Ensemble Will Welcome Jina Choi to Perform Violin Solo in Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” at Paramount Theatre

PHOTO: Jina ChoiMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra will present a musical program inspired by Scotland, including a solo by violinist Jina Choi, when it hosts its annual Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre.

The evening’s program will feature Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3 in A, (“Scottish”), Op. 56.” Choi will perform the violin solo in “Scottish Fantasy.” Tickets are $10, with SUNY Orange students and active duty military personnel admitted free. The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, under the direction of Hilarie Clark Moore, is comprised of students and members of the community.

Currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University, Choi is studying with Arnold Steinhardt, the first violinist of the Guarneri String Quartet. Prior to moving to the United States in 1996, Choi studied with Jongsuk Lee and Namyun Kim at the Seoul National University School of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees.

After moving to the U.S., Choi studied with Ikhwan Bae, who won the Queen Elizabeth competition in Brussels, and later with Michelle Kim, associate concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Mannes College of Music en route to her professional study diploma.

Choi has presented solo recitals throughout the U.S., and has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the New York Symphony and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed with many chamber ensembles, such as Sonata da Chiesa, the Mannes Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, the Queensboro Chamber Ensemble, the Eterni String Quartet, and many others. She has served as concertmaster for orchestras including the Mannes Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Japan), the Pucheon Philharmonic (Korea), the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Rutgers Symphony, Adelphi Orchestra, and more recently, the Ridgewood Symphony, the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra and Queensboro Symphony.

Choi has won recognition at numerous festivals and competitions, including the Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition and Yeum Chamber Music Competition in Korea, as well as at the Korea Music Festival Competition and the Mannes Chamber Music Festival Competition.

The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. For more information, call (845) 341-4787.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940