8th Annual Classical Meets Pop Concert

Tickets are now sold out.  

Email Katie at kchurch@30mileriver.org to be added to our ticket waiting list.

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The 8th Annual Classical Meets Pop Concert and fireworks display will be held at the Mt. Vernon Community Center on July 1st.  Hosted by Parker Pond Association Member Jerry Slavet and featuring award winning and internationally celebrated classical/pop musicians Charles Yang and Michael Thurber among other young performers and alumni from NPR’s From the Top, this concert will once again bring a wonderful cultural opportunity to the Mt. Vernon community.

Funds from this 4th of July celebratory concert support lake conservation programs at both 30-Mile River Watershed Association and the Parker Pond Association.

Tickets purchased ahead of time will be available for pickup at the door. The concert will begin at 7:30pm, followed by fireworks at dusk.  Indoor tickets are now sold out, however those interested may bring blankets or chairs and sit outside on the lawn to listen for free. If you have any questions or would like to be added to the ticket waiting list, please email Katie at kchurch@30mileriver.org.


Performer Bios:


Lee, Cory HeadshotFrom classical to contemporary music, Corin Lee has appeared as a soloist on the great American stages ranging from Carnegie Hall’s Stern and Zankel Auditoriums to Northern America’s largest dance festivals, EDC Las Vegas and Electric Zoo. Corin is currently a violinist in the string quartet ETHEL which is acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant,” “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Magazine). As a chamber musician, he tours internationally and has performed in a wide variety of venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, and New York Fashion Week. Corin’s collaborations include performances with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Native American flute player Robert Mirabal, jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood, Latin jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler, and Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius award-winning composer Julia Wolfe. Corin’s performances have appeared on, FOX, NBC, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to concert work, he is the founder of Liberated Performer®, a program that guides and trains musicians to defeat performance anxiety. Corin studied with Ani Kavafian, Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Wei He, Camilla Wicks, Robert Mealy, and Cathryn Lee. He received degrees from Juilliard (BM), Yale (MM), and an honorary doctorate from Denison University.


Khuong-Huu 1First Prize winner in the 2017 Grumiaux International Violin Competition, Fiona Khuong-Huu has made solo performances with the Mitteleuropa orchestra at “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” in San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy and the Musica Mundi Orchestra in Belgium. She received first prizes and the Journalist Prize at the Osaka International Competition in 2016 in solo and in the duo category with her sister Hina.  Born in New York City, Fiona is currently attending 5th grade at the Spence School and studies the violin with Professor Li Lin at the Juilliard Pre-college division. She has been taught by Asako Yoshikawa, Leonid Kerbel and Keiko Tokunaga. During the Musica Mundi course in Belgium, she had the opportunity to have masterclasses with Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, and Jerome Pernoo. In Japan she took masterclasses with Andres Cardenes, Jean Mouillere , as well as Michael Vaiman and Nicholas Koeckert. In 2018, she won the Juilliard concerto competition and performed the Mendelssohn concerto at Lincoln Center with the PCS Juilliard Orchestra. She participated in the NPR radio show “From The Top” in April at Carnegie Hall. In May she performed the Paganini concerto no1, with orchestra in San Vito Al Tagliamente to celebrate the famous Il Giro race coming to town.



