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This is festival week!

  • Friday, June 28, 2024       7:00 pm

       Orli Shaham & Sakiko Ohashi, Piano Four Hands

  • Saturday, June 29, 2024    7:00 pm

       Doosook Kim, Violin, Maxim Kozlov, Cello, Sakiko Ohashi, Piano

 

  • Sunday, June 30, 2024     3:00 pm

      German Marcano, Cello & Sakiko Ohashi, Piano

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And, for a tasty treat, we'll be featuring the fabulous cookies of Lo's Bakehouse!

The Weekend of Music is a collaboration with our friends in the West Windsor/Brownsville area and music lovers everywhere.

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  • General Admission - $15.00

  • Seniors and Children 12 and under - $12.00

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  • Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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SAKIKO OHASHI

Sakiko Ohashi, Festival Artistic Director, is a native of Japan and began her piano studies at the age of four. By the time she was 10 years old, she was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College Division as a student of Herbert Stessin. Since then, performances have taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.

In 1996, Ms. Ohashi made her concerto debut at Lincoln Center in New York City, performing Bartok’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony conducted by Otto-Werner Mueller. She is also the winner of the 1993 E. Nakamichi Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival where she appeared with the Aspen Young Artists Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the South Dakota Symphony. In New York, her appearances have included venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Juilliard Theatre, and The Harvard Club.

 

At the Juilliard School, her awards and scholarships included Van Cliburn, Lilian Halpern, Bertha Levin, Alexander Siloti, and the Maxwell Muriel Gluck Fellowship. She studied chamber music under Felix Galimir, Stephen Clapp, and Jonathan Feldman.

 

Ms. Ohashi has appeared in numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Orford Centre for the Arts, Banff Center for the Arts, Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, Glassboro Summer Session, and Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.

 

She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, and has taught at the Greenwich House of Music in New York, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee, Augustana College in South Dakota, and Bard College in New York. She studied with Zitta Zohar and participated in master classes with Anton Kuerti, Philippe Entremont, Gaby Casadesus, Philippe Bianconi, Bernd Glemser, and Catherine Vickers. In addition, she is featured in 3 CDs of Creole composers Gottschalk, Dede, and Lambert on the Naxos label.

 

Ms. Ohashi served as Assistant Chair of Music at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA|Riverfront), where she directed the Classical Instrumental Division for five years. Most recently, she has served as the Director of the Preparatory Division at The Bard Conservatory. A dedicated teacher, her students have won numerous competitions both locally and nationally. She currently resides in Miami.

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ORLI SHAHAM

A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety, and brilliance, the pianist Orli Shaham is hailed by critics on four continents. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean,” and London's Guardian said Ms. Shaham's playing at the Proms was “perfection."

Orli Shaham has performed with many of the major orchestras around the world, and has appeared in recital internationally, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. She is Artistic Director of Pacific Symphony’s chamber series Café Ludwig in California since 2007, and Artistic Director of the interactive children's concert series, Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard, which she founded in 2010.

Highlights of Ms. Shaham’s 2023-2024 concert season include performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, two chamber performances with musicians from Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA where she is artist-in-residence, and a German tour with Brandenburg State Orchestra.

 

Orli Shaham released the final two volumes of the complete piano sonatas by Mozart. Volumes 1-4 of the sonata cycle, and a recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos received high critical acclaim. She taught a master class on the digital platform Tonebase centered around the Mozart sonatas, and a live online discussion and demonstration about Clara Schumann.

Orli Shaham is a Co-Host and Creative for the national radio program From the Top. She is on the piano and chamber music faculty at The Juilliard School and is chair of the board of trustees at Kaufman Music Center in New York.

Orli recently adopted a darling mini-dachshund named Oliver. 

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DOOSOOK KIM

Described as “a legacy…the highest performance level…dedicated, extremely talented, technically endowed…a fully purposed violin soloist and chamber musician…” by one of her own teachers, Doosook Kim is appointed Concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and First Violinist of the Dakota String Quartet.

 

Since her appointment in 1995, Kim has appeared as soloist for the SDSO, as a chamber musician, and as a music educator in South Dakota, the neighboring states, and abroad in Europe and Korea.

Kim, a native of Korea, started her musical training by beginning to play the piano at the age of four and the violin at seven. As she studied with the most prominent teacher in Korea, Chong-Suk Li, the main aspects of her training took place in the tradition of the well-known German pedagogues Carl Flesch and Max Rostal.

