• Yoonjung Han, Pianist – Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:00pm
• Evan Drachman, Cellist and Richard Dowling, Pianist – Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:00pm
• ETA 3 – Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7:00pm
“The Concert and Conversations Series is unique because it allows the guests the opportunity to mingle with the artist following the performance,” said Boren. “This concert series allows guests to enjoy an hour of classical music in a small intimate setting. In the last few years, we decided to open ticket sales to the general public, and it has been a great success.”
Space is very limited, so reservations are required to attend any of the concerts in this series, which will be held in the Grand Cypress Room of the Woodlands. Tickets for each concert are $25, or all 4 concerts can be purchased for a series price of $80. To purchase tickets or receive additional information about this and other concert series, please call (239) 454-2067 or visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts .
Olga Caceanova was born in Chisinau, Moldova, and began studying the violin at an early age. As a member of Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Olga has toured most of the United States and Europe. She has performed extensively in Russia and abroad, including most major venues in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Pianist Constantine Finehouse has been praised for his interpretations of depth and maturity. He has performed extensively in the United States and abroad, including Trieste, London, St. Petersburg, and Odessa. Constantine has several recordings to his credit and is currently on faculty at New England Conservatory.
South Korean Yoojung Han has been widely acclaimed as a rising star. She has earned recognition from distinguished international competitions and received the highest accolades in the United States and around the world. At age 9, she received her first gold medal and was named the “Most Promising Young Artist.” In 2008, Yoojung was the gold medalist at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. She has appeared in major cities across the United States, Asia, and Europe. Her stellar performances have been heard at fine venues such as Carnegie Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater at the Julliard School, San Rocco Theater in Italy, and Aronoff Center in Cincinnati to name a few. In 2011 she made exciting European debuts with the Berliner Symphoniker, Steinway Hall in London, Bergamo Festival in Italy, and Salle Cortot in Paris.
Evan Drachman has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras for recitals and chamber music performances across the United States. He has also played recitals in India, Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, and Canada. Evan has carried on two techniques for which his grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice, and the ability to tell a story. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Piatigorsky Foundation, whose mission is to make classical music part of the fabric of everyday life.
Richard Dowling is hailed by the New York Times as an especially impressive fine young pianist. He appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras. He has an elegant and exciting style which earns him frequent return engagements. An artist of rising international stature, Richard has presented solo recitals in France, the Far East, Australia, Africa, and Europe.
Named after a luminous and spectacular star-forming nebula in our galaxy, ETA 3 is a classical trio comprising American flutist Chelsea Knox, Japanese Pianist Tomoko Nakayama, and Russia Clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky. One of the most prominent, active, and exciting emerging chamber music groups coming out of New York City, ETA 3 was formed at the Julliard School.
Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course which is open to the public, as well as recreational/fitness facilities and deep water boating access for its residents. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.