“Fantasy Fare” will pay tribute to one of the Symphony’s greatest and most beloved supporters, the late Neva Fickling. Guest artist Chenny Gan will perform Khachaturian’s Toccata, which was the piano solo that won Neva the talent portion of the Miss America pageant. Chenny will also perform the Liszt Hungarian Fantasy with the orchestra, a piece which Neva performed with the Atlanta Symphony towards the end of her reign as Miss America. From the virtuosic Capriccio Espagnol to the thrilling finale of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, you’ll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
October 25, 2014
Janna Hymes, conductor
Chenny Gan, piano
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Capriccio Espagnol
LISZT – Hungarian Fantasy
KHACHATURIAN – Toccata
RACHMANINOFF – Symphonic Dances
In Memory of Neva Fickling
Janna Hymes is one of America’s most exciting conductors. Known for her energetic and passionate style, creative programming and strong ability to communicate and accompany, she has worked with soloists such as Joshua Bell, Horacio Gutierrez, Christopher Parkening, Joyce Yang, David Kim, Jon Nakamatsu, singer/songwriter James Taylor, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, among others.
This season marks her eleventh year as Music Director of the Williamsburg Symphonia and sixth of Maine Pro Musica, a touring orchestra in Maine. Ms. Hymes has made guest appearances throughout the United State and internationally, including appearances with the symphonies of Houston, Indianapolis, North Carolina, Oregon, Richmond, Florida West Coast, Spokane, Madison, Omaha, Springfield, Harrisburg, Stamford and Bozeman, and the Cincinnati and Chappaqua Chamber Orchestras. Her European engagements include the Orchestre National de Lyon, Besancon Chamber Orchestra, The Delta Ensemble of Holland, Mexican State Symphony and the National Orchestra of Costa Rica.
Celebrated for her virtuosity and adventurous playing, pianist Chenny Gan regularly appears in performance and teaching engagements on three continents, including China, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy and the United States. She graduated with a double major in Music and Studio Art from Wesleyan College and completed two Masters of Music at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro—one in Piano Performance and the other in Piano Accompanying. In 2009 she was conferred the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Currently Chenny is Assistant Professor for Piano and Collaborative Piano at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.
As a musician and artist, Chenny strives to explore new territories in all areas of performing, intensely focused on making the concert experience more enlightening and interactive for the audience. She loves to collaborate with other musicians in various styles and genres of music, including jazz, free improvisation, classical, and pop, often performing music in unlikely settings and combinations.