Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association presents the Solisti Ensemble


originally published: 07/11/2022

(OCEAN GROVE, NJ) — The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association presents Solisti Ensemble on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Auditorium. The String Ensemble celebrates its 13th anniversary season with works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Carl Jenkins, Astor Piazzolla, Sarasate and GF Handel. This eleven-piece string ensemble has proven itself in Ocean Grove, where it will be back by popular demand after successful performances over the past few summers.

The program includes Carl Jenkins Palladian Suite; by Astor Piazzolla La Cumparsita, By Una Cabaza and Oversight; by Pablo de Sarate Carmen Fantasy (Christine Kwak soloist); by Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus; by Shostakovich String Quartet; and Handel Concerto for organ.

Founded in 2008 by the violinist Byung Kook Kwakthe Soloist Ensemble is based in New York. The group consists of eleven active string soloists and chamber musicians dedicated to reviving the traditions of small ensemble chamber music. The ensemble is exceptional for its unique size and the individual virtuosity of each member. Ensemble Solisti performs not only classical chamber music, but also pop, tango and jazz arrangements.

Since its inception, the ensemble has given concerts in the metropolitan area, including regular appearances at Alice Tully Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. In January 2013, the ensemble made its debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Hoping to make a meaningful musical contribution to its community, both local and global, Ensemble Solisti envisions the enthusiastic revival of classical music in a way that is both culturally relevant and nostalgically reminiscent of a period of often forgotten art. Ensemble Solisti promises to bring the most rewarding and fascinating musical experience to audiences around the world.

The Great Auditorium is located at Pilgrim and Ocean Pathways in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. All facilities are handicapped accessible. Tickets: $17.00, $10 for students. The tickets are available for purchase online or by by calling 732-534-3462.

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Byung Kook Kwak leads a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. In a recent performance, he was portrayed by Anthony Tomassini of The New York Times as “A Distinguished Artist”. “Violinist Byung-kook Kwak brought warm, penetrating sound and tasteful expressiveness to Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.”

Byung has received critical acclaim for his performances with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, American Symphony, and Los Angeles Chamber Symphony. In Europe, he has appeared as a soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the French National Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Mr. Kwak is a member of the Sea Cliff Chamber Players. He is also very active as a concertmaster and appears as such with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the New York metropolitan area. He has been the conductor of the Summit Music Festival Orchestra for the past five years, conducted the Queens Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan School of Music Summer Festival Orchestra in the summer of 1999. He has also been active as conductor choir for more than twenty years. He was an assistant to Aaron Rosand at Mannes College of Music for ten years, and he is currently a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, Lehman College, Queens College, Westchester Conservatory of Music and President strings at the Jewish Academy of Fine Arts.

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