String Festival, with Guest Violinist Frank Huang

September 19, 2013

Faculty members and guest artists perform Saturday, Oct. 12


Young musicians join them for a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 13


TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound’s fall Jacobsen Series presents the String Festival, featuring nationally renowned guest violinist Frank Huang in two evening concerts.

The main performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The evening concert will include guest artists Frank Huang, violin, and Angela Draghicescu, piano, and faculty members Maria Sampen, violin; Timothy Christie, violin; Joyce A. Ramée, viola; and Stephen Schermer, bass. Ticket information is below. The following works will be performed:

Ernest Chausson: Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet (final movement)
George Ensecu: Romanian Rhapsody, Opus 11, No. 1
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello (first and second movement)
Maurice Ravel: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Opus 28

 A second, free concert, featuring visiting high school students from across the West Coast who are taking part in Puget Sound’s weekend String Festival, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The young musicians will perform alongside the School of Music string faculty and guest violinist Frank Huang. The program will feature music for string orchestra including Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings in C Major, Opus 48.

Frank Huang, a Chinese-born American violinist and teacher, has been concertmaster of the Houston Symphony since fall 2010. He won first prize at The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition in 2003, and at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover in 2000, among other recognitions.

Huang, a faculty member at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. At age 11 he performed with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert. He has since performed with orchestras around the world, including at Wigmore Hall in London, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Alice Tully Hall in New York. He has performed on NPR’s Performance Today, CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn, and Good Morning America.

His first commercial recording, including fantasies by Franz Schubert, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Arnold Schoenberg, and Franz Waxman, was released on the Naxos label in 2003. He formerly taught at Eastman School of Music and held the position of first violinist with the Grammy Award-winning Ying quartet.

Angela Draghicescu, a faculty member at Seattle Pacific University, has appeared in solo and collaborative performances throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. She has served as the pianist for several orchestras, including Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and University of Texas Symphony Orchestra.

The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales.

FOR TICKETS for the Saturday night concert order online at tickets.pugetsound.edu, or call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013 to purchase with a credit card. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Press photos of Frank Huang are available upon request
Photos on page: Top right: Frank Huang. Above right: Angela Draghicescu. (Courtesy of artists)

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