2012 Summer Concert

Summer-Concert-2012Sinfonietta Nova is once again invited to kick off the Summer Music Series: “and The Beat Goes On…” presented by the West Windsor Arts Council.

The outdoor concert will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Nassau Park Pavilion (between Target and Panera Bread) from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Soloist

Joseph Hsia is a 5th grade student at Village Elementary School in West Windsor. He is the concertmaster of the Village Chamber Orchestra. His accolades include the first place winner in the NJMTA Young Musicians Competition, American Fine Arts Festival, Gala Concert, Golden Strings of America, and Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow. He was also the winner of the String Scholarship at Westminster Conservatory.

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Joseph has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia; Voorhees Chapel at Rutgers University; Dicapo Opera Theatre Concert Hall; Bristol Chapel at Westminster Conservatory; the Liszt School of Music at Weimar, Germany; the University of Music in Wurzburg, Germany; and Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. At age 8, Joseph performed as a soloist with Westminster Orchestra as the first place winner of its concerto competition at Richardson Hall at Princeton. He has participated in the masterclass with Ms. Sheryl Staples, associate concertmaster of New York Philharmonic.

In addition to music, Joseph enjoys reading, science and invention, and studying Greek philosophers and mathematicians. He also loves sports and plays at West Windsor Little League baseball team.

On June 23rd, Joseph is invited to solo with Sinfonietta Nova as part of the West Windsor Arts Council 2012 Summer Music Series. On August 26, he will solo with Ocean City POPS Orchestra at Ocean City, NJ.

Please visit www.westwindsorarts.org for further information.

See you there!

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2012 Season Finale Concert

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 7:30pm

Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

Join in the celebration as we continue our season-long commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. We will present audience favorites from the vast wealth of English folk tunes. On the program will be additional works of George Butterworth, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Sir William Walton, as well as the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar. Walton’s Crown Imperial was played at the coronations of both King George VI and Elizabeth II. Ming F. Hsin, from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will be the violin soloist in the hauntingly beautiful The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.

Music

Walton Crown Imperial (Coronation March)
Butterworth: Two English Idylls
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Ming F. Hsin, violin soloist
Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus”
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Soloist

soloist-200w[1]A native of Taiwan, Ming Feng Hsin’s musical career began as a violin soloist after winning the Glasgow International Violin Competition at the age of 15. He subsequently soloed with the Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC Orchestra and was hailed by the Scotsman as “destined to be one of the giants of the next generation.” A protégé of Yehudi Menuhin, Mr. Hsin has performed throughout Europe, America and Asia as both soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Hsin is also an accomplished conductor. After getting a conducting degree from Juilliard with Otto Werner Mueller, he has worked with numerous orchestras throughout the world,and has led productions of the operas Aida, Flying Dutchman, La Boheme, and Ballo in Maschera. A member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for the past 18 years, Mr. Hsin is married to his colleague in the orchestra Wen Qian, and together they have two young children, Thomas 6 and Olivia 4.

 

Tickets

$15 general admission
$12 seniors
$8 students
children under 12 admission free

Purchased tickets cannot be refunded. If you are unable to use your tickets, you may donate them as a tax-deductible contribution. You can make this tax-deductible donation anytime up to two hours before the concert by sending us an email at tickets@sinfoniettanova.org. Of course, we hope you will attend, but if you cannot, your donation will be gratefully accepted.

Location

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

 

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Spring Concert 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012 – 7:30pm

Family Concert & 2011-2012 Concerto Competition Winners

Purcell: Abdelazer: Suite
Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
   Enrique Rodrigues, violin
Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto in Eb, Op.109
   Brian Kim, alto saxophone
Chausson: Poème, for violin and orchestra, Op.25
  Soyeong Park, violin
Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

 

Tickets

$15 general admission
$12 seniors
$8 students
children under 12 admission free

 

Location

Mayo Concert Hall
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, New Jersey 08628


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Winter 2012 Concert

Winter-2012-ConcertSaturday, January 28, 2012 – 7:30pm

Music from Across the Pond

In anticipation of two big events happening in England in 2012, namely the London Summer Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee (60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II), we are featuring works of some of the most beloved English composers, including Sir William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and George Butterworth. Also on the program is Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (“London”). To pay tribute to Britain’s involvement in World War II, the orchestra is presenting Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue and Battle in the Air Suite.

