The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble welcomes guest violinist YooJin Jang as it presents the fourth concert of its 20th anniversary season on March 28 at First Baptist Church, 1201 N. Robinson, Oklahoma City.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in downtown Oklahoma City, the ensemble will perform a pair of demanding trios for violin, cello and piano and a jazz-inspired Sonata for Violin and Piano.
YooJin Jang is Assistant Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music. Winner multiple competitions, she has been praised as “a performer without fear or technical limitation” with “fiery virtuosity.”
She is has appeared with numerous prestigious orchestras and is also a passionate chamber musician. YooJin is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.
The “Masterworks Revisited” Program will include:
* Franz Joseph Haydn, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Hob. XV:27
* Maurice Ravel, Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 2 in G major
* Johannes Brahms, Trio No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major
Musicians for the Tuesday evening, March 28, concert will be YooJin Jang (violin), Jonathan Ruck (cello) and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano).
Haydn’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, published in 1797, is one of his most demanding pieces for keyboard.
The main theme of the final movement, wrote music critic James Keller, “hops from register to register all over the piano’s keyboard [leaving] the performer practically breathless and the listeners grinning.”
Ravel wrote his jazz-inspired Sonata for Violin and Piano between 1923 and 1927, at a time when W. C. Handy’s band was introducing jazz and blues to adoring crowds in Paris.
The following year the Frenchman traveled to New York and met a young George Gershwin, with whom he spent several evenings in Harlem soaking up the American sound.
Brahms completed his Piano Trio No. 2 violin, cello and piano in 1882 and showed it to his friend Clara Schumann, who particularly praised its phrasing and fluid thematic development.
The confident composer told his publisher that they had “not yet had such a beautiful trio from me and very likely have not published its equal in the last ten years.”
The ensemble will perform at First Baptist Church, 1201 N Robinson in Oklahoma City. Free parking is available north and southwest of the building.
Handicap access is available through the door under the awning on the south side of the building.
Note and Disclosure: The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble is Oklahoma City’s foremost presenter of classical chamber music. For more information, visit us at www.brightmusic.orgPatrick B. McGuigan, who works for The City Sentinel, is a member of the board of directors for the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma.

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