Grace Park, Direct from Carnegie Hall

Concert is sold out. Doors open at 6:30.

Program

Grace Park returns to the Methow Valley for our 2016 Valentine Concert, Sat. Feb. 13, 7:00pm at the Merc Playhouse. She will perform, among other romantic works for strings, LigNEouS 1 for Marimba and String Quartet by Andy Akiho, an exciting new piece that she performed last year with the Ensemble ACJW in New York.

Grace Park at the 2015 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivalphoto credit: Marcy Stamper

Ms. Park's career began as a child when, "I started playing the violin because I wanted to spend more time with my best friend. She had just started taking music lessons, which sadly meant that we couldn't have our 'play time dates' on Wednesdays anymore, so I asked my mom if I could join. ..." From there her career blossomed and she now counts among her friends and supporters people at Julliard, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the New England Conservatory, and St. Petersburg.

We are thrilled to have her here, back in the Methow Valley, in front of you, the world's warmest and most appreciative audience.

Andy Akiho's LIgNEouS 1 at SubCulture in NYC performed by Ensemble ACJW.

Andy Akiho

Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer whose diverse interests run from steel-pan drumming to traditional classical music. His compositions have been recently performed by the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics, the Calder Quartet, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

His rhythmic compositions appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners and continue to increase in recognition. LIgNEouS 1 for Marimba and Strings was commissioned by John and Astrid Baumgardner for the 2010 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Here is a recording of Grace playing LIgNEouS 1 with the ACJW at SubCulture in NYC. The performers include Jack Stulz on viola, whom you may remember from our 2013 season.

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Carnegie Hall, as the performers see it from onstage.Carnegie Hall

Ensemble ACJW

Created in 2007 as a joint venture of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School, Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of young professional musicians. Each serves a two-year fellowship in the program. The Ensemble helps them build careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.

Grace served in the program from 2012 through 2014. Ensemble ACJW fellows—chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership qualities and commitment to music education—come from some of the best music schools in the country, including The Colburn School , Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern California, and Yale School of Music.

"The new face of classical music for New York ... these performers have the musical goods," said The New York Times. This is just one of the many accolades Ensemble ACJW has received for the quality of its performances and its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music—from centuries past to works written days before an event—in a variety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in NoHo, and Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble ACJW gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.

Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond, Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their artistry with—and become central resources for—music classrooms in the five boroughs. Ensemble ACJW fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school work.

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Grace Park with the NEC Philmarmonia (2012)

Here is a recording of Grace playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The recording was made in March of 2012 with the NEC Philharmonia, David Loebel, conducting.

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About Grace

Grace Park is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue. Her diverse career has carried her from the world's foremost concert halls to inner city schools as a soloist, collaborator, coach, and multi-disciplinary educator. Currently in residence at Carnegie Hall as part of the Academy Carnegie Juilliard Weill (ACJW) program, Ms. Park pairs her elite musicianship with a fervent commitment to community engagement.

As a soloist, Ms. Park has been the featured artist at The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Jordan Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Grace Rainey Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum, The Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg. A laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloist Competition, Ms. Park has also achieved many competitive successes. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park has performed with a variety of ensembles around the world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair.

In 2012, she performed the world premiere of Samuel Carl Adams' String Sextet, and she will premiere a Carnegie Hall commissioned work from emerging composer Andy Akiho in the 2013-14 season. She has also been recognized for her work in the Vitas Quartet, her chamber collaborations at Trinity Wall Street's "Concerts at One", and her many performances at prestigious venues such as the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove and the Perlman Music Program's Chamber Music Workshop. While pursuing her bachelor's and master's degrees at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, Ms. Park achieved the unprecedented honor of sweeping both of the school's concerto competitions in the same year.

She was handpicked to represent NEC in an inaugural series of house concerts and a live performance on WGBH television to promote upcoming performances. Ms. Park has received support from a variety of institutions and foundations including The Colburn Foundation, Mandell Collection, Leni Fe Bland Foundation, Young Musician's Debut Foundation, and Dorothy Starling Foundation.