LYRICA CLASSIC ENTERTAINMENT with support of Belgium Embassy
The oratorio “Requiem For The Fallen” by Belgian composer Emmanuel M. Dubois is a substantial work offering an emotional and dignifying pause for reflection on the loss of life due to senseless war violence, written for soprano solo, orchestra, and chorus. The lyrics set to music are excerpts of moving poems about the loss of life by Emily Dickinson, Laurence Binyon, Rudyard Kipling, and John McCrae; performed by Russian soprano Yulia Petrachuk and Austrian conductor Kurt Schmid.
The rising star of our century, 15-years old Austrian violinist Almos Quevedo will perform beautiful violin concerto Nr.1 in G-minor by Max Bruch.
The first-prize winner of KUKMIN Ilbo International Vocal Competition in South Korea and soloist of Viena State Opera, soprano Eunsie Hong will conclude the evening with selected W. A. Mozart’s arias.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KURT SCHMID - CONDUCTOR
Was born in 1942 in Vienna in the family of musicians. In 1963 he graduated with distinction from the University of Music in Vienna where he studied clarinet with Prof. Rudolf Jettel. His teachers of composition were Hans Swarowsky, Walter Koberer, Karl Österreicher, Erwin Ačel, and Seiji Ozawa.
After the graduation, he got a job of a solo clarinetist at the “Tonkünstler” Orchestra of Lower Austria where he worked until 2003.
At the same time, he played with several musical groups like „Viennese Concert Schrammel Quartet“ and chamber ensemble “Kollegium Viennese” and started to compose.
1970 Kurt Schmid began regular teaching activity, 1974 he became a teacher at the Vienna Music Seminar, 1980 – at the University of Music in Vienna. He regularly holds master-classes in Austria, Japan, Korea, and Ukraine.
In 1993 maestro was appointed artistic director and conductor of the “Vienna Clarinet Orchestra” with which he first performed his compositions. 1995 he became an artistic Vice-President of the Vienna Music Seminar and in 1996 – the Music Director of the “Euro Music Festival” in Korea. In 1997 Kurt Schmid received the professional title “professor”.
In 1998 he founded his “Strauss-Gala-Orchestra Vienna” with which he is regularly playing on tour in Japan and giving concerts in Austria, Spain, Belgium, and other countries.
Since 1999 Kurt Schmid is honorary director and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the State Philharmony Oradea (Rumania), conductor and organizer of concerts in Japan, Korea, Hungary, and Rumania.
2001 maestro starts his concert activity in Ukraine – he conducts concerts in Lvov, Uzhhorod, Chernivtsi, Kiev, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lugansk, Nikolaev, Kherson, Odesa, Simferopol, Yalta, and other cities.
2002 he became an honorary conductor of the Philharmonic Society in Chernivtsi, art director and 1st conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Philharmony Lugansk. He also received the silver medal of honor from the capital city of Vienna.
Big achievements of Kurt Schmid were numerous concert tours of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Philharmony Lugansk in Austria. The most important of them were the performances of the orchestra in the Big Hall of the Viennese Konzerthaus, where Ukrainian music and masterpieces of the Viennese music were played, as well as the performance in October 2005 in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, where orchestra together with the choir of the Lugansk National Pedagogical University performed the 9th Symphony of Beethoven. One of the summits of the collaboration of Kurt Schmid with orchestra and choir was the concert tour through Austria with Requiem of Mozart and Ukrainian music.
During his work in Lugansk a lot of pieces were first played for Lugansk audience: among them is the 9th Symphony of Beethoven, Carmina Burana of Carl Orff, Stabat Mater of Pergolesi and others.
Since December 2003 he is teaching at the Lugansk National Pedagogical University. 2004 Kurt Schmid got the title „Dr. honoris causa” of this university.
November 2005 Kurt Schmid got the honorary prize of the international popularity fond „Gold fortune“ (Ukraine). June 2006 he was awarded a medal of the 3rd degree “For the important contribution to the cultural development of the Lugansk region”.
2007 his work in Ukraine was marked off with the President`s Order of Merit. The same year he got the Honorary Mark “For the development of the Lugansk region” and Honorary Mark “For services to the Lugansk city”.
