RED BANK, NJ – You won’t want to miss this delightful program of classical music by young composers and a very talented new young artist.  The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra will present this classical music concert conducted by Roy Gussman on Sunday, April 1, at 3:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey. Host Tom Avakian will interview 14-year old soloist Soyeong Park and 16-year old composer Matthew Liu in the theatre prior to the concert at 2:15 pm.

The music:  Our program will include the popular “Italian” Symphony (1833) of Felix Mendelssohn, his fourth symphony, written when he was only 24 years old. Fourteen year old Soloist Soyeong Park will perform the Violin Concerto of Alexander Glazunov, one of his most popular compositions. And our opening selection will be a lyrical tone poem for trumpet and orchestra titled “In Memoriam”, by 16-year old composer Matthew Liu.

The artists:  Violinist Soyeong Park won over the hearts of our competition judges last year with her warm tone, confident technique, and beautiful musicianship. Soyeong is a freshman in West Windsor-Plainsboro (WW-P) High School North, and has played the violin since she was 4 years old.  She debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a winner of the 2009 Albert M. Greenfield Competition children’s division.  In addition to the Monmouth Symphony young artist competition, Soyeong has claimed first prizes in numerous other competitions, including the NJ American String Teacher Association Solo String Competition junior division, the 29th Goldblatt Scholarship Competition, and the competitions of the Sinfonietta Nova, Kennett Symphony, and Old York Road Symphony.  Soyeong Park has served as concertmistress in the NJ All-State Intermediate Orchestra and the current year Central Jersey Music Educators’ Association High School Region Orchestra.

Composer Matthew Liu has been arranging and composing since age 12 and began formal composition study at the age of 14.  He attends Marlboro High School as a sophomore. His symphonic work “In Memoriam” was premiered in the spring of 2011 by the NJ State Youth Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, where it was positively received.  Matthew Liu’s works have also been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Great Auditorium at Ocean Grove, and at Vince Parrini Auditorium.  Matthew was also selected as one of two pre-college winners of the NJ Arts Collective Pictures Composition Competition, and also the grand prize winner of the NJMEA 2012 Young Composers Competition.  Matthew Liu is also an experienced violinist as concertmaster of the Marlboro High School’s orchestras and assistant concertmaster of the Bravura Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  He has also participated in region and all-state orchestras.

The conductor:  Music Director and conductor Roy Gussman … 


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Tickets:  Ticket prices are adults $35, seniors $30, and students only $5. For tickets, please call the Count Basie Theatre box office at 732-842-9000. To learn more about the MSO and their programs, please visit their website at, or find them on Facebook.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...