Concert and Exhibition Opening
September 23, 2021
Exhibition Opening Meet the Artis - 6:00 pm
Violin Recital - 7:00 pm
Stride Arts Exhibition Hall
1110 2 Ave F2, New York, NY 10022
The Modern Art Meets Chamber Music series presents MOON, a violin recital by Peiwen Liao and a photography exhibition opening by Peter Andrew Jeschke.
Come join us for the Mid-Autumn Festival/Moon Festival with our artist and musicians as we honor this holiday with music of celebration, love, and nostalgia. You will be treated to music by American female composer Amy Beach, German composer Johannes Brahms, and a selection of treasured Chinese songs. The charm in Amy Beach’s Romance is perhaps one of its greatest assets as it tugs away at your heartstrings throughout the work. Brahms’s passion, fueled perhaps by his forbidden love for Clara Schumann, is on full display in his Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor. And lastly, this medley of Chinese pieces takes the listeners deep into the themes of homecoming, community, and love – all of which are central to the Mid-Autumn Festival. Perhaps, at the end of this concert, you will come away with a bountiful “harvest” of music and enrichment. Throughout it all you will be surrounded by exquisite artworks by Peter Andrew Jeschke that tell stories behind the meaning of the Moon Festival.
Violinist , Si-Yo Artist™
Meet the Musicians
Already boasting sold-out Carnegie Hall recitals, and selected as an honoree in the 2018 Mandarin Leader Magazine, violinist Pei-Wen Liao, a Si-Yo Artist™, continues to be known as a “compelling” and “deeply passionate” artist. Ms. Liao has performed as a soloist with more than twenty orchestras in twelve countries across three continents. By thirteen, Ms. Liao had already sold-out a recital at Carnegie Weill Hall. She then made her debut in China in 2010, performing as a soloist on a 13-concert tour. Since then, she has been invited back to perform in China for seven consecutive years and has performed in at least 30 cities across China. More recent engagements have included a private solo performance for the President of Honduras and solo performances at the United Nations, Capitol Hill, the Oculus, and Bryant Park.
Ms. Liao has performed as a soloist in countries including Russia, Israel, Canada, Italy, Austria, China, Korea, Japan, Serbia, Thailand, Myanmar, and the United States.
She has been featured as a guest soloist in Vienna with The Global Orchestra, at New York’s Alice Tully Hall with the World Civic Orchestra, in Russia with Voronezh State Orchestra and Lieptsk Philharmonic Orchestra, in Israel and Italy with the Jerusalem Academy Orchestra on its tour, at Shanghai Symphony Hall with Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra, and multiple sold-out solo recitals at the Taiwan National Concert Hall.
As an aspiring artist and an advocate for cultural citizenship and interdisciplinary collaborations, Ms. Liao has worked closely with countless indigenous schools in Asia to inspire underserved communities with interactive musical performances. She founded a project “Wawa Music Go” (Wawa being the word for “children” in Aboriginal Taiwanese language) that focuses on bringing exposure of Classical Western Music to aboriginal tribes in Asia. A firm believer in music taking an active leadership role in its potential to effect changes in the world, Ms. Liao has recorded a CD in 2019 that uniquely brings together the sounds of Taiwanese folk music with traditional western instruments, all proceeds of CD go directly to charities that support indigenous children. Currently, Ms. Liao is a faculty member at the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School, the Alexander & Buono International Academy, and the New York Conservatory of Music.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Liao is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Lucie Robert. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School. Her primary teachers include Hyo Kang, Cho-Liang Lin, Joel Smirnoff, Lara Lev, Daniel Phillips, and Stephen Clapp. Ms. Liao plays a 1830 Calot violin kindly loaned from the Chi-Mei Foundation of Taiwan.
Yadi Liang was born in China and began playing the piano at age six. After earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the China Conservatory in 2014, she came to Manhattan School of Music after receiving the President’s Award and earned her first Master of Music degree in piano in 2016 under Dr. Arkady Aronov. She received her second Master of Music degree in 2018 and Professional Studies certificate in the next year in collaborative piano under Dr. Heasook Rhee. She continued to study with Dr. Rhee and is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a D.M.A. degree.
While studying at the China Conservatory of Music, Ms. Liang received 1st prize in the YAMAHA Music Awards during her junior year and performed at the Beijing International Piano Festival. She also attended the Summit Music Festival in New York in 2011 and 2013. After coming to Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Liang has had various opportunities to play for concerts and competitions, including those at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, as well as masterclasses of renowned teachers of the world, including Pamela Frank, James Galway, Augustin Hadelich, and Robert McDonald. She has also worked as a staff pianist at several music festivals, including Heifetz Institute PEG and Castleman String Quartet Program.
Meet the Artist
Peter Andrew Jeschke graduated high school in 1968, travelled extensively, and met and married his wife Rizona in India in 1972. He enrolled in college at age 25, pursued his BSc and MSc in Earth Sciences and continues his long and successful professional career as a geophysicist. Peter and Rizona have a home named “Orina Cottage” in Meghalaya, India, and a small farm named “CloverCroft” in New Hampshire, USA. They have two sons, one grandchild and a large extended family. They shuttle between their US and India homes and perform charitable work through their Provide the Basics charity.
Peter has taken photographs since he was a teenager, but only later in life has he turned photography into a profession. Peter says, “My personal quest is to be at the right places at the right moments to experience the world’s wonders. Whether those moments are the miraculous birth of a child, the formation of a rainbow, the artful interplay of light and architecture, a fleeting expression on a transcendently beautiful face, a glorious sunrise, a spectacular sunset, frost silently forming out of thin air, or the climactic result of human endeavor, I want to hear and see and feel it all! My professional mission is to capture those special moments of wonder as impactful photographic images, and to share them – to educate, to entertain, and to inspire.”
Currently, Peter is focused on capturing images of “natural art,” which are works of art found in nature, formed by natural processes. Whether or not Nature can create art is a controversial subject. More of Peter’s images can be viewed on his website at www.pajphoto.com, on Instagram at instagram.com/pajphoto and on Facebook at PAJPhoto.