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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
||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,
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.
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.
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.