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Lunchtime Concert Series: A Mother's Day Musical Feast - Music for Violin & Piano with Jennifer Lang, violin

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street #280 Saint Paul, MN 55101 USA (map)

Lunchtime Concert Series
A Mother's Day Feast: Music for Violin & Piano with Jennifer Lang, violin

Admission is FREE

with Shelley Hanmo Qian, piano

Come enjoy a Musical Feast in honor of mothers and women worldwide. The program features works for solo violin, violin and piano, and violin and recorded sounds.   

PROGRAM (selected from)
Works for solo piano
Musical Toys - Sofia Gubaidulina, 
Chaconne - Sofia Gubaidulina, 
Vers la vie Nouvelle - Nadia Boulanger
Works for violin and piano
Street Music - Asako Hirabayashi
Composition tba - Janika Vandervelde 

Jennifer Lang earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French at Oberlin Conservatory/College. From 2008-2012, Jennifer lived in Paris, France, where she taught English and violin while attending music conservatory and professional translation school. She helped found Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), a French non-profit arts organization showcasing young professional musicians. Most recently, Jennifer worked with local dance historian Jane Peck to create a recital program integrating baroque instruments and dance. The program was performed at the Baroque Room in February 2017. In May of 2016, Jennifer collaborated with local composer Janika Vandervelde to create an acoustical composition, KAYAK, that incorporates themes of nature and sound with violin. Jennifer performs regularly with the Minnesota Sinfonia and the Lyra Baroque Ensemble. She also serves on faculty at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, where she teaches Suzuki violin and viola lessons and coordinates the St. Paul public school outreach program. Certified through the Permaculture Research Institute as an urban farmer, Jennifer remains engaged with community gardening efforts in the Twin Cities community. She is president of Cooperative Energy Futures, a Twin Cities-based energy cooperative with a community solar garden focus, and the author of The Art of Wellbeing: A Resource for Health and Healing.

A native of China, pianist Shelley Hanmo Qian appeared as a soloist in major concert halls around the globe, including Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (Washington D.C.), Jack Singer Concert Hall (Calgary), and Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing). Her live solo performance at Oberlin Conservatory was also featured on the NPR’s Performance Today. As a pianist who actively explores contemporary piano repertoire, Ms. Qian gave presentations and lecture recitals around the United States, recent ones including presentation recital at 2017 College Music Society Great Lakes Conference on the topic of Piano Solo Works by Female Composers Since the 20th Century, and a lecture recital Musical Images, featuring piano works by post-WWII European composers as a musical comparison to Indiana University Eskenazi Museum of Art spring 2017 exhibition Abstract Painting in Europe, 1949-1968. As an active collaborative pianist, Ms. Qian established her Sandes Qian Duo with Brazilian baritone Bruno Sandes in 2013, based at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The duo won the grand prize in the Latin American Music Recording Competition at IU Jacobs School of Music. Their debut CD album Minha Terra, now available on Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, and CDbaby, explores Brazilian traditional and newly composed vocal/piano repertoire, featuring world premiere works by Brazilian composers and cover art by the renowned Brazilian-Japanese artist Tomie Ohtake. Besides the duo, Ms. Qian frequently work with instrumentalists across the United States. Her collaborative performance with Double Bass Professor James VanDemark from the Eastman School of Music was featured at the Round Top Music Festival in Round Top, Texas.

Ms. Qian won top prizes at Xing-Hai Cup National Young Pianist Competition (Beijing) and TOYAMA Asian Young Pianist Competition (China Regional). She was also a prizewinner at 11th Oberlin International Piano Competition in 2005, as well as the recipient of Rudolf Serkin Prize at Oberlin Conservatory towards the excellence in piano performance. Ms. Qian received her early musical studies from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. She was awarded full scholarship from Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.) and assistantship from IU Jacobs School of Music (M.M.). She is a doctoral candidate under Karen Shaw at Jacobs School of Music. Ms. Qian is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Indiana University.