Sunday October 23, 2022
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast
– A “hybrid” concert –
“Music We Love”
ALD Benefit Concert
When Minji and I were thinking of our program for this concert, we realized that all we really wanted to present was music that had affected us in a novel or profound way. We both love to listen to short pieces and songs that give you a taste of so many different colors and emotions, but leave enough undetermined to let you draw your own conclusions. Each of these pieces mean something personal to us, whether it’s about our relationship, nostalgia, personal tribulations, or just simple beauty. This concert is dedicated to my beautiful nephew Yossarian, who was diagnosed with ALD earlier this year, and to his amazing parents— my brother and sister-in-law— Edison and Sophia.
Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is an X-linked disease that is caused by an underlying genetic mutation which affects the body’s ability to break down very long–chain fatty acids (VLCFAs). The saturated VLCFAs build up in the brain, nervous system, and adrenal gland and eventually destroy the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves. ALD affects approximately 1 in 17,000 people worldwide. Visit ALD Connect’s website to learn more about the disease. https://aldconnect.org/
Liebesfreud – Fritz Kreisler
Le Grand Tango – Astor Piazzolla
Liebeslied – Fritz Kreisler
Schön Rosmarin – Fritz Kreisler
Great is Thy Faithfulness (hymn) – arr. Marianne Kim
Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 65, 1st mvt. – Frédéric Chopin
Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen
Minji Nam, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is an energetic pianist, chamber musician and vocal coach.
A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Minji has worked for Yale University, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the McDuffie Center for Strings, Florida State University, and the MTNA competition. Minji was the head Coordinator and Collaborative Pianist at the Yale School of Music, where she enjoyed working with the students and renowned faculty. At Florida State University, she also worked as the Associate Coordinator of Collaborative Piano, as well as the music director for their opera outreach program; where she created programs designed to be more approachable for young kids without classical music exposure. As a vocal coach, she worked with FSU singers in the opera productions for Don Giovannni, Béatrice et Bénédict, Alcina, and Carmen.
Minji has been privileged to perform in recitals with some of the most sought-after artists, including Hsin-Yun Huang, Demarre McGill, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Evan Jones, Robert McDuffie, and Walfrid Kujala. Recent Guest Artist invitations include Residencies for the Atlanta Chamber players, the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival, and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, she has played in Masterclasses for the renowned artists Emmanuel Pahud, Hilary Hahn, Augustin Hadelich, Anne Sophie-Mutter, Kyung-Sun Lee, Midori, Robert Lipsett, Lambert Orkis, Renée Fleming, and Jessye Norman. Upcoming highlights for 2022 include a recital at Carnegie Hall, and recording an album with her good friend and longtime duo partner Jacquelin Cordova-Arrington.
In Minji’s free time, she enjoys playing the violin, painting, and cooking Korean food with her husband Atticus.
Atticus Mellor-Goldman, originally from Los Angeles, California, received his Bachelor’s degree in 2019 from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and studied with Julie Albers, Hans Jensen, and Richard Aaron. He went on to earn his Masters degree in 2021 from Yale University, where he studied with Paul Watkins and Ole Akahoshi. Upon graduation, Mellor-Goldman moved to Washington, D.C. after winning a position in the Air Force Strings.
He has performed at concert venues around the world and has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and American Public Media’s “Performance Today,”. In 2015, his string quartet from Los Angeles was awarded the Gold Medal Prize of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition’s Junior division. In 2014, he was selected as one of two musicians to act as a “cultural ambassador” for New York University Abu Dhabi. He is also a past winner of the Townsend School of Music’s concerto competition.
He has also been privileged to perform chamber music alongside distinguished artists including Osmo Vänskä, Erin Keefe, Edgar Meyer, Ivano Zaneghi, Amy Moretti, Rebecca Albers, Annie Fullard, and Robert McDuffie. His chamber music and orchestral experience includes the summer festivals of Kneisel Hall, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Moritzburg Festival Academy, Sarasota Music Festival, Festival Schiermonnikoog, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program.
Mellor-Goldman currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Minji.
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