Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, better known as PSYCO, is presenting its annual Young Artist’s Concert on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert is being performed at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.
Four young artists are featured: Angela Liu, flute, performing Concerto in G by Johann Joachim Quantz; Erika Wang, violin, performing Concerto No. 3, 1st movement by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Angela Shin, cello, performing Concert No. 1, 1st movement by Dmitry Kabalevsky; Clarice Kwan, piano, performing Concerto No. 20, 1st movement by Mozart.
Also on the program is Leonore Overture No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Paul Sherman.
Photos and biographies of the artists are attached to this article.
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Flutist Angela Liu, 15, is a sophomore at Polytechnic School in Pasadena and has been a member of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra and Cal State LA Symphony Orchestra/Olympia Youth Orchestra. At age 9, she began taking lessons with Bolin Pan, former principal flutist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Liu has soloed in more than 50 concerts and won several awards, including first place in American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and in Southwestern Youth Music Festival Open Baroque and SYMF Open American. She will make her debut at Carnegie Hall in December. She has been an active member and leader in the non-profit organization “Musical Connections,” which brings classical music to seniors and children with special needs, for seven years. Liu has also passed the advanced level in the Certificate of Merit with honor as a pianist.
Fifteen-year-old Erika Wang began violin lessons at age 5 and studies with Sam Goh. She won first place in the Satori Strings Contest in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and MTACSP in 2010. She auditioned for and won a position in Diamond Bar High School’s symphony orchestra, which was named a Grammy Semi-Finalist Signature School in 2009 and 2014. As a member of that group, Wang went to Skywalker Sound Studio in San Francisco to record Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky. She says she is “extremely blessed with all the amazing opportunities she has encountered and is grateful to be part of such a musically involved community.”
Angela Yejin Shin
Cellist Angela Yejin Shin, 17, is a junior at Troy High School in Fullerton. She started lessons on the violin, but discovered cello was more to her liking. She has won the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Satori and various other competitions along with passing the Certificate of Merit Advanced test this year. She has participated in the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra for four years and is the president and founder of Poco a Poco, a music organization that helps raise money for school music programs. Shin participates in NJROTC and attends COF, a nonprofit organization that helps create friendship bonds between autistic kids and high school volunteers.
Arcadia High School sophomore Clarice Kwan, 14, has been studying piano since age 7 and currently takes from Bernadene Blaha. She has won several competitions, such as MTAC Pasadena Theme Festivals, Cypress College Piano Competition, and Southwestern Youth Music Festival. Kwan also studies violin with Sam Goh. She is the chair of a volunteer organization, Music Coach for Youth, and coaches middle school orchestra students. As an artist, Kwan has won the Visual Arts Category of PTA Reflections Program in Arcadia School District for the past seven years.