International award-winning pianist Jessica Choe will be the featured soloist when the Cascade Symphony Orchestra — under the direction of maestro Michael Miropolsky — performs musical workings of legendary composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Cesar Franck and Samuel Barber at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N.
A pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. by KING-FM’s Dave Beck will preview the musical highlights for the evening.
Music will include Barber’s “Overture to the School for Scandal” and Franck’s “Symphony in D Minor.”
Choe, winner of numerous awards in the U.S., including the Beethoven Society of America Piano Competition, will be featured performing Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58, G Major.”
She began her musical studies at age 3 in Seoul, South Korea, where she was a prize winner in several musical challenge events, including the Samick National Piano Competition. In 2003 Choe made her European debut at the Fondation Bemberg in Toulouse, France, soon after making her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall, both under the auspices of the La Gesse Foundation. She has gone on to perform other solo recitals in France, Italy, Switzerland, and San Marino in such halls as Teatro Concordia, I Tatti, and Salle Frank Martin.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, Choe has performed with the Chamber Music series of the Seattle Symphony, Vashon Chamber Series, and Chamber Music San Juans. Recently she collaborated with other notable musicians — including Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint, Russian pianist Alexi Lubimov and violinist Maya Iwabuchi. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music Degree from The Julliard School, where she studied with Herbert Stessin, Benjamin Pasternack and Eleanor Sokoloff.
Ticket prices for Cascade Symphony concerts at the ECA are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for students with an ID, and $10 for youngsters 12 years of age and younger. This is the first season that all tickets are for assigned reserved seats.
Due to the demand for tickets, Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO) encourages patrons to return any tickets to the ECA box office that they will not be able to use. Even though a concert may be “sold out,” returned tickets do become available, including at the door the day of the event. Patrons can call the ECA at 425-275-9595 or come early (around 6:15 p.m.) on concert night.
Additional information about the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and the “Beethoven and Franck” concert is available at www.cascadesymphony.org.