Concert Notes:

Family Pops Concert on May 4, 2008, 3:00 pm

Family Concert in Brookline May 4

Read bios of our guest artists here.

The Parkway Concert Orchestra will perform in a family concert "Mostly America" on Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. in the Fiske Hall at Dexter School, 20 Newton Street, Brookline. This concert is presented at no charge for the public by the Dexter and Southfield Schools.

Music Director and Conductor Peter Freisinger has chosen a lively program, including the world premiere of Korean-American composer Jae Hyeok Jang's "Awakening Dawn," commissioned by the PCO, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," Sousa's "Thunderer March," and Leroy Anderson's "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" featuring trumpet virtuoso Fred Sienkiewicz, a Jamaica Plain resident. The program also includes the Finale of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5", performed by instrumental students from the Dexter and Southfield Schools, directed by Tim Watrous, joining the PCO.

For more information please call 617-522-5544.

The Program:

Overture to Don GiovanniWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Finale of Symphony No. 5, Op. 67Ludwig von Beethoven, arr. Richard Meyer
Instrumental students from the Dexter and Southfield Schools, directed by Tim Watrous, joined by the Parkway Concert Orchestra
Scheherazade, Op. 35
III. The Young Prince And The Young Princess
IV. The Festival Of Baghdad/The Sea/The Ship Breaks against a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
-- Intermission --
Awakening Dawn (world premiere)Jae Hyeok Jang
A Trumpeter's LullabyLeroy Anderson
Fred Sienkiewicz, trumpet soloist
Highlights from Disney’s “Mary Poppins”Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, arr. Frederick Muller
“Sea to Shining Sea” (America the Beautiful)James Curnow
Instrumental students from the Dexter and Southfield Schools, directed by Tim Watrous
The ThundererJohn Philip Sousa

Guest Artist Jae Hyeok Jang (composer, conductor)

A Korean-born composer, Jae Hyeok Jang writes music in the spirit and image of Korea. He focuses on the Korean emotion and concept han (bitter sorrow). “Awakening Dawn”, composed for the Parkway Concert Orchestra, portrays a transcendent side of han in Western musical vocabulary.

Dr. Jang studied composition at Keimyung University, Manhattan School of Music, and Boston University (doctorate). His composition teachers include Lukas Foss, Aaron Jay Kernis, Samuel Headrick, Marjorie Merryman, and Nils Viegeland. He also studied at the Mozarteum, IRCAM, Fontainebleau, and Avignon with Helmut Lachenmann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Kaaja Saariaho, Marco Stroppa, and Samuel Adler. Dr. Jang taught at BU, and is currently on faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) where he conducts and teaches composition. He is also Music Director of Korean Presbyterian Church in Greater Boston.

Dr. Jang has been commissioned by BU Tanglewood Institute and the Da-ism Contemporary Music Festival. His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and America, and has been premiered on Korean Broadcasting System.

Guest Artist Frederick Sienkiewicz (Trumpet Soloist)

Frederick Sienkiewicz is an emerging artist-teacher of trumpet in the Greater Boston area. Last year he finished his studies at the New England Conservatory, with former Boston Symphony principal Charles Schlueter, and earned his Master of Music degree with academic honors and a concentration in Music-in-Education (2007). Mr. Sienkiewicz is now an active freelance performer, appearing throughout New England with ensembles such as the Harvard Group for New Music, OperaHub, New Bedford Symphony, Granite State Symphony, and the North Country Chamber Players. A Western Massachusetts native, Fred was born and raised in Westfield and earned his Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude and departmental honors in music, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2005). In his free time, Fred enjoys hiking, bicycling, kayaking, running, and yoga.

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