The Mercury Orchestra will provide blessed relief from Boston’s summer orchestral doldrums at Sanders Theater on Saturday at 8:00 in an all-Schumann concert featuring the 14-year-old winner of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Concerto Competition.
Over the 11 years that Channing Yu’s Mercury Orchestra has brought “amateur orchestra musicians together … to play challenging repertoire in … performances of the highest quality,” audiences have found the results of the deep, enthusiastic engagement of the volunteer ensemble consistently satisfying. Year after year the Sanders Theater concerts that these talented volunteer players mount show that they can really play. Yu will be leading Schumann’s Overture to Genoveva, op. 81, Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 54 and Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61
Zengyue Fan 范曾玥, from the Shanghai Conservatory Preparatory High School, received many top honors in China, including the first prize of the 2012 Chopin International Piano Competition Chinese Youth Division, as well as the first prizes of 2015 Russia ‘s “Road to the Master of the World,” and the 2016 the 5th Los Angeles International Young Musician Piano Competition. Pianists John Perry and Dmitry Rachmanov have given her high remarks for her performances.
American orchestra and opera conductor Channing Yu is Music Director of the Mercury Orchestra in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Music Director of Bay Colony Brass in Watertown, Massachusetts. He is national winner of the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting in the community orchestra division. He began formal study of conducting at Harvard University with James Yannatos; there he served as assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and conductor of the Toscanini Chamber Orchestra. Since then, he has worked with a number of conductor teachers in the master class setting, including Kenneth Kiesler, Roberto Paternostro, Diane Wittry, Charles Peltz, and Frank Battisti.
Advance Discount Price: Regular: $20, Students, Harvard/MIT I.D., WBUR & WGBH Members: $15. Day Of Concert: Regular: $25; Students, Harvard/MIT I.D., WBUR & WGBH Members: $20 NOTE: Children under the age of 5 prohibited. Ticket HERE.
Free Parking at 52 Oxford St. Garage
On Wednesday, August 29, 7:00pm, Mercury will take to the Hatch Shell for a free show featuring Shostakovich: Festive Overture, op. 96, Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64