(Matthew Septimus)

WQXR Presents Midday Masterpieces

in collaboration with The Juilliard School

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

1:00 PM

Take a respite from your busy work day with the glories of classical music.

Hear rising stars from The Juilliard School perform selections from some of classical music’s best-loved composers in The Greene Space.  Leave the emails, phone calls, and stress behind, and settle in for an hour of musical serenity.

Today's performance features an all-Schubert program with vocal artists from the Juilliard School.

These free concerts take place the first Wednesday of every month through June. Learn more here.

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PERFORMERS 

Pianist HoJae Lee is the grand-prize winner of numerous competitions, including the Rotary Club Music Competition, Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, and the Korean TV-Radio Music Competition. Mr. Lee recently won 2016 Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital Audition. Recent performances include recitals in Salzburg, Budapest, Prague, Riga, and the United Nations in Vienna. Mr. Lee made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he later pursued piano studies in Moscow and Toronto, where he studied with Marietta Orlov. He is a graduate student at Juilliard, where he studies with Margo Garrett. He had additional private coachings with Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Roger Vignoles, Helmut Deutsch and Marilyn Horne. Mr. Lee was awarded vocal piano fellowships from the 2015 Aspen Music Festival and the 2016 Music Academy of the West, and is a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship.

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Tenor Miles Mykkanen is currently in the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at Juilliard. He also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the school under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann.   The 2016-2017 season sees Mr. Mykkanen performing the title role in of Bernstein’s Candide, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus den Serail, and in the world-premiere of Kristin Kuster's Kept: A Ghost Story.  His upcoming concert appearances include performances of Händel's Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. The Sullivan Foundation recently named Mr. Mykkanen as a winner of the 2016 Sullivan Foundation Award. He celebrated his Carnegie Hall recital debut last season, and was featured on PBS Great Performances in a documentary of Renée Fleming's American Voices Festival. 

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Born in South Korea, Jinhee Park has been playing piano at the age of 6. She graduated from Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School in 2006 and 2009. Jinhee received her bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University where she studied with Ikjoo Moon. As a collaborative pianist, she has been working with numerous talented musicians both vocalists and instrumentalists from The Juilliard School. She has performed throughout many different countries including Korea, China and U.S.A. She also participated in Aspen Music Festival in 2013 and now she is mainly performing in New York. She has played in the masterclass of Alan Smith, Brian Zeger, Robert McDonald, Rita Sloan and Roger Vignoles. Currently she is pursuing Master’s degree at The Juilliard School studying with Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Andrew Harley and Dianne Richardson.

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Hailed by Opera News as “exquisite,” American pianist Chris Reynolds has made a name for himself as both a soloist and a collaborator. He studies at The Juilliard School in New York with Margo Garrett, Brian Zeger, JJ Penna, and Jonathan Feldman.  Performances include those in Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Bayreuth, and Merkin Hall. He has worked with and received guidance from Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Isabel Leonard, Dawn Upshaw, Graham Johnson, and Jake Heggie. He has been a fellow at Aspen, Caramoor, and SongFest, and is on the faculty of the International Meistersinger Akademie in Germany. 

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Bass Alex Rosen, a native of La Cañada, CA, is a first year candidate for the artist diploma in opera studies at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens. Prior to his arrival in New York, he was twice a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where he sang the roles of Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro (2015) and Curio in Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2014). Most recently, he sang Sciarrone in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Tosca in Miller Outdoor Theater. This season, he will sing the role of Dikoj in Juilliard’s production of Katya Kabanova (2017). 

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Tenor Matthew Swensen is completing his master’s degree at Juilliard where he studies with Robert C. White Jr. Roles at Juilliard include Pane in La Calisto, the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, and Le Fils in Les mamelles de Tirésias. Mr. Swensen is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Robert Swensen and Kathryn Cowdrick. He was the tenor soloist in Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor with the Eastman Chorale and Orchestra, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, and was the 2015 winner of the Jesse Kneisel Lieder Competition. Last season he sang in The Song Continues festival at Carnegie Hall, Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin in Paul Hall, and made his Alice Tully Hall debut with songs from Scandinavia. In December he makes his professional debut at Carnegie Hall with the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra.

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Hailed by the New York Times as having "extraordinary virtuosity and elegance,” soprano, Angela Vallone, is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens.  Ms. Vallone has participated in master classes with Marilyn Horne (The Song Continues), Brigitte Fassbaender, and Patricia Racette among others. Previous performance highlights include Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs for Sue with Juilliard’s AXIOM New Music Ensemble, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito at The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall with The Moscow Philharmonic Society, the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto among many others. This past summer she attended the Mozart Residency in Aix-en-Provence. Her upcoming engagements include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and joining the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt.

 

PROGRAM

Angela Vallone, soprano

Chris Reynolds, piano   

Viola, D. 786

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Matthew Swensen, tenor

Jinhee Park, piano

Erlkönig, D. 328

Die liebe Farbe (from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795)

Die Böse Farbe (from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795)

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Miles Mykkanen, tenor

HoJae Lee, piano

Ganymed, D. 544                            

Abendstern, D. 806

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren, D. 360

Auf der Bruck, D. 853

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Alex Rosen, bass

Chris Reynolds, piano

An Sylvia, D.891

Fischerweise, D.881

Prometheus, D. 674