The Starling Chamber Orchestra will begin its 2011-2012 concert series at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. This free performance will showcase the versatile pre-college string players as soloists, chamber musicians and as members of the orchestra.
Congratulations to the members of the Polaris String Quartet from CCM’s Starling Project, who were awarded the first prize in the junior division of the Fischoff Competition. The event was held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana on May 15, 2011. The Gold Medal includes a $2,000 prize as well as an appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program “From The Top.”
The performers of the Polaris Quartet are Jenny Lee (violin), a high school junior from Bloomington, Indiana and a student of Dr. Won-Bin Yim; Billy Fang (violin), a Princeton-bound high school senior from Centerville, Ohio and student of Kurt Sassmannshaus; Demi Fang (viola), a high school sophomore, also from Centerville, Ohio and also a student of Kurt Sassmannshaus; and Josh Halpern (cello), a high school junior from Dayton and a student of Alan Rafferty.
Earlier this month, a string quartet of teenagers from Cincinnati’s Starling Program (Jenny Lee and Billy Fang, violins; Demi Fang, viola; Josh Halpern, cello; and 13-year old violin virtuoso Isabella Geis) traveled to Salzburg, Austria. They played a concert at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg on April 10 with young pianists from Salzburg: 11 year old Marie Decker, and adjunct faculty member Johannes Wilhelm. The program included a piano concerto by Haydn, virtuoso works for violin and for piano, Dvorak’s American String Quartet, as well as Dvorak’s entire piano quintet. The identical program had been performed on March 7 in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
CCM’s Starling Program and the Leopold Mozart Academy of the University Mozarteum plan to continue this transatlantic collaboration of their young artists.