By Sonia Gray and George Cady

Brookings Harbor Friends of Music wraps up their 2017/2018 season with a free concert featuring the winners of their annual scholarship program. Congratulations to winners Kirk Albachten on trumpet, and pianists Yutong Chen and Anson Sin.

Each year Friends of Music works with Alexander Tutunov, professor of piano at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, to select three promising young musicians to be awarded scholarships. Tutunov will also be performing at the concert and has been a favorite of Friends of Music audiences for several years.

A first prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov’s playing was described by “Soviet Culture,” Moscow, as “exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent.” He is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. He will announce his program selections from the stage.

Yutong Chen (Angela) is from Shenzhen, China. She started studying piano when she was barely 5 years old and obtained high-level certificates of achievement in music while still in high school. Chen has been playing piano for churches for eight years where she enjoys accompanying choirs. She also created a band at her high school near Roseburg, Oregon. Currently, Chen is a freshman at Southern Oregon University majoring in piano performance. Her program will consist of works by J. S. Bach and Franz Liszt.

Anson Ka-Lik Sin, a native of Hong Kong, has performed as a concert pianist in well-known concert halls all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Besides being a virtuosic pianist, Sin is an accomplished player of both the violin and viola and has performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and a Beethoven Piano Concerto with the Port Townsend (Washington) Community Orchestra. He continued his studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in music and was a member of the university’s symphony orchestra, string ensemble, and choir, majoring in piano performance and pedagogy. Sin will play a “Hungarian Rhapsody” by Franz Liszt and an “Impromptu” by contemporary Chinese composer Shi-Guang Cui.

Throughout his childhood, music was always an integral part of trumpeter Kirk Albachten’s life. He sang in numerous youth ensembles in the Rogue Valley, participated in The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon as a trumpeter, and won several accolades in both disciplines. Deciding to focus primarily on trumpet, Albachten studied under lead big band trumpeter Stan Mark for several years. He won All-State jazz and wind ensemble positions and awards as an outstanding flugelhorn soloist, lead trumpet, and wind ensemble soloist awards throughout high school.

Before attending Southern Oregon University, Albachten was offered positions with the United States Marines Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps and the Airforce Band of the Golden West in 2009. In 2010, Albachten moved away from music to pursue other avenues of interest and stopped playing. In 2016 he returned to his true passion, the trumpet. Studying under renowned trumpeter Daniel Kocurek as Southern Oregon University’s principal trumpeter while pursuing a bachelor of music degree, Albachten has immersed himself in formal classical and virtuosic repertoire. He currently plays numerous events around The Rogue Valley and student teaches at local schools. He also plays with the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, Ashland City Band, and more recently began playing with the Rogue Valley Symphony Brass Quintet. At the Scholarship concert, he will play a “Trumpet Concerto” by Alexander Arutiunian.

Concert ticket and location information

The Friends of Music organization is offering free admission to this annual concert for all to enjoy outstanding classical music.

The concert will take place at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave., Brookings, at 3 p.m. May 20. For further information call 541-412-2957 or visit www.brookingsharborfriendsofmusic.org.

About the Brookings Harbor Friends of Music

Friends of Music, a non-profit organization, promotes interest in musical expression and enhances the cultural climate of the region by presenting classical music programs and promoting other musical genres throughout the year. We encourage, guide and provide tools to novice, student, and underprivileged community members to participate in a variety of performing arts activities by making educational, outreach and scholarship opportunities available.

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