Colorado Symphony Presents: Yumi Hwang-Williams & Sara Parkinson
Yumi Hwang-Williams – violin
Sara Parkinson – piano
The program follows on Dazzle’s hosting David Amram in September. Sara and Yumi will play two works by David Amram and several familiar violin works.
Sara Parkinson enjoys a varied career as pianist, conductor and vocal coach. She has served on the staff and faculties of University of Colorado at Boulder, Cornell College and Metropolitan State University of Denver. As a pianist, she has performed with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Extasis, Colorado Ballet Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, and she is a founding member of Grande Orquesta Navarre. As conductor, she made her operatic conducting debut with Massenet’s Cendrillon and Mozart’s Così fan tutte as Music Director for Boulder Opera’s 2017-2018 season. Sara recently attended The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors, and she will cover conduct Eugene Onegin at CU-Boulder in February 2019. She has been a member of the Central City Opera Ensemble since 2012 and coaches singers regularly. Sara is currently Music Director at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder and Director of Operations for Denver’s MAS Eclectic Concerts. Dr. Parkinson holds degrees from the University of Iowa, New England Conservatory of Music and CU-Boulder.
Yumi Hwang-Williams made her debut at the age of fifteen as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, six years after having emigrated from South Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, her exceptional musicianship has earned her a reputation as an artist who, in addition to her thoughtful and stylish interpretations of the classics, is known for her commitment to exploring and performing the works of contemporary composers. Featured in a Strings magazine cover article in 2008, she was described as a ‘Modern Prometheus’ who has ‘emerged as a fiery champion of contemporary classical music’. Her interpretations of works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty and Christopher Rouse have earned unreserved approval from the composers as well as critical acclaim. She has performed Korean composer Isang Yun’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies who immediately invited her to play the concerto again with the Bruckner Orchester, in Linz, Austria in October 2009. She has also been the soloist in Thomas Adès’ violin concerto, Concentric Paths, at the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz with Marin Alsop on the podium.