Queen's Day Concert


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"I wish you an excellent day on the 27th of April, and thank you for your kinds words on our patronage of the Nederland-America Foundation."
- Her Royal Highness Princess Magriet of the Netherlands

Kevin Beavers is a rising star among young American composers. He studied at West Virginia, Michigan, and Amsterdam. His compositions have been played by several major orchestras. He has received commissions from the Saint Louis Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Detroit Civic Orchestra, Boston Conservatory, Albany Symphony, and Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music. He won the Philadelphia Orchestra's centennial composition competition.
On April 27, a group of talent young Juilliard musicians gave a special "Queen's Day" Concert - timed to coincide with the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands.

A benefit for the restoration of the Dutch Reformed Church, the concert was organized by Wanda Fleck of the Netherland-America Foundation, which provided financial support.

The concert received a very enthusiastic review in the local Times Herald-Record.

Works by Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Faure, and contemporary American composer Kevin Beavers were performed by a group of rising professional musicians: Jina Lee (violin), Beth Guterman (viola), Patrick Jee (cello), and Jeff Juan Choque (piano).

Ms. Lee and Mr. Choque have been supported in their musical careers by the Netherland-America Foundation. Mr. Jee won First Prize in the first Holland-America Music Society Competition, supported by the foundation. Composer Kevin Beavers studied composition in the Netherlands under a fellowship from the foundation.

Jina Lee   Jina Lee (violin) was born in Korea and raised in Chicago, where she gave her solo debut at the age of 13. A graduate of the Cincinatti Conservatory of Music and the Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam), she has given numerous recitals in Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and the U.S.
Jeff Juan Chocque   Born near Cuzco, Peru, Jeff Juan Choque (piano) began his musical studies upon arriving in this country at the age of five. Earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Eastman School of Music, he was a three-time Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He has performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
  Beth Guterman (viola) is a 4th-year student at the Juilliard School studying with Masao Kawasaki. She won the 2001 Nakamichi Lower Strings Competition at the Aspen Music Festival. Upcoming engagements include a recital in Longy's Pickman hall. Her first CD comes out this year on Naxos featuring music by Stephan Hartke.
P. Jee   Patrick Jee (cello) studied at the Yale School of Music and the Juilliard School. Hailed as a "gifted virtuoso," he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, La Jolla's Summerfest, and the Seoul Arts Center. He has performed with orchestras in Buffalo, Rochester, Toulouse, and Paris.
The Netherland-America Foundation, founded in 1921, seeks to maintain and stengthen the ties of friendship between The Netherlands and the United States. The foundation offers financial support to Dutch and American students pursuing graduate studies in each other's countries; cultural grants in performing arts, visual arts, and historic preservation; and charitable grants.

The Newburgh Preservation Association was founded in 1978 to promote preservation and restoration of historic architecture in Newburgh. Its Dutch Reformed Church Restoration Committee works closely with the City of Newburgh to restore the landmark A.J. Davis building, located at 132 Grand Street, Newburgh.

Newburgh Chamber Music
is a non-profit organization formed in 2000 to present chamber-music performances in historic venues in Newburgh. (845) 562-1861.

St. George's Episcopal Church
occupies a Federal-style sanctuary built in the early 19th century. Led by the Rev. Deborah Dresser, the church sponsors many community activities, including "Grand Music," a series of lunchtime concerts directed by Lillie Mikesell. (845) 561-5355.