earlier concertos but rather is written as one continuous movement. And unlike the Romantic forebears which saw the soloist almost in competition with the orchestra, Saint-Saëns wrote this concerto with the cellist as an integral part of the orchestral fabric while at the same time providing lots of dramatic flair to allow the solo cellist to shine.
Three talented young musicians playing three beautiful pieces of music! The Rising Stars concert is always a highlight of the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus Association’s season and this year will be no exception. These young people are truly inspiring and this concert will be a great musical experience which will live in the hearts and minds of the audience for a long time to come!
CONCERT DETAILS AND TICKETS
Rising Stars 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
7:30 PM 9:30 PM
Fraserview MB Church
11295 Mellis Drive Richmond, BC, V6X 1L8
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