Khuong-Huu 2Violinist Hina Khuong-Huu is a New York City native. She started to play the violin when she was three years old. She is now thirteen and an 8th Grader at the Spence School in Manhattan. In 2014 she began studying under the tutelage of Professor Li Lin of The Juilliard School. Her master class and chamber music teachers include: Leonid Kerbel, Asako Yoshikawa, Jean Mouillère, Keiko Tokunaga, Maxim Vengerov, Menahem Pressler, Alexandra Soumm, Nicolas Koeckert, Michael Vaiman and Andrés Cárdenes. Hina has been going to violin competitions in the US and across the world for the last four years. In 2017 she was a prize winner at the Grumiaux Competition in Belgium and the Il Piccolo Violino Magico in Italy. In 2016 she picked up two first prizes at the Osaka International Music Competition, one playing solo, the other in the duo category with her younger sister, Fiona. She performed at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, in the Netherland for a special concert at the Mauritshuis House in The Hague in 2017, in Japan in Tokyo, Osaka and Tateshina, in Italy in Vicenza at the Teatro Olimpico, and in San Vito, in Belgium in several locations with Musica Mundi. She performed as a soloist Carmen by Waxman with the Musica Mundi Orchestra under the direction of Leonid Kerbel. In 2018, she had her first solo recital in Belgium. She also performed in Antwerp and in the Atomium in Brussels with a group of young talents. She was invited to participate at the Menuhin competition in Geneva, where she reached the finals and got the 5th Prize. In Italy, she was invited to perform in San Vito Al Tagliamento in celebration of the bike race Il Giro.


Dugan, PeterPianist Peter Dugan’s 2017 debut solo performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad.  Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.  A sought-after crossover artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.  His debut album with baritone John Brancy –  A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays homage to composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War.  Brancy and Dugan were second prize winners at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.  Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division. Mr. Dugan is a Yamaha Artist.  More at www.peterduganpiano.com


John BrancyJohn Brancy is an ascendant talent in the opera world, bringing his unbridled dynamism and mellifluous voice to prestigious venues across the globe. Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” Brancy wows audiences big and small, equally deft in large opera productions, symphonic concerts and intimate recitals. He is a fervent champion of new music, a skilled actor on the stage and screen, and an entrepreneur striving to develop new and exciting ways to reinvent Opera and classical music for the 21st century. Previous highlights include debuts with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour (Malatesta in “Don Pasquale”), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Harlekin in “Ariadne auf Naxos”), Pacific Opera Victoria (Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), and Oper Frankfurt (Dancaire/Morales in “Carmen”). Brancy has also been engaged by Dresden Semperoper, Edmonton Opera, Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera Saratoga, and Opera San Antonio in works ranging from Tobias Picker’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” (title role) to “La Cenerentola” (Dandini) to John Adams’ “I was looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky.” Additional Concert appearances include Musica Sacra in Handel’s “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall; the New York Festival of Song with pianist Steven Blier; the Kennedy Center with Vocal Arts DC; the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago; and Société d’art vocal de Montréal with pianist Peter Dugan. Symphony credits include the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Regina Symphony, and Saskatoon Symphony. Brancy holds a bachelor’s degree and graduate diploma from the Juilliard School in New York City and studied under the tutelage of professor Edith Wiens.


Noah LeeAt 12 yrs. of age, Noah Lee won the first prize at the 2012 7th international Tchaikovsky Competition For Young Musicians in Montreux, Switzerland, becoming the first and only US cellist to be given this honor. In 2014 he won grand prize at the 10th International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Porec, Croatia and consequently gave his European recital debut at the Euphrasian Basilica in October 2015. Noah was named 2018 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is a 2016 Davidson Fellow, an award given by the Davison Institute for demonstration of an extraordinary accomplishment. As a 2017 YoungArts finalist, he participated in the 36th annual National YoungArts week in Miami where he was awarded the gold prize. Noah has been heard multiple times on the renowned syndicated NPR radio program, From The Top, hosted by acclaimed pianist, Christopher O’Reilly featuring America’s best young classical musicians. Noah was named a 2017 nominee of International Classical Music Awards in Europe. He was invited to solo with the Ensemble Esperanza at the 2017 Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Noah is the founder and president of the Back to Bach Project, an international initiative to encourage elementary school children to learn to play an instrument and to show the value of hard work and passion. He began with 3 members in Oakland, New Jersey, and since then he developed the project to 13 regions across the United States and 4 regions abroad with over 150 members participating in his project. Additionally, he is a founding member and the principal cellist of Heartstrings Cello Ensemble, a group that is dedicated to provide concerts and performances for local and global missions. Noah will be starting his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in the fall of 2018.