Photo: Richard Anderson
Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series
October 12, 2017 at 8pm

Leith Symington Griswold Hall
Baltimore, MD

Falling Still: An Evening of Music for Cello and Piano, inspired by the writings of Katherine Min
Falling Still (World Premiere)
Michael Kannen, violoncello
Qing Jiang, piano
Katherine Min, author and reader
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Photo: Joyce Ravid
Cello, Piano, and Poetry @ Bucknell
October 15, 2017 at 4pm

Rooke Recital Hall
Lewisburg, PA

A program co-sponsored by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University
Falling Still for cello and piano
Michael Kannen, violoncello
Qing Jiang, piano
Katherine Min, author and reader


Ying-Chen Kao’s (高盈真) music has been described as “exceedingly beautiful” in Soundboard magazine UK, a “challenging and rich work” in the Coral Gables Gazette, and “an evocative and surreal soundscape” on minor Notable commissions include the Peabody Children’s Chorus, REDSHIFT ensemble, Pictures on Silence, AM/PM Saxophone Quartet, Michael Kannen, Donald Sutherland, and Gary Thomas. Her solo trombone works, ancient memory and Transmutation were commissioned for the 2008 Summer Trombone Workshop in Taiwan, where they were the obligatory repertoire for the competition. In the same year her solo guitar piece, Lilac . Star . Bird was released on Tracy Anne Smith’s debut solo album. Collidescope, a collaboration with the Peabody Preparatory Dance Department, premiered during the 150-year celebration of the Peabody Institute. The ballet and video work was overseen by renowned American theatre artist and choreographer Martha Clarke. She was the winner of the 2009 Prix D'Ete Composition Competition and the 2005 Peabody Camerarta Composer Contest.

A native of Taiwan, Ying-Chen received her B.M. in theory and composition from the University of Miami and M.M. in composition from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She studied composition with Wen-Tze Lu, Christopher Theofanidis, and Michael Hersch. She studied piano with J.B. Floyd and is currently under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Ragogini. Ying-Chen is also an active graphic/web designer. Her design, Constellation of Voice, appeared on Carnegie Hall’s October 2008 playbill cover. She co-founded ycArt design studio LLC.



Falling Still (2016) for cello and piano
Inspired by the writings of Katherine Min
Commissioned by Michael Kannen

Piece for unaccompanied violin (2011)
Written for Martha Muehleisen

tight-rope dancing clowns (2011) for alto saxophone and harp
Commissioned by Pictures on Silence

Formosa, the Old Train (2010) for piano
"Theme on Yi Lan folk tune, Diu Diu Dang A"
Commissioned by Jenny Lin

Solitary (2009) for bariton, clarinet, cello and piano
Poem by Dr. Hollis Robbins
Commissioned by Dr. Andrew Talle

Frustration Factory (2009) for saxophone quartet
Commissioned by AM/PM saxophone quartet
I. time is ticking…
II. frustration
III. worn to a frazzle
IV. lullaby
V. startled
VI. call it a day

Surreal Perception (2008) for clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Written for REDSHIFT ensemble

Song of the Darkness (2008) for mezzo soprano ,violin, viola, cello and vibraphone
Poem by John Bricuth
Commissioned by Dr. Andrew Talle

Ancient Memory (2008) for solo tenor trombone
[Also a version for bass trombone]
Commissioned by Summer Trombone Workshop 2008 Taipei, Taiwan

Transmutation (2008) for solo tenor trombone
Commissioned by Summer Trombone Workshop 2008 Taipei, Taiwan

I am Dancing Blue Flame (2008) for soprano, tenor saxophone, piano, Max/MSP and video
Text by H.A. Kares
Commissioned by Bonnie Lander

Lilac . Star . Bird (2007) for solo guitar
Commissioned by Tracy Anne Smith
I. Lilac (sweet lilac air)
II. Star (transparent star, wandering light)
III. Bird (the woodpecker)

The Blue of the End (2007) for saxophone and organ
Commissioned by Jazz saxophonist Gary Thomas and organist Donald Sutherland

Black Carrot (2007) for bass clarinet and piano
Commissioned by Stephen Pfleiderer

Collidescope (2007) for dancers and video
Commissioned by the Peabody Preparatory Dance Department, as a part of "New Work 2007." A Collaborative Showcase for the 150 year celebration of the Peabody Institute. The ballet was overseen by renowned American theatre artist and choreographer, Martha Clarke.

The Sonnets to Orpheus (2007) for children’s chorus and solo cello
Commissioned by Doreen Falby, director of the Peabody Children’s Chorus

Red Air (2006) for orchestra

Piano Quintet (2006)

Cloud Burst (2005) for cello and piano
Commissioned by Michael Kannen, head of Peabody’s Chamber music department, and founding member of the Brentano String Quartet.

Haunted by an Angel (2005) trio for baritone, violin and guitar
Text by H.A. Kares

530.623 (2004) trio for clarinet, violin and viola
Written for Noah Weber, Jesse Irons and Gwendolyn Fisher

Three Pieces for three percussionists (2004)
I. Prelude
II. Rain
III. The Ending

Three Pieces (2003) for two sopranos and String Quartet
Text by Ching-Ming-Cheng (in Chinese)
I. Disappointment
II. Dream
III. Stoic Heart

Flute Sonata (2003) for flute and piano

Spanish Rhapsody (2003) for piano

Toccata (2002) for viola and piano


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