An added treat will be a pre-concert lecture on The Original Flying Tigers – the untold story of the pioneer aviators of Princeton University who learned to fly before  the war and ultimately flew and fought in “The War to End All Wars” (WW I) – as well as the Battle of Britain (WW II). The lecture will be presented by Michael O’Neal, President of the American Society of Aviation Artists, on January 21, 2012.  Mr. O’Neal’s and his fellow aviation artists’ works will be on display at the lecture and concert. Please check our website for any update regarding the location and time of the lecture.

Music

Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Walton: Battle in the Air Suite
Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
Butterworth: Banks of Green Willow
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 (“London”)

 

Tickets

$15 general admission
$12 seniors
$8 students
children under 12 admission free
Purchased tickets cannot be refunded. If you are unable to use your tickets, you may donate them as a tax-deductible contribution. You can make this tax-deductible donation anytime up to two hours before the concert by sending us an email at tickets@sinfoniettanova.org. Of course, we hope you will attend, but if you cannot, your donation will be gratefully accepted.

Location

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

The Original “Flying Tigers”

Flying-TigersA FREE pre-concert lecture

The lecture will include untold story of the pioneer aviators of Princeton University who learned to fly before the war and ultimately flew and fought in “The War to End All Wars” (WW I), as well as tales on the Battle of Britain (WW II). The lecture will be presented by Michael O’Neal, President of the American Society of Aviation Artists. Mr. O’Neal’s and his fellow aviation artists’ works will be on display at the lecture and concert.

Michael O’Neal

Michael specializes in early aviation subjects from the dawn of flight to the end of World War One. As a historian, his work has appeared in the Journal of the League of WW I Aviation Historians Over the Front, and on the “Wings Over New Jersey” television program. In 1980 he was awarded a grant by the NJ Historical Commission for work on the “NJ Aviators, 1914-1918” a complete record of NJ natives in the Air Service during WWI. Michael has served as Chairman of the Aviation History Subcommittee of the NJ Aviation Advisory Council. The subcommittee’s task is to preserve and promote aviation history throughout the state of NJ. In this role he has lectured to high school and local aviation history groups about early aviation and it’s impact on warfare. He now serves on the Museums Board of Trustees.

An avid artist his whole life, Michael joined the American Society of Aviation Artists in 1991. His paintings have appeared in numerous local and national exhibits in the U.S. and hang in private collections, local galleries and the Group Historian’s office at Langley Air Force Base. He has served Board of Trustees of the ASAA and as the ASAA Scholarship Program Chairman. He is currently Treasurer of the organization. He has also held a private pilot’s certificate since 1979 and owns and flies a 1930 Fleet 7 open cockpit biplane.His paintings have appeared in Over the Front, the journal of League of WWI Aviation Historians along with his own original research. His work has also appeared in WW I Aero – The Journal of the Early Aeroplane, Aviation History Magazine, the Newark Star Ledger, North Brunswick Post, the Princeton Recollector and the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress newspapers.

In 1998 his one man show of original artwork opened at the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and in November 2000 he reprised the display this time supplemented with original WW I Aviation uniforms and memorabilia from the families of NJ natives who flew during WW I and his own private collection.

Scott Whitener

Scott Whitener, Professor Emeritus of Music in the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University, is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, and received his doctorate at Rutgers. At Juilliard, he was first trumpet of the Juilliard Orchestra under the distinguished French conductor, Jean Morel, who influenced his conducting. He began his professional career with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra where he played under Pablo Casals, among others, and later played at the American debut at Carnegie Hall of the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio of Munich under Raphael Kubelik. Dr. Whitener’s book, A Complete Guide to Brass: Instruments and Technique (Schirmer Thomson), now in its third edition, is used at over one hundred universities and is considered the definitive work in the field. He was invited in June, 2006 to present a lecture on playing the trumpet in the high register at the International Trumpet Guild Symposium. Professor Whitener participated in the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble program in Horncastle, England. It was this experience that inspired him to found the Rutgers Brass in 1993. He also studied the interpretation of 16th and 17th century music at Stanford University. Dr. Whitener taught conducting for twenty-four years. Among his former students are Paavo Järvi, principal conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and regular guest conductor of leading orchestras throughout the world, and Gail Lee a guest conductor of orchestras in the Czech Republic and the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. She was for four years associate conductor of the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Professor Whitener was formerly Chair of Brass and continues to serve as Vice Chair of the Department of Music and consultant to the Chair and Dean on a half-time basis.

 

“The First of the Few” Image courtesy of Charles Thompson, original oil on Canvas 20″x30″

Location

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church