THE CLASSICAL SAXOPHONE PROJECT PRESENTS
JAVIER OVIEDO SAXOPHONE
JEAN-PIERRE SCHMITT CONDUCTOR
THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2023
DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC
450 WEST 37TH STREET, NEW YORK
We are excited to announce our Season Finale that promises to be a feast for the senses! The concert will feature not one, not two, but three premiers, showcasing the talent and creativity of some of the most innovative composers of our time. Adding to the excitement, we are thrilled to welcome outstanding classical saxophonists Javier Oviedo and guest artist Nick May. The concert will also feature soprano Sun Young Chang. The CSP orchestra, under the baton of Jean-Pierre Schmitt, will accompany the soloists in pieces by composers Johann Sebastien Bach, Hélène Rasquier, Scott Hansen, Samuel Barber, and Nicolas J.Chaanine. This is an event you won't want to miss! Whether you are an avid classical music lover or simply curious about experiencing something new and exciting, you won't be disappointed.
J.S. Bach Concerto for oboe and violin BWV1060R
Hélène Rasquier Aspera Tempora (2023) *world premier
Scott Hansen Poem for soprano saxophone and strings *world premiere
Samuel Barber Canzonetta for oboe and strings Op.48
Nicolas J. Chaanine Feniciană (2023) *world premier
$35 ($25 tax-deductible)
Heralded as “highly virtuosic” whose “artistry further imbues his performance with an unmatched sense of lyricism and expression. (Christina Ensign, Composer), saxophonist Nick May is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer that “brings his personality to every performance - full of genuine joie de vivre!” (Javier Oviedo, Classical Saxophone Project) and quickly garnering attention for his compelling programs that have been described as “Incredible; bringing to life some of the best music that has ever been written.” (Maestro Hughes, Arapahoe Philharmonic).
Since his solo debut at the age of eighteen with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, May’s career has taken him throughout the United States, Singapore, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark, appearing recurrently as a guest artist and recitalist. Additionally May has garnered prizes at many prestigious national and international competitions with recent Carnegie Hall performances with pianist and M2 Duo partner, Maya Tuylieva, described as “two incredible musicians, who perform as one voice.” (Dave Kenney, Composer)
He has performed as a soloist and been featured with the Mid America Freedom Band, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Saxophone Choir, Classical Saxophone Project, Baker University Jazz Combo and Big Band, Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Orchestra, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble, and the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.
May has premiered works and collaborated with today's most eminent and emerging composers including Jennifer Higdon, Peter Dayton, Ingrid Stölzel, Dave Kenney, Spencer Arias, Nathan Froebe, Evan Boegehold, John Kosch, Christina Ensign, David von Kampen, Suhan Tuyliyev, among others. He released his debut album in 2019 under Albany Records - Tone Studies: the Saxophone Music of David Maslanka; is also featured on The Chamber Music of David von Kampen and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Jazz Orchestra’s album, The Good Life. Additionally, he is the founder of the I Exist Project, which aims to advocate for, bring light to, and celebrate the multifaceted aspects of queer life, culture, and artistry through the collaboration with a diverse range of queer composers and performers to promote the creation and visibility of new queer repertoire.
Soprano Sun Young Chang has worked extensively both teaching voice and piano and performing for over two decades. She received her Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music, The New School for Music. She was recently featured as a soloist in Riverside Opera Concert Series where she performed a role of Mimi in La Boheme.
Sun Young was named a Finalist in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition and the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition, Riverside Opera Competition and a Semi-Finalist in Rochester Oratorio Vocal Competition and Joy In Singing Competition. She has featured as a frequent soloist in Hoch Chamber Music Series, Afternoon Music Series in Summit, Hot Springs Music Festival, Rangeley Friends of the Art Summer Concert Series and other numerous concert series. She has performed opera roles such as Mimi, Lauretta, Giulietta, Micaela, Donna Elvira, Pamina, Nella, Gilda, Anne Truelove, and Zerlina, with Empire Opera, the Delaware Valley Symphony Orchestra, Kaye Playhouse, and the Actors Studio.
As an active educator, Sun Young has been on the faculty at Concordia Conservatory at Concordia College, United Nations International School,College of Mount Saint Vincent, Berkshire Choral International, Kean University, and Westerhoff School of Music and Art after she completed the internship program with Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department.
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