Friday July 26, 2024

07:30 PM - 9:00 pm

The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY), one of New York’s leading cultural venues, presents the Curtis Institute of Music in 92NY’s Midsummer MusicFest from Tuesday, July 23 to Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:30 pm at Buttenwieser Hall at The Arnhold Center. Tickets start at $35 and are available at https://www.92ny.org/concerts/midsummer-musicfest. Online streaming is also available for 72 hours following each performance.

This summer, some of classical music’s most exciting young artists from the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music are coming to the 92NY stage. Curtis’ famed alumni include Anthony McGill, Yefim Bronfman, Lang Lang and many others. Hear the next generation of classical music’s great artists in three concerts at 92NY’s Midsummer MusicFest!

Curtis at 92NY: Timothy Chooi, violin; Ji Su Jung, marimba

Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM

The final program of this season’s Midsummer MusicFest pairs internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi with Ji Su Jung, the first percussionist ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. The artists present a program ranging from Piazzolla to Romantic works by Schumann and Kreisler to modern perspectives including a work by Keith Jarrett, blending violin and keyboard-leaning marimba. The program culminates in Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz’ Atlas Pumas, written for violin and marimba, and inspired by a soccer match – a playful end to the festival.

PiazzollaHistoire du Tango 

R. Schumann, Three Romances, Op. 94        

Kreisler, Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6   

Keith Jarrett, Selections from The Köln Concert 

Gabriela OrtizAtlas Pumas 


Internationally acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi has mesmerized global audiences with his virtuosity and emotional depth. He’s celebrated for his extensive repertoire, connecting with millions worldwide. Chooi’s accolades include first prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition and the Yves Paternot Prize at the Verbier Festival. He’s graced renowned orchestras and prestigious venues, earning glowing reviews.

In the upcoming year, Chooi embarks on a thrilling tour, collaborating with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and returning to the Toronto Symphony. He also debuts with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Brucknerhaus Orchester, and at the Wimbledon Music Festival in London.

Chooi’s music resonates globally, with notable recordings and broadcasts. Born in Canada, raised in the U.S. to Chinese-Indonesian parents, he rose to prominence at sixteen, performing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he’s a professor of violin at the University of Ottawa, playing two exceptional violins: the Titan Guarneri Del Gesu violin from 1741, on loan from CANIMEX INC. in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, and the Engleman Stradivarius violin from 1709, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation in Japan.

The first percussionist to ever receive the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ji Su Jung has a distinctive musical voice that is instantly recognizable for its depth and lyricism. She has performed concertos with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, the Houston Symphony with Daniel Hege, the Aspen Festival Orchestra with Michael Stern, the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic with JoAnn Falletta. Highlights of Jung’s 2023–24 season include concerto appearances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, and the Wyoming Symphony.

Jung’s recording of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ Marimba Concerto, performed with the Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop, was released on the Naxos label in February 2023. Jung has performed solo recitals at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She frequently performs with The Percussion Collective, an all-star collection of young percussionists, of which she is a core member.

Recognized internationally as a pedagogue, Jung serves on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Jung holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Institute and a master’s degree and an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music. Jung is a musical ambassador for Adams Percussion, Pearl/Adams, and Vic Firth percussion companies.

At the Curtis Institute of Music, the world’s most talented young musicians develop into exceptional artists, creators, and innovators. With a tuition-free foundation, Curtis is a unique environment for teaching and learning. A small school by design, students realize their artistic potential through intensive, individualized study with the most renowned, sought-after faculty. Animated by a learn-by-doing philosophy, Curtis students share their music with audiences through more than 100 performances each year, including solo and chamber recitals, orchestral concerts, and opera—all free or at an affordable cost—offering audiences unique opportunities to participate in pivotal moments in these young musicians’ careers. Curtis students experience a close connection to the greatest artists and organizations in classical music, as well as innovative initiatives that integrate new technologies and encourage entrepreneurship—all within a historic campus in the heart of culturally rich Philadelphia. In this diverse, collaborative community, Curtis’s extraordinary artists challenge, support, and inspire one another—continuing an unparalleled 100-year legacy of musicians who have led, and will lead, classical music into a thriving, equitable, and multidimensional future. Learn more at Curtis.edu.

Curtis on Tour

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Embracing the school’s learn-by-doing philosophy, ensembles are infused with the energy and passion of extraordinary emerging artists performing alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, musicians engage with local communities through educational and community engagement activities. For 15 years, Curtis on Tour has maintained a presence at top international concert halls, performing more than 450 concerts in over 120 cities, from New York to Berlin and Hong Kong to Santiago.

About The 92nd Street Y, New York: The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92NY offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y, New York is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92NY’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92NY.org.

Friday July 26, 2024

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

All Ages

Cover: $35.00

92NY Midsummer MusicFest presents Timothy Chooi, marimba, violin & Ji Su Jung