Music in May, 2011 Season featuring Michael Tree

Friday, May 20, 2011

Resurrection Church (7600 Soquel Dr. Aptos CA 95003)
7:00pm Pre-concert lecture by Kai Christiansen (
8:00pm Concert
Sergei Prokofiev, 5 Melodies for Violin and Piano
Richard Rood & Amy Yang
John Wineglass, Piano Trio WORLD PREMIERE
Amy Yang, Rebecca Jackson, Danielle Cho
Leoš Janáček, String Quartet No. 1
Richard Rood, Rebecca Jackson, Michael Tree, Danielle Cho
Gustav Mahler, Piano Quartet
Richard Rood, Alexandra Leem, Danielle Cho, Amy Yang
Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8
Richard Rood, Rebecca Jackson, Alexandra Leem, Danielle Cho

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Resurrection Church (7600 Soquel Dr. Aptos CA 95003)
7:00pm Pre-concert lecture by Kai Christiansen (
8:00pm Concert
Ludwig van Beethoven, Horn Sonata transcription for viola and piano
Michael Tree & Amy Yang
Robert Schumann, Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op. 82
Amy Yang
Felix Mendelssohn, Octet
Richard Rood, Rebecca Jackson, Michael Tree, Alexandra Leem, Danielle Cho & Friends

2011 Musicians

Composer in Residence

Rebecca Jackson

Hailed as “riveting” by The San Francisco Examiner, founder and artistic director of Music in May, Korean-American Rebecca Jackson (violin), is a native of California.   Ms. Jackson received her B.M. from The Juilliard School and received a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz where she studied with Roy Malan.  She is a member of the Cabrillo Festival and Sarasota Opera Orchestra and regularly performs with the San Francisco Opera. Always looking for a good cause, Ms. Jackson has performed in numerous benefit concerts that have raised a total exceeding $100,000.  She was part of the broadway musical South Pacific during its run at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco.  Ms. Jackson’s acting and original composition was featured April 2010 at Exit Theater (San Francisco) in the production, “The Wind and Rain.”  In addition to being an age group triathlete, she served as Miss Santa Cruz County 2005.

Amy Yang

Hailed by Harris Goldsmith of The New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet: everything she touches turns to gold–a Midas touch for tone and music”, twenty-six-year-old pianist Amy Jiaqi Yang is already a seasoned performer and collaborator. A rising star who, “artistically, has fully arrived” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Yang’s performances “elevate joy to the edge of rapture” and “convey the exuberance and enthusiasm of youth” (Star-Telegram).

Most recently, she performed at Marlboro, Caramoor and OKMozart Festivals, Steinway Hall, Perelman Theatre, Marlboro College, on the Dame Myra Hess Series, and in the Van Cliburn Competition. Upcoming performances include a chamber recital at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall with violinist Hye-Jin Kim, recitals in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Marlboro, San Francisco, and Spain. In the summer, she’ll appear at the festivals of Music In May, OK Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, and Olympic Music Festival.

Three recordings also expect imminent release: a CD with violinist Chen Xi (Chinese National Record Label) and a live CD and DVD (Itinerant Records) from a tour of Spain with clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. Ms. Yang is currently planning her solo debut CD featuring works composed by and influenced by Robert Schumann as well as initiating The Schumann Project, a special series of concerts to present Schumann’s complete solo piano and chamber works. Commanding an immense repertory, in the recent season she performed works ranging from Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, to Beethoven’s Sonata in Bb, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”, and to Ezra Laderman’s Third Piano Sonata.

An experienced performer, Ms. Yang has concertized at Weill Hall a Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Gardner Museum, The White House, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Perelman Theatre, Jones Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall, The Beinecke Library, Columbia, Miami, and Rockefeller Universities, The New School, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall (Istanbul), and at The Ravinia Festival and Lubus International Festival of Poland

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with extraordinary artists as Richard Goode, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Ida Levin, Philip Setzer, Judith Serkin, Fred Sherry, Tara Helen O’Conor, Paul Neubauer, Anne-Marie and Kerry McDermott, Marina Piccinini, Cynthia Raim, Joseph Lin, and Kim Kashkashian. In 2007, she toured with Musicians from Ravinia.

Ms. Yang has garnered exclusively first prizes at the International Corpus Christi Young Artists’ Competition, the National Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Lennox National Young Artists Competition. She has been a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Richardson Symphony. Festival credits include Prussia Cove, Music Academy of the West, Verbier Academy, Music from Angel Fire, Ravinia Festival, Canandaigua Lake Festival, OK Mozart, and Marlboro Music Festival.

Ms. Yang is graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and The Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Prize for an Outstanding Piano Student as well as the Alumni Association Prize. Her principal teachers are Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl. She loves drawing and painting and often contributes artwork to benefit concert series. She also loves literature, poetry, art history, psychology, and the classical guitar.

