Join us on Saturday, October 30 at 3:00 pm to hear violinist Sophia Anna Szokolay and pianist Janice Lu in concert.



Program

Composer Work Year
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 1812
Richard Strauss Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18 1888
Camille Saint-Saëns Danse macabre, Op. 40 1877


About the Artists

Sophia Anna Szokolay

Canadian violinist Sophia Anna Szokolay has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Based in Boston, she is a Doctoral Candidate at the New England Conservatory and Chamber Music Faculty at NEC’s Preparatory School.

Sophia is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Borromeo Guest Artist Award, Fischoff, Plowman and Remember Enescu International Competitions. As a soloist, Sophia has appeared with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. Sophia has also performed at the YellowBarn, Perlman, Lake George, Taos, and Toronto Summer Music Festivals.

Sophia began her violin studies at the age of 3, the fourth generation of a musical family. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory with a Minor in Music Theory, and her Masters Degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Catherine Cho, Miriam Fried, and Donald Weilerstein.


Janice Lu

Born in 1996, pianist Yun Janice Lu began private lessons at the age of five and gave her first formal concert at 10. Four years later, she made her orchestral debut with the Taiwan Youth Orchestra. She has appeared in recitals as soloist in Kaohsiung City Music Hall and Jhih-De Hall in Taiwan, Europe, and North America.

An avid chamber musician, Janice has appeared at numerous music festivals, including Walnut Hill Music Festival, Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice, PianoTexas Festival, PianoFest in the Hamptons, Music Academy of the West, Taos Chamber Music Festival, and Four Season Chamber Music Festival. At the renowned [email protected] Chamber Music Festival in California, she studied with Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo String Quartet and with Gilbert Kalish, Glenn Dicterow, Erin Keefe, Paul Neubauer, and Wu Han.

Janice was the semi-finalist at prestigious Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland, the winner of the top prize in the senior division at the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Competition, and the 2013 YAMAHA International Piano Competition in Taiwan. Her victory at the PianoTexas Young Artists Concerto Competition resulted in a performance with Fort Worth Symphony under the baton of Lio Kuokman that received rave reviews. In 2019, Janice was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists by the Yale School of Music.

Janice obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at California State University Fullerton School of Music under the tutelage of Ning An (third prize winner of the 1999 Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition). Janice is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, where she studies with Wei-Yi Yang.


About the Concert

Our concerts take place at a private residence in southern Rhode Island near the villages of Peace Dale and Wakefield. The street address is 103 North Road, South Kingstown RI 02879.

Map and Directions

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, guests are asked to wear masks at all times while inside the venue. The performance space is well-ventilated and there is a large outdoor deck where guests can remove their masks, enjoy a drink, and socialize.

This performance begins at 3:00 pm. If your schedule permits, please join us one hour before of the performance for a discussion about the music on the concert program. After the performance, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their background, interests, and activities.


Reservations

Advance reservations are required. If you’d like to attend this concert, send us an email and tell us the number of seats to reserve. If seating is available, we’ll confirm your reservation. If not, we’ll add you to the waiting list. If you have a confirmed reservation and you later decide not to attend, please let us know so others can take your place.

The suggested contribution is $40 per person. Contributions are collected at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.