Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series and Department of Music will present “Mozart in 1778,” a concert featuring the music of the famed Austrian composer, on Thursday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Violinist Rebecca Boyer, a member of Germany’s Württemburg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, one of the most sought-after chamber orchestras in the world, will join pianist Hyunsoon Whang, McMahon Endowed Chair in Music, to present the program. Admission is free; seating is limited to 100 patrons. Early reservation is highly recommended. To reserve a seat, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440 or email Michele McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Mozart in 1778” will consist of three delightful Mozart sonatas written in 1778 when he was 22 years old. Boyer and Whang will together perform the Sonata in G Major (K. 301) and Sonata in A Major (K. 305) for violin and piano. Whang will also perform the Sonata for Piano (K. 331) which ends with the well-known Turkish March movement.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, into a musical family, Boyer had her first encounters with the violin at an early age from her mother. She later studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and performed as soloist with the Richmond Sinfonia at age 17. After Joining the Puerto Rico Symphony and playing in the Casals Festival, she continued violin studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Boyer became a member of the National Orchestra of New York, performing at Carnegie Hall, then joined the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn in Germany where she currently plays, touring worldwide and recording extensively.
She enjoys playing chamber music and experienced concentrated music making at the Blossom School of Music in Cleveland with the Emerson Quartet and at the Taos School of Music in New Mexico with the American Quartet. She has taken part in the Magic Mountain Music Farm, the Richmond Chamber Players and Music Under the Glass Pyramid in Germany.
As further embellishment and expansion of her solo violin repertoire she took part in workshops with Wanda Wilkomirska in Poland and Italy concentrating on the works of Grazyna Bacewicz and Karol Szymanowski. She presented a lecture-recital at the Jascha Heifetz Symposium in New London, Connecticut, on the life and works of Bacewicz. Most recently, Boyer completed a recording of lullabies for violin and piano.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Whang began her piano studies at the age of 4 and started playing public concerts at age 12. Since then she has delighted audiences in more than 500 concerts across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Critics have praised her as "the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music," and as one who has "always delivered with grace and beauty."
As a recitalist and a collaborator, she has performed at SeJong Cultural Center in Seoul, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Paul Hall in Lincoln Center and the Ordway Theater in St. Paul. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival Master Classes, Canada's Victoria Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and Nicholas
Harsanyi. With her pianist husband Thomas Labé, she performed as a two-piano duo in Germany and France to critical acclaim and recorded Alexis Weissenberg's surrealistic musical “Nostalgie” on the Arkadia label.
Her recent engagements have included solo recitals, chamber music concerts and master classes in California, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and Iceland. Her live videos from Drury University have been airing on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the MidAmerica Arts Alliance's Artist Roster. In 2010, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry presented her with the Governor's Arts and Education Award.
As an educator, she has nurtured and influenced generations of students of all ages. Her piano students have garnered top prizes at competitions and received scholarships to prestigious institutions. She presents recitals for public school children each year where she relates classical music to other subjects such as history, literature, science and environment. Whang has served as the faculty advisor for Cameron University's Asian Club and as President of the university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. She has been inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame by the Cameron University Alumni Association. She has been on the faculty at Cameron University since 1992 and was named the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music in 2006.
Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School; she earned a doctorate from Indiana University. She studied piano with Gyorgy Sebok, Michele Block, Joseph Kalichstein, Clifton Matthews, Jungjoo Oh and Soojung Shin, and she has studied the harpsichord with Maryse Carlin and chamber music with Michael Tree and Felix Galimir.
August 12, 2015