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Second Concert of 65th (2023-2024) Season

Keith Robinson:

Keith Robinson, cellist, is a founding member of the Miami String Quartet and has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. Robinson has had numerous solo appearances with orchestras throughout the U.S. including the New World Symphony, The American Sinfonietta, and the Miami Chamber Symphony, and in 1989 won the P.A.C.E. “Classical Artist of the Year” Award.
His most recent recording released on Blue Griffin Records features the Complete works for Cello and Piano with his colleague Donna Lee. Fanfare Magazine wrote: ” I have sampled several CD’s (of the works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn) and found them very fine, but my gut feeling is still to go with Robinson and Lee. This one is, quite simply, amazing”. Lynn René Bayley – Fanfare Magazine. He has performed the complete works for Cello and Piano by Beethoven on many occasions with her as well. As a member of the Miami Quartet he has recorded for BMG, CRI, Musical Heritage Society and Pyramid recording labels

Keith regularly attends festivals across the United States, including those in Santa Fe, Music@Menlo, Kent Blossom Music, Mostly Mozart, Vail Music Festival, Savannah Music Festival, and the Virginia Arts Festival. Highlights of recent seasons include performances in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, engagements in Boston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Paul, and Philadelphia . International highlights include appearances in Bern, Cologne, Istanbul, Lausanne, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Taipei and Paris.

Keith hails from a musical family and his siblings include Sharon Robinson of the Kalichstein Laredo Robinson Trio, and Hal Robinson, Principal Bass of the Philadelphia.

Hyunsoon Whang:
Korean American pianist Hyunsoon Whang is an active performer and a dedicated teacher. She is Professor of Piano at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma where she holds the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music. Whang has delighted audiences in hundreds of concerts across North America, Europe, and Asia. Critics have praised her as “the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music,” and as one who has “always delivered with grace and beauty.”

She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns, Jon Kalbfleisch and Nicholas Harsanyi. Her live videos have been featured on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. In 2018, her solo album Chopin Nocturnes and a chamber music album titled Mozart, Schubert and Brahms were released on sonaBLAST! label. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster.

A passionate educator, Whang has taught and nurtured generations of students. Her students have won state and national competitions, and garnered scholarships and fellowships from prestigious institutions. She presents interactive recitals for public school children every year, fostering the love of music for young people. She is a recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts in Education Award. Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and she earned a doctorate from Indiana University under the tutelage of legendary pianist György Sebők.

Besides playing and teaching piano, she enjoys being a virtual mom to her daughter Courtney, spoiling her pitbull rescue Callie, practicing yoga, and watching baseball.

Daniel McKelway:

Clarinetist Daniel McKelway was born in Hanover, New Hampshire and was raised in Davidson, North Carolina where he began playing the clarinet at the age of eight.
Daniel  studied with Alan Ware, Robert Listokin. He won the Concerto Competitions at NCSA and NEC, the Art Recognition and Talent Search, the Young Concert Artists Auditions , Third Prize at the Naumberg Competition, the Affiliate Artists Auditions, and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Daniel gave highly acclaimed debuts in Washington D.C.and New York, where he was described by Tim Page of the New York Times as a “ fluent, elegant, and musical oboist ” , this was later corrected.He has performed in over forty states and twelve foreign countries as a soloist and chamber musician including five Music from Marlboro tours. He has also participated in numerous festivals including Angelfire, Blossom, Bowdoin, Bravo! Colorado, Brevard, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Foothills, Kapalua, Marlboro, New College, Newport, Prussia Cove, Taipei, Tanglewood and Vancouver.
He has been the Assistant Principal and Eb clarinetist of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1995. He performed as a soloist with Cleveland in Mozart’s Sinphonia Concertante and Rossini’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations and served as Acting Principal in 2017.
Daniel has served on the faculties of the Longy School in Boston, the Bowdoin Festival, Hope College (MI), the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and currently serves as Professor of Clarinet  and Coordinator of Woodwind Chamber Music at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Daniel also serves as President of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society.  He has  enjoyed running marathons, climbing mountains, sailing, skiing, mountain biking and especially raising his son Rein and his twin girls Kaja and Kiili with his wife the violist Lembi Veskimets.

Click Here to Watch the Concert on YouTube (The link will go live at 7:15pm, and the concert will begin at 7:30pm.)

Barber, Prokofiev, and Brahms
Keith Robinson, cello
Hyunsoon Whang, piano
Daniel McKelway, clarinet

PROGRAM
Sonata for cello and piano in C minor Op. 6 – Samuel Barber
Allegro ma non troppo
Adagio – Presto – Adagio
Allegro appassionato

Sonata for cello and piano in C Major Op. 119 – Sergei Prokofiev
Andante grave
Moderato
Allegro ma non troppo

INTERMISSION

Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118 No. 2 – Johannes Brahms
Trio in A minor Op. 114 – Johannes Brahms
Adagio
Andantino grazioso
Allegro

At this point in time, all pews in West Shore Church will be used and the decision to wear a mask will be a personal one. There will be both a live audience, and live streaming for those at home. Donations are always welcome. For further information email us at info@rrcms.org, or follow RRCMS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.