YUNCHAN LIM, 2022 CLIBURN GOLD MEDALIST
Opens El Paso Symphony’s 2022-2023 Season
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to welcome the 2022 Cliburn Gold Medalist, Yunchan Lim to El Paso to open its 2022-2023 season, September 23 & 24, 2022, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre.
Yunchan Lim launched onto the international music stage when he was 14. He won second prize and the Chopin Special Award in his first-ever competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists in 2018. That same year, he stood out as the youngest participant in the Cooper International Competition, where he won the third prize and the audience prize, which provided the opportunity for him to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra. 2019 meant more accolades, when, at the age of 15, he was the youngest to win Korea’s IsangYun International Competition, where he also took home two special prizes. Now just 18, he has performed across South Korea—including with the Korean Orchestra Festival, Korea Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, and Busan Philharmonic Orchestras, among others—as well as in Madrid, at the invitation of the Korea Cultural Center in Spain. He also participated in the recording of “2020 Young Musicians of Korea,” organized by the Korean Broadcasting System and released that November. A native of Siheung, Yunchan currently studies at the Korea National University of Arts under Minsoo Sohn. Coming to Fort Worth, he says he is “looking forward to playing in front of the warmest and most passionate audience in the world.”
EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
September 23 & 24, 2022 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yunchan Lim
Karim Al-Zand The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 73 “Emperor”
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, op. 35
“Lim’s dazzling playing in the finale of the Rachmaninoff, which transfixed the audience in Bass Hall, inspired Alsop and the orchestra to heights unsurpassed in any of the other performances. The applause that followed was endless: a star had emerged before our eyes.” – Seen and Heard International
Jorge Martin El Paso Requiem* [World Premiere]
with UTEP Choral Union Jamille Lea, Soprano; Cherry Duke, Mezzo-Soprano Brian Downen, Tenor; James Carney, Cello
*Commissioned by Communities for Peace; a historic partnership of El Paso Pro-Musica, El Paso Opera, El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the University of Texas at El Paso Music Department, in tribute to the victims and survivors of the August 3, 2019 attack in El Paso.
“A Communal Act of Remembrance for the Victims of Random Gun Violence in America Specifically for the 23 who lost their lives from the shooting in El Paso, Texas on August Third, Twenty-Nineteen,” Jorge Martin
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
KEVIN COLE, Piano Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Gershwin Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra
Ravel Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2 Ravel Bolero
Kevin Cole, America’s Pianist, is the top performer of works from The Great American Songbook and concert works of their great American composers. “When Cole sits at down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work…Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” wrote Howard Reich, arts critic for the Chicago Tribune.
GERSHWIN’S RHAPSODY IN BLUE April 24 & 25, 2020, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) has cancelled the April 24 and 25, 2020 Classical Concerts “Gershwin’s Rhapsody” due to the ‘stay home, work safe’ order issued by the City of El Paso to battle the spread of the coronavirus. This order went into effect at 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and is in place until further notice.
As you can imagine, the ramifications of having to cancel a concert are broad for the EPSO. We are respectfully requesting that you consider donating the cost of your April tickets to EPSO. In response to your donation, we will send you a tax deduction form and a voucher for tickets to our upcoming 90th anniversary season which you can use for any of our 2020-2021 classical concerts. This will provide you with tickets to introduce EPSO to friends, family or colleagues! The voucher will be good for the equivalent number of tickets you have for the April performance.
We are mindful that this is a very stressful and difficult time for everyone. If this option does not work for you, please contact our office by April 24 at (915) 532-3776 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose the donation and voucher, you do not have to take any further action. We will follow-up with a letter that will include your tax credit and vouchers for our 2020-2021 season.
The EPSO will continue to work tirelessly to provide enriching musical opportunities for our community. We sincerely appreciate your support and thank you for your consideration.