On Saturday, August 27, 2016 Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Steinway & Sons and Midwest Young Artists Conservatory held a stunning concert combining art and music at Shee Highland Musée with classical and contemporary music。. Shee Highland Musée was founded in Highland Park, Illinois by Dr Sam Shee, an artist in the United States, who for many years has conveyed the theme of "love, peace and hope". His life's work of oil paintings and sculptures are displayed in the Shee Highland Musée. Shee's art work is free style. His use of colors in nature implies a rich vitality, as if colorful musical notes are captured on canvas. Shee Highland Musée blends art, music, architecture and landscaping as parts of a whole, leading many gardening, art and music lovers into a deeper spiritual realm. This special event presented a marvelous performance of music in a fantastic space full of artistic creations.For over 15 years, pianist Lang Lang has dedicated his energy to furthering music education. Since the founding of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, the pianist has taken his commitment to music education to the next level. The organization develops sustainable, impactful, and unique charitable activities, and establishes partnerships with dedicated organizations like MYA Conservatory. The foundation's mission is to educate, inspire and motivate the next generation of music lovers and performers. The foundation encourages music performance at all levels as a means of social development for youth, building self-confidence and a drive for excellence. The organization strives to instill young people with a passion for music, to develop leaders in bridging cultural gaps and to help unite local and global communities.The history of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is a story of a compelling mission, dedication and hard work. The group was founded in 1993, with 55 students at the first rehearsal. A number of the older, more advanced students played in the Senior Orchestra and mentored students in the Junior Orchestra. This practice established a tradition of cultivating leadership that to this day, continues as one of the core principles. Currently, MYA Conservatory is a full-curriculum, pre-college music school and one of the nation's premier ensemble programs. The graduates are accepted into the most selective conservatories, universities and colleges in the U.S. Over 900 students from more than 74 towns all over Chicagoland, from 2nd graders to high school seniors, participate in MYA Conservatory's programs. They include: 6 weekly orchestras; 4 chamber orchestras; 60+ chamber music ensembles; 5 choral ensembles; 4 jazz big bands; and 7 jazz combos; music theory and composition classes and performance and master classes. At MYA Conservatory, they believe it's more than just the music. Participation makes a difference in the lives of the students, their families and their communities by encouraging camaraderie, respect and hard work, as well as dedication to the pursuit of excellence. MYA Conservatory is a home for the students, where they grow as musicians and leaders, in a supportive, educationally nurturing and socially responsible environment. Steinway & Sons is an internationally renowned piano company. Since its founding in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been known for its highest standards for the unique sound, touch, aesthetics and investment value of their pianos. Handmade pianos are of exceptional quality and highly treasured. Ninety-eight percent of the world's concert artists, numerous pianists, composers and performers have chosen Steinway piano as their preferred instrument. Steinway is convinced that music is the world's treasure, to be passed on from generation to generation. For a long time, Steinway piano has been a medium for music lovers in the best environment to grow, to help promote the dissemination of music culture. We're grateful to Steinway for providing their seven-foot piano, on-site tuning service and the wonderful refreshments. The concert was organized by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Junior School of Music. The sponsor was Steinway & Sons. With the recital venue at Shee Highland Musée, surrounded by Artist Shee's oil paintings, sculpture, and landscaping, music and art were beautifully integrated. The result immersed the participants in contemporary art and classical music. One could imagine music in the content of the paintings. The concert performers were young scholars from New York, Hong Kong and Germany. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation has an online live show dedicated to classical music lovers around the world who can share this special performance.At 6.30 pm, sponsors, young musicians and more than 50 guests arrived at Shee Highland Musée. Guests were greeted in the presence of the outdoor, large public art sculptures in the garden and the Steinway seven-foot piano in the bright hall. The paintings of Dr Shee are displayed throughout the hall. While the guests waited for the recital to begin, they enjoyed viewing the paintings and were deeply affected by the strong artistic atmosphere. The performers, from Lang Lang International Music Foundation and Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, were: Peter Leung, Jenny Kong, Chelsea Guo, Raymond Feng, Kimberly Han, Kristin Lee, Matthew Udry and Masha Lakisova. The program was: Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No.1 (10') Ludwig Beethoven (1770-1827) II. Adagio molto III. Prestissimo Peter Leung, piano
Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 (10') Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Jenny Kong, piano Moment Musicaux Op. 16 (7') Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) IV. Presto V. Adagio sostenuto Miroirs: IV. Alborada del Gracioso Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Chelsea Guo, piano
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) III. Vivo (10') Trio Fiammata: Kimberly Han, piano; Kristin Lee, violin; Matthew Udry, celloAfterwards, MYA Conservatory violinist and singer Masha Lakisova and Chelsea Guo performed a duet, accompanied by pianist Lyudmila Lakisova. Their performance was the perfect ending for the event.At the end of all the performances, Dr & Mrs Shee presented a signed limited edition print of "Lady Steinway" to each of the participating young musicians. This precious and meaningful gift was a surprise, to be cherished, expressing Dr & Mrs Shee's infinite blessings for the musicians' futures.After the concert, the guests enjoyed Steinway's exquisite refreshments and champagne and viewed more than 100 oil paintings by Dr Shee. With the brilliant color and brushwork in the paintings as a backdrop and the rich tension of the music, the experience brings out the human emotions. Recitals In the elegant atmosphere of Shee Highland Musée result in a personal satisfaction and happiness for the guests, which will be remembered for years to come.On the next following day, Dr & Mrs Shee invited the Lang Lang International Music Foundation staff to a luncheon and the young scholars and their family members for dinner. Everyone enjoyed the hospitality shown by Dr and Mrs Shee, said their farewells and expressed wishes to see each other again.
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