Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Sheila Reinhold, violin, viola
Seoyoen Min, cello
Feiner Family Chapel, Temple Emanuel Denver
51 Grape Street, Denver CO 80220
Admission free, registration required (registration link)
In observance of Colorado Holocaust Remembrance Week, please join violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams, violinist/violist Sheila Reinhold, and cellist Seoyoen Min for a concert in Temple Emanuel Denver’s intimate Feiner Chapel, featuring music composed by musicians who were murdered in the Holocaust. We are fortunate that these wonderful works survived, and their beauty and creativity still speak to us today.
This short and varied program will consist of the vibrant, virtuosic Duo for Violin and Cello by Erwin Schulhoff, whose works were performed throughout Europe in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and pieces by three composers of great talent who perished before the age of thirty: the folkloric Duo for Violin and Viola by László Weiner, Two Chassidic Dances for two violins by Zikmund Schul, and the hauntingly beautiful String Trio by Gideon Klein, written just days before he was transported to his death.
Yumi Hwang-Williams (violin) has served as Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony since 2000. She made her debut at the age of fifteen as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, six years after emigrating from South Korea, and has appeared as soloist with major orchestras both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Sinfonieorchester Basel (Switzerland), and the Bruckner Orchester Linz (Austria), in addition to frequent performances as soloist with the Colorado Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has performed with Gary Graffman, Ida Kavafian, Jeffrey Kahane, Christopher O'Riley, Jon Kimura Parker, and Andrew Litton, and she is especially committed to the work of current-day composers, Strings magazine calling her “a modern Prometheus” who has “emerged as a fiery champion of contemporary classical music”. She is Adjunct Violin Professor at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music and is actively involved in advancing the arts in the community.
Sheila Reinhold (violin/viola), curator of this concert, first performed as soloist with orchestra at age nine. At fifteen, she joined Jascha Heifetz’s master class, where she studied for five years. Her career has included chamber music with Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, appearances as a soloist with major orchestras, and freelance work from Broadway to movie scores. She has had a lifelong dedication to teaching, serving as adjudicator, guest teacher and chamber music coach at, among others, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music and Columbia University, in addition to her private teaching. She is the founder and Music Director of Intimate Voices, a chamber music series with community outreach in New York City, now in its 14th season. She has just completed offering an evening course through the University of Denver Enrichment Program, Banned Music Reborn: The Rediscovery of Two Generations of European Composers.
Seoyoen Min (cello) has served as Principal Cello of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since the 2019-2020 season. A native of South Korea and a graduate of Seoul National University, she has won first prize in the Strad Music, Music Association of Korea, and Segye Times competitions, among others. She received her M.Mus.degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen, and made her debut in 2016 in the Young Artist of Youngsan Debut Concert Series. She is an active soloist in both the United States and South Korea, and her chamber music activities have included collaborations with cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist Kyung Sun Lee. In addition to her position with the Colorado Symphony, she is active locally both as chamber musician and teacher, and she has served as guest faculty at a variety of music institutions, including recently teaching a masterclass at the University of Wyoming.