Eastman School of Music senior Ka Chun Gary Ngan will be one of 14 students from the nation’s leading conservatories performing at the Kennedy Center Sunday, Oct. 5, in a concert marking the fifth anniversary of the center’s Conservatory Project.
A student of Professor of Violin Charles Castleman, Ngan will join other students selected to represent their institutions in the Anniversary Ensemble Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing, the students will participate in an improvisation workshop with Time for Three, a dynamic trio of string musicians whose concerts transcend traditional genres.
The Sunday night concert will feature the student ensemble performing Copland’s Appalachian Spring suite and joining Time for Three to present The American Suite, a work of traditional songs arranged and reorchestrated by the trio.
Eastman was a founding participant of the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project, which was launched in 2004 to “showcase our nation’s exceptional young talent and introduce Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers.” The semi-annual event presents outstanding artists in classical music, jazz, musical theater, and opera from the nation’s leading conservatories and music schools. Students from Eastman are chosen to represent the school in a concert each May; this year, Triple Threat, a unique ensemble of three jazz pianists, a bassist, and a drummer, performed at the Kennedy Center.
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