– “Origins” – a saxophone & piano concert

in Church

time 3:00 pm

January 13, 2019


Tae Ho Hwang

A passionate performer and educator, Tae Ho Hwang is dedicated to advancing the saxophone repertoire by exposing new works to audiences and inspiring future generations. The remarkable technical abilities that Tae possesses on the instrument combined with his inventively beautiful interpretation of the music generate innovative performances that create special experiences for the audience.

Even at a young career, Tae Ho Hwang has a plethora of performing experience. In 2015, Tae won the annual Concerto Competition at the University of Delaware and performed, as a soloist, Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra with the University’s Symphony Orchestra. In recital, Tae has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, in cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Newark, Delaware since 2014. Presently, he is exposing music to diverse audiences as he participates in coffee shops, art galleries, museums, and prominent concert series around the Mid-Atlantic area. In addition, Tae has participated in Master Classes presented by distinguished saxophonists like Claude Delangle, Timothy McAllister, Joseph Lulloff, Timothy Roberts, Ray Ricker, as well as saxophone quartets like Musato Kumoi Quartet, Donald Sinta Quartet, and New Thread Quartet. In concerts, Tae has been involved with ensembles that have toured throughout Taipei, Taiwan for the International Band and Orchestra Conference, Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Currently, Tae Ho Hwang is working towards a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he is studying with renowned saxophonist, Gary Louie. In addition to his studies, Tae frequently performs and teaches in various venues around the Mid-Atlantic Area. Tae is constantly learning music and collaborating with fellow musicians as he holds positions in his saxophone quartet, Peabody’s Wind Ensemble, and other chamber groups.

Already a rising star of his generation of artists, Michael Sheppardis “a wonderful musician and a totally phenomenal pianist.” (Leon Fleisher, internationally renowned pianist and pedagogue.) Trained at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he studied with Mr. Fleisher and also with Ann Schein, who was a student of Artur Rubinstein and Dame Myra Hess.

As one of two  2003 Classical Fellows of the American Pianists Association he toured Southern Asia and the Middle East in collaboration with the Cultural Programs Division of the United States Department of State. Throughout the tour he played concerti with national orchestras, was guest soloist with resident chamber music groups, played public solo recitals as well as privaterecitals for the diplomatic community, gave masterclasses at higher Institutes of Music and conducted informal presentations in secondary schools and universities. Upon his return he made his Kennedy Center debut. Since then he has made his debuts with orchestras in the Midwest, Southeast, Soutwest and Pacific Northwest in addition to solo recitals, radio-broadcasts, and masterclasses throughout the nation and Europe, including several Weill (Carnegie) Hall recitals.

Michael Sheppard

Also featured will be Michael Sheppard on piano.

Sheppard has received critical acclaim as a grand interpreter of transcriptions of operatic tunes as well as American musical theatre in addition to the traditional piano repertory. Deeply committed to new music, he has worked closely with composers Nicholas Maw, Michael Hersch, Robert Sirota and John Corigliano. Sheppard is a composer in his own right and often programs his original compositions.

In addition to being a Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Sheppard has also been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the La Gesse Foundation and a prizewinner in the National Federation of Music Clubs National Competition.  His recently-released album of contemporary American music for the Harmonia Mundi label has been getting rave reviews.  A native of Philadelphia, he resides in Baltimore, where he is represented by Chesapeake International Artists.

There is no charge for this event.