February 14, 2015 at 4 PM

Two wonderful players make strings swing at the fourth Young Artist Concert of the 2014-15 Season.

Recital Hall, Arizona Piano Company
4134 East Wood Street, Phoenix AZ 85040

Bobae Johnson, Violin
HaeJu Choi, Collaborative Piano

  • Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantella
  • J. S. Bach: Partita No. II for Solo Violin (mvmts. I and III)
  • Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B-minor (mvmt. III)

Bobae Johnson is a 15-year-old sophomore at Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee. She has been a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony since 2011, where she has served as principal violinist and concertmaster. In the past year, Bobae won the ASTA state solo competition, was a finalist in the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musicians Competition, and was the strings winner of the AMEA All-State Solo & Ensemble competition, for which she received an invitation to perform at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium at the All-State Festival. During the past two summers, she has studied at the Innsbrook Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Le Festival International du Domaine Forget, where she performed at masterclasses with Elizabeth Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa and the Emerson String Quartet. Bobae is currently co-president of Melodic Minors, a charitable music outreach group. Bobae played in the MusicaNova’s Young Artists series in the 2013-2014 season and is looking forward to returning in February 2015. She studies violin with Dr. Jonathan Swartz at Arizona State University.

Morgan Beckstead, Piano
Fei Xu, Collaborative Piano

  • C. P. E Bach: 12 Variations auf die Folie d’Espagne
  • Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A Major, K.322
  • Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in A Minor Op.34, No.2
  • W.A. Mozart: Sonata in D Major, K.576
         I. Allegro
  • Alexander Scriabin: Étude Op.42 No.3
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2
         II. Andante
  • Claude Debussy: From The Children’s Corner
         The Little Shepherd
         Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

Morgan Beckstead, 9, is a fourth-grader at American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, Arizona. Morgan began learning piano at the age of 4 and currently studies with MusicaNova Young Artists Coordinator Fei Xu. At the age of 7, Morgan placed first in the 2013 East Valley Music Teachers Association Piano Competition. At age 8, she performed her first solo piano concert at the American Leadership Academy Performing Arts Center in May 2014. When Morgan is not playing piano she loves playing table tennis with her two older brothers, swimming, watching movies and playing with her friends.

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