Welcome in the Year of the Dragon and celebrate the Asian community in Central New York. Experience the unique melodies, instruments, and arrangements of some of the oldest and most complex music in the world.
Concertgoers can enjoy food from local Asian chefs during the two intermissions, included in the cost of their ticket. The menu will include Chinese egg rolls from King’s Chef, Vietnamese egg rolls from New Century Vietnamese Restaurant, and Kimbap from Gangnam Style Korean Kitchen.
The lobby of the RedHouse will be decorated to welcome everyone into a beautifully atmospheric environment.
HUANZI: Spring Festival Overture
KIM: Dub Sanjo
ZHANHAO: Butterfly Lover Violin Concerto
LONG: Four Songs from Chinese Folk Songs
YUANKAI: Symphony No. 2 “Sketches of Taiwan”
HISAISHI: My Neighbor Totoro
WEI: The Dancing Moonlight
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Described by Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC) as an “impressive conductor…outstanding in his attention to detail and his command of the big picture”, Hong Kong-born conductor Ho-Yin Kwok is a three-time winner of The American Prize, 2021, winner of 2017-2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition and 2021 International ...
Described by Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC) as an “impressive conductor…outstanding in his attention to detail and his command of the big picture”, Hong Kong-born conductor Ho-Yin Kwok is a three-time winner of The American Prize, 2021, winner of 2017-2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition and 2021 International Conductors Workshop and Competition. Recently appointed as Director of Orchestral Activities at Ithaca College, New York, Kwok also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
As a rising conductor, Kwok has established a professional reputation in the state of Minnesota. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and cover conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. Kwok previously served as Assistant Conductor of Collegium Musicum Hong Kong and performed in esteemed venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Musikverein in Vienna. He has guest conducted the New World Symphony (FL), Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (MN), Arapahoe Philharmonic (CO), Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra (GA), Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra (MN), Eastern Festival Orchestra (NC), among other ensembles.
An avid music educator, Kwok previously served as the Director of the Duluth Superior Youth Symphony, and in the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University and University of Minnesota Duluth. His other educational guest conducting engagements include the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic, and Foster Music Camp. He has served as adjudicator for concerto competitions such as those of Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Symphony Concert Association, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.
Kwok is a first prize winner of The American Prize in opera conducting. He had served as Music Director of the Opera Theatre at University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. He enjoys conducting operas of a wide range of periods and styles, from Mozart’s Idomeneo to Puccini’s La Bohéme, Britten’s Albert Herring, and Menotti’s The Consul. He was the instigating artistic force behind the formation of opera orchestra at Eastern Kentucky University and has collaborated professionally with Arbeit Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of the North. In the 2021-22 season, Kwok gave one of the first performances of Laura Kaminsky’s new opera, Hometown to the World.
Known for his passion in diversifying the orchestral concert repertoire, Kwok has been involved in multiple initiatives and special projects. With the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, he created the annual Foreground Composers Series, a year-round celebration and in-depth research on an underrepresented composer. This ongoing project has led to numerous US premieres of works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Ruth Gipps, and Ina Boyle, along with many other neglected composers. Kwok is also a panel member of …And we were heard, a national initiative to promote contemporary music and composers of underrepresented backgrounds. Kwok appeared as conductor for the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa.
Kwok studied conducting at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities and the University of Iowa. His principal teachers are Mark Russell Smith and William LaRue Jones. He has also studied with Gerard Schwarz, Kevin Noe, Cristian Măcelaru, Giancarlo Guerrero, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Grant Cooper, José-Luis Novo and Eric Garcia.
Korean-born and raised Yoojin Lee is a versatile violinist who is currently actively engaged in her musical career in Syracuse, NY. Embarking on her violin journey at the age of 2, she displayed exceptional talent from her early age. At the age of 16, She was admitted to the Korea National ...
Korean-born and raised Yoojin Lee is a versatile violinist who is currently actively engaged in her musical career in Syracuse, NY. Embarking on her violin journey at the age of 2, she displayed exceptional talent from her early age. At the age of 16, She was admitted to the Korea National University of the Arts with full scholarship as well as the President Award under the guidance of the world-famous violinist, Nam-Yun Kim.
After completing her bachelor’s and master’s degree at KNUA, Yoojin Lee received an invitation from the faculty of Manhattan School of Music to complete the Professional Performance Diploma with a full scholarship. Yoojin is currently continuing her studies for the Artist Diploma at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with New York Philharmonic Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples.
Yoojin’s was a Semi-finalist in the Indianapolis Violin Competition in 2022, and was the Youngest Semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2019. She also received the Second Prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 2012. Yoojin Lee is currently a member of the Symphoria violin section.