Sinfonia Gulf Coast— Beachcomberland’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, led by music and artistic director Demetrius Fuller—presents the first regular concert of the Mainstage season that celebrates the classics with a twist.
The first in the Classical Connections series, presented by Silver Sands Premium Outlets, features cellist Sang-Eun Lee Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin.
Hailed for her expressive artistry and dazzling technique, 22-year-old Lee has been praised for her performance by the Washington Post, who wrote: “She is a prodigiously talented young artist with powerful technique and musical poise.”
She will perform Tchaikovsky’s stunning “Variations on a Rococo Theme.” Also on the program are Mozart’s “Wind Serenade in E-Flat” and Antonin Dvorak’s showstopper “Serenade for Strings.”
Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee attended the Korean National University of Arts from the age of nine, where she worked with Myung Wha Chung and Sang Min Park. She is a grant recipient of the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts, and currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music, working with Peter Wiley and Young Concert Artists alumnus Carter Brey.
She has been invited to perform as a soloist with Korea’s leading orchestras, including the Seoul Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung, the Suwon Philharmonic, the Prime Philharmonic, the Korean National University of Arts Orchestra, the Gangnam Symphony and GMMFS orchestras. Lee made her Seoul recital debut at the age of 13 on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series and has given recitals at the Blue House in Seoul and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Lee has been featured on KBS (the Korean Broadcasting System).
Lee has won top prizes in numerous, including first prize at the 2009 Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., at age 15.
“Sinfonia continues to focus on the advancement of all aspects of its music education initiatives. As one of our Sinfonia Prize recipients from the New York City-based Young Concert Artists, Sang-Eun Lee exemplifies the traits of an artist destined for great success, and we are honored and privileged to be able to present her to the Northwest Florida community during this stage of her career,” says Fuller.
Tickets for this concert range from $29.50 to $45 per person. Purchase at SinfoniaGulfCoast.org.
- Zandra Wolfgram