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Organ Concert - Combining the Cultures of the East and West
Claremont United Church of Christ
Claremont, CA
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Organ Concert - Combining the Cultures of the East and West
Presented on the magnificent Glatter-Goetz/Rosales organ!  
Sunday,November14, 2021

Program to include:

Revelations on Saint John the Divine for Organ and Electronic Tape by Larry King
Symphony in the Teapot  by Qi Zhang
The Butterfly Lovers by Gang Chen, Zhanhao He
A Soldier Returns to His Love by Changchen Zhang, Ye Yuan, transcription by Zhao and Gao

Suggested donation:  $20 general / $15 senior / $5 student / 10 and under free

Face Masks will be required in accordance with the LA County Health Officer Order

Claremont UCC
233 W. Harrison Ave.
Claremont, Ca
(909)626-1201

Dr. Weicheng Zhao is the first Chinese native to win international pipe organ competitions. He was a featured recitalist at the American Guild of Organists Regional Conventions (2015, 2019). At the invitation of Jean Guillou, Zhao played a solo recital in Paris at the Saint-Eustache Festival d'orgue, 2011. As an ensemble player, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel (2019, 2020). He was also invited by LA Phil to play on their Chamber Music Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2017. His performances can be heard on National Public Radio (Pipedreams).

Zhao has transcribed over 50 pieces including solos, concertos, and chamber music. In addition, pop music arrangements for piano in 15 volumes were published by Publishing House of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. His commissioned work, transcription of Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges for three organists (six hands, six feet, one bench) was premiered by Cherry Rhodes, Alan Morrison, and Ken Cowan in 2017. It was recognized as a landmark work in the organ world. His commissioned work by the American Guild of Organists West Regional Convention, transcription of Stravinsky's Fire Bird for three organists has transfixed audiences and colleagues, and was premiered at the 2019 Convention.

Zhao also plays the Electone Organ (which features orchestral and newly developed electronic sounds). He was the first Chinese to win the 43rd Yamaha International Electronic Organ Competition (2007) which is recognized as the most significant of its kind in the world. He went on to become a leading performer of international stature. Among numerous performances, he was selected to perform as soloist at significant celebrations, such as the National Day of China, and the World Economic Forum Summer Davos.

Born in Tianjin, China, Zhao came to the United States in 2009 to pursue study of the pipe organ with Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is currently Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California where he conducts two 50-voice adult choirs.Fang Gao is an active performer on both Baroque and Modern Violins. She has performed as a soloist with her husband, organist Dr. Weicheng Zhao in the United States and Canada, and has been featured as an ensemble member in the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival, Berkeley and San Francisco Early Music Festivals. She plays a Baroque violin made in London in 1779 by John Crowther for the shop of John Kennedy.

Born in Tianjin China, Gao started her violin studies at the age of four. She received the Bachelor of Music Degree and the Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Tianjin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Zili Liu and Jixu Chen. Among numerous scholarships, she received the National Encouragement Scholarship, the Special Education Scholarship, and the Entitled Excellent Student Award.

From 2009 to 2012, Gao was a faculty member at the Wenning Guan Studio for Strings and Musical Arts, Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the Sunshine School of the Arts, Tianjin where she taught individual instruction in violin, music appreciation classes, and classical aural skills. She was a member of the Tianjin TEDA Symphony Orchestra for four years.

Gao came to the United States to be with her husband Weicheng Zhao in 2012. One year later, she enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program and studied with Susan Feldman in Baroque Violin Performance at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, while holding a Colburn Foundation Scholarship. Private study of Baroque Violin has been with Elizabeth Blumenstock, David Wilson and study of Modern Violin has been with Suli Xue and Lynn Blakeslee. In 2014, Gao entered the Concerto and Solo String Division Competitions sponsored by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers who gave her the highest rating of Unanimous Superior. She has been interviewed by TV stations LA 18 and Fairchild TV from Canada.

Location

Claremont United Church of Christ (View)
233 W Harrison Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
United States

Categories

Online / Streaming / Virtual
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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