Join us on Saturday, June 26 at 3:00 pm to hear violinist Emma Meinrenken and pianist Jungeun Kim in concert. Ms. Meinrenken studies with Ida Kavafian at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
|Johann Sebastian Bach||Sonata No. 3 for solo violin, BWV 1005||1720|
|Ludwig van Beethoven||Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23||1801|
|Robert Schumann||Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105||1851|
|John Corigliano||The Red Violin Caprices||1999|
|Fritz Kreisler||Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, Op. 6||1911|
About the Concert
Our concerts take place at a private residence in southern Rhode Island. The street address is 103 North Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.
Map and Directions
This performance begins at 3:00 pm. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time. After the concert, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their backgrounds, interests, and career plans.
Prior to the concert, John Greenly will lead a short discussion about today's program. This pre-concert event will take place at 2:00 pm, one hour before the performance.
Advance reservations are required. If you’d like to attend this concert, send us an email and tell us the number of seats you want. If seating is available, we’ll confirm your reservation. If not, we’ll add you to the waiting list. If we confirm your reservation and you decide not to attend, please let us know so others can take your place.
The suggested contribution for this concert is $40 per person. Contributions are collected at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. Newcomers, no contribution required — your first concert is on us.
About the Artists
Canadian violinist Emma Meinrenken is a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Annual Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studies with Ida Kavafian. Her former teachers include Atis Bankas and Victor Danchenko.
Emma has won top awards at numerous competitions, including first place at the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, the Jury Prize at the Jascha Heifetz International Violin Competition, the silver medal at the Stulberg International String Competition, and grand prizes at both the 2012 Canadian Music Competition and the 2013 FCMS National Competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the last Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition. In 2016, she was a student at the Verbier Festival Academy.
Emma debuted with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10, and has since performed with many other orchestras, including the Utah Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.
Emma performs on a 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius violin on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Jungeun Kim began piano studies at age three and made her public debut at age eight. After winning a Presidential Prize in the Korean National Music Competition, she performed with the Korean National Philharmonic. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.
Ms. Kim has won numerous awards, including the Young Musicians Foundation Competition and VOCE Competition in Los Angeles. She has performed as a recitalist and guest artist with orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and the Far East; and she has appeared on CBS, CBC, Voice of America, and NPR broadcasts. She has been featured in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s chamber music series and has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Sarah Chang, Ida Kavafian, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand, Peter Wiley, Riccardo Chailly, James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Ms. Kim joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1999.
About the Music
The Red Violin Caprices
These Caprices, composed in conjunction with the score for François Girard’s film The Red Violin, take a spacious, troubadour-inspired theme and vary it both linearly and stylistically. These variations intentionally evoke Baroque, Gypsy, and arch-Romantic idioms as they examine the same materials (a dark, seven-chord chaconne as well as that principal theme) from differing aural viewpoints.
The Caprices were created and ordered to reflect the structure of the film, in which Bussotti, a fictional 18th-century violin maker, crafts his greatest violin for his soon-to-be-born son. When tragedy claims wife and child, the grief-stricken Bussotti, in a gesture both ardent and macabre, infuses the blood of his beloved into the varnish of the instrument. Their fates thus joined, the violin travels across three centuries through Vienna, London, Shanghai and Montreal, passing through the hands of a doomed child prodigy, a flamboyant virtuoso, a haunted Maoist commissar, and at last a willful Canadian expert, whose own plans for the violin finally complete the circle of parent and child united in art.
– John Corigliano