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Shintaro Taneda, age 15, is a sophomore at Lynnwood High School. A violin student of Margaret Pressley, Shintaro has attended the Seattle Conservatory of Music as a Dorothy Richard Starling Scholar where he studies music academics and performs in SCM’s Chamber Music and Collegiate-Performance Preparation Program. Shintaro held the Concertmaster position of the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Junior Symphony in 2016. He made his debut with orchestra in March 2014, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins with Seattle Festival Orchestra at Seattle’s Town Hall. As winner of the Bainbridge Symphony’s Concerto Competition, Shintaro performed his solo debut with that orchestra in 2015. He has won prizes in the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside Competition, the Simon-Fiset String Competition and received Outstanding Certificates of Merit in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. A Finalist in the Sammamish Symphony Youth Concerto and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competitions, Shintaro also received recognition in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association’s State Competition. Summer Camps have included Center Stage Strings, studying with Danielle Belen, Meadowmount School of Music under the tutelage of Gerardo Ribeiro and the Aspen School of Music, where he studied with Naoko Tanaka. Shintaro pursues a career as a professional violinist.
Kayla Yagi-Bacon is a 9th grader at Northshore Junior High School in Bothell, Washington. She began playing the violin at the age of 5 with Cynthia Staruck. Kayla joined the Margaret Pressley Violin Studio and Seattle Conservatory of Music in 2012 where she currently holds a Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Scholarship. She made her debut with orchestra in 2014, performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in F Major for Three Violins with the Seattle Festival Orchestra at Seattle’s Town Hall. In that same year, she and five other Starling Violin Scholars made their recital debut in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, presenting a self-directed ‘Violin Virtuosity!’. Kayla has presided as Concertmistress of the Seattle Youth Symphony’s ‘Junior’ Orchestra and Principal Second Violin of the Seattle Youth Symphony. She has won 1st place three consecutive years in the Concerto and Solo divisions of the Performing Arts of the Eastside Competition, a medalist in the Junior Division of Seattle Music Teacher Association’s Simon-Fiset String Competition and was awarded Outstanding Merits of Recognition in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival in 2015. In 2016, Kayla won 2nd Place in the Coeur D’Alene Symphony’s National Young Artists Competition, and made her solo debut in August. Kayla enjoys playing in ensembles through Seattle Conservatory’s Chamber Music Program. Summer camps have included ‘Marrowstone in the City’, ‘Music in the Mountains’ in Durango, Colorado and the ‘Meadowmount School of Music’ in Westport, New York where she has studied the past two summers. She is looking forward to attending Aspen this summer, as she pursues a career as a professional violinist in the future.
Takumi Taguchi, a sophomore at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, WA, is a student of Simon James of the Seattle Symphony and piano collaborator Hiro David, having previously studied with Mihoko Hirata. He has won several competitions, including the 2013 16th Suzuki World Convention Concerto Competition the 2013 David Tonkonogui Memorial Award presented by Music of Remembrance, the 2015 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, the 2016 KING FM Young Artist Awards/ Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the 2016 Seattle Symphony Young Artist Awards. Additionally, he was a semifinalist at the 2015 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition in Zhuhai, China, and 2016 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in London, UK. He was a member of the Pike Street Quartet which won the coveted Haydn Prize and Bronze Medals at 2015 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition. As one of ten student artists selected for the 2015 Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies, Takumi performed in master classes and recitals at the Juilliard School in New York. He had spent two summers at Meadowmount School of Music before he joined Aaron Rosand Intensive Violin Program at Summit Music Festival on a merit scholarship. He is a regular performer on the Music of Remembrance concerts at Benaroya Recital Hall both as a soloist and chamber musician often collaborating with members of the Seattle Symphony. Outside of music, he has been enjoying Japanese calligraphy for the past 10 years.
Overture to The Tsar’s Bride
Born – March 18, 1844 in Trikhvin, Russia
Died – June 21, 1908 in Liubensk, Russia
The premiere of this opera took place at the Solodovnikov Theatre, Moscow, on November 3, 1899, conducted by Mikhail Ippolotov-Ivanov.
Rimsky-Korsakov is known for his orchestral pieces; however, his true talent was opera, with much of his best writing occurring in overtures and opera scenes.
The Tsar’s Bride, his tenth opera, was a departure from the romance and Russian folklore typically found in his work. This dramatic opera takes place during the reign of Ivan the Terrible and has no happy ending. The overture reflects a dark, restless mood, with dramatic Russian folk themes that morph into an ardent love song and eventually resolve to a calm waltz.
Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Born – January 27, 1823 in Lille, France
Died – April 22, 1892 in Paris, France
This concerto was premiered on February 7, 1875, in Paris, with Pablo de Sarasate as soloist and Edouard Colonne conducting.
In 19th century France, orchestral pieces and operas with a Spanish flair were in demand. Traditional dance rhythms that evoke finger-snapping and castanets – flamenco and the habañera – and impassioned themes with heroic leaps and sultry slides make Lalo’s music idiomatically Spanish. An adept violinist and violist himself, Lalo was inspired by Sarasate, who performed with a natural Spanish flair.
After a brief orchestral introduction, the solo violin explodes onto center stage with a bold leap of a fifth, a 3+2 rhythm evocative of a tango, and gypsy-style virtuosity. A swooning second theme changes the mood, but the stern intentions return in full Iberian color at the end of the movement.