Danielle Cho

A native of Los Angeles, cellist Danielle Cho has been seen in performance throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, she studied with renowned cellist Lluís Claret in Barcelona, Spain. Most recently, she performed with the Palau de Les Arts orchestra in Valencia, Spain under the baton of Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. A dedicated contemporary music advocate, she has performed new music at the Spoleto USA Festival “Music in Time” series, the Santa Fe New Music series, and the Lucerne Festival Academy where she worked with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Other festivals she has performed at include the Holland Music Sessions, the International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove, Taos, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein, and the New York String Seminar. An avid chamber musician, she has worked closely with members of the Takacs, Guarneri, Juilliard, Brentano, and Borromeo String Quartets. Danielle is a graudate of the University of Southern California and the New England Conservatory.

Richard Rood

Guest Artist

Richard Rood (born 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American violinist, and is currently a leading member of the internationally acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra a well as a 1st violinist of the New York City Opera and the Associate Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera during the summer season. He was appointed membership with Orpheus after a history of regularly performing, touring, and recording with the group for 15 years. Currently he continues to hold important positions as a principal player with Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and American Symphony. He is a member of the New York City Opera and American Ballet Theater orchestras, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in over 20 countries, appeared on over 75 recordings, and as a member of Orpheus, he has been awarded three Grammy Awards.  The New York Times praised him as “an especially fine young violinist”, and the Newark Star-Ledger similarly raved that “he is worth his weight in gold”. His recordings of concerti of Bach and Vivaldi have been critically acclaimed, as well as chamber recordings of Copland and Dvořák.  Rood received an Honorary Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in 2010 as a member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Michael Tree

Guest Artist

Michael Tree was born in Newark, New Jersey and received his first violin instruction from his father.  Later, as a scholarship student at the Curtis institute of Music in Philadelphia, Mr. Tree studied with Efrem Zimbalist, Lea Luboshutz and Veda Reynolds.  In 1954, the New York Herald Tribune wrote, “A 20- year-old American violinist, Michael Tree, stepped out upon Carnegie Hall stage last night and made probably the most brilliant young debut in the recent past… the violinist evidenced not one lapse from the highest possible musical and technical standards”.  Subsequent to his debut, Mr. Tree has appeared as a violin and viola soloist with the Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, New Jersey and other major orchestras.  He has also participated in leading festivals, including Marlboro, Casals, Spoleto, Israel, Aspen, Santa Fe and Taos.  As a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, Mr. Tree has played in major cities throughout the world.  In 1982, Mayor Koch presented the Quartet with the New York City Seal of Recognition, an honor awarded for the first time.  One of the most widely recorded musicians in America, Mr. Tree has recorded over 80 chamber music works, including piano quartets and quintets with Artur Rubinstein.  Other artists with whom he has recorded include Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Jamie Laredo, Yo- Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman.  Mr. Tree is co-founder of the Schumann Trio, featuring works for clarinet, viola or violin, and piano.  His colleagues include Anthony McGill and Anna Polonsky.  Mr. Tree is on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Bard College and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Alexandra Leem

Violist Alexandra Leem is a graduate of the Eastman School and Yale University. A recipient of the Yale University scholarship, she worked closely with Tokyo quartet during her Yale quartet in residency graduate program. From 1997 until 2010 she was Principal viola of the Concerto Soloists and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, performing with many influential conductors and soloists and herself as soloist on many occasions. She was also a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and substitute for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has performed with numerous orchestras and festivals in US and in Europe, more recently with PA Ballet, Orchestra 2001 and Network for New Music and is an active chamber and contemporary musician. She has recorded for Philadelphia’s Larry Gold Studios as their principal violist, appearing on countless projects of all genre ranging from Gospel’s Kirk Franklin to Rap’s Jay Z on MTV Unplugged.

She is currently a member of the Santa Fe Opera and San Fracisco Chamber Orchestra and resides in California with her husband and their three very active boys.

John Wineglass

John Christopher Wineglass, B.M., M.A.

®EMMY Award-Winning Composer
JOHN CHRISTOPHER WINEGLASS (®Emmy Award-Winning Composer) has performed on five continents, before every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan and with several ®Oscar and ®Grammy-Award Winning artists, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Jamie Foxx to name a few. A recent concert review in the Washington Post described his latest commission at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall last fall as having ‘iridescent colors in the world premiere of a beautifully crafted suite’ while Marvin Hamlisch congratulates the occasion by commenting ‘… with a name like Wineglass, it had to be good.’

John received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition with a minor in Viola Performance at The American University and later received his master’s degree in Music Composition: Film Scoring for Motion Pictures, Television and Multi-Media at New York University, studying with Justin Dello-Joio of the Julliard School.

As a recipient of three (two consecutive) ®Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, and three ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, Mr. Wineglass holds seven ®EMMY nominations.