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Karen Lau, cello; Brent Weber, saxophone/bassoon; and Joseph Yungen, piano at Penn Alps

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


July 20, 2019 7:00 pm
Great Hall at Penn Alps
Karen Lau, cello; Brent Weber, saxophone/bassoon; and Joseph Yungen, piano

Karen Lau, Brent Weber, and Joseph Yungen will perform an original composition commissioned by Music at Penn Alps as well as classical and jazz repertoire.

All three are members of the Frostburg University Music Department with distinguished careers in concert, recital and ensemble performance as well as teaching.

Karen Lau began her musical study with cello at the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and Master of Music Degree from Catholic University of America. Karen has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America in Cello Performance. Her primary teachers include Michael Mermagen, Sara Male and Shi-Dong Luo. Karen was invited to attend the Vivace Music Festival with full scholarship in 2006, 2007, and 2008. She held the rank of assistant professor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music from 2005-2009. Karen has performed at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, NPR Studios, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2016 Karen founded the Frostburg State University Summer Music Academy.

Saxophonist Brent Weber has enjoyed a diverse musical journey as performer and educator. After earning degrees in saxophone performance from Southern Oregon University (BA) and University of Georgia (MM) Dr. Weber joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in the capitol of China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu. After two incredible years teaching and freelancing in Southwest China, Dr. Weber returned to the U.S. to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Georgia. From 2009-2012 he had the opportunity to study with teachers Kenneth Fischer, Eugene Rousseau, Joseph Wytko, and Connie Frigo. These experiences have uniquely shaped Dr. Weber into the artist and pedagogue he is today.

Experienced in multiple genres of music from classical to jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and beyond, Dr. Weber advocates versatility. His work with the contemporary jazz group Jake Mowrer Quartet, featured him performing and recording throughout Northern Georgia. As a concert saxophonist, he is active with the North American Saxophone Alliance performing in conferences in Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Oregon, and Georgia. In 2007 he presented the European premiere of Todd Barton’s Diastems II at the World Saxophone Congress XIV in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As winner of the UGA Concerto Competition in 2009, he performed Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble. Most recently Dr. Weber was part of the 2012 Naxos release Street Song featuring the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Lynch.

Oregonian pianist JOSEPH YUNGEN has had tremendous success as a soloist and performer of chamber music, art song, and new music. He enjoys an active life as a concert pianist and instructor throughout the United States and abroad, having performed and taught in China as guest artist on numerous occasions.

Winner of the “Audience Favorite” and “Best Performance of the Music of Szymanowski” awards in the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition, Joseph received First Prize in the 88th Annual Bruce P. Carlson Schubert Club Piano Competition in Minneapolis, the Ann Fehn Pianist’s First Prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and the Barr Award for Excellence in Accompanying. He attended the Music Academy of the West as a Collaborative Piano Fellow in 2012.

In 2013, Joseph was the featured soloist in the Hans Abrahamsen Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Musica Nova (Brad Lubman, director), with the composer in attendance. He has also performed with the New Juilliard Ensemble (Joel Sachs, director) and AXIOM (Jeffrey Milarsky, director). Joseph cofounded and taught master classes for the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition in 2014. He joined Frostburg State University as a full-time music faculty member in 2016.

Joseph holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jonathan Feldman as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. He earned Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and in Accompanying & Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jean Barr and Douglas Humpherys. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Southern Oregon University under the instruction of Alexander Tutunov.

Winner of composition competition for 2019 season.

Award-winning American composer Oliver Caplan writes melodies that nourish our souls, offering a voice of hope in an uncertain world. Inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit and beauty of the natural world, his music celebrates stories of social justice, conservation and community.

Award-winning American composer Oliver Caplan writes melodies that nourish our souls, offering a voice of hope in an uncertain world. Inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit and beauty of the natural world, his music celebrates stories of social justice, conservation and community.

Mr. Caplan’s works have been performed in over 125 performances nationwide. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bella Piano Trio, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Columbia University Wind Ensemble and New Hampshire Master Chorale, among others. Winner of a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition, additional recognitions include two Veridian Symphony Competition Wins, the Fifth House Ensemble Competition Grand Prize, seven ASCAP Awards, and fellowships at VCCA and the Brush Creek Foundation. Recordings of Mr. Caplan’s music include his 2017 release You Are Not Alone, which has been featured on Apple Music’s Classical A-list, 2012 debut album Illuminations and a track on the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s 2016 album New World Serenade (Albany Records).

Mr. Caplan is the Artistic Director of Juventas New Music Ensemble. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the Boston Conservatory, is a voting member of the Recording Academy, and resides in Medford, Massachusetts.

The selection committee was comprised of Dr. Sean Beachy, Commission Administrator; Nancy Salmon, Programming Director; and Jean Miller, Board of Directors Member. Mr. Caplan was chosen from a field of 124 submissions, many of whom were very talented, which made the committee’s decision somewhat difficult. Ultimately, Mr. Caplan and his music stood out among the field.


July 20
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Penn Alps Restaurant & Craft Shop
125 Casselman Rd
Grantsville, MD 21536-2003 United States
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