2010 he has got the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art – the highest award of Austria that can be granted for outstanding achievements in the field of art and science.
Kurt Schmid has written more than 620 Operas. The summit of his activity as a composer was the performance of his ballet “The Fire Flower” in the Museumsquartier in Vienna in August 2007. The other important event was the benefit concert of his compositions in the Redoutensaal of the Viennese Hofburg in October 2008. In August 2010 his new Double-CD “Emotion – Inspiration” was presented in the Minoriten Church in Vienna. In October 2011 his Oratorio “Ode to the Joy” with lyrics written by Elisabeth Kotauczek was premiered in the Wiener Konzerthaus. His concert-tale “Pegasus” with lyrics by Elisabeth Kotauczek was published in 2014.
EUNSIE HONG - SOPRANO
Praised as one of South Korea’s greatest soprano of the generation, Eunsie Hong carries incredible amounts of performance experience in orchestral concert and opera. Her exceptional dynamic control in her voice sways her audience in happiness and tears.
Highlights of her 2018 season start with a concert tour as a soloist for the Mozart Requiem at the world-renowned Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria and Music Institute of Zagreb in Croatia. She also performed with orchestra Sinfonia Rotterdam at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, singing arias of Strauss and Gounod.
She performed with many orchestras including Hradec Králové Orchestra at Smetana Hall of Municipal House in Prague, Ukraine Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Korail Symphony Orchestra. She launched her career appearing in the leading roles; Violetta in La Traviata at Sejong M-Theater and Keumnarae Art Hal, Adina of L'elisir d'amore.
Other highlights include performances as Violetta in the opera La Traviata, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Olympia in the Tales of Hoffmann. She also performed in newly composed Korean operas, such as Stubborn Ong and Tales of Fox, which grabbed the attention of many audience and critics eyes. She participated in several national festivals, including the Seoul Art Center Opera Festival Gala Concert, Sejong Culture Center New Year’s concert, Soloist Ensemble Silvester Music Festival, The Great Four Operas Festival Gala Concert, and more.
She performed at Schumann House in Leipzig, Mozart Hall in Conservatorio di Milano, Maison de la Musique, and Villa Menotti in Italy as well as some of the most recognizable concert halls in South Korea, such as Sejong Grand Theater, IBK Chamber Hall of Seoul Art Center, Olympus Hall, Sejong Chamber Hall, Sejong M Theater, VK Art Hall, KEPCO Art Center, Seoul Cultural Center, Deumnare Art Hall, Youngsan Art Hall and Little Angels Hall.
She attended Sunhwa Art Junior High and High School. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University with honors, she continued her study at Conservatorio di Musica “G.Verdi” di Milano and Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado in Italy.
She won several prestigious competitions including National Opera Singing Competition and KUKMIN Ilbo Vocal Competition in South Korea. She is currently teaching at Sunhwa Art School.
YULIA PETRACHUK –SOPRANO
"Yulia is a special and unique artist, able to hold her own on any stage in the world” - Daniel Rigazzi, Stage Director at Metropolitan Opera in NYC.
“I have rarely had a chance to work with an artist as wonderful as Yulia. She is emotive on stage, she is incredibly hard-working, she is driven, and on top of it all, she has an absolutely beautiful voice” - GiovanniReggioli, Conductor at Washington DC National Opera.
Born in Russia, Ms. Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland.
Her debut as a professional opera singer was with the State Theater Bern, Switzerland in 2010. She has also performed with Theater Biel (Switzerland), Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Opera Ischia (Italy), DicapoOpera Theater NYC, Great Moscow Hall, Vocal Productions NYC and Opera Camerata. Some of her leading roles performed include Fiordiligi, Mimi, Violetta, Nedda, Iolanta, Tatiana, Euridice, Flaminio, Lauretta, Adina, and Marguerite.
In 2012, Ms. Petrachuk received a grant by The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridge, and in 2015 she was one of the Finalists in the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Series Competition in Washington DC. In 2015, she won the Montpelier Art Center's Classical Recital Series Competition.
In 2014, she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall with Steven Crawford, pianist and assistant conductor of Metropolitan Opera.
