The Isle La Motte Preservation Trust Presents

Pro-Series Concerts


of Fisk Farm

Saturday, June 25, 2011 7:30
JULIE NESS, soprano
William Ogmundson, piano
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Soprano Julie Ness is a versatile performer of the opera and concert stage. After receiving her training at the Oberlin Conservatory she went on to make her professional debut with Opera San Jose in California and lived and worked on the West coast for many years in both operatic and concert repertoire.

While living in New York City, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as the featured soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and John Rutter’s Requiem and also performed recitals with Trinity Church and the New York Festival of Song. Ms. Ness performed such roles as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Così fan tutte), Atalanta (Xerxes), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Norina (Don Pasquale).

She has worked with Opera San Jose, Festival Opera, Lake George Opera Festival and the Chicago Humanities Festival and has sung with the American Bach Soloists and the San Francisco City Choir and Orchestra. Ms. Ness has recorded on the Deluxe label and worked with such prominent conductors as Daniel Beckwith, Paul Nadler, Jeffrey Thomas and Michael Barrett.

William Ogmundson is a classically-trained professional pianist who is well-known throughout the region as both a performer and composer.

William began performing at the age of 5, and went on to win numerous piano competitions throughout his middle- and high school years. During this time period, he was also the featured pianist for the NH Music Festival Orchestra on four separate occasions. William has performed at numerous venues throughout Europe, most notably the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, as the organist for a Sunday morning mass.

In recent years, William has also begun to gain a reputation as a brilliant composer. He has written the music for the past five productions of the NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble, has composed the music for several original theater productions, and was commissioned to write a piece for Plymouth State University's 2ooth Anniversary celebration.  Currently, William is working on the musical “Benny Pierce: A Ghost Story”, scheduled to be performed in 2011.

Natalie Pang,

13 years old, started piano at 4 years of age with Ms. Tina Kakabadze, at the McGill Conservatory of Music. At the age of 6, Natalie won the Quebec Provincial Final of the Canadian Music Competition. She was then invited to play in a prestigious fund-raiser alongside with internationally acclaimed violinist Alexandre da Costa. At 7 years old, she performed with the FACE Symphony Orchestra and at 9, with the Westmount Youth Symphony Orchestra. Natalie competes in several competitions each year and has won a number of prizes and awards, including the Grand Junior Champion of the Montreal Classical Music Festival, the Grand Prize of the QMEA Music Festival, First Prize of the McGill Concerto Competition, and Third Prize of the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, to name just a few. In 2009, she was one of the three candidates chosen to audition to play with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Last year, she participated in the Crescendo International Music Competition and was awarded First Prize, winning her an opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Stephanie Pang,

16 years old, began her music studies at 6 years of age with Ms. Tina Kakabadze at McGill. After a year of music lessons she began to compete in competitions each year and perform in concerts as a soloist or an accompanist. Stephanie has won many prizes and awards, including the Grand Prize of the Montreal Classical Music Festival, First Prize of the McGill Concerto Competition, First Prize of the QMEA Music Festival, First Prize of the Quebec Provincial Final of the Canadian Music Competition and Second Prize at the nation-wide Canadian Music Competition. She performed with her first orchestra (The West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra) at 9 years old and with the FACE Symphony Orchestra twice in later years. Last year, she gave a performance at Carnegie Hall, the result of having won First Prize at the Crescendo International Competition..

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Xiaohan Guo  

Born in Shenyang, China, Xiaohan Guo began her violin studies at the age of six, winning many awards in numerous youth competitions. Continuing her musical education, she enrolled at the Shenyang Conservatory at the age of 13.In 1998, she pursued her Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in violin, at the Shanghai Conservatory subsequently receiving first prize in the 2001 Mozart Violin Concerto Competition, whereby receiving an invitation to perform the Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s Degree, she became a member of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, having the honor of performing with outstanding musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich etc. She has been a student of Mrs. Eleonora Turovsky at University of Montreal since her arrival in Canada in 2004, completing her Master’s Degree and is now undertaking her Doctorate program. During her studies she was a winner of several bursaries, among them prestigious<Paul-Marcel-Gelinas et Verna-Marie-Parr-Gelinas>award.

Since Xiaohan has been in Montreal, she has given many solo and chamber music recitals at Chapel de Bon-Pasteur and University of Montreal, as well as being a guest soloist with I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra with Waxman’ ’s Carmen Fantasy. Currently she is working with Sinfonia Toronto chamber music orchestra.

Chen Zhengyu

CHEN Zhengyu was born in May 8, 1984 in Qingdao, China. He began to learn piano from the age of four and starting at seven, participated in various youth piano competitions, where he won many awards.  His teachers included Ms. Zhang Chongfang, Mrs. Ding Fengchen and Prof. Shao Dan in China.  In 1998, he was the 3rd prizewinner of the Junior Group in the Shanghai Conservatory Piano Competition.   In 2001, he won 3rd Prize as a Senior in the Chinese National Piano Competition.   In the same year, based on his outstanding musicality and impressive technique, Chen was chosen by pianist Dang Thai Son to perform the Rachmaninof Piano Concerto No.2 with the Japanese Aichi Kankusen University Orchestra for a tour of South Korea, Vietnam and Japan.   In 2002, he won top prize in the 23rd Kirishima International Music Festival in Japan.   From October, 2003 he has studied with Mr. Dang Thai Son in University of Montreal and the same year, won 2nd prize in the prestigious International ‘Young Artist’ Piano Competition in the USA.

He has won first prize in three International Piano Contests, the most recent being the prestigious Jose Iturbi contest in Spain . He is now a Canadian citizen, frequently traveling abroad for performances. He has been invited every year to Japan for recitals in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Kobe, has performed with the prestigious Kobe Chamber Orchestra, with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra in Spain, as soloist with I Musici de Montreal at the Place des Art, Theatre Maisonneuve, with future concert engagements in Valencia and Madrid (Spain) Lyon (France) and Rome (Italy).  In 2010 he performed with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, Japan.

Advance Reservations  Call 802 928-3364 after May 15

Subscription Series $60  Single Concert- $25

Tickets at the Door  if seating is available $28

Seating on the lawn - $12 (purchase at the door)

Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets

and enjoy a pre-concert picnic with friends. 

Grounds open at 6:00 pm

Children 18 and under free on the lawn

but must be accompanied by paying adult.