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Fenway Community Chamber Concert
Fenway Center at Northeastern University
77 St Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115 

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra

General Admission

The BSO's Community Chamber Music Series at Northeastern University invites Boston-based audiences to attend community concerts just down the street from Symphony Hall, taking advantage of the Fenway Center's outstanding acoustics and location.

Students and faculty in the Music Department at Northeastern's College of Arts, Media and Design take an active role in the concert series by leading pre-concert talks, providing program notes, and handling the behind-the-scenes work such as recording the performance for archival purposes. The series is part of ongoing BSO efforts to involve both students and members of the local community.

Tickets are FREE, and may be reserved by visiting calendar.northeastern.edu. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Featured Performers

Si-Jing Huang, violin
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Si-Jing Huang joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 1989-90 season, having graduated from the Juilliard School in New York in May 1989.  Mr. Huang's numerous scholarships and awards include the Lincoln Center Scholarship; he was also a winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions held in Hawaii.  Mr. Huang's teachers include Glenn Dicterow and Dorothy DeLay, as well as his father, Da-Ying Huang.  A former member of the Juilliard Orchestra, he has participated in the chamber music festivals at Aspen and Taos, toured the United States with the Classical String Players, and performed internationally with the Hawthorne String Quartet.

Si-Jing Huang, violin Victor Romanul, violin
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Violinist Victor Romanul, who holds the Bessie Pappas Violin Chair, has been performing professionally since he was seven. An active recitalist, teacher, and soloist, he has performed throughout the world. As a soloist, he was named in "Best of Boston" in 1997 by the Boston Globe. Mr. Romanul recently completed a three-year tenure as concertmaster of the Ars Poetica Chamber Orchestra, based in Detroit and made up of outstanding players from major U.S. orchestras. He has given master classes throughout the country at many schools, including Northwestern, Columbia, Oberlin, and SUNY Stony Brook. As a professor of violin at Boston Conservatory, he has taught violin, chamber music, and pedagogy. He has served as a coach for the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Preparatory orchestras. He served as the BSO's assistant concertmaster from 1993 to 1995 and from 1981 to 1986 was associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Romanul studied with Ivan Galamian, Joseph Silverstein, and Jascha Heifetz. As a member of the Boston Artists Ensemble and the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, he has performed frequently at music festivals throughout New England. Recent career highlights have included performances of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Boston Pops and the New Hampshire Symphony, a three-concert series of the ten Beethoven violin sonatas at the Goethe Institute in Boston, performances of Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin in one recital, a recital of the complete solo sonatas of Eugene Ysaÿe, during the 2006-07 season, recitals around the country featuring solo violin music of Paganini, Sauret, Ernst, Wienawski, Vieuxtemps, and Ysaÿe.

Victor Romanul, violin
Michael Zaretsky, viola
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Born in the former Soviet Union, violist Michael Zaretsky graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory cum laude. He began his career as a member of the Moscow Philharmonic String Quartet and the Moscow Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra. In 1972, he immigrated to Israel and became principal viola of the Jerusalem Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and a soloist with Radio Israel. The following year he played for Leonard Bernstein, who brought him to Tanglewood. That summer, while a Fellow in the Tanglewood Music Center (then the Berkshire Music Center), he successfully auditioned for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Besides being a longtime member of the BSO, Mr. Zaretsky regularly plays solo recitals and chamber music; he has appeared with such leading artists as Emanuel Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, and Vadim Repin, as well as colleagues from the BSO. As a soloist, he has performed with the Boston Pops, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Atlantic Symphony, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra, and the Sapporo Philharmonic. He has also appeared as violist with the dance company Tom Gold Dance. While on tour in Japan with the BSO in November 2017, Mr. Zaretsky gave a relief concert in the tsunami-stricken city of Ishinomaki, performing music of Shostakovich and others. A faculty member at Boston University, Mr. Zaretsky has made several highly regarded recordings, including an album of Russian music for viola and piano; music of J.S., C.P.E., and W.F. Bach; music of Brahms and Schumann; Bach's six cello suites performed on viola; and Hindemith's Sonatas for unaccompanied viola, and, with pianist Xak Bjerken, viola with piano. Mr. Zaretsky has performed and discussed the six Bach cello suites on multiple occasions, including in Athens, Greece, at the invitation of the American College of Greece, and at TurnPark Art Space in West Stockbridge, MA. Besides the traditional viola repertoire, Mr. Zaretsky performs an extensive repertoire of new music. His collaborations with composer Jakov Jakoulov have resulted in many new works. In 2007, film composer and Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams dedicated his Duo Concertante for violin and viola to Mr. Zaretsky, who premiered it at Tanglewood that summer with BSO violinist Victor Romanul. Their acclaimed recording of the Duo Concertante and other duos for violin and viola was released in fall 2008.

 

Michael Zaretsky, viola Owen Young, cello
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Cellist Owen Young joined the BSO in August 1991. A frequent collaborator in chamber music concerts and festivals, he has also appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras. He has appeared in the Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Davos, Sunflower, Gateway, Brevard, and St. Barth's music festivals and is a founding member of the innovative chamber ensemble Innuendo. Mr. Young's performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, WQED in Pittsburgh, WITF in Harrisburg, and WGBH in Boston. He has performed frequently with singer/songwriter James Taylor, including the nationally televised concert "James Taylor Live at the Beacon Theatre" in New York City. Mr. Young was formerly on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Extension Division, and the Longy School of Music; is currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music; and is active in Project STEP (String Training and Education Program for students of color). From 1991 to 1996 he was a Harvard-appointed resident tutor and director of concerts in Dunster House at Harvard University. His teachers included Elinor Osborn, Michael Grebanier, Anne Martindale Williams, and Aldo Parisot. Mr. Young holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale University. He was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1986 and 1987. After winning an Orchestra Fellowship in 1987, he played with the Atlanta Symphony in 1988 and with the Boston Symphony in 1988-89. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony in 1986-87 and of the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1989 until he joined the BSO in 1991.

Owen Young, cello
Program Notes Audio
BEETHOVEN - Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3
SIBELIUS - Duo for violin and viola
BRAHMS - String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat, Op. 67