Fireside Woodwind Quintet steps in
Sometimes something exciting can come out of disaster. Last month, the classical concert organizer learned that the artist who was to give the concert in January had decided to stop performing despite the contract he had with the Arts Council. With less than a month before the performance, filling that spot was a challenge. Fortunately the Fireside Woodwind Quintet stepped in to play on Sunday, January 13, at 3:30 p.m. at Cates Hill Chapel. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
These young musicians are at the beginning of their professional careers. They are led by Paul Hung who plays the flute. Born in Taiwan, Hung made his first concert debut at the age of 16 at the Whistler Music Festival. He was a recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Galaxie Rising Stars Award. In 2011, Hung won a spot in the YouTube Symphony and performed with 100 other musicians around the world at the Sydney Opera House.
Theresa Lei has recently finished her undergraduate degree at UBC in horn performance. She currently performs with the UBC Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelance musician.
Kate Frobeen holds a master of music in performance from McGill University. As a solo clarinetist, she has performed and competed in numerous festivals. As an orchestral performer, she has performed with various local symphony orchestras, broadcast live on national radio, and taken part in Canada’s first live web-broadcast of a symphony concert.
Rebecca Norman studied bassoon performance at the University of Victoria and went on to do a master of music degree at the University of Toronto. She is an active music educator and orchestral performer. Along with the bassoon, she is passionate about the contrabassoon and period performance.
Nattie Chan, an oboist, was born in Hong Kong and now calls Vancouver her home. She is a recent graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA. At Oberlin, she was part of the Oberlin Orchestra that premiered a new symphonic poem by Lorenzo Palomo, The Sneetches, which was based on Dr. Seuss’s story of the same name. Actor John de Lancie of Star Trek: The Next Generation was the narrator at the premiere.