UVA Chamber Music Series - I-Jen Fang, percussion

February 11, 2018 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall
$15 /$13 UVA Faculty and Staff/$8 students /free for UVA students who reserve in advance and for those under 18.

The McIntire Department of Music is pleased to present the 2017-2018 University of Virginia Chamber Music Series. This annual series, which presents innovative performances by the University of Virginia's world-class faculty and celebrated guest artists, is comprised of six professional performances for the University and the central Virginia community. These intimate concerts are programmed to offer both new and traditional works that will delight audiences of all musical tastes.

On Sunday, February 11 at 3:30 pm, I-Jen Fang will perform a panoply of percussion delights. Her program features Lou Harrison’s haunting Ariadne for Flute and Percussion alongside Ellen Lindquist’s Be Still, My Soul for percussion and viola, which was written as a tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The program will also feature Mark Panetti’s To Live to Be Free for three percussionists. Fang will be joined by Kelly Sulick, flute; Joanna Beaver, viola; and Mark Panetti and Julianna Lee, percussion.

Described as an “intrepid percussionist” by Fanfare Magazine, I-Jen Fang has a career as a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher.  She joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia in 2005 and as Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Charlottesville Symphony.

As a soloist, I-Jen has performed as a marimba soloist in Taiwan, U.S., Austria, France, Hungary, Romania, and South Africa.  She was also the featured marimba soloist with the Charlottesville Symphony in 2006 and 2010. As a chamber musician, I-Jen has performed or recorded with artists such as Keiko Abe, William Cahn, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Heini Kärkkäinen, Mike Mainieri, Jan Müller-Szeraws, Diane Pascal, Carsten Schmidt, Ed Smith, Michael Spiro, NanikWenton, Nyoman Wenton, Attacca Percussion Group, and DaCapo Chamber Players.  She has appeared in Heritage Theater Festival, Staunton Music Festival, University of Virginia Chamber Music Series, Percussive Arts Society International Convention and Regional PAS Day of Percussion.  

An advocate of New Music, I-Jen is currently the director of the UVA New Music Ensemble.  The ensemble has recently collaborated with composer/improviser George Lewis, and performed for composers such as Phillip Glass and Christian Wolff.  She has also commissioned and/or premiered works by Matthew Burtner, Ted Coffey, Kevin Davis, Christopher Deane, Erik DeLuca, Aurie Hsu, Sarah O’Halloran, Chris Peck, Judith Shatin, Brian Simalchik, Ed Smith, and D.J. Sparr.  

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, I-Jen began her musical education at age six taking piano. Taking up percussion at the age of nine, she came to the United States at age fifteen to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Carnegie Mellon University.  She received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where she served as a teaching fellow.

I-Jen is an Innovative Percussion artist.

Johanna Beaver began teaching in 1993 while pursuing her Master of Music degree in violin performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Since then, she has served on the faculties of the University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, Interlochen Arts Camp, Ann Arbor Summer Arts Camp, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, and Stony Brook Pre-college.

Johanna enjoys playing all genres of music but her favorite is chamber music. As a founding member of the Afton String Quartet with Wintergreen violinist Alison Hall, Ms. Beaver has helped to create a series of educational concerts called ASQ Away!, reaching under-resourced schools in South-Central Virginia.

As an orchestral violist, Ms. Beaver performs regularly in the Roanoke and Richmond Symphonies, The Oratorio Society of Virginia, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. Currently, Ms. Beaver is faculty at Mary Baldwin College, Charlottesville Day School, and teaches private lessons from her studio at home in Charlottesville. A frequent guest artist, Ms. Beaver gives master-classes and recitals throughout the eastern U.S. Ms. Beaver holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in viola performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where her mentors were Mitchell Stern, Katherine Murdock, and the Emerson String Quartet.

Kelly Sulick currently teaches at the University of Virginia and serves as Principal Flute in the Charlottesville Symphony. Prior to her appointment, she served as Principal Flute with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as Consortium Instructor of Flute at the University of Evansville for three years. She earned her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California; prior to her graduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with highest honors and was named a James B. Angell Scholar for her academic achievements.

An active orchestral musician, Ms. Sulick has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, and the Livingston (MI) Symphony. She completed three seasons as principal flute with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, California. Hailed as “flawless” by the Evansville Courier Press for a concerto performance with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Sulick has also appeared as a concerto soloist with ensembles throughout the country, including the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra, the Charlottesville Symphony, and most recently the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and alongside Sir James Galway at the Kennedy Center.

A champion of new music, she has commissioned and recorded dozens of works for solo flute and flute with electronics, and has premiered several additional works for solo flute and chamber ensemble. She has performed at the SEAMUS National Conference, the Atlas INTERSECTIONS festival, the TomTom Founders Festival, the Technosonics Festival, and the Minimalist Jukebox series, a music festival curated by John Adams. She has worked with such notable composers as Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Matthew Burtner, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Karel Husa, Daniel Kessner, Lowell Liebermann, Judith Shatin, and Frank Ticheli, among others.

Ms. Sulick won second place in the 2010 National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, and was awarded the prize for the best performance of Kristin P. Kuster's "Perpetual Afternoon." She can be heard on several compact discs, including William Bolcom's “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” under Leonard Slatkin, a Naxos release that received four Grammy awards including Best Classical Album. Her principal teachers include Marina Piccinini, Amy Porter, and Jim Walker.

Mark Panetti is a third year UVA student. He will graduate this Spring with a double major in math and computer science. He has been playing percussion since middle school and has played in numerous ensembles such as marching band, jazz band, symphonic band, indoor percussion, and pit orchestra. In high school, he was first chair on trap set in VBODA District 16 jazz and first chair on percussion in the District band his freshman and senior years, respectively. He started composing towards the end of his junior year, taking an AP Music Theory course the following year. He continues to enjoy studying theory and composing for percussion here at UVA, and he is currently a member of both the UVA Percussion Ensemble and the Charlottesville Symphony. He particularly enjoys progressive rock and progressive metal music and incorporates a similar musical style into his compositions.

Tickets for all concerts are $15 general admission, $13 for UVA Faculty and Staff, $8 for students, and are free for UVA students who reserve in advance and for those under 18.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Arts Box Office at 434.924.3376, or by visiting artsboxoffice.virginia.edu

For additional information, please visit http://music.virginia.edu/uvacms.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda (map). Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Road, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. 

Please call the Music Department at 434.924.3052 for more information.
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Address

McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu