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Chamber Music Festival 2019
June 4 @ 8:00 am - June 15 @ 5:00 pm
Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival audiences are in for a special treat this year. This year’s festival, taking place from June 4 through June 15, will include concerts featuring “Enchanted Musical Pairings” including harp and flute.
Brilliant Korean harpist June Han will perform some of the loveliest repertoire for the harp, including an arrangement for flute and harp of Claude Debussy’s “Prelude à l’après midi d’un faune” on Thursday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Additionally, there will be two pieces for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet by Ravel and von Weber and a piece by David Bruce for flute, viola and harp on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prager Family Auditorium in Easton. Internationally recognized flutist Tara Helen O’Connor will join June on several pieces.
June studied the piano at age four, “like all Asian children for whom the piano is part of education,” she said. Her mother Young-Ja Lee is a renowned pianist and composer and was her first teacher. By the time she was age 13, June decided to switch from the piano to the harp and loved it. At age 16, she was studying harp full time. She lived with her diplomat parents in Europe, Africa, and Asia, before coming alone to the U.S. in 1994 for her graduate studies. She also spent two years on her own at the renowned Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she won the coveted Premier Prix for harp. She went on to win the harp competition at the Aspen Festival, which led her to a master’s degree at Yale School of Music and a doctorate at The Juilliard School. Today, she serves on the faculties of Yale and Columbia universities.
Concert Review magazine hails June as a “true and tasteful harpist . . . [with] exceptionally varied phrasing and a surprising yet innate sense of timing.” She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, Music from Japan, the Group for Contemporary Music, Jupiter Chamber Players, and Bronx Art Ensemble.
When she is not performing on her harp, a Lyon & Healy Concert Grand 23 Gold Model, June goes to the gym to decompress, but she also enjoys reading and cooking. Her favorite composers are Bach, Mahler, Strauss, and Wagner, but she also enjoys contemporary music for the harp.
Sponsors of this year’s festival include the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Talbot Spy. Open rehearsals are free to the general public. For tickets and additional information, visit chesapeakemusic.org or call 410-819-0380.
Chamber Music Festival Schedule
Tuesday, June 4 • 5:30 p.m.
Opening Concert: Christ Church, Easton
“Festival Opening Extravaganza!” featuring live concert commentary by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC
Artists: Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, and Robert McDonald
Reception: Mason’s Redux 2017, Easton
Wednesday, June 5 • 10 a.m.
Open Rehearsal: Academy Art Museum, Easton, Free
Thursday, June 6 • 5:30 p.m.
“Romantic Interlude” Concert: Academy Art Museum, Easton
Artists: J. Lawrie Bloom, Marcy Rosen, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Tara Helen O’Connor, June Han, Robert McDonald, Daniel Phillips, Yura Lee, and Peter Stumpf
Saturday, June 8 • 7:30 p.m.
“Spotlight: Flute and Harp!” Concert: Prager Family Auditorium, Easton
Artists: Tara Helen O’Connor, Catherine Cho, Yura Lee, Daniel Phillips, Marcy Rosen, June Han, Tara Helen O’Connor, J. Lawrie Bloom, Catherine Cho, Daniel Phillips, Yura Lee, and Peter Stumpf
Sunday, June 9 • 4 p.m.
“Festival Gala!” Concert, Reception, and Silent Auction: Temple B’nai Israel, Easton
Artists: J. Lawrie Bloom, Yura Lee, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Phillips, June Han, Catherine Cho, and Marcy Rosen
Tuesday, June 11 • 10 a.m.
“Love Story” Open Rehearsal: Academy Art Museum, Easton, Free
Wednesday, June 12 • 5:30 p.m.
Concert: Academy Art Museum, Easton
Artists: Diane Walsh, Carmit Zori, Marcy Rosen, Catherine Cho, and Maiya Papach
Thursday, June 13 • 5:30 p.m.
“From Rags to Riches” Concert and Reception: Christ Church, Cambridge
Artists: Peggy Pearson and Diane Walsh in Recital
Friday, June 14 • 7:30 p.m.
“Romancing and Dancing” Concert: Trinity Cathedral, Easton
Artists: Peggy Pearson, Diane Walsh, Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, and Trio St. Bernard – Winner of the 2018 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition
Saturday, June 15 • 4 p.m.
“The Art of the String Quartet” Concert and Reception: Oxford Community Center
Artists: Catherine Cho, Carmit Zori, Maiya Papach, and Marcy Rosen