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Mimi Hwang

Hwang was born in Los Angeles, California; her parents are immigrants of Chinese ancestry.  Hwang began playing the cello at the age of 8. In March of 2021, Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, announced her appointment  as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

You might be surprised to learn that Eastman School of Music Professor of Music Theory David Temperley's third book is "The Musical Language of Rock." In an article in City Paper, Mona Seghatoleslami describes Temperley's compositional style as "tuneful, well-constructed classical chamber music with elements of pop and rock interwoven throughout." You can hear all of that in h

left to right: Patricia Sunwoo, Mellisa Matson, Mimi Hwang

The First Muse series has a huge presence in this year's Performance Rochester, and with good reason: founder and artistic director Melissa Matson decided to end the series with one last concert in November, 2018. We're giving this mainstay of Rochester chamber music series a big farewell with six appearances throughout the month.

David Liptak: Cold Litanies

One hallmark of the First Muse concert series has been its commitment to commissioning new works. For Joys and Litanies: A Local Perspective, a concert held on September 24, 2017, First Muse Artistic Director Melissa Matson refined that idea, programming works by three Rochester composers: David Liptak (left), Cary Ratcliff (lower rt), and James Willey. Cold Litanies, a work written by David Liptak in 2007 and revised in 2015, is featured on Performance Rochester.

Kemp: Hochstein; Elliott: Eastman School of Music; Hwang: Genesee Symphony Orchestra; Bock: RPO

To celebrate Women's History Month, we dug into our Backstage Pass archives for the Cello Divas: 4 women, and 4 cellos. Ingrid Bock, Rosemary Elliot, Mimi Hwang, and Kathy Murphy Kemp joined Julia Figueras to chat about their unique quartet, how it came about, and where they looked to find music. This edition of Backstage Pass won a Bronze medal from the New York Festivals. Find out why the judges were so pleased on Friday, March 9 and Sunday, March 11.  Both airings are at 1 PM.