In the last Bravo concert of the regular season, called Young Talent, audiences will have the opportunity to meet with musicians from Symphony New Brunswick at intermission as they mingle with the audience to seek feedback about the show and the season. And the musicians will provide a second opportunity to get to know them at the SNB Benefit Speakeasy Event on Saturday, May 13 at the Saint John Arts Centre. Both will be exciting events, geared to bringing the musicians to you as individuals, consummate performers, and valued community members.
Young Talent, which plays in Moncton, Fredericton, and Saint John from May 15-17, showcases the talented 17-year-old New Brunswick super star, Vivian Ni. Vivian is an accomplished pianist and violinist and has performed often with the Symphony, having joined the Symphony as an extra in 2012 at the age of 12. For this May series of concerts, she will be playing the piano, in Mozart’s sensational Piano Concerto #26, composed in 1788 and played at the time of the coronation of Leopold II as Holy Roman Emperor. The Coronation Concerto, as it has become known, is a stirring work and Vivian Ni will bring her young talent to a piece by one of the world’s youngest musical prodigies. Mozart first began composing at the tender age of eight with his first composition — Symphony No. 1. SNB will perform this symphony as well as Mozart’s last — Symphony No. 41, known as the Jupiter Symphony, due to its magnificent scale. At the time it was written in 1788, it was one of the biggest, without being the longest, symphony in the world. Principal Conductor Michael Newnham says of the work and the upcoming concert, “The last movement is one of the most complicated creations ever and it is jovial, big, and happy. Mozart’s first and last symphonies nicely book-end the piano solo of the young and very talented Vivian Ni. This is a must-see concert for young and old alike.”
In addition to earning first place at the Canadian Music Competition in 2013 and being the 2016 winner of the New Brunswick Competitive Music Festival, Vivian Ni won the 1st place in the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition Junior Category at the age of 14, and received the Judges’ Distinction Award at Carnegie Hall. The same year, she became the winner of the Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence, and won 3rd place at the 44th Canadian Music Federation Festival (known as the Nationals Competition) in Kelowna, BC.
Since then, Vivian has been awarded 1st place at the American Protégé International Concerto Competition Intermediate Category and 2nd (Honorable Mention) at the 4th Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists in 2015. She has been the recipient of more than 55 scholarships, 36 awards, and 12 certificates for her talents in violin and piano.
Shhhhhh… Nobody tell the brass. It’s a (Symphony) Speakeasy!
SNB will be offering yet another chance to meet your New Brunswick Symphony in an exciting evening of dance, music, and sheer joy at the Saint John Arts Centre on May 13 from 8-11 pm. Think the Great Gatsby. Think Bonny and Clyde, and all that prohibition fun. There will be Roaring ’20s style food and drinks, prizes for the best costume, and a live auction with Principal Conductor Michael Newnham as the lively auctioneer. Where else would you be able to bid on such items as conducting lessons with the opportunity to conduct the Symphony at a dress rehearsal or pick up the talent of the Saint John String Quartet to play at the school of your choice or in your own home?
Young Talent Concert and Speakeasy Event details:
May 13 in Saint John only: A Speakeasy at the Saint John Arts Centre from 8-11:00 pm
May 15 in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 pm
May 16 in Fredericton at the Playhouse at 7:30 pm
May 17 in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre at 7:30 pm
Concert tickets are available at the door or at the Box Offices in each city; Speakeasy tickets are available through the SNB office 506 (634-8379) or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.