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Yale Philharmonia presents concerti and more in Sprague Hall Feb. 26

Philharmonia's annual concert in Sprague Hall features Artist Diploma candidates Wai Yin Wong and Evanna Chiew
February 15, 2016

13-004 Yale Philharmonia — Yale School of Music 2013The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. Conducting fellow Heejung Park will lead the orchestra in works by Beethoven, Lieberson, and Haydn.

The first half of the program will feature the two students in the School of Music’s newly revised Artist Diploma program: pianist Wai-Yin Wong and mezzo-soprano Evanna Chiew. Wong will open the program as the soloist in Beethoven‘s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37.

Mezzo-soprano Evanna Chiew will join the orchestra for the Neruda Songs by American composer Peter Lieberson. Written for his wife, singer Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the work is a cycle of five songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra set to love poems by twentieth-century poet Pablo Neruda.

After intermission, Park will lead the orchestra in a performance of Haydn‘s Symphony No. 94 in G major. Nicknamed the “Surprise” symphony, the popular Haydn work is known for the sudden fortissimo chord that pierces the otherwise tranquil second movement. When asked by his biographer George August Griesinger about his motives, Haydn explained that he was interested in “surprising the audience with something new; and making a brilliant debut, so that my student Pleyel… should not outdo me.”

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $8 for Yale faculty & staff, $5 for students. Purchase online, call 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.

The event will also stream live on the School of Music’s website.

About the Artists

Born in Hong Kong, Wai Yin Wong began studying the piano at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Academy in 2013 and went on to pursue her master’s degree with a full scholarship at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University under Boris Slutsky. Wai Yin has been the recipient of awards including first prize in the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in Australia, second prize in the 17th Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Gold Medal in the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine. She has given recitals across the world, in cities including Brisbane, Canberra, Paris, Cairo, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Taiwan. A Young Steinway Artist, she is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Yale School of Music, studying with Boris Berman.

Canadian mezzo-soprano Evanna Chiew studies with Doris Yarick Cross at the Yale School of Music and completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia. Straight out of high school, she made her operatic debut as the Abbess in the UBC Opera Ensemble’s production of Suor Angelica. Since then, she has played other major roles such as Prince Charming (Cendrillon), Nancy (Albert Herring), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), and Dorabella (Così fan tutte). She has made concert appearances in Dvorák’s Stabat Mater with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir’s Sing-along Messiah, and Vancouver Opera’s Voices of the Pacific Rim concert. Most recently, she sang in Bach’s Magnificat with the Vancouver Oratorio Society, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the UBC Symphony Orchestra. Evanna was the recipient of the 2009 Governor General’s Bronze Academic Medal, the UBC President’s Entrance Scholarship, the UBC Major Entrance Scholarship, and the Trek Scholarship for Continuing Studies. She is a two-time recipient of the Harry and Marjorie Anne Slim Memorial Scholarship in Music, the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society bursary, and the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship for study in Austria.

Originally from South Korea, Heejung Park is a dynamic rising conductor. Mr. Park began his study of music at the age of 26, leaving his career as a mathematician behind in 2004. He studied conducting at the Korean National University of the Arts, where he was received his Bachelor of Music degree cum laude. He earned his master’s degree from the Sibelius Academy under the tutelage of Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula. His work as a guest conductor includes engagements across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has guest conducted professional orchestras such as the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, and NYKY Ensemble in Finland; the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico; and the Suwon City Orchestra and Kwacheon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. He was the founding conductor of the Dyne Classical Orchestra and Theatre, which focused specifically on ballet and theater. Currently, he is a second-year Artist Diploma student at the Yale School of Music, where he is also the assistant conductor of the Yale Philharmonia. In addition, he is the music director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra and an assistant conductor of Symphony S.O.N.G. in South Korea. His current teachers include Shinik Hahm and William Boughton.