David Chan: 'Scenic Diversions'

 

IVCI medalist David Chan returned to Indianapolis to share a program that was as varied, eclectic and masterly as the season of the Metropolitan Opera - the orchestra in which Chan holds the chair of concertmaster. Joined by meritorious pianist Jeewon Park, Chan demonstrated why he is an IVCI medalist. Rather than starting off with a "bang," Chan commanded our attention in a different way, with Arvo Part's Fratres for Violin and Piano. The monastic, haunting theme of this work had several variations in which Chan showed off different sounds and capabilities of the violin. From his white, virginal-sounding harmonics to double stops in the high register, Chan's esteem for this work was clear, and his luminous tone was evident throughout. Chan ended the first half of the program with Franz Schubert's Sonata in A major, a highly lyrical and songful piece. With Park, who showed herself a complementary and solid ensemble player, Chan shaped and molded Schuber's already beautiful melodies. The second half of the evening was devoted to several shorter works, all testifying to Chan's unadulterated commitment to the music, no matter what era it was from and the length, if it was a "showpiece" or something more serious.

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