Charles Yang with the Empire State Youth Orchestra & Conductor Helen Cha-Pyo

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 7:00 pm

Described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star,” Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Not only confined to classical violin, Mr. Yang’s improvisational crossover abilities as a violinist, electric violinist, and vocalist have led him to featured performances with a variety of artists in a variety of renowned festivals. Mr. Yang has been a frequent guest on the Emmy Award winning PBS show From the Top, and has also been heard on National Public Radio in Washington, DC and Boston.


Erich Wolfgang Korngold:  Violin Concerto, Op. 35

Armand Ranjbaran:  Covers:  Concerto for Popular Culture & Orchestra (which includes music adapted from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Eagles’ Hotel California, and Beatle’s Blackbird)

Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2

Leonard Bernstein: (arr. Peress):  West Side Story Overture

Additional selections (by Yang)

Helen Cha-Pyo, Music Director and Conductor:

Since 2002, Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo has inspired hundreds of young musicians to perform at the highest levels, resulting in Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) being recognized as one of the nation’s premier music organizations for youth. As Conductor of ESYO’s Youth Orchestra, Ms. Cha-Pyo regularly programs a wide range of music embracing different cultures and time periods, including contemporary music. Prior to joining ESYO, Ms. Cha-Pyo served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and Associate Director of Music at The Riverside Church in New York City. From 2010 to 2013, she also served as the Artistic Director for the Kenya Jirani Choir and Harlem Jirani Ensemble of the Jirani Cultural Organization. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Ms. Cha-Pyo holds a Master of Music degree in conducting and organ performance from the Eastman School of Music. She frequently conducts orchestras for the New York State School Music Association’s festivals including All State and area All-State and has conducted orchestras and choruses around the country and in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Empire State Youth Orchestras:

Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) is comprised of nine performing groups and an outreach music education program providing free music lessons. Our flagship group, the Youth Orchestra, has 100 talented young musicians, aged 13 – 18, led by Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo. The orchestra will give 9 public performances during the 2015-16 season including four concerts to benefit a pediatric oncology program at a regional teaching hospital and a concert to raise money for organizations that provide support programs for teenagers. The orchestra routinely performs in renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York City. The 2016 tour to Portugal is the orchestra’s sixth tour. Previously, the orchestra performed in many European countries and China, and, by invitation, at the 2012 World Expo in South Korea and has received three national awards for its programming, including that for its 2008 European tour.


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