In November 2015, Ms. Petrachuk successfully performed the World Premiere of "Yulia" (a song cycle for soprano and strings dedicated to her by composer E. Dubois) at the MerkinConcert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City, in collaboration with the renowned Italian pianist Carlo Pari.
In December 2016, she had a recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall with American pianist Michael Fennelly and performed a world premiere of a song cycle "Winter Wood" by Emmanuel Dubois for soprano and harp.
In June 2017, she performed the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni with the Vienna Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. Also, in July 2017, Yulia participated at the Maryland LyricaYoung Artists Program and performed a concert at the Italian Embassy of Washington DC with Javier Arrey, baritone and Jonathan Tetelman, tenor (soloists of Metropolitan Opera).
In January 2018, Yulia performed at Smetana Hall in Prague, the Czech Republic with conductor Alfredo Sorichettiand New World Symphony Orchestra. Also, in January 2018, she represented the Russian Cultural Center at the annual Carnegie Hall Gala Concert in New York City.
In April 2018, Yulia performed soprano solo in Brahm'sGerman Requiem with Easton Choral Society in Easton, MD along with baritone Javier Arrey and conductor Wes Lockfaw.
In June 2018, Yulia successfully performed World Premier of the Requiem for the Fallen by E. Dubois in Saint-Clair in France. And in July 2018, Yulia performed at the Rossini Festival "Case Sonore" in Monteleone, Italy with renown Rossini bass Bruno Pratico and pianist Carlo Pari. In August 2018, Yulia participated at the Festival "Solo BelcantoMontisi" in Montisi, Italy.
In December 2018, Ms. Petrachuk performed Soprano Solo in Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns with Easton Choral Arts Society in Easton, MD and had her debut at TeatroAnnibalCaro in CivitanovaAlta, Italy with maestro Alfredo Sorichettiand Orchestra SinfonicaPuccini.
Recently, in May 2019, Yulia performed at Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Austria with world-famous violinist Shlomo Mintz, winner of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition cellist Denis Shapovalovand maestros HakanSensoyand YuriyYanko.
Some of her future performances include US-premiere of the Requiem for the Fallen by Dubois at ZankelHall (October 2019), Elekta'srole in Strauss' opera Elektra at the Salzburg Great Hall of Mozarteumin Austria (May 2020) with conductor Ernest Hoetzl and Thueringen Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other various operatic and concert series performances in USA, Italy, Austria, Russia and France.
More info: www.yuliapetrachuk.com
ALMOS QUEVEDO - VIOLIN
The young violin prodigy was born in 2004 and has shown early signs of incredible talent. In 2018, violinist Almos Quevedo performed in Musikverein Golden Hall (Vienna, Austria)with conductor Giuseppe Terza, Ramon Vargas, and Sergey Unterreiner, among many others with Youth Symphony Orchestra. Even at a very young age, Almos performed at Von Mozart bis Gershwin, Minoritenkonvent in Great Hall (Graz, Austria), Malta International Music Festival (Valletta, Malta), Kootenay Festival of Arts (Nelson, Canada), Friday Nights with Yuri Revich in Altes Rathaus (Vienna, Austria), Allegro Vivo Music Festival (Horn, Austria), with Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra (Gyor, Hungary), concert tour with Professor Petruschevski in Mexico), concert at Pannohalma Monastery (Pannonhalma, Hungary), Northern Lights Music Festival (Minnesota, USA), concert at Mozarteum Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria), and several music festival in USA and Canada.
In May 2018, the violinist won first prize at the IMK Soloist Audition in Vienna Concert House.
Almos Quevedo was taught by Anne Karlstorn, Stefanie Judy, Noemi Kiss, Wendy Herbison, Elmira Poroundjan, RausaJayrulina, Prof. Igor Petrushevski, and honed his skill in a wide variety of music and theory.
He attended masterclasses held by Maxim Vengerov, Prof. Mijail Kopelman, and Prof. Igor Petrushevksi.
EMMANUEL M. DUBOIS - COMPOSER
Award-winning and commissioned American composer Emmanuel Dubois, born in Brussels, began music studies at Western Michigan University at the age of 46, following a career in the oil industry and international finance.
