Featuring Ji Su Jung, marimba
& Amy Berger, harp
The Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901
1 hour and 50 minutes,
with an intermission
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3pm
About this performance
See the music as the marimba and harp step center stage for a rare sensory experience.
Jonathan Bloxham, guest conductor
Ji Su Jung, marimba
Amy Berger, harp
Hannah Lash Chaconnes*
Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra*
Danse sacree et danse profane, for Harp and Strings*
Dvořák Serenade for Strings*
*Stamford Symphony Premiere
Learn more: Your ticket includes a FREE Behind the Baton talk one hour pre-concert with our conductor!
Just for kids: Your ticket includes FREE interactive MusiKids program on Sundays at 2pm for kids ages 5-12.
Jonathan Bloxham, guest conductor
“…he has innate musicianship, natural rapport with orchestras and a deep knowledge and understanding of the symphonic repertoire…”
– Paavo Järvi
Jonathan Bloxham was Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from the 2016 to 2018. He is also Artistic Director of Northern Chords, a festival based in the North East of England that he founded in 2009.
Jonathan’s recent and forthcoming conducting highlights include the closing concert of the CBSO’s Symphony Hall season in June 2017 and concerts with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Aurora, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru and in Beijing and Shanghai. He has been assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opera North.
As a cellist Jonathan was winner of several prestigious awards and regularly performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre.
Jonathan studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll and finally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins. Jonathan has taken further studies with Eberhart Feltz, Nicolas Pasquet Sian Edwards and Paavo Jarvi.
Ji Su Jung
As an advocate for today’s modern solo percussion art, Ji Su Jung has a distinctive voice instantly recognizable for its lyricism and insight. Her breadth of skill carries her with equal ease from the solo marimba medium to multiple percussion solos and European theatrical works.
Born in South Korea, Ji Su is a rarity in the world of percussion having begun her studies at the age of four. Her exceptional talent was recognized early on and led to recitals and concerto performances at such a young age that she needed a small platform to stand upon just to reach the keyboard of the instrument. That platform was soon left behind as her stature and musical voice matured. Numerous solo performances throughout her native country followed eventually leading her move to the United States in 2011. She completed her undergraduate studies at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University thanks to a generous grant from The Brookby Foundation in Wisconsin.
Her exceptional potential quickly blossomed into a professional musical voice leading her to performances at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts with the Houston Symphony, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. , Romanian Orchestra and throughout the United States. In 2018, Ji Su Jung was the First Prize Winner of the 2018 Ima Hogg Competition, as well as the Audience Choice award winner. In 2015, Ji Su was invited by NPR radio host Fred Childs to be a Young Artist in Residence on his nationally syndicated program, Performance Today. During the week of her residency, she performed many of the seminal pieces in the marimba repertoire introducing the marimba to listeners in every corner of the country. Her concert for children while in Minnesota was highly successful demonstrating Ji Su’s love for bringing classical music to young audiences. Later that year she was a laureate at the International Marimba Competition in Linz, Austria that led to her joining an elite roster of solo artists endorsing the Adams line of concert marimbas.
With the rapidly expanding repertoire for percussion with other instruments, Miss Jung has become an active chamber musician alongside of her solo concerts. In 2014, she was chosen through a national audition to be the percussionist at the renown Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. There she played with many of today’s greatest chamber musicians including legendary pianist Gilbert Kalish and Roger Tapping formerly of the Takács String Quartet. The following year she had the same honor at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut where she gave the world premieres of small ensemble pieces by six of today’s finest emerging composers.
Through her endorsement contract with the Vic Firth mallet and drumstick company, Ji Su has made numerous performance videos that have garnered over a half million views on their website. Through this medium, her lyrical approach to the marimba has drawn accolades throughout the world from composers, percussionists and general music lovers.
Amy Berger started playing the harp at the age of 6. She graduated college with a BA in Music from Stony Brook University and an MM degree from Yale University’s School of Music. She has travelled internationally as well as in the US, performing with orchestras including NY City Opera National Company, NY City Opera, Orchestra of the State of Mexico, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. She has toured China, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, and Israel. As a freelancer, she has performed in Broadway shows, TV commercials, and movies, including “August Rush”. Her solo CD, “On Golden Harp” has been used for the documentary “One Hundred Years of Baseball”. She has recorded the Grammy-winning opera “Anthony and Cleopatra” by Samuel Barber. She has worked with Placido Domingo, Tony Bennett, Sara Vaughn, Sting, Van Dyke Parks, Rufus Wainwright, and Latin pop star, Juan Luis Guerra. Amy has been the principal harpist with the Stamford Symphony for over thirty years and teaches privately in New York City.
AGE RESTRICTIONS: The Stamford Symphony encourages the attendance of young people at its concerts. However, orchestral performances are probably not suitable for children aged under 5. We welcome children of any age to our special family-oriented shorter performances, however, they must have a ticket.