At 7:30 pm, Sunday, November 18, come and see the next concert of the Music Mosaics series, Romance Times Three. Faculty members MyungHee Chung, piano; Leanne League, violin, and Benjamin Whitcomb, cello, will transport audiences with their harmonious renditions of classical trios by Brahms and Schubert. The Music Mosaics series benefits the UW-Whitewater Music Department’s Scholarship Fund, allowing the department to recognize students for their musical talents and academic excellence. Don’t miss out, subscribe and save on the rest of the Music Mosaics series, catch the next three concerts for $27 or less! Subscriptions and tickets are now on sale by calling 262-472-2222, or online to tickets.uww.edu, or in person at the Greenhill Center of the Arts Box Office or the Information Services Desk in the University Center.
Chung, League, and Whitcomb will be performing Brahms’ lush B-major Piano Trio along with Schubert’s evocative Nocturne. The trio has performed for over 20 years on campus and around the state, the trio’s harmony can frequently be heard on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Chazen broadcasts. Having recently performed several times for schools and venues, in and out of the state; trio member, Benjamin Whitcomb states that, “After these performances, audience members frequently commented on how very unified our playing was, that we were clearly communicating and conversing with each other through our instruments and that our passion for the music was obvious.” Experience the emotion and electricity of live music with Music Mosaics Romance Times Three.
About the Artists
Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned a national reputation as a performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than thirty concerts a year. He appears regularly on the “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” concert series broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. He collaborates with pianist Vincent de Vries in frequent recitals around the country and overseas, and he is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio. He performs concertos with local orchestras, and he has also been a member of several orchestras in Texas and Wisconsin, including serving as Associate Principal Cello of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has produced several CDs of his recordings, including his release of solo cello works by Bach and Gabrielli on the MSR Classics label.
MyungHee Chung was born in Korea and began piano when she was four. Four years later, she debuted with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with a Mozart Piano Concerto. Dr. Chung holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including first prize at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition and the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Her playing has been described as “clean, strong…marked by a bell-like quality that never disappeared even under the severest pressure.” Since then, she has performed throughout North America with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as in Europe and Asia. Public radio has also broadcasted her performances.
Leanne League is associate concertmaster of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Her performances include chamber music and orchestral performances in Italy, Austria, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, and Slovenia, and cities throughout North America. From 1996-1999, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida where she performed as concertmaster and principal second violin. She earned her M.M. in performance from UW-Madison, studying with Vartan Manoogian and holding an assistantship at UW as a violinist in the Strelow String Quartet. Her undergraduate studies were completed at The Florida State University and Eastman School of Music. On the Baroque violin, Leanne has studied with Karen Clarke and has performed with Nicholas McGegan, Max von Egmont, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and the Madison Bach Musicians.