Fascinated by science and the arts, music in particular, since early childhood, Dubois sees music as a language without words, ideal for communicating emotions and understanding across cultures. Nevertheless, he had to postpone the realization of his music dreams for several decades.
Dubois received the prestigious Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Award for the Suite For Large Brass And Timpani (1996), the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Arts Outreach Grant for the Second Piano Sonata (1998), and the Pharmacia and Upjohn Foundation Grant for the Third Piano Sonata (1999). “Come Ye Who Love” (2014) for soprano, horn, and piano, commissioned by the Michigan State University College of Music, was praised as “hauntingly beautiful” by The Horn Call (Feb. 2015).
A prolific composer, Dubois has written for many genres – chamber ensemble, melody cycles, piano solo, orchestra, concerto, large brass, oratorio, organ, and opera. The monumental organ sonata commemorating the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center tragedy premiered in Michigan (2002) and in France (2004). The Fantaisie for piano and band celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first coast to coast rail link across the USA premiered also in France (2018).
Vocal works are Dubois’ most important body of compositions and some have premiered in NYC at Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall (Weil). They include numerous song cycles in French, English, Russian and German, accompanied by the piano, the harp or strings, the opera “Myüno”, and the oratorio “Requiem for the Fallen”. This oratorio for soprano, choir, and orchestra commemorating the centennial of WWI premiered in France (2018) and the American premiere of the expanded version is scheduled to be sung by the same soprano, Yulia Petrachuk, at Carnegie Hall (Zankel) in October 2019.
Before immersing himself in music, Dubois’ training was in Chemistry (Lic. Sc. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Brussels) and in International Finance (MBA from UNC- Chapel Hill), and he studied Modern Standard Arabic. He worked several years as a market analyst for the Benelux petroleum industry, followed by a decade with a major New York bank where he was responsible for business development throughout the African continent. During this period he resided several years in West Africa with his family.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dubois was invited to join the Central Europe Bureau of the US Agency for International Development in Washington, DC, and worked on the privatization of state industries in Eastern Europe. He went on to teach international business and finance in higher education in Michigan until enrolling in the WMU School of Music in Kalamazoo as a composition major. Over the last 25 years, Dubois’ works have been performed at more than fifty venues in the USA, France, Belgium, Germany, and Finland.
As a visual artist, Dubois has also drawn numerous charcoal and India ink etchings and this collection have been on display in art galleries in Belgium and Michigan.
SYMPHONY IN C – ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1952 as The Haddonfield Symphony, Symphony in C began as a community orchestra allowing amateur musicians to pursue their love of music by performing for the Haddonfield and southern New Jersey communities. Its debut performance was in January 1954 under music director Guido Terranova. Since then, it has grown into one of only three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concerts, educational outreach, and professional development programs.
During the 1987-1988 season, the Symphony began providing training and performance opportunities to young professional musicians with the establishment of its Professional Development Internship Program. Over the next 13 seasons, this program grew to encompass all 78 positions within the orchestra. In 1991, the Symphony established the position of assistant conductor.
The first holder of this position, Alan Gilbert, was named music director of the Symphony in 1992. During his tenure, he appointed the first composer-in-residence, Daniel Dorff, and launched the Young Composers’ Competition. From 1997 to 2000, Music Director Daniel Hege expanded the Music Matters! educational programs and Professional Development Internship programs for Symphony musicians.
Assistant Conductor Rossen Milanov was appointed Music Director in 2000, and led the organization for fifteen years, attracting the finest young musicians and soloists and increasing the orchestra's artistic profile. In July 2014, Maestro Milanov announced his departure at the end of the season, after being named Music Director of the Columbus Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. After an extensive international search, the Board of Directors selected 31-year-old Stilian Kirov as Music Director. Maestro Kirov assumed artistic leadership on July 1, 2015, and made his debut performance with the orchestra on September 19, 2015. In 2004, the Symphony was awarded the national MetLife Award for Community Engagement in recognition of its programs serving people with special needs. In 2006, the Symphony moved its concert series to the Gordon Theater at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts and changed its name to Symphony in C in to reflect its commitment to the cultural and economic redevelopment of Camden. Symphony in C has been designated a Major Arts Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was awarded a Citation of Excellence in 2013, 2014, and 2015.