29 January 2014
Shostakovich & Schnittke: The Quintets

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor and Alfred Schnittke’s Piano Quintet

Sunday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.Katzin Concert Hall
Arizona State University
50 Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

Free and open to the public

Aimee Fincher, piano
Hannah Leland and Meredith Peacock, violin
Chue Vue, viola
Gillian Kuroiwa, cello

14 January 2014

Playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto tonight with my favorite violinist, Itzhak Perlman!! #concert #violin #perlman #tso #tucsonsymphony (at Tucson Music Hall)

1 January 2014

Happy New Years!!! #holiday #love #startingfresh #champagne

13 October 2013

Recital!!! #warmingup #brahms #copland #franck #duo #violin #piano (at Hudson Hall)

13 October 2013

Backstage shenanigans!! It’s intermission! #recital #dressup #brahms #copland #franck (at Hudson Hall)

7 September 2013
Masterworks for Violin and Piano

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Arizona-based violinist Hannah Leland and pianist Haeju Choi present a recital of three masterworks for the violin and piano. From Brahms’ expressive Romantic writing to Copland’s folksy Americana to Franck’s French elegance, the duo will take their audience on a journey.

Sunday, October 13, 3:00 p.m.
Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
Willamette University
900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301

Monday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Recital Hall
Portland State University
1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
Arizona State University
50 Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

All performances are free and open to the public

Program:
Brahms: Sonata in G Major, Op. 78
Copland: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1943)
Franck: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano

31 July 2013
Performance at Laurelhurst Village

Almost two weeks ago, I had the chance to perform at Laurelhurst Village, a retirement and rehabilitation community. It was truly a pleasure to play for such a warm and appreciative audience. Here are a few pictures:

19 July 2013

I had so much fun performing for the residents of Laurelhurst Village today. #mozart #gershwin #bach #achron #sarasate #violin #recital #performance (at Laurelhurst Village SNF & ALF)

8 July 2013
A Miniature Recital

With Sherry Liang, piano

Friday, July 19, 2:30 p.m.
Laurelhurst Village Chapel
3060 SE Stark St  Portland, OR 97214

Program:
Mozart: Sonata in G major, KV 301
Gershwin: Three Preludes (arr. Heifetz)
Achron: Hebrew Melody (arr. Heifetz)
Sarasate: Zapateado

29 June 2013

This is what the audience will see while we play underneath — gotta love mixed-media performances. So excited for “Appalachian Spring” tonight! #copland #astoriamusicfestival #ballet #marthagraham (at Liberty Theater)

28 June 2013

Looking at my Copland part over coffee and granola this morning. Our first rehearsal for Appalachian Spring starts in under an hour!!

24 June 2013

Later this week I will perform Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring — the original 13 instrument version, in its entirety to a projection of Martha Graham’s 1944 performance.

Copland began composing a ballet for Martha Graham in 1942. At first it was simply called “Ballet for Martha,” but shortly before its premiere, Graham suggested the title “Appalachian Spring” — which comes from “The Dance,” a poem by American poet Hart Crane:

O Appalachian Spring! I gained the ledge;
Steep, inaccessible smile that eastward bends
And northward reaches in that violet wedge
Of Adirondacks!

I don’t think there could ever be a better title for this work. Copland’s music is so iconically American, so full of life and that hopeful quality one imagines the pioneers felt when looking out on the vista of their new home. Copland said, “I gave voice to [the Appalachian] region without knowing I was giving voice to it.”

Appalachian Spring garnered Copland the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1945, and has since become one of the most most beloved works of the twentieth century.

To me, performing this work is something of a spiritual experience. In the course of the ballet, there are moments of intense joy and happiness, of love, of fear, but most apparent to me are the moments of hope. At the end of the ballet, Copland creates a theme and variations on the folk tune “Simple Gifts” (also known simply as “Shaker Melody”). By the time the melody reaches its peak, I am always on the verge of tears (whether I am listening or playing).

All in all, if you haven’t seen/heard Appalachian Spring, you should.

The performance is this Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon. Check out the festival’s website for ticket information and other concert opportunities!

23 June 2013

This afternoon David Ogden Stiers (of M.A.S.H.) will be joining the Astoria Festival Orchestra for a performance of Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” — I love Copland.

Performance is at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon.

22 June 2013

Tonight I have the incredible privilege of performing selections from Verdi’s Otello with Allan Glassman (Otello), Ruth Ann Swenson (Desdemona) and Richard Zeller (Iago) who all sing with the Metropolitan Opera!

We rehearsed Desdemona’s Ave Maria earlier today and I couldn’t help but take a picture or two (I know…I’m a terrible orchestra member).

The concert is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon. Visit the festival’s website for ticket information and other concert opportunities.

22 June 2013
Astoria Music Festival

Saturday, June 22 7:30 p.m. — Liberty Theatre
Opera in Concert: Verdi @ 200

Sunday, June 23 4:00 p.m. — Liberty Theatre
Festival Orchestra Matinee: From the New World

Friday, June 28 7:30 p.m. — Clatsop County College Performing Arts Center
Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Saturday, June 29 7:30 — Liberty Theatre
The Rite of Spring @ 100 (plus Copland’s Appalachian Spring)

Sunday, June 30 2:00 p.m. — Clatsop County College Performing Arts Center
Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Please visit the festival’s website for more information.