John Palmer – conductor
Arthur Tang – piano
Holly Chaplin – soprano
Beethoven – Coriolan Overture
Mendelssohn – A Midsummer's Night Dream
Grieg – Piano Concerto
Calvin Presbyterian Church
26 Delisle Ave, Toronto, ON
Our spring concert will bring a musical bouquet with works written between the late 18th or early 19th century. GTPO’s mission is to offer showcase and support for the development of its musicians and accomplishes this goal through programs that nurture and grow the orchestra’s repertoire and quality. This program offers a different musical palette from the rest of the season, with romantic notes. Beethoven's overture to Coriolan will open the program followed by young soloist, Arthur Tang, who will perform Grieg's Piano Concerto in A min. The other piece in the program is Mendelssohn's Suite "A midsummer's night dream" a very romantic piece in atmosphere.
Holly Chaplin is a Toronto based coloratura soprano. Holly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts spec. Hons. Music from York University in classical voice performance under the continuing tutelage of Stephanie Bogle. In August 2014, Holly was a soloist in Germany’s rare music festival Saarburger Serenaden under the direction of Maestro Semyon Rozin, and stage director Oliver Kloeter of Oper Koln. Since graduating, Holly has been engaged as a soprano soloist for Handels Messiah with Pax Christi Chorale and Counterpoint Community Orchestra, for Vivladi’s Gloria and Mozarts Vesparae Solennes de Confessore with Cantabile Chamber Singers. Holly was also engaged as a soloist in Golden Voices, conducted Dr. Andrzej Rozbicki’s Celebrity Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Holly tackled the role of Madame Goldentrill in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor(the Impresario) with a project called co.opera.tive TO, which was directed by Renee Salewski. August 2016, Holly performed the role of Olympia in Summer Opera Lyric Theatre’s production of the Tales of Hoffmann, directed by Guillermo Silva-Marin. Holly joined the cast of Julie Nesrallah’s gem Carmen on Tap as Frasquita along side tenor Richard Troxell and Baritone Jason Howard. Holly’s next engagements will be performing Ophelie’s scene and aria in Opera in Concert’s Shakespeare 400, then Zerlina in ODD Opera’s Don Giovanni in December, and the role of Miss Bliss in Kyle MacDonald’s new opera A Convenient Lie.
Arthur Tang studies under the tutelage of Edward Auer and Junghwa Moon-Auer. He was a grand prize-winner of 2015 Indiana University Concerto Competition. He was highly praised by The Herald-Times, Indiana for his "finger work on the Steinway keyboard, and [he] also showed admirable acquired sensitivity toward the Chopin style and voice" after his performance with the Indiana University Orchestra under the baton of Arthur Fagen. Tang received ARCT Diploma for Performer with distinction, and was awarded two gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He was invited to perform at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Tang won first prize at both the 2012 Canadian Provincial Music Festival and at the American Protégé International Competition. The Markham Music Festival, Richmond Hill Music Festival, Kiwanis Music Festival, North York Music Festival and York Region Music Festival have also awarded him prizes and scholarships. He performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Steinway Music Hall, Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre, Markham Theatre. He has participated in private lessons and master classes with Jerome Lowenthal, Marc Durand, Peter Bithell, Bin Su, Yuja Wang, James Parker, James Anagnoson, Marietta Orlov, Araxie Altounian, Michael Esch, Carole Bancroft, and Adam Piotr Żukiewicz, and many others. Tang recently received the Premier Young Artist Award to pursue his Bachelor of Music in Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.