Sanctuary Sessions

Westwood UMC Sanctuary Music Presents
SANCTUARY SESSIONS
featuring Liana Branscome and William Chiang

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Sunday, October 24th (3pm)
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Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles

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Violinist Liana Branscome presents an afternoon of the great works for solo violin. She will play Partita No. 2 in D minor by J.S. Bach, which includes his iconic Chaconne, the centerpiece of his solo violin writing, followed by the passionate Sonata No. 4 in E minor by Eugene Ysaÿe, written as an homage to Bach. Also on the program are virtuosic works by Fritz Kreisler and Jessie Montgomery. She will be joined by pianist William Chiang for W. A. Mozart’s Sonata in E minor for Piano and Violin, which, like Bach’s Chaconne, is a journey of grief and acceptance after the death of Mozart’s mother. Together these works will take us on a journey of triumph and hope.
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Free Admission: In-person & Livestreamclick here to watch livestream.
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Please wear a mask if attending in person.

PROGRAM

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Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004 – J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Allemanda
Corrente
Sarabanda
Giga
Ciaconna
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Sonata in E Minor for Piano and Violin, K.304 – W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Allegro
Tempo di Minuetto
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Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin (2015) – J. Montgomery (b. 1981 – )
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Sonata No. 4 in E Minor for Solo Violin, Op.27, No.4 – E. Ysaÿe (1858 – 1931)
Allemande (Lento maestoso)
Sarabande (Quasi lento)
Finale (Presto ma non troppo)
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Recitativo and Scherzo for Solo Violin, Op.6 – F. Kreisler (1875 – 1962)

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LIANA BRANSCOME

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Liana Branscome is the first prize winner of the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Competition Junior Division (2015), Boca Raton Symphonia Concerto Competition (2014), the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2014) and second prize winner of the New World Symphony Young Artist Competition (2014). She has appeared as soloist with the Vidin Philharmonia in Bulgaria, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony. She has also performed as guest artist at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island and
the Auras Nunes Aula de Cámara in Santiago, Spain. Liana has given numerous recitals throughout the United States, Spain, Portugal and London.
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Liana graduated with her Master of Music in violin performance at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she studied under Glenn Dicterow. She received her Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory under the instruction of Paul Biss and Lucy Chapman. Her precollege teachers include David and Linda Cerone. She has attended the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Institute. She has participated in masterclasses with Elmar Oliveira, Pamela Frank and Anne Akiko Meyers. Liana served as a Fellow in NEC’s Community Performances and Partnerships Program where she presented numerous solo and duo recitals in the Boston community.
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Liana served as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California in non-major violin and has presented several masterclasses and recitals at schools around South Florida and Southern California.

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WILLIAM CHIANG

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William Chiang, 24, recently graduated with a Master of Music degree and Performer Certificate for outstanding accomplishment in recital from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May 2021, where he studied with André Watts. He also completed his undergraduate degree at IU studying with Evelyne Brancart.
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At age four, William began learning piano with Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was an honored recipient of the Olga Radosavljevich Scholarship from 2005-2007. In 2007, his family moved to Plano, Texas and he continued piano studies throughout high school with Pamela Mia Paul at the University of North Texas. At age 15, he won Grand Prize in the 2012 Plano Symphony Orchestra’s Collin County Young Artists Competition and made his orchestral debut performing Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Plano Symphony under Maestro Hector Guzman. In 2013, he performed Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Lewisville Lake Symphony under Maestro Adron Ming as the Grand Prize Winner of the Vernell Gregg Young Artists Competition. William has received 1st Prize at the 2013 International Chopin Youth Competition in Houston and prizes at the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, International Keyboard Odyssiad, Hellam Young Artists’ Competition, Robert Beardsley Piano Prize Competition, and William Knabe International Piano Competition.
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In 2014, he was designated a Texas Young Master in the Arts by the Texas state government’s Commission on the Arts and received scholarships to attend the Brevard Music Center’s 2014 & 2015 Summer Institutes. In recent summers, he has also attended the Dublin International Piano Festival, Texas State International Piano Festival, Art of the Piano, Orford Music Academy and Chautauqua Institution Piano Program. William has taken lessons and participated in masterclasses with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Norman Krieger, Julian Martin, Andrey Ponochevny, Menahem Pressler, Douglas Humpherys, Natalya Antonova and Matti Raekallio, among others. Most recently, he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with an IU student orchestra.
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In addition to his solo piano activities, William actively performs chamber music and enjoys collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists. He was a staff pianist for the IU Secondary Voice Program and has a keen interest in collaborative performance and learning. Highlights of his collaborative experience include playing as keyboardist for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and a duo performance with Evelyne Brancart at the Orford Music Festival in Quebec in 2018. His collaborative studies have been with Anne Epperson, Charles Prestinari, and Futaba Niekawa at Indiana University, and more recently, with Kevin FitzGerald.
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During his time at IU, William served as an Associate Instructor in Piano, teaching secondary piano lessons and group piano classes for music and non-music majors. He is now a Keyboard Studies Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Bernadene Blaha.

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