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Melrose cellist Kyle Yee performs with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra at the Hatch Shell

Posted by boston.com  August 20, 2013 10:00 AM

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Kyle Yee after his concert with The Longwood Symphony Orchestra

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Melrosian Kyle Yee performed with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra on August 14, 2013, when they were the guest orchestra in the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s Concerts at DCR’s Hatch Shell. Yee was a guest cellist in the Orchestra, under music director Ronald Feldman. On a gorgeous autumn evening, the Orchestra beautifully performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Piano Concerto No. 3, and Antonin Dvorak’s lyrical, dramatic Symphony No. 9 (named “From the New World”). Dvorak was deeply inspired by his 3-year stay in America, and incorporated Native-American themes, African-American spirituals, and his native Bohemian folk music in one of the most popular symphonies. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong took a recording of this symphony to the moon in 1969. The Longwood Symphony also delighted the capacity crowd with an encore of Johannes Brahms’ rhythmic Hungarian Dance No. 5, which got the appreciative audience clapping during the piece with Conductor Feldman.

Ms. Ying Li, who studies at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and is the 2013 winner of The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Annual Piano Concerto Competition, was the talented soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This beloved, lyrical, and sometimes turbulent work premiered in 1803 with Beethoven at the piano, and is written in his favorite key of C minor. 

Playing with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra
 
Yee received a grant from The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts and a Mary P. Chatfield Cultural Scholarship from The Commonwealth School to attend The 22nd-Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill, a 3-week music festival that takes place at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick. Every year, the Foundation brings talented youth from all over the U.S. and Asia to participate in the intensive 3-week musical training program, whose faculty includes internationally known performers and teachers. During the Festival, Yee and his fellow student performers played with the Longwood Symphony, studied music, performed concerts, participated in master classes, ventured to cultural/musical locales including Tanglewood to attend a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert, and in gala concerts, played challenging compositions of well-known composers in a chamber orchestra and smaller groups.

More about the musician 

Yee is a junior at The Commonwealth School in Boston’s Back Bay, and also studies at New England Conservatory’s (NEC) Preparatory School, where he is a private student of cellist Sam Ou (praised by the Boston Globe for his “impassioned performance”) and chamber music student at NEC under noted composer Rodney Lister. Prior to this, he attended Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, and studied private cello with Wakefield resident John Bumstead.

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