Korean-born violinist Youjin Lee will be the featured soloist for the concert presented by the Downey Symphony Orchestra on January 28, 2012, entitled “Strings Spectacular.” She will be performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 4 for Violin and Orchestra, which is noted for its abundance of thematic material.
Though still quite young, Lee is already establishing herself as a notable performer at the international level. She has performed by invitation at the presidential residence for South Korean President Myung Bak Lee, at the Lincoln Center in New York, and with the prestigious Romanian Ploiesti Philharmonic Orchestra.
According to Conductor Sharon Lavery, Lee exhibits a musical maturity and depth far beyond her age. “Her understanding and interpretation of Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto is nothing short of inspiring. Our Downey audience is in for a real treat,” said Lavery.
Lee currently resides in Los Angeles while studying at the select Colburn School, which is dedicated to preparing select students for performing careers at the highest level.
Also included in the evening concert are Vivaldi’s Concerto Alla Rustica, two numbers set by Percy Grainger, and Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings. Curtain time is 8:00 pm, and ticket prices are $30, $25, and $10 for students. To reserve your seats, please call the Downey Theater box office at (562) 861-8211 or order online at www.downeytheatre.com.
Here you can see a video of the Downey Symphony playing the “Downey Overture.”
Downey Overture from Alex Chaloff on Vimeo.
Fantastic. Starts off with lively sounds, traffic, kettle drums from the freeways that surround us, then inside, a strong and sweet melody, followed by vibrant sounds of daily activity,ending with the steady beat of fiting into the larger world again. How great of Oscar Navarro to write that identity piece for us.