MONDAY SEPTEMBER 13th 7:30PM
Fang Gao (violin) & Weicheng Zhao (organ)

Music from three continents - Violin and Organ duo

PROGRAM

Jean Guillou (1930-2019)

            Saga No. VI Icare                                                                                                                               

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

            Prelude and Fugue in A Minor BWV 543                                                                                

Larry King (1932-1990)

            Revelations of Saint John the Divine for organ and tape                                                            

Bill Cunliffe (b. 1956)

            *Fantasy on “Bis du bei mir”, In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11

* World premiere 

-Intermission- 

Qi Zhang (b. 1984)

            Symphony in the Teapot 

Gang Chen (b. 1935) & Zhanhao He (b. 1933)

            The Butterfly Lovers, transcription by Weicheng Zhao and Fang Gao

              -with Fang Gao, violin 

Changcheng Zhang, Ye Yuan

            A Soldier Returns to His Love, transcription by Weicheng Zhao and Fang Gao

              -with Fang Gao, violin 

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

            Variations sur un Noël, Op. 20                                                                                                                                    

Tonight’s Concert Sponsored by: Jerry and Lily Lang and Children, in loving memory of our grandparents, Vivian and Oberlin Evenson, who gave so much of themselves to The Spreckels Organ Society and to this Festival.      

Audio or video recording of this recital, using any device, without prior written consent is strictly prohibited.

BIOS

Fang Gao

Born in Tianjin China, Fang Gao started her violin studies at the age of four. She received the Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 2011. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Gao was a faculty member at the Wenning Guan Studio for Strings and Musical Arts, Tianjin Conservatory of Music and at the Sunshine School of Arts. She was a member of the first violin section of the Tianjin TEDA Symphony Orchestra. 

Ms. Gao came to the United States to be with her husband Weicheng Zhao in 2012. One year later, she enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program and studied with Susan Feldman in Baroque Violin Performance at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, while holding a Colburn Foundation Scholarship. Private study of Baroque Violin has been with Elizabeth Blumenstock, David Wilson and study of Modern Violin has been with Suli Xue and Lynn Blakeslee. In 2014, Ms. Gao entered the Concerto and Solo String Division Competitions sponsored by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers who gave her the highest rating of Unanimous Superior. She has been interviewed by TV stations “LA 18” and “Fairchild TV” from Canada. 

Ms. Gao has performed with her husband in the United States and Canada, and has been featured as an ensemble member in the Berkeley and San Francisco Early Music Festivals. She teaches violin at her studio and continues to perform concerts on both the Baroque and Modern Violins.
Weicheng Zhao

Dr. Weicheng Zhao is the first Chinese native to win international pipe organ competitions. He was a featured recitalist at the American Guild of Organists Regional Conventions (2015, 2019). At the invitation of Jean Guillou, Zhao played a solo recital in Paris at the Saint-Eustache Festival d'orgue, 2011. As an ensemble player, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel (2019, 2020). He was also invited by LA Phil to play on their Chamber Music Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2017. His performances can be heard on National Public Radio (Pipedreams). Zhao has transcribed over 50 pieces including solos, concertos, and chamber music. His commissioned work, transcription of Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite for three organists (six hands, six feet, one bench) was recognized as a landmark work in the organ world. 

Born in Tianjin, China, Zhao came to the United States in 2009 to study pipe organ with Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is currently Director of Music and Organist-Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California where he conducts two 50-voice adult choirs.