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Judy Kang Violin Concert


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Judy Kang Violin Concert

June 27, 2009 / Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Southminister Church / 15 Aylmer at Bank (View the map)

Benefits go to: The Ottawa Korean Scholarship Foundation(OKSF)

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  • 1. Judy Kang in Concert with pianist Jean Desmarais Saturday June 27, 2009, 8:00 pm Southminster Church presented by the Ottawa Korean Scholarship Foundation
  • 2. Special Thanks to: Alirang Restaurant Arum Korean Market The Canada Korea Society The Embassy of the Republic of Korea Folklore Centre Dr. Frank Lee Capital Dental Centre Green's Food Hair Design Cindella Hanca Times Holy Korean Martyrs Parish James Park Photography KoGoong Restaurant The Korean-Canadian Association of Ottawa Korean Newsweek Kyung Lee MIGA Restaurant Ottawa Kennedy Flowershop Ottawa Korean Community Church The Ottawa Korean Methodist Church Ottawa Sarang Presbyterian Church Polaris Southminster United Church …and of course Judy Kang and Jean Desmarais. 2
  • 3. GREETINGS FROM THE OKSF CHAIR I am delighted and proud to present our first fundraising event, the Judy Kang Violin Concert. Our feature performer, Judy Kang, is a world-renowned Korean- Canadian violinist and the recipient of a loaned Stradivarius violin from the Arts Council of Canada. She will be accompanied on piano by Mr. Jean Desmarais. This event is intended to highlight Korean-Canadian talent and to inspire further contribution between Koreans and Canadians through not only the arts but also the wider community. Judy Kang is as an inspiration and mentor for many of our youths today. Like Judy, the Foundation supports the many paths to artistic and academic success. The OKSF began in September 2008, with 22 founding members, with the purpose of awarding annual scholarships to post-secondary students from the Ottawa area for their academic achievements and involvement in the Korean Community. Last year’s recipients were two students – one from Carleton and another from McGill – who were privileged to have been the first recipients of this scholarship. Our foundation membership door is wide open and we count on the generous support of all your contributions to support the younger generations. It is our wish that, through the support of the OKSF, we can encourage all students to achieve the potential to become leaders of Canada. I would like to express my heart-felt thanks to our sponsors, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Canada Korea Society and the Korean-Canadian Association of Ottawa. My thanks go out to our Board members and the Executive team who have dedicated their valuable time and effort to make this concert possible. Last, but not least, I thank you Judy Kang and Jean Desmarais for your performances this evening. Now let’s begin and enjoy this enchanting summer evening! Thank you. Chung Su Choi Broussard OKSF Chair 3
  • 4. GREETINGS FROM THE AMBASSADOR OF KOREA Good evening OKSF Board Members, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I am honored to be here this evening as we join together to support the Ottawa Korean Scholarship Foundation at this wonderful benefit concert. Since its inception on September 1st of 2008, the Ottawa Korean Scholarship Foundation has garnered the support of the Korean-Canadian Association of Ottawa, the Canada-Korea Society and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. The Ottawa Korean Scholarship Foundation provides an important incentive for post- secondary students of Korean ancestry in and around the national capital region. Last year, two deserving and outstanding students were the first recipients of this commendable scholarship. Later this year, two more exceptional students will receive the scholarship. It is of utmost importance that we, as Koreans, encourage our children to become the leaders of tomorrow, whether in our native Korea or abroad. This scholarship is one vehicle by which we can provide such motivation. We are very fortunate to have Korean-Canadian violinist Judy Kang to entertain us this evening. It is only fitting that this world-renowned and internationally-acclaimed Korean- Canadian artist will be performing here tonight. In many ways, Ms. Kang exemplifies the characteristics that are sought after among the applicants of this wonderful scholarship. Thank you for being here this evening to support of the Ottawa Korean Scholarship Foundation. It is my hope that this scholarship fund will be a tradition for many years to come. Thank you, and please enjoy the performance. Sincerely, Chan-ho Ha Ambassador 4
  • 5. ABOUT THE OTTAWA KOREAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION (OKSF) The Foundation was formed to not only encourage scholastic endeavors but to promote community involvement to Koreans and Canadians living in Ottawa. Children today have access to a global world as it has never been accessible before. Channeling information and opportunity into action requires the will and desire. More importantly, it requires parents and the community to not only support Children’s aspirations, but to inspire them to lead the next generation forward. Through the generosity of our supporters, the OKSF provides financial support in order to promote leadership, community, and multicultural values through higher academic learning. The aim is to foster a sense of community through collaboration and information sharing between Korean and Canadian students, not only to strengthen the Korean Community but also to support Korean-Canadian relationships as part of Canada’s national multicultural identity. 5
