South Burlington’s Sabrina Chiang Headlines Vermont Youth Orchestra

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Thursday September 27, 2018

Sabrina Chiang, a violinist with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, will perform in the orchestra’s 55th season beginning Sunday, Sept. 30, with their fall concert, “Beyond the Fram: A Musical Self-Portrait” at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

A senior at South Burlington High School, Chiang began playing the violin at the age of 8 and has been part of the youth orchestra since 2014.

Later in their season, Chiang will be a featured soloist in the orchestra’s spring concert, “Sketches from The New World,” which examines the travel-inspired musical sketches throughout Antonin Dvorák’s evocative “New World Symphony.” It is a preview to the orchestra’s 10-day concert tour of Portugal and Spain in June 2019.

Chiang competed with other senior members of the orchestra to win her place as soloist in the May concert and is featured in the fiery final movement from Bruch’s famous G minor violin concerto.

VYO Music Director and Conductor Dr. Benjamin Klemme says, “We are thrilled to feature Sabrina Chiang as our senior soloist. Bruch’s concerto is a favorite among violinists and audiences alike, and the perfect piece to showcase the virtuosic precision with which Sabrina performs.”

Chiang’s violin teachers are Ira Morris and James Buswell, a former teacher at the New England Conservatory. She attended the Walnut Hill Music Festival in 2014, where she played for notable teachers and performers such as Lynn Chang, Nicholas Kitchen and Magdelena Richter, among others. Along with her VYO gigs, Chiang has performed at the Vermont State House and regularly give performances at many local senior housing communities.