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Young musicians shine with the Richmond Orchestra

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:27 PST, Wed February 5, 2020

Musicians of tomorrow will soon take centre stage with the Richmond Orchestra.

The Richmond Orchestra’s upcoming Feb. 8 concert will feature the winners of the Richmond Music Festival’s Concerto Challenge.

Four talented youth will be featured: pianists Charles Wang and Zixu (Daniel) Qin, violinist Caleb Chiu, and cellist Megan Cheng. They have prepared pieces to perform with the orchestra.

Pianist Wang, who says his favourite composer is Beethoven, has selected Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor. “I …love the sorrowful feeling of this concerto and the melodic, legato passages,” explains Wang.

Violinist Chiu will play the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, which he says has a unique Spanish rhythm. “I love the intensity and fire of this piece,” says Chiu.

Cellist Cheng praises the phrasing of her selection, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33. “The bittersweet feeling that this piece has is a huge component that makes it remarkably meaningful. I truly hope that this music will touch your heart,” says Cheng.

Pianist Qin is an experienced musician who has performed with several orchestras in the past. His piece, the third movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto 3, has a unique percussive nature. “Unusual chords are utilized in most of the music, which creates a ‘shock’ to the audience’s aural appeal,” Qin adds.

In addition to the works chosen by these young musicians, the concert will also include the first movement of Schubert’s Symphony 8 and the world premiere of Bruno Cavalca’s Dissolution.

The concert will take place at Fraserview MB Church, 11295 Mellis Dr.

For more information, to read more about the talented young performers, or to buy tickets, visit roca.ca.  

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