Strad for Lunch Series – Monday, September 14

Edgar Bundy Painting of Antonio Stradivari 1893
Antonio Stradivari by Edgar Bundy 1893

WMP’s Strad for Lunch series starts up again on Monday, September 14.

Every Monday at 12:30pm, they will offer a 45 minute long chamber music concert to the public, and it is free admission with a suggested donation of $10.00. The musicians play on an Antonio Stradivari violin. The idea of the concert series is to offer high quality music to their neighbors while they take their lunch break.

Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:30PM:
The Sphinx competition’s laureate, violinist Mariana Green-Hill will perform Suite for violin and piano by William Grant Still and the Sonata #1 in G Major by Johannes Brahms. She will play with pianist Surry Lee.

Mariana Green-Hill is a Second Prize Winner of The Sphinx Competition. She has also won first place in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Harry and Marion Dubbs Competitions. Mrs. Green-Hill has been a featured guest soloist with the New Jersey, Memphis, Detroit, and Boston Symphony Orchestras and The Boston Pops. In addition to her solo performances, she is an experienced chamber and orchestral musician. The Amaryllis String Quartet, of which she was a member, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (Jr. Division). Mrs. Green-Hill has performed with YoYo Ma, Pamela Frank, Lynn Chang, Marcus Thomson, and with members of the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. She was also a member of the Young Eight String Octet for six seasons. Mariana Green-Hill earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree from the Juilliard School and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music under the respective tutelage of Dean Stephen Clapp, Ann Setzer and Ida Kavafian. She is a co-concertmaster of the Soulful Symphony which performs in collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony and is currently on the violin Faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music- Pr College Division and Project Step. Mariana Green-Hill is the first violinist of the Baldwin String Quartet. She also enjoys performing with various non-classical genres of music. She has recorded with world renown Grammy Award winning gospel artists Donnie McClurkin and Richard Smallwood and has also performed with the “Gorillaz”. She has also recorded with Joss Stone and Grammy award winning artist Alicia Keys.

Pianist Surry Lee first attracted attention in the United States as a winner at the Chautauqua International Piano Competition in 2002. She recently received the Helen Cohn Award at the Manhattan School of Music, which is given to an outstanding pianist in chamber music. Ms. Lee won honours at the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and the Balsam Duo Competition in New York. She has appeared at chamber music concerts in the Weill Hall at Carnegie, at the Chautauqua Institution Guest Artist Recital, the New Triad Workshop, an Evening of 20th Century Work Chamber Concert in New York, the Carnegie Room Concert in Nyack, as well as in solo recitals in the Kulas Hall and the Pavilion Hall in Ohio. Most recently, she has performed chamber music concerts in the Lehmann Hall and Abravanel Hall in Santa Barbara, CA while attending the Music Academy of the West. The concert was sponsored and broadcast on KDB Radio 93.7FM. In Korea, Ms. Lee also won top and special prizes at the National Music Competition, the Korea Piano Duo Competition, and the Samik Piano Competition. Ms. Lee has had orchestral engagements with the Yonsei University Orchestra and the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist in the Seoul Arts Center. After graduating from Yonsei University in South Korea, she came to the United States to study with Paul Shenly at the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance. She is doing her doctoral studies in Piano Accompanying with Heasook Rhee at the Manhattan School of Music after finishing her MM and Professional Studies in the same field. She played in master-classes held by Pinchas Zukerman, Robert Mann, Lambert Orkis, Jonathan Feldman, Anne Epperson, Yong Hee Moon, Julian Martin, Joseph Seiger, Sylvia Rosenberg, Elmar Oliveira and Leonidas Kavakos. Since 2008 she has been invited as a staff collaborative pianist to Bowdoin Music Festival. In demand as a collaborative pianist, she has been playing for such studios as Kyungwha Chung, Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, Lucie Robert, and Marion Feldman and also working with Michelle Kim, Assistant Concertmaster in NY philharmonic.

Monday, September 21st, 2009 @ 12:30PM:
Violinist Gabriela Rengel will perform with guitarist Sylwia Kloc works by Bach, Prokoviev, Paganini and Piazzolla.

WMP Concert Hall is located at 31-33 East 28th Street, between Park and Madison. No food or beverages are permitted in the concert hall. More Details and Source: WMP Concert Hall
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