“Romance” from Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
Born – July 10, 1835 in Lublin, Poland
Died – March 31, 1880 in Moscow, Russia
This concerto was premiered on November 27, 1862, in St. Petersburg, with Wieniawski playing the violin and Anton Rubinstein conducting.
Wieniawski entered the Paris Conservatory at the age of eight and became recognized as a world-class violin virtuoso at eleven. Tragically, his demanding touring schedule led to poor health and eventually heart failure at age 44. He was described as a superb story-teller, and in addition to great technical demands and unforgettable melodies, his intelligence and wit shine through all of his works.
Combining the appeal of Russian and French writing with Paganini’s virtuosity, this concerto was dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate. The second movement, titled “Romance”, features one of the most beautiful melodies ever written for the violin.
Zapateado, Op. 23, no. 2
Pablo de Sarasate
Born – March 10, 1844 in Pamplona, Spain
Died – September 20, 1908 in Biarritz, France
This piece was published as a part of a collection of Spanish dances in 1880 and frequently performed by Sarasate during his tours around the world.
Sarasate began his career as a violinist at the age of six, and was sent to study at the Paris Conservatory at twelve. On tours throughout Europe, North and South America, he dazzled audiences with his technical mastery, pure tone, and his natural Spanish style.
Due to a rotation of foreign rulers, Spanish musical tradition was influenced by Italian opera, Gypsy and Jewish music, West African rhythms, and even Middle Eastern and Asian traditions. This mix of cultures resulted in a Spanish idiom that was markedly different from anything else in Europe.
Zapateado is extracted from Sarasate’s four books of Spanish dances, a set of encores showcasing music considered too provincial by classical Spanish composers.
Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 34
Peter Illich Tchaikovsky
Born – May 7, 1840 in Votkinsk, Russia
Died – November 6, 1893 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
This piece was debuted by Polish violinist Stanisław Barcewicz on September 20, 1878, with Nikolai Rubinstein conducting the Russian Symphony Concert at the Trocadéro in Paris.
In the latter half of the 19th century, there was no dance more popular than the waltz; and although many composers were fervent admirers, none could orchestrate and provide as much variety to the dance as Tchaikovsky.
The Valse-Scherzo was the last work for violin that Tchaikovsky completed before the violin concerto. Following a brilliant opening theme in double stops, a melodic section foretells the coming concerto. An extended cadenza of violin fireworks leads back to the first theme with even greater energy and dazzle.
Symphony no. 6 in D Major, Opus 60
Born – September 8, 1841 in Nelahozeves, Bohemia
Died – May 1, 1904 in Prague, Czechoslovakia
Adolf Čech conducted the premiere of this symphony with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on March 25, 1881 in Prague.
Always in the shadow of his contemporaries – Brahms, Liszt, and Wagner – Dvořák struggled many years for recognition. When at 31 he submitted a few piano pieces to a scholarship panel, Brahms, one of the jurors, was greatly impressed with the young Czech composer. Thus began the lifelong relationship between Dvořák and Brahms.
Enabled by a commission from the esteemed conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, Hans Richter, the sixth symphony proved Dvořák’s complete mastery of the symphonic tradition, with just enough folksy Czech flair to remind Viennese audiences of the composer’s Bohemian origins.
There are several similarities between Dvořák’s sixth symphony and Brahms’ second symphony: both are in D Major, pastoral in nature, have first movements in triple meter, and are intensely expressive yet contained within formal structures. However, there are many elements that are uniquely Dvořák’s: the contour of the cello melody in the first movement; the nocturnal quality of the second movement; the unabashedly Czech furiant (a brisk dance characterized by rhythms of 2-against-3 ) in the third movement; and a fourth movement that is harmonically structured like Brahms and Beethoven, but with Dvořák’s own contributions, including a brass chorale and playful syncopations in the coda.
The Tortoise and the Hare, composed by Bonnie and Steven Simon, and narrated by Dave Dolacky, is a wonderful composition introducing the orchestra and Aesop’s fable to children.
Both children and adults will enjoy this annual children’s concert on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
The concert includes rising star, Nathan Zhao, who will perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, and selections from the CSO Percussion Ensemble.
Come early for the Instrument Petting Zoo, beginning at 2 p.m.
The children’s concert is designed for ages 3-10, but all ages are welcome.
Prices for the Children’s Concert:
Children 12 and under: $3
Students with ID: $5
Nathan Zhao is ten years old and a fourth grader at Challenge Elementary school in Edmonds, Washington. He started taking piano lessons at the age of four and has been mentored by Dr. Duane Hulbert since December 2015.
As a winner of the Russian Chamber Music Festival/Competition in 2012, Nathan made his first public performance at Benaroya Hall at the age of six and was invited to perform live at King FM 98.1 in February 2013. He gave two solo piano recitals at Steinway Piano Galleries of Seattle in September 2014 and June 2015 respectively. In November 2016, Nathan successfully performed Haydn Piano Trio in G Hob.XV No. 25 “Gypsy” with violinist Janet Utterback and cellist Brad Hawkins at the Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma.
Besides playing piano, Nathan studies composition and music theory at Academy of Music Northwest. One of his major compositions, Antarctica String Quartet, was performed by faculty and students of AMNW at their yearly spring concert in May, 2016.
Nathan Zhao’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LecAZZk3Ux0