Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7:30 pm
Mangani Concert Piece for Two Clarinets, with Chris Peterson and Eliza Siracusan, clarinets
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, with Jean Yu, cello
Franck Symphony in D Minor
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Chris Peterson has played clarinet for over 30 years in ensembles in North Carolina, Utah, and Seattle. While pursuing a doctorate in Molecular Biology at the University of Utah, he was principal with the Murray Symphony Orchestra, where he performed solo concerto works by Copland, Weber, and Mozart. After moving to Seattle in 2010, Chris joined Eastside Symphony where he had the opportunity to perform solo works by Vanchestein and Shaw. He is currently a member of Harmonia Seattle and plays with Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Microsoft Orchestra, Northwest Mahler Festival, the vaudeville/circus band Fremont Philharmonic, and Jazz Night School in South Seattle. During the day, Chris is investigating HIV cure strategies in the Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Jean Yu, a senior at Bellevue High School, began her cello studies at age 7 and currently studies with Leslie Marckx. She attended the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in 2020 and 2022, as well as the Meadowmount School of Music in the summers of 2019 and 2021. Jean has received 1st place in several categories in the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. She received Honorable Mention in the Washington MTNA competition in 2019 and 2020, and was selected as a cellist in the 2020 Washington All-State Symphony Orchestra. She was a finalist for the Coeur d’ Alene Symphony 2020 National Young Artists’ Competition, and won 2nd place in the Bach Festival and 1st place in the 2020 Virtuoso Artists Festival. Jean currently plays in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, studies chamber music with the Seattle Conservatory of Music, and volunteers with Seattle Music Partners to teach cello to elementary school students.
Eliza Siracusan holds a BM in clarinet performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. After graduating in 2005, she returned to her roots in the Seattle area and took a complete break from playing to pursue other interests. After 12 years of her horn being stuffed in a closet, Eliza dug it out and began rebuilding from scratch and joined the Eastside Symphony clarinet section in 2017. She now plays with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and is a new member of the Ladies Musical Club. She hopes to grow a chamber music reading club where players can meet to read through interesting works just for the fun of it.