While completing her degrees at Seoul National University and Arizona State University, Kim has studied with C. Li and Frank Spinosa and worked with many prominent musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Max Rostal, Pinchas Zuckerman, Joseph Silverstein, Eugene Lehner (founder of the Juilliard String Quartet), and Joel Smirnoff.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Kim has performed extensively in the United States and abroad, including Germany, France, Italy, and Korea. Recently she had appeared as a soloist of Cantabile Chamber Orchestra in the past summers in Korea. Kim has played with numerous orchestras and ensembles such as Orchestre des Régions Européennes, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tempe Symphony, and the Omega String Quartet, as well as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

Formerly on the faculty of Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls, Kim currently dedicates her energy to exclusively teaching private students in Sioux Falls area and in Korea in the summer. Kim plays Francesco Ruggeri dated 1686 in Cremona.

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MAXIM KOZLOV

Maxim Kozlov is a Russian-born cellist who holds American citizenship and has held several principal cellist positions, including the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and has also occasionally served as principal cellist with various other orchestras He presently resides in Eldersburg, MD. He holds a DMA from Moscow State Conservatory and a GPD from Peabody Institute.

Kozlov was born in Yekaterinburg, where he studied cello from the age of five through completion of his master's degree.

Kozlov has performed in several roles, including soloist, principal cellist, and guest cellist. He first performed in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin from 1995 to 2003, with whom he performed concerts in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, South Korea and China.

 

 With the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Kozlov recorded a total of 6 CDs with Claves Records, two as a soloist and six as their principal cellist. Kozlov then moved to the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2012, also occasionally performing with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he traveled to Macao, China and Portugal as the guest principal cellist of the Macao Orchestra.

Kozlov has received several awards, including the Second Prize in the Russian National Cello Competition in 1993, the Gregor Piatigorsky Scholarship, and the Fanny B. Thalheimer Memorial Scholarship. In 2001 Kozlov participated in Polyphony of the World as a member of "Kremerata Baltica".

 

He was a member of the highly applauded Monument Piano Trio with other Peabody Conservatory graduates, and after moving to South Dakota he became a member of the Dakota String Quartet. Kozlov has also performed as an accompanist to Adam Golka, Paul Sanchez and Alessio Bax in the 2011 and 2012 Dakota Sky International Piano festivals. This, and his performance with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin at Fairfield University] have been his most recent major performances.

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GERMAN MARCANO

Germán Marcano currently excels among the most important cellists in the Latin American music scene. His performances have received the best acclaims from musicians and the specialized critic, and his chamber music work with the Rios Reyna Quartet, has stand out as one of the most important in the continent.

A student with Maestro Stefan Popov and of the renowned British pedagogue William Pleeth, Marcano obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree in year 1983, at the prestigious Surrey University, England, where he was prized for the year’s best graduation concert. In 1979, he received by unanimity of the jury, the “Year’s Best Young Musician Award” granted by the Reading Symphony Orchestra, England, subsequently being invited to perform as a soloist with them.

In year 1985, Marcano completed his cello’s superior studies at the Guildhall School of Music, in London, obtaining the “Premier Prix”, being the first cellist ever awarded with such distinction at said institution. He has taken part in master courses with Maestros Franz Helmerson, Mstislav Rostropovich, Raquel Adonaylo, Lynn Harrel and Janos Starker.

 

Back in Venezuela in year 1985, Marcano occupied the principal cello chair with the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Orchestra, doing numerous tours and records productions with them. Since then, he has been a regular invited soloist with Venezuela’s main orchestras, counting among these invitations playing at the first concert performance of the “Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho” Symphonic Orchestra and the first performance in Venezuela of Elgar's cello concerto.

In 1997, he traveled to the United States to continue studies with Maestro Uri Vardi. In May of 2001, Marcano obtained the degree of “Doctor in Music Arts” granted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the United States.

 

Currently, his activities are split between his teaching (Simón Bolívar Conservatory, Emil Friedman School, Simón Bolívar University Music Master studies, and Mozarteum Center’s Music School) and playing, performing as a soloist with Venezuela’s main orchestras, as a member to the Camerata Criolla Ensemble, and conductor of the Simón Bolívar University Chamber Orchestra’s.

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