American Music BonBons

Bring your sweet tooth to the historic Baur’s building, 1512 Curtis Street, on February 17th at 6:00 pm. The Colorado Symphony presents CSO concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams and pianist Sara Parkinson with a promise of musical BonBons on Dazzle’s “Chandelier Stage.” The first set will feature American composers David Amram and John Novacek. Yumi finds playing music by octogenarian David Amram rewarding because he’s “so full of joy and life.”  His chamber music compositions from 1958-2017 are featured on the 2018 Colorado Symphony recording, So in America. Last fall Denverites were treated an intimate Denver chamber music concert with Amram, Yumi and Sara.  His 1971 two record album No More Walls is like Amram: classical chamber music and world music rooted in jazz. When the vinyl was reissued on CD Amram said,  “In music, as in life, if it’s good, it stays good.”  Composer and pianist John Novacek has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Leila Josefowicz, Yo Yo Ma and worked with composers Jennifer Higdon, John Williams and John Zorn.  

Yumi is an American violinist who started playing in 5th grade in Philadelphia. She went on to study at Curtis Institute of Music. The 2019-2020 season will be her 20th season as Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony.  She is on the faculty at DU’s Lamont School of Music. Contemporary music is a constant in her repertoire. At the 2007 Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, CA she performed Concentric Paths, Opus 24 (2004) by Thomas Ades which she will repeat in March with the Brno Philharmonic.

Sara Parkinson studied at New England Conservatory of Music and received her Doctoral in Collaborative Piano at CU Boulder where she coached with members of the Takacs String Quartet. She is a founding member of the Grande Orquesta Navarre and is Director of Operations of MAS Eclectic Concerts.

First Set: 

Elegy (Version for Violin and Piano) David Amram

Violin Sonata – Movement III David Amram

The Fourth Street Drag John Novacek

Second Set:  BonBons – violin favorites from Kreisler, Thais and more.


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