Anna Lee Joins Park Avenue Chamber Symphony for "Virtuosity" Oct. 3-4

Classic Arts Features   Anna Lee Joins Park Avenue Chamber Symphony for "Virtuosity" Oct. 3-4
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, under the baton of David Bernard, opens its 10th anniversary season with "Virtuosity." This celebration of the virtuoso features award-winning 14-year-old violinist Anna Lee.


The program features the technical prowess of the orchestra in the Overture to The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana and Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky. Ms. Lee, a student at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division, will perform Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22 by Henryk Wieniawski.

Ms. Lee's appearance as a soloist with PACS is part of the orchestra's celebration of "From the Top", the preeminent showcase for young musicians hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. Ms. Lee is a winner of the prestigious "From the Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award" and has appeared in several "From the Top" productions on TV and radio including From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007 at age 13.

"Since its inception, PACS has demonstrated a significant commitment to bringing exciting performances to Manhattan audiences and featuring and supporting young musicians," said David Bernard, PACS music director. "We are thrilled to be collaborating with 'From the Top' throughout our 10th anniversary season."

All Saints Church is located at 230 East 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Performances will be held at 8 PM on Saturday Oct. 3rd and 3 PM on Sunday Oct. 4th.

Tickets, priced at $20 for general admission and $10 for Students and Seniors, can be purchased through or at the door.


Anna Lee's playing has been described by WQXR classical radio host David Dubal as the "emergence of a Korean Gypsy." Before she reached the age of 6, she emerged as a vivacious prodigy: performing one of the most difficult concertos, Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1, with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has since performed around the world and won many competitions, including the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Competition at the Aspen Music Festival, the Long Island Philharmonic Competition, the Juilliard School Pre-College Division's concerto competition, the Blount- Slawson Young Artists Competition and first prize in the New York Music Competition, which resulted in a performance as part of the Winner's Recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.

Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, "From the Top" shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week. In addition to Anna Lee, this season, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony will feature two other "From the Top" program artists, pianist Drew Petersen and violinist Sirena Huang.

Recognized as New York's premier amateur orchestra, the critically acclaimed Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (PACS) has built a reputation for artistic excellence and philanthropic leadership. PACS frequently performs in New York City's major concert halls and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Riverside Church, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. PACS performances have been broadcast on WQXR and WNYC radio and have been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Daily News.

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