Park Avenue Chamber Symphony's "Brilliance" Boasts Strauss, Wagner, and More Feb. 6-7

Classic Arts Features   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony's "Brilliance" Boasts Strauss, Wagner, and More Feb. 6-7
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, under the leadership of David Bernard, presents its third program of the season with "Brilliance: Strauss, Saint-Saens, Wagner & Beethoven." Young violin virtuoso Sirena Huang joins the ensemble for Saint Saens Third Violin Concerto.


"Classical Music dazzles audiences with blinding energy, driving rhythms and explosive textures" said Bernard. "There is no greater satisfaction for a performing artist than to move listeners to the point of pure excitement."

The program begins with Johann Strauss' Overture to Die Fledermaus and continues with the blinding virtuosity of Saint Saens Third Violin Concerto featuring "From the Top" Artist Huang. The second half of the program begins with Wagner's explosive Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin, and concludes with Beethoven's monumental Fifth Symphony.

"Brilliance" will be performed at two venues. The Feb. 6 show will be held at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, located at 3 Spruce Street, 1 Pace Plaza in downtown Manhattan. The Feb. 7 3 PM matinee will take place at All Saints Church, located at 230 East 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

"Brilliance" - Wagner, Saint-SaêŠns, Beethoven
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 8PM
Sunday, December 7, 2010 at 3PM

David Bernard, Conductor
Sirena Huang, Piano

Strauss, Overture to Die Fledermaus
Wagner Lohengrin, Prelude to Act III
Saint-SaêŠns Violin Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Tickets are priced at $30 for the Feb. 6 show and $20 for Feb. 7. There is a $10 discount for Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased through or at the door.


Soloist Sirena Huang's appearance as soloist with PACS is part of the orchestra's celebration of "From the Top", the pre-eminent showcase for young musicians hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. Ms. Huang, a 15-year old student at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division, began violin lessons at age four and made her orchestra solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at age nine. She has since performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado, and has appeared regularly in "The Great Music for a Great City" series in New York City.

Her concerts have been held at major venues including Lincoln Center, Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Tilles Center, Kimmel Center, and National Concert Hall in Taiwan. At age 11 she was a featured guest speaker at the TED Conference held in California: an annual gathering of over 1,000 of the finest minds in Technology, Entertainment, and Design of America. Also that year she received the tremendous honor of playing for His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and thirty other Nobel Prize Laureates: including Elie Wiesel and His Holiness the Dalai Lama: at the World Peace Conference held in Petra. In 2009 Huang was awarded the First Prize Gold Medal and title of Laureate of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

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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