A Dazzling Classical Concert Production

The Violin Channel seemingly has every facet of classical music news covered for anyone who wants to know just about anything, and it’s no surprise that they’re hitting the nail on the head with programming for their new Vanguard Concerts. The series has become so successful, it has surpassed 1.5 million views worldwide in just over two weeks. 

Having launched in February with performances by star violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax, the VC continues to dazzle with their chosen lineup, which includes violinist Charles Yang with Peter Dugan, and most recently the esteemed Dover Quartet. 

On Thursday March 25 at 5:00 pm, the series will present violinist Tessa Lark, pianist Amy Yang, and guitarist Frank Vignola. The program will feature Kreisler’s Syncopation, Praeludium and Allegro, and Liebesleid, Telemann’s Fantasia No. 4 in D, Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 4 in e, Michael Torke’s Milk from Spoon Bread, and the fifth movement from Avner Dorman’s Violin Sonata No. 4. Click here at start time.

A Kentucky native and graduate of New England Conservatory, Lark has spent her entire life surrounded by music. Her passion for showcasing non-traditional styles allows her to frequently highlight bluegrass, jazz and Appalachian repertoire, likely originating from her family — her father plays bluegrass banjo in gospel bands and her mother is a pianist. 

Lark is a captivating artist with an impressive mastery of interpretation and technical proficiency, having been a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant — an award that aims to provide assistance to exemplary musicians deemed likely to pursue successful solo careers. She is also a prizewinner in the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition and the Silver Medalist in the 9th International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where she had opportunities to perform in these non-traditional genres. 

Lark has been performing on the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivarius violin, named after the former concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. No stranger to Ohio, Lark has performed with CityMusic Cleveland and made appearances at Oberlin Conservatory in their Artist Recital Concert Series. 

Amy Yang, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and virtuosic guitarist Frank Vignola, are also polished performers as well as pioneers of the non-classical music scene, having premiered works by leading 21st century composers. The collaboration of three stellar individuals dedicated to encouraging diversity through their programming promises to be a unique and engaging performance.

The remaining lineup includes cellist Sophia Bacelar with Noreen Polera and Jamaii Melvin, the Junction Trio, violist Jordan Bak, and violinist Philippe Quint with Jun Cho. Airing every Thursday on the Violin Channel’s Facebook Page and Youtube channel.

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