In A Program Featuring Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, Saint-Saens Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra and Sarah Wallin Huff Greek Dance
Published : Monday, January 29, 2018 | 1:59 PM
The Neue World Orchestra Project (NWOP) is brand new professional orchestra consisting of some of LA’s finest young musicians who are already getting their start as session players, instructors, recording artist, and soloists. The mission of NWOP is make orchestral music accessible for contemporary audiences through affordable concerts and a welcoming atmosphere. Additionally, our organization will focus on highlighting new and emergent talent in various disciplines via concerti, solo works, premieres, and exhibitions.
By updating the traditional concert experience, NWOP aims to renew passion for orchestral music in conventional audiences, while inspiring future audiences to savor what classical music has to offer. This will be accomplished by creating a cutting-edge concert experience that incorporates a synthesis of the arts (film, art and fashion etc.) with music at its center.
The first concert will open with a world premiere arrangement of the animated and whimsical new piece, Greek Dance, arranged specifically for NWOP by contemporary composer Sarah Wallin Huff. Following Wallin Huff’s premiere, Taiwanese violinist Yu-Ting Wu performs Saint-Saëns’ dazzling and seductive Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra, a piece that commands a balance of athletic virtuosity and grace from the violin. Concluding the program is Russian pianist Ekaterina Bessmeltseva, who makes her LA debut with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, a concerto that is overflowing with songful Mozartian melodies suffused with delicate and impressive artistry from the soloist and orchestra.
As part the concert experience local LA artists will have art pieces on display in the concert venue providing a paring of music and art at its finest.
The NWOP inaugural concert will be held at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are free, however, reservations are strongly encouraged as seating is limited. Reservation may be made online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neue-world-orchestra-project-concert-and-art-exhibit-tickets-42304983344. There is no guarantee that seats will be available at the door on the day of the concert.
The concert is presented in partnership with the South Pasadena Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Library and the Friends of the Rialto.
About the Artists
Ryan M. Luevano
Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Mr.Luévano is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. He studied conducting with Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch (conductor of Holland Symphony Orchestra) and Jorge Mester (conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and formerly the Pasadena Symphony, 1984–2010). Ryan received his Master’s degree in musicology from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. He brings this knowledge to the podium to deliver thoughtful and exciting interpretations of classical music for audiences and musicians. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not making music, he pens as a theater critic for Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the LA theater scene. www.tinpanla.com.
Yu-Ting Wu is a violinist from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Born in Taichung, Taiwan, she moved with her family to Maryland at the age of four and began studying violin with her father, Chienmo Wu. Their studies continued up to Yu-Ting’s college years.
In 2008, Yu-Ting attended Towson University on a full scholarship. There she worked closely with composers and developed an interest in new music. A fellow friend and colleague, Domenic Turchi, dedicated his Sonatina for Violin and Piano to Yu-Ting and it was premiered in the Fall 2011 with pianist Jing Zhang. The premiere received a positive review from Baltimore Sun’s music critic, Tim Smith.
In 2012, Yu-Ting moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in violin performance. Yu-Ting and colleague, Ryan Bancroft, gave a performance of John Cage’s Thirteen Harmonies (1985), Six Melodies (1950), and Nocturne (1947). The concert was very well-received by CalArts trumpet professor, Edward Carroll, who commented: “…absolutely sensational…egoless, and subtle performance…”. In spring 2014, Yu-Ting made her solo debut performing Alban Berg Violin Concerto with the CalArts orchestra.
Well-versed in all styles of music, Yu-Ting has performed with Baltimore-based chamber ensemble The American Virtuosi with cellist Dr. Cecilia Barzcyk; Hank Levy Band; Baltimore-based twelve-person improvisation/contemporary jazz ensemble, Friday Night Book Club; rock band Crack the Sky; Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra; variety dance/jazz/Latin band, Raggs & The All Stars; and North American Frame DrumAssociation artists Yshai Afterman, Shane Shanahan, Patrick Graham, and Mac Ritchey.
Currently based in the greater Los Angeles area, Yu-Ting is a member of Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble(VOCE), folk band TIEG, and has performed with Marco Antonio Solis, Circa Survive, CAMILA, Us the Duo, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. She can also be found in various studios around Los Angeles: Warner Brothers, FoxStudios, Sound City, Bridge, and Village studios recording for movies, shorts, and pop artists.
Ekaterina Bessmeltseva is a concert pianist whose performances span North America, Europe and Russia. Dr. Bessmeltseva began her piano studies at the age of six and entered the Rachmaninoff Music School and then later the Musorgsky College of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2004 she was invited to study at Bowling Green State University with a full scholarship. While studying at Bowling Green State University Ekaterina was awarded with the C. Elizabeth Cobb Memorial Scholarship and Lenore B. Coriell Memorial Piano Award. During her studies Ekaterina attended summer festivals in Corfu, Greece and Brevard, North Carolina.
In 2008 Ekaterina was invited to study at the University of South Florida to complete a Masters in Piano Performance with Dr. Svetozar Ivanov. In 2009 Ekaterina had the experience of working with composer David del Tredici and performing his piano work Aeolian Ballade at the Graduate Center in New York City. In 2011 Ekaterina attended Chautauqua music festival in Chautauqua, NY.
In 2012 Ekaterina was invited to complete her DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Dr. Mykola Suk. In 2013 and 2014 the Bessmeltseva Duo performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. Ekaterina was invited as an adjudication for Nevada Music Ed Junior Festival and Roger Bushell Competition. In 2016 and 2017 Dr. Bessmeltseva was a part time piano instructor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2017 Ekaterina performed with Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra.