Maine Mountain Chamber Music

June 9, 2018


Min-Young Kim, violin
Laurie Kennedy, viola
Käthe Jarka, cello
Yuri Funahashi, piano

The Program will be announced in early spring.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, Maine. Sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine, an affiliate of the University of Maine at Farmington, with support from Franklin Savings Bank. $15 / free for 18 & under and for students with ID. For more info: 207-778-5074.


A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Leonard Rose, Käthe Jarka has been hailed as a cellist who proves that “the ‘old school’ concept of beautiful, controlled sound and vitality of phrasing is alive and well,” and whose hallmark is “clarity of musical and dramatic insight.” An active recitalist and sought-after chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States and abroad. A former member of the Shanghai String Quartet, she has also collaborated with the Juilliard Quartet, Yo Yo Ma, Grant Johannesen, Donald Weilerstein, Ruth Laredo, David Krakauer, Mark Steinberg, and Gil Shaham. She has appeared on numerous occasions with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Violinist Min-Young Kim is a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet. She has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has also collaborated in festivals and performances with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Takács and Vermeer Quartets. An advocate for music of our time, Ms. Kim enjoys working closely with composers and has premiered and performed many new works. In early music, she has performed and recorded on the baroque violin with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and New York Collegium. A graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, Ms. Kim teaches violin and chamber music at the University of Pennsylvania, and was formerly on the faculty of Columbia University and the School for Strings in New York. Her major teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann and Shirley Givens.

Laurie Kennedy has been Principal Violist and frequent concerto soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra since 1981. For many years she has been the Director of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, and has performed at chamber music festivals in Maine and around the Northeast. Kennedy received her Bachelors degree from Smith College, and her Masters and the Performers Certificate from Indiana University School of Music. Yuri Funahashi has been a guest at numerous chamber music festivals, and has performed in Japan, Australia, Canada, throughout Europe and in many of the major halls in the U.S. She is a performing member of the Festival Chamber Music Society in New York City, and has collaborated with the Verdehr Trio, and the Brentano and Cassatt String Quartets, and has recorded for Musical Heritage Society and John Marks Records. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. She is on the faculty of Colby College.


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