Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night from 1899 is a powerful and intense work of raw emotion and serene tenderness based upon Richard Dehmel’s poem “Verklarte Nacht” from Woman and World. A testament to the power of love and forgiveness. Symphony No. 58 will bring us back to the middle period of Haydn’s symphonic development, in the style known as “sturm und drang”. We welcome the return of duo pianists, Jessica and Michael Shinn, in an encore performance of Double Rainbow. A work commissioned and premiered in 2017.
Schoenberg | Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4 (arr. str orch)
Haydn | Symphony No. 58 in F major
Cabaniss | Double Rainbow
Pianist Michael Shinn’s diverse career in music reflects his deep passion for performance, education, and entrepreneurship in the arts. Michael is Chair of Keyboard Studies at The Juilliard School, where he teaches piano, chamber music, piano pedagogy, and keyboard skills for both pianists and conductors, and courses in analysis for performers. Michael is also on the piano faculty of Juilliard’s Evening Division, leading masterclass-style courses for adult musicians.
Michael has designed innovative lectures and courses on a variety of subjects, focusing largely on his specialty, the music of Franz Liszt. In 2011, he was the Artistic Director of the Liszt Festival at Juilliard, a series of lecture-recitals celebrating the composer’s bicentennial.
At Juilliard, Michael co-chairs both the Entrepreneurship Curriculum Committee and the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship Committee. In addition to offering major financial support to current students and recent graduates, these committees are revising the school’s curricula to equip students with the tools and entrepreneurial initiative necessary to develop truly modern careers in the arts. Michael is also Senior Advisor for Educational and Artistic Programs at Juilliard Global Ventures, where he is helping to develop an innovative music platform for K-12 education. He has been featured in videos and written informative essay content for Juilliard Global Ventures’ internationally-renowned Open Studios app.
Together with his wife, Jessica (also a pianist and faculty member at Juilliard), Michael co-founded and co-directs The pianoSonoma Music Festival. Having just finished its fifth season, this unique festival brings together Artists in Residence, young musicians on the cusp of major concert careers, and adult musicians of all backgrounds to collaborate and perform in Sonoma County, CA. Through Michael’s leadership, pianoSonoma has now established a new collaboration with Juilliard’s Evening Division, offering a three-day intensive version of its summer programming at Juilliard in the winter.
As duo pianists and Yamaha Artists, Jessica and Michael regularly perform throughout the United States. They have been invited to speak about the role of the arts in society and to perform at the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival. Passionate advocates of new music, Jessica and Michael have given world premieres by composers such as Adam Schoenberg and Thomas Cabaniss. They are commissioning a new two-piano concerto by Cabaniss, which the duo will be premiering with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in April of 2017.
Michael is also a marathon runner and dedicated triathlete.
Jessica Chow Shinn
Pianist Jessica Chow Shinn has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2012. She is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the pianoSonoma Music Festival, a festival that brings together Artists in Residence and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and community workshops across the country. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician since making her solo debut at age fourteen with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
Passionate advocates of new music, Jessica and her husband, pianist Michael Shinn, have given world premieres by composers such as Adam Schoenberg and Thomas Cabaniss. In April 2017, Jessica and Michael performed the world premiere of Double Rainbow, a two-piano concerto by Cabaniss, with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Jessica’s other performing engagements have included recitals in Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montréal and Salle Cortot in Paris. Jessica was a featured performer in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s presentation of “Inside Chamber Music, Joy and Despair: The Music of Schubert.” She has performed in festivals such as The Juilliard School’s Focus! Festival and the European-American Musical Alliance at the Ecole normale de musique in Paris. Jessica’s interest in the integration of theater and song led to her appointment as Music Director in an innovative New York University production of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. She also produced, directed, and performed in “Le Bestiaire: A Menagerie of Song,” a series of staged performances of songs by Ravel, Poulenc, and André Caplet.
Jessica is dedicated to the musical education of both adult and pre-college students. As a musicianship coach in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, she has worked individually with the rising singers of tomorrow. Jessica and Michael have been invited to speak about the role of the arts in society and to perform at the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival.
Jessica received her Doctor of Musical Arts at Juilliard, where she studied with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Brian Zeger. She received her Master of Music from New England Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She is also a published author in the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.
Jessica is a Yamaha Artist.