The Kaskaskia College Music Department will be hosting “Echoes of Past Grandeur” on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jane Knight Auditorium. The program features: Dr. Yin-Chou Hung, violin; Dr. I-Hsuan Cheng, piano; Oliver Shon, tenor; and Lynda Marshall, mezzo-soprano. This concert provides a unique opportunity to showcase outstanding musicians from Taiwan on the Kaskaskia College campus to perform for students and the local community.
Violinist, Dr. Yin-Chou Hung, a native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, earned a doctoral degree in violin performance at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Hung studied with the legendary Ukranian violinist Oleh Krysa, the winner of four international violin competitions, including Tschaikovsky, Paganini, Montreal, Winieawski, and served as his teaching assistant for six years. He holds both Doctoral and Master degrees at the Eastman School in Violin Performance. Dr. Hung has maintained a busy schedule of performing engagements as both a soloist and a chamber musician and performed in major international cities, such as Shanghai, Hangzou, Wenzhou, Kunming, Tokyo, Nagoya, Singapore, HongKong, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Graz, San Diego, Toronto. Dr. Hung is currently served as an assistant professor of violin at the Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei.
Pianist, Dr. I-Hsuan Cheng’s performing career has taken her around the world, including Rhodos, Como, Taipei, New York City, San Diego, Paris, Prague, Boston, and San Francisco. A recent review in La Cronica described Dr. Cheng’s performance as “captivating and mesmerizing,” with her playing demonstrating “a palette of colors and poetry.” Dr. Cheng started her life as a pianist at the age of four, and she has continued as a recitalist and a chamber musician throughout her life. She completed her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, receiving both a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Dr. Nelita True. After moving to Boston, her reputation as a soloist and a collaborative pianist earned her numerous venues to perform not only at renown music institutes, such as New England Conservatory and Boston University, but also at cities in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including Brookline, Weston, Wellesley, Concord, Millis, and Storrs. Though settling permanently abroad, Dr. Cheng is keen on giving performances in Taiwan, her home country. Dr. Cheng is a faculty member of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-College division. She currently resides in Oakland, California.
Dr. Hung and Dr. Cheng will be presenting a varied program including Mozart’s “Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major,” “Suite Italian” by Igor Stravinsky, “Nocturne in D” and “Carmen Fantasy” by Tyzen Hsiao, Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” and “Carmen Fantasy” by Franz Waxman.
Vocalist, Oliver Shon, is an amateur tenor who was born in Kaohsiung. He grew up in a military family where he inherited integrity, character, and a diligent and positive attitude. For the past 40 years, he has worked at local and multinational companies, and has played key roles such as the senior management officer for Asia regional business. However, singing is his passion. He has participated in performances at churches and public concerts in America, Taiwan, Japan, and China singing gospel, folk and artistic songs in Chinese, Taiwanese, English and Italian. He considers music an essential remedy to comfort people’s inner soul, particularly while they are in depressed or in tough situations. He strongly wishes to devote his time to be engaged in promoting and building up a good platform for culture and music resources integrating people all around world enabling them to understand each other’s culture, history, customs, and language better. Shon will sing “Recondita Armonia” from Puccini’s Tosca.
Lynda Marshall is Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Kaskaskia College. She has been invited to join Mr. Shon and Dr. Cheng to present some American music on the program. Marshall will sing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Additionally, Marshall will join Shon for two duets, “Yours Is My Heart Alone” from The Land of Smiles, and “Tonight” from West Side Story.
This concert is free and open to the public.