Jennifer Lang, violin
A Mother’s Day Musical Feast
$15 | $10 Seniors & Students | $5 Children 13 and Under
Jennifer Lang, violin
Asako Hirabayashi, piano
In honor of Mother's Day, this program is composed to honor women worldwide: composers, activists, writers, scientists, mathematicians, administrators, accountants, programmers, farmers, environmentalists, teachers, reverends, healers, lawyers, musicians, and any other profession you can conceive (not forgetting our mothers, of course!). All of our performers are women and we will be performing works by or inspired by women. Come out with your families (men and boys welcome!) to celebrate women and mothers on this special day.
PROGRAM (to include)
KAYAK by Janika Vandervelde
Street Music for Violin and Harpsichord by Asako Hirabayashi
Aromatic Reinventions by Janika Vandervelde
A Twin Cities native, Jennifer Lang began playing the violin at age 7, studying initially with Kristina Lantz of the Rochester Symphony. Jennifer played through all of her school years, competing and taking prizes in local competitions, and then departed for Oberlin, OH, for undergraduate studies with Marilyn McDonald. As a French and violin double major, Jennifer then left for Paris, France, for post-undergraduate work where she studied with Jeanne-Marie Conquer.
As an orchestral artist, Jennifer plays with the Minnesota Sinfonia and the Lyra Baroque Ensemble. As a recitalist, Jennifer is especially passionate about cross medium collaborations. One of her more recent recitals collaborations was with local dance historian Jane Peck, for a program integrating baroque instruments and dance.
A teacher of violin for over 15 years, Jennifer taught violin to students at the International School of Paris and Ecole Koenig during her post-graduate studies in France, and continues to teach here in the Twin Cities at Ovation Academy and the Kramer School of Music.
Beyond violin, Jennifer has many interests--especially in the areas of the environment and personal wellness. Certified through the Permaculture Research Institute as an urban farmer, Jennifer stays informed about community gardening efforts in the Twin Cities area. She is also completing her Master Recycler Certification. Jennifer just finished her term as president of Cooperative Energy Futures, a Twin Cities-based energy cooperative that focuses on community solar gardens. She is co-author of The Art of Wellbeing: A Resource for Health and Healing.
A harpsichordist and composer, Asako Hirabayashi's first recording on Albany Label, whose program is entirely composed and played by herself, was awarded Gold Medal Award from Global Music Awards 2018, selected as one of the 5 best classical CDs of the year 2010 by Minneapolis Star Tribune and received 7 favorable reviews internationally. She won numerous grants and awards including the 2009 -10 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and 2 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative grants as a soloist. As a composer, she has won 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, several first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th, 7th and 8th consecutively) and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan and was awarded 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has appeared as a featured guest soloist in international festivals and concert series worldwide since her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School.