Saturday, June 28, 8 p.m. Lincoln Performance Hall (PSU) Jong Eun Lee, violin Meehae Ryo, violoncello Oregon Festival Orchestra Zvonimir Hačko, conductor
Pēteris Vasks: Vestijums (Message)  for two pianos, percussion and strings (West Coast premiere) Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 Johannes Brahms: Concerto for violin and Violoncello, Op. 102
"When I think about contemporary life, it's impossible not to realise that we are balanced on the edge of time's end. It's frighteningly close" - states Peteris Vasks, contemporary Latvian composer whose Message opens the programs and aptly encapsulates his perspective on the battle of good and evil. Both mystical and romantic, Vasks' sentiment describes what Schumann and Brahms felt long ago, that life is a drama and every honest composer searches for a way out of the crises of his time.
ABOUT THE SOLOISTS Called “a rare violinist with a combination of remarkable musicianship and impeccable technique” (The Strad), Jong Eun Lee began her violin studies at the age of 6 in Stanford, California. Soon after returning to her native country, Korea, she won top prizes in leading national competitions in Korea, such as the Korean Daily News Competition, Sun-Wha School of Arts' Competition, and the Cho-Sun Daily News Competition. Currently, she is performing with major ensembles in Europe, Asia and the US.
Mee-Hae Ryo is a South Korean cellist that has performed extensively across the United States and Europe. She has appeared as a soloist with the Stratford-upon-Avon Orchestra of the Swan, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Philharmonic, the Madeira Classical Players in Portugal, the Kazakhstan National Symphony Orchestra, the Korea Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Universal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Greek National Symphony Orchestra. She is an accomplished chamber musician and performs with the Korean ensemble, Quartet Noblesse. A late bloomer in the recording world, Ryo made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon at age 46, performing the Saint-Saëns and Elgar cello concertos.