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Young Concert Artists 50th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

7:00 PM

Celebrate the 50th anniversary season of Young Concert Artists with stirring performances from generations of talented musicians. Robert Sherman, the voice of WQXR’s The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase, hosts a festive tribute to Young Concert Artists (YCA), the ground-breaking organization that discovered and developed the careers of many of today’s renowned musicians.

The concert features YCA alumni Tim Fain (violin), Ida Kavafian (viola), Marcy Rosen (cello) and Kenji Bunch (YCA composer) and current YCA artists in a program of solo and chamber music by Dvorák, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Antonio Lauro, and Kenji Bunch (full program below). Highlighting YCA generations, Ida Kavafian will perform with two of her violin protégés, Bella Hristova and Benjamin Beilman, and Tim Fain and Marcy Rosen will play with current YCA pianist Chu-Fang Huang.

Benjamin Beilman, Violin
Robert Belinić, Guitar
Kenji Bunch, Viola
Tim Fain, Violin
Bella Hristova, Violin
Chu-Fang Huang, Piano
Gleb Ivanov, Piano
Ida Kavafian, Viola
Marcy Rosen, Cello


DVORÁK - Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74, for Two Violins & Viola, selections
Bella Hristova, Benjamin Beilman, violin; Ida Kavafian, viola

RACHMANINOFF - Etude-Tableau in A minor, Op 39, No. 2 – Lento assai
Mélodie in E Major Op. 3, No.3
Humoresque, Op. 10, No. 5
Gleb Ivanov, piano

BACH - Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998
Robert Belinić, guitar

KENJI BUNCH - The 3Gs for Solo Viola
Kenji Bunch, viola

MENDELSSOHN - Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 – Molto allegro ed agitato
Tim Fain, violin; Marcy Rosen, cello; Chu-Fang Huang, piano

Young Concert Artists, Inc.

Over a half-century, Young Concert Artists has brought forth a diverse array of renowned artists who are deeply involved in our musical life performing as soloists on every concert and opera stage in the world, as conductors and principals of major orchestras, as members of esteemed ensembles, as founders of music festivals and as mentors to the new generation of brilliant musicians.

Young Concert Artists, Inc. was founded as a non-profit organization in 1961 by Susan Popkin (now Wadsworth), to discover and launch the careers of extraordinary musicians, and since 1994 it has also filled that role for outstanding young composers.  YCA musicians are chosen through the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions.  The musicians compete against a standard of excellence – not each other – a concept that originated with Young Concert Artists, and any number of First Prize winners can be chosen each year.

Winners win management for three or more years, and opportunities to perform New York, Washington and Boston recital debuts, concert engagements throughout the U. S. as well as experience in educational outreach. 

Young Concert Artists’ achievements are generously encouraged and supported by individual philanthropists, private and public foundations, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Hosted by:

Robert Sherman