Chamber music at the library is not new, but this concert on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 @ 7:30 pm is very special.
Family members and friends of Karen Kotulis-Carter, Bloomfield Township Library Director, will perform this concert in memory of her late husband, Bruce Carter.
This event is free due to memorial donations, the Friends of Bl. Twp. Library, and family love.
The Community Room at the library will fill quickly. I wish this could be taped and archived for more to enjoy. This is one "partnership" of community that I embrace. The Friends of Bloomfield Township accepts memberships and donations so they may present other fine programs throughout the year.
The program will begin with:
Rite of Spring for Piano Four Hands Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).
Ellen Ryun Hwangbo, piano; Scott Nelson, piano
Selections from Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sheryl Sul Hwangbo, violin
Concertpiece George Enesco (1881-1955)
James Van Valkenburg, viola; Pauline Martin, piano
Romanze, Op. 85 Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Thomas Carter, viola; Ellen Ryun Hwangbo, piano
Tom Carter, son, is a graduate of U of M with many music degrees specializing in viola. He has studied with Yizhak Schotten and is an avid chamber musician. He is currently attending the New York University School of Law.
Ellen Ryun Hwangbo, wife of Tom Carter, is pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at SUNY Stony Brook, where she is a teaching assistant under luminary pedagogue Gilbert Kalish. She has been a top prizewinner in competitions and is an active chamber musician who has performed with world renowned musicians.
Sheryl Sul Hwangbo, is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician on the violin. She has degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Currently she is a full scholarship recipient in the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. Sheryl will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May.
James Van Valkenburg is currently the Assistant Principal Viola of the Detroit symphony Orchestra. He has toured the world with concerts, won notable prizes, enjoyed chamber music collaborations with many musicians, and has several recordings on the Koch International label. He became a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings in 2004.
Pauline Martin is a Canadian born pianist with world-class recognition for solo and chamber music performances. She has recorded for the Naxos, Koch, and CRS labels. Pauline is a founding member of the St. Clair Trio and serves as Artistic Director for the Pro Mozart Society of Detroit.
Scott Nelson graduated from U of M in Wind Instrument performance. He also studied piano with Julius Chajes and Fontaine Laing. Currently, Scott is a professional piano technician and rebuilder who has prepared pianos for numerous concert artists.
The above information was taken (in part) from the program brochure that will be provided at the concert. What a talented group to perform at the Bloomfield Township Library!
This concert is open to the surrounding communities. I encourage Bloomfield Township residents that wish to attend, to arrive early.