Lunchtime Concert Series
Pure and Dynamic - Out of the Shadows
Chia-Lin Ko, Flute
Anna Sanders Lee, Cello
Yunyue Liu, Piano
Admission is FREE
A recital featuring diverse works by three vibrant and passionate composers: Friedrich Kuhlau, H. Villa-Lobos, and Fanny Mendelssohn. Come and experience some nineteenth century romantic music contrasted with folk-like melodies from Brazil. This family-friendly concert will be an informal event for audience members of all ages.
Trio in G major, Op. 119 by Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832)
Assobio a Játo (The Jet Whistle) for Flute and Cello by Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Piano trio in d minor, Op. 11 by Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847)
Chia-Lin Ko is a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota as a student of Immanuel Davis and holds a fellowship in the School of Music during her doctoral studies. She completed her bachelor and master's degree at National Taipei University of Education and Taipei University of the Arts in Taiwan. She has studied with Tzu-Ying Jennie Lin, Man-Non Fan, and Immanuel Davis. She has also been coached by many notable flutists, including Amy Porter, Loïc Schneider, Gary Schocker, Andras Adorjan, Karl Kraber, Shigenori Kudo, Michal Bellavance, and Peter-Lukas Graf. During her studies at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Ko participates in concerts as principal flute with University orchestra and Orchestra Opera Theater. She also organized a project named Tones of Taiwan and premiered Taiwan composers’ works in 2016 National Flute Association’s annual convention. Ms. Ko has won KHS Academic Foundation Grants Foundation Scholarship in Taiwan and performed with Taipei Philharmonic Theater for a new musical opera “The Fantasy of Magic Flute.” In 2012, she played the principal bass flute with the Joueur de Flûte Ensemble in the 5th Asia Flutists Federation Congress and hosted a Flute Quartet at Taipei Cultural Center’s annual activity, “Music Salon.” In 2011, Ms. Ko was invited to play with the Tone Melody Flute Ensemble at Nanjing Normal University and Harbin Normal University in China. She is currently focusing on studying baroque flute with Professor Immanuel Davis.
Cellist Anna Sanders Lee has worked with artists including Janos Starker, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Joseph Silverstein, Norman Fischer, Richard Aaron, Martin Katz, and Andrés Díaz. She has also attended summer festivals such as Scotia Fest in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rencontres Musicales de Noyers in France where she studied with world-renowned cellist Gary Hoffmann. Her teachers have included Anthony Elliott, Rhonda Rider, Wesley Baldwin, and Janos Starker. A native of East Tennessee, Anna received her undergraduate degree in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan where she was awarded both the Artistic Leadership Award and the Michigan Grant based on artistic and academic merit. Anna has recently performed at venues such as Symphony Center in Chicago, The University of Chicago, Millennium Park, and Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago as well as Kerrytown Concert House and Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Anna currently serves on the Cello Faculty at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. She received Suzuki training from Sally Gross, Tanya Carey, and Nancy Jackson. In Summer 2017, Anna became the cellist of the Volta String Quartet. Anna resides in Chicago with her husband, Cheng-Hou, also a cellist, and their miniature poodle, Messi, not a cellist.
Pianist Yunyue Liu, a native of Shanghai, is emerging as a gifted collaborative artist. She has performed on three continents and in numerous masterclasses with world renowned artists such as Elly Ameling, Martin Katz, Elmar Oliviera and the Ying Quartet, to name a few. She has participated in the Franz-Schubert-Institute in Austria, Oberlin in Italy Opera Festival in Arezzo, Italy as well as the Hot Spring Music Festival in Arkansas. She holds degrees from Shanghai Normal University, Lynn Conservatory of Music, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Recently, she received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities under the guidance of Dr. Timothy Lovelace. She performs frequently in the Twin Cities area including recent performances in The Baroque Room and The Landmark Center as part of the Twin Cities Early Music Festival Series. While maintaining an active performance schedule, she has worked for Minnesota Bach Ensemble and Lyra Baroque Orchestra for administrative and artistic support. She was recently appointed as Executive Director of Bach Society of Minnesota.