  • 6. PROGRAMME Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Opus 23 (Ludwig van Beethoven) 1. Presto 2. Andante scherzoso, più allegretto 3. Allegro molto Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major (Maurice Ravel) 1. Allegretto 2. Blues: Moderato 3. Perpetuum mobile: Allegro INTERMISSION Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 2 (Eugène Ysaÿe) 1. Obsession - Prelude: Poco vivace 2. Malinconia - Poco lento 3. Danse des ombres - Sarabande (Lento) 4. Les Furies - Allegro furioso Nocturne No. 20, Op. Posth. in C-sharp minor (Arr. By Nathan Milstein) (Frédéric Chopin) Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25 (Pablo de Sarasate) 6
  • 7. The Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor was composed in 1801. It was received favourably among critics at the time. This work along with other Beethoven compositions was dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries and was means to be published with Violin Sonata No. 5 (“Spring Sonata”). However it was published on different sized paper, so the opus numbers had to be split. In his Sonata for Violin and Piano, Ravel is said to have handled the violin and piano relationship to “[emphasize] their irreconcilability through independence”. Each movement highlights classical structure, bitonality, and countermotives, ending with a riveting uninterrupted series of 16th notes, leaving the audience enraptured to the last note. In Ysaÿe’s Sonatas for Solo Violin, he used prominent characteristics of early 20th century music, such as whole tone scales, dissonances, and quarter tones. Ysaÿe also employed virtuoso bow and left hand techniques throughout. Each sonata was dedicated to one of Ysaÿe’s contemporary violinists: Joseph Szigeti (No. 1), Jacques Thibaud (No. 2), George Enescu (No. 3), Fritz Kreisler (No. 4), Mathieu Crickboom (No. 5), and Manuel Quiroga (No. 6). Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp minor was composed in the year 1830 for solo piano and dedicated to his older sister, Ludwika Chopin. Beginning with a mellow introduction, the theme shifts to a dreamy pianissimo. It returns to the original theme in C-sharp major. Piano-violin arrangements have been made and often performed to evocate the original spirit of this composition. The Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25, by Pablo de Sarasate, is a violin fantasy on themes from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. The piece contains an adaptation of the Aragonaise, Habanera, an interlude, Seguidilla, and the Gypsy Dance. 7
  • 8. JUDY KANG Canadian violinist Judy Kang, has established herself as one of the most prestigious violinists of this generation. She began her solo career at the tender age of 4 in her native Edmonton, Canada and since toured all across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Carribean Islands. She has performed in recital and with all the major orchestras and ensembles of Canada and those of the US, Europe, and Asia. In a nationally acclaimed televised performance at age 10 with the National Arts Center Orchestra, The Ottawa Citizen enthusiastically stated, "If there was a star tonight, it was Judy Kang. Blessed with a gift for the violin that is exceptional, she moves about the instrument at her disposal with an ease that is awe-inspiring." She made her debut to a sold-out audience in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. She was accepted with full scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 11, and at just 17, she graduated with a Bachelor in Music as one of the youngest graduates in its history. Upon graduation, Ms Kang captured the Grand-Prize as well as the "Best Interpretation” prize at the CBC Competition for Young Performers, Canada's most honoured competition. Ms Kang gave a solo performance for former Canadian prime-minister Brian Mulroney and former US president Bill Clinton. She has performed at major festivals as Marlboro, Ravinia, Bargemusic, Manchester, Aspen, Evian, Banff, Orford, Ste. Petronille, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival, Lenaudiere International Festival, the 'Focus’ Festival in New York, the Northern Lights Festival in Mexico, and has performed and given master classes at the 'Sean Jackson and Friends Festival’ for the development of classical music in Barbados. As a member of the renowned ensemble Sejong, Ms Kang toured Asia and America and was presented as soloist and concert-master with Sejong in performances across the US, Korea, the UK, France and at the launching of the Great Mountains Festival and School in Korea, where she also coached chamber 8
