Press Release, March 10, 2104

For its next set of concerts, the York Symphony Orchestra and conductor Denis Mastromonaco welcome back another home-grown talent from York Region, pianist Maggie Ho.

 

Originally from Markham, Maggie began her piano studies at the age of four under the instruction of Sau Kiun Yeung, and has come a long way since then. Having earned her A.R.C.T. and many performance prizes and scholarships over the past several years, she has performed at the Burgos Music Festival in Spain and at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Maggie was a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and graduated from the University of Toronto with her Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy under the instruction of Dr.Midori Koga.

 

In her last appearance with YSO in 2012, Maggie played Grieg’s Piano Concerto to tremendous audience response.  This time, it’s another masterpiece of the Romantic era, Rachmaninoff’s, Concerto #2 in C minor.

 

The program theme is “Sounds of a Nation,” and features another, though less well-known Russian work, the Caucasian Sketches of Ippolitov-Ivanov, along with Dvorak’s folk-inspired Slavonic Dances and an excerpt straight out of German medieval romance, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” from Lohengrin by Wagner.

 

The concerts are Saturday, April 5th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday April 6th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for April 5th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday April 6th call 905 787-8811 or go online at www.rhcentre.ca. Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.