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Classical violinist Miclen LaiPang is set to perform Thursday, December 7 at Homestead’s City Church, 16th Street, and Krome Avenue. Admission is free. The County grant-funded event is courtesy of Homestead Center for the Arts (HCA) supported by Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs.
LaiPang, a masters’ program candidate at Miami’s Frost School of Music, had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City several years ago. The New York Times review proclaimed him “a force to be reckoned with”. The young LaiPang has performed in sixty-seven countries, with twenty orchestras and was recently the featured soloist at the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall playing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. He has performed with most of the legendary classical musicians of today such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Linda Wang and the Juilliard String Quartet. LaiPang has even appeared as guest soloist on Dancing with the Stars and playing the National Anthem for NBA games. He is founder of Asian Music Festivals in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines that he still directs during the summers. He organized a sensational concert for HCA in April and expressed a desire to return because of the great acoustics at the local church.
The current string quartet appears as The Morel Quartet with guest artists currently studying under the legendary Professor Charles Castleman at the Frost School.
Claire Geho is a violinist who studied with the Cleveland Orchestra, performed at the prestigious MasterWorks Festival and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. She debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2016 and toured Europe with several master-class artists before being accepted with Professor Castleman to advance her studies.
Kyle Stachnik performs on the cello. He studied under Crispin Campbell at Interlochen Arts Academy and participated in several chamber music master classes over the years. Stachnik also collaborates with the Grammy-winning contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird.
Lucas Goodman performs on the viola but is also an expert on the violin. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied and taught. Goodman is working on an Artist Diploma at the Frost School of Music where he is a teaching assistant. A veteran of many maestro-led master-classes, he most recently appeared with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
The Artist Diploma is the most advanced non-degree track for young artists in the pre-professional stages of their careers. Program entry is dependent on the individual quality of performance where the artist must be invited to continue these studies.
HCA benefits from the Miami studies of these exceptional artists seeking audience exposure. This program will feature seasonal classical music in the City Church setting. Guests are invited to bring their own beverages for a ‘wine and cheese’ in the Galleria at intermission. Traditionally, the musicians like to mingle with the audience to answer questions and get feedback on their performance.
Doors open at 6 pm for the 6:30 concert on Thursday, December 7.