TRURO – Jaewon Choi accredits a friend for what she calls a “life-changing experience.”
Choi, an 18-year-old Grade 12 student at Cobequid Educational Centre who plays the flute, is into her second year of being a member of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra (NSYO).
“I’ve met so many amazing people, especially my teacher Christine Feierabend, learned and grew so much, and I got to continue playing music more,” she said, adding it was Truro fiddler Lindsay Johnstone who recommended the orchestra invite Choi to audition at the end of her Grade 10 year. “What Lindsay did in telling the orchestra’s manager about me was like a miracle to me.”
Choi, who is originally from South Korea, moved to Truro in July 2011. She will be one of the orchestra members taking the stage during a Saturday showcase of ‘Natal Landscapes’ at the First United Church.
“Every year, the NSYO has a summer workshop and in attending that, it brings all the youth members close to each other,” said Choi. “We’ve become really good friends.”
Practicing together at least once a month, the orchestra performs five different concerts each year, three of which are seasonal.
“This is my second time with the orchestra. I performed in one of the three seasonal concerts – I got to perform some amazing pieces that I will never forget,” said the flutist.
Growing up, Choi’s brother came to Truro seven years ago. Choi had already learned the piano and their parents wanted them to learn to play smaller instruments. Choi’s piano teacher became her flute teacher.
“When I started the flute, my teacher said I was a different player than the other kids,” she said.
Attending an art school in Busan for her middle school years, Choi continued playing the flute and joined the band at CEC where she made many friends, including Johnstone.
“With the flute, I like how I can express myself a lot,” she said. “I like the range of tone and the dynamics. I find the flute is different from other instruments, including others in woodwinds.”
This weekend’s performance, which is sponsored by the Charles and Mary MacLennan Foundation and Charlotte MacQuarrie, will see the 2013 NSYO Concerto competition winner Cindy Thong performing Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto. The concert opens with Natal Landscapes by the late Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth. After the intermission, the NSYO will perform their rendition of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.
Music Under the Steeple Series is hosting the performance, and all proceeds will go toward the First United Church restoration fund.
The Charles and Mary MacLennan Foundation also sponsor Choi’s NSYO tuitions, lesson fees and expenses from music camp.
Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade, by calling 895-8098, and also at the door.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: ‘Natal Landscapes,’ dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Forsyth
WHO: Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra
FEATURING: Malcolm Forsyth: Natal Landscapes; Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Brahms: Symphony No. 2
WHEN: Nov. 23, 2 p.m.
WHERE: First United Church, Truro
ADMISSION: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students
PRESENTED BY: Music Under the Steeple Series with proceeds going to the church’s restoration fund
SPONSORED BY: Charles and Mary MacLennan Foundation, and Charlotte MacQuarrie