Oklahoma City University News
Parker, Lin to Present Concerto's Oklahoma Premiere May 16
The Civic Music Association will conclude its concert season 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16, with “Postcards from America,” featuring violinist Cho-Liang Lin and pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The duo performed the identical program of Dvorak, Schoenfield, Brahms and Ravel on May 5 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
The concert, dedicated to the memory of Mae Ruth Swanson, will be in Oklahoma City University’s Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Auditorium at the Bass School of Music. Tickets are $20. Admission is free to OCU students, faculty or staff. For more information, contact (405) 947-4307.
Parker and Lin will present the Oklahoma premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. The four-movement work draws on American jazz, pop music and folk traditions including Gypsy fiddling, a Transylvanian wedding song, Baroque counterpoint, snippets of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and dance hall music.
Parker has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House to the Canadian Arctic and war-torn Sarajevo. He is an officer of The Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian honor, and Gold Medal Laureate of the Leeds International Piano Competition.
In recent seasons, he has performed as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the NHK Tokyo Orchestra. Summer festival appearances include the Hollywood Bowl, Vail, Ravinia, La Jolla, Santa Fe, and Orcas Island. He has collaborated with Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin, and Pinchas Zukerman.
Parker is professor of piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. He has recorded for CBC Records and Telarc.
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, formerly on the faculty of The Juilliard School, recently was appointed professor of violin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He plays the 1715 "Titian" Stradivarius. In 2000, Musical America named him Instrumentalist of the Year.
Performing on several continents, Lin appears as soloist with orchestras such as Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and overseas with the Bergen Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and Singapore Symphony. An avid chamber musician, his 2009-10 performances include chamber concerts at the Beijing Music Festival as well as his perennial appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
An advocate for music of our time, Lin has premiered works by composers such as Joel Hoffman, John Harbison, Christopher Rouse,, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paul Schoenfield, Bright Sheng, and Joan Tower. In October, he gave the world premiere of Tan Dun's Violin Concerto as a part of Carnegie Hall's China Festival.
As music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Lin has helped develop an event that once focused primarily on chamber music into a multidisciplinary festival featuring dance, jazz and a burgeoning new music program commissioning composers as diverse as Chick Corea and Gunther Schuller.
Lin’s extensive discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos and BIS. His albums have won Gramophone’s Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy Award nominations.