  • 9. music each summer. She frequently collaborates with living composers and has worked closely with notable composers, Leon Kirchner, Richard Danielpour, Alexander Goehr, Huang Ruo, Michael Patterson, and Pierre Boulez, with whom, after an intense week of collaboration, lead to a successful culminating concert. Canadian composer, Michael Matthews, has written a violin concerto for her. A founding member of the piano quartet 'Made In Canada', formed at the Banff Center in 2006, the group immediately earned recognition in their native Canada and have received scholarships and awards including the eminent 2006 Galaxie Rising Stars Award. They were featured in Chatelaine Magazine for Women as one of 80 women to watch. At the age of 19, Ms Kang was granted the Lily Foldes Scholarship from the Juilliard School, and graduated with a Masters Degree. She became the first graduate, with high honours, of the prestigious Artist Diploma at the Manhattan School of Music, which holds the distinction of the highest level of education, significantly above all other programs. Her mentors include Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Lorand Fenyves, Aaron Rosand, and Felix Galimir. She won many competitions locally, nationally and internationally such as the Grand- Prize of the Canadian Music Competition several years in a row, and top prizes at the Nielsen, Dong-A, Kreisler, and Naumburg International Violin Competitions. Ms Kang won the 'Sylva Gelber' Prize given to the most talented musician under 30. In recognition of her outstanding achievement and contribution to the arts, she is featured as an accomplished artist and inspiration in a book entitled Korea and Canada: A Shared History. Ms Kang is a mentor and artist for Young Audiences (YA), the nation's largest nonprofit arts in education organization. She is also an artist and ambassador for WorldVision, a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. Ms Kang has performed on a 1747 "Palmason" Januarius Gagliano, generously awarded by the Canada Council. She currently plays on the 1689 "Baumgartner" Stradivarius, also on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts. 9
  • 10. JEAN DESMARAIS International performing artist and pedagogue, pianist Jean Desmarais earned his Masters degree and Premier Prix in Piano and Chamber Music at the Conservatoire in Montreal and continues his studies in Paris, Berlin and in the USA. He studied with Monique Collet-Samyn, Anisia Campos, Monique Deschaussées, Johanna Stieler and Dalton Baldwin. He has been a member of the new Canadian music Pierrot Ensemble and premiered over 60 works written by Canadian composers. Mr. Desmarais has been guest soloist of many orchestras including: National Arts Centre Ochestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Brasov (Romania), Philharmonic Orchestra of Stettin (Poland), Philharmonic Orchestra of Chihuahua (Mexico), I Musici of Montreal, Les violins du Roy, Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau-Monde and many others. He has collaborated with artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Ben Heppner, Pinchas Zukerman, Donna Brown, Amanda Forsyth, Tracy Dahl, Robert Cram, Ian Clarke, Timothy Hutchins, Andrew Dawes, Ted Baskin, Bob Becker, Alain Trudel, Denis Lawlor, Rivka Golani, Joel Quarrington, Charles Hamman, Jessica Linnebach, Yosuke Kawasaki, Kimball Sykes, the Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc and many more. Recently he was hired as a coach for the Canadian Opera Company for its productions of Verdi Don Carlos (Original 1867 French version), Pelléas et Mélisande by Charles Debussy, War and Peace by Prokofiev and Dvorak`s Rusalka. In November 2007, he was the only Canadian pianist performing in the 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration of the famous recital given by Glenn Gould in 1957. This concert took place at the Tchaikowski Conservatory in Moscow. This past winter he was also performing a “Haydn” solo recital for an international Conference of the composer for the 200th anniversary of his death. 10
  • 11. Mr. Desmarais if the Artistic Director of Southminster Music for Charity and Community (Ottawa) and co-founding director of the Pontiac Enchante; a music festival in Luskville, Quebec. As an international performer, he has embarked on a collaboration with Baritone Denis Lawlor that enables him to perform art songs and chamber music on restored historical instruments in Berlin. He has performed in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Poland, Switzerland and the USA. He has performed for many concerts broadcast on SRC/CBC, at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and for the chamber music series Music for Sunday Afternoon (NAC) Mr. Desmarais has received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canada for his remarkable contribution to the arts. 11
  • 12. OKSF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Advisors Rev. Fr. Hyun Chul Gregory Kim Rev. Young Do Ko Dr. Soo Bin Park Rev. Kyung Whan Lee Chair/CEO Chung Su Choi Broussard, CGA Secretary General Dr. Bum Soo Kim Treasurer Su Gon Yu Communications Executive Bomi Lee Directors Dr. Hong Keun Cho Dr. Jong Hoon Kim 12
  • 13. MEMBERSHIP LIST FOUNDING MEMBERS MEMBERS 2008-2009 Chung Su Choi Broussard Kap Soon Choi (Miga Restaurant) Hong Keun Cho Hae Taek Chung Sung Dae Cho Eun Ju Kim (HANCA Times) Bum Soo Kim Se Yong Kwak Hyun Chul Kim In Soon Lee Hyung Gwon Kim Kyung Lee Jong Hoon Kim Myung Hoon Sohn (Korean Ki Hong Kim Newsweek) Young Do Ko Hyang Duk Sung Bomi Lee Choong Hee Lee Tae Eun Lee Jin Hyung Lim Joon Soo Oh Hak Joon Oh Chul Gyu Park Jung Soo Park Soo Bin Park Sang Yong Shim Kyung Ja Uhm Sung Kuk Yang Su Gon Yu 13
  • 14. Alirang Restaurant Miga Restaurant Dr. Frank Lee Capital Dental Centre Ottawa Kennedy Flower Shop Helen Eum, Keller Williams Ottawa Realty Ltd. 14
  • 15. Alirang Restaurant Miga Restaurant Dr. Frank Lee Capital Dental Centre Ottawa Kennedy Flower Shop Helen Eum, Keller Williams Ottawa Realty Ltd. 15
  • 16. Back Cover 16