MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 3, 2012) — International award winning cellist, Soo Bae to be featured with the Minnesota Sinfonia in St. Paul and Minneapolis on Feb. 10 and 12.
This will be Ms. Bae’s second engagement with the Minnesota Sinfonia. This February, Ms. Bae will be performing “Cello Concerto No. 1” by Camille Saint Saens.
First on the program, a Minnesota Sinfonia commission and world premiere, “Bad Things Happen (to Tiny Toy Wind-ups) by American Composer Randall Davidson. Also on the program, Puccini’s “Two Minuets and Crisantemi” and Kabalevsky’s “Suite from the The Comedians.”
Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University at 700 East 7th Street, St. Paul and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Temple Israel at 2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.
Canadian cellist Soo Bae, was recently praised by The New Yorker as “superb”, and by The Strad for being “rich and romantic with crisp incisive technique.” Recently honored in March 2009 as the musician of the month in Musical America Magazine, Ms. Bae is also a winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
In 2006, the Canada Council of the Arts awarded her First Prize in its Instrument Bank Competition, resulting in a three-year loan of the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello. Earlier that same year, she became the first Canadian ever awarded a prize at the Adam International Cello Festival & Competition in New Zealand.
Randall Davidson works have enjoyed hundreds of performances throughout the U.S. and Europe and have attracted the attention of critics, performers and audiences alike for their dramatic and accessible musical language. Davidson’s catalogue encompasses nearly every genre: dozens of choral works, an opera, four ballets, an oratorio, a guitar concerto, chamber works, three orchestral works that have received over 200 performances, television commercials, incidental music for theater and puppets, a major sound installation to inaugurate the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and music for jazz and wind ensembles.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Soo Bae began her cello studies at the age of six and moved to Toronto two years later, where she enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music and her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where she served as assistant faculty under Joel Krosnick.
Ms. Bae currently teaches at the Gordon College in Boston and runs and directs the Angelos Mission Ensemble Chamber music program in New Jersey of which she is founder and director.
The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 25,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors. For more information visit www.mnsinfonia.org or call 612-871-1701.