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SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

Kenneth Renshaw, Yang Bao, Whitney Schmanski

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    Who

    Kenneth Renshaw ('08), violin
    Yang Bao, piano
    Whitney Schmanski, dance

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    What

    A Crowden School Alumni Concert!
    Crowden School alumnus Kenneth Renshaw is making waves at Juilliard and around the globe as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, competition winner, and teaching assistant to none other than Itzhak Perlman. He returns home to his alma mater for this very special interdisciplinary concert! Kenneth, pianist and interdisciplinary artist Yang Bao, and dancer Whitney Schmanski curate an afternoon of classical music, original composition, and dance to illustrate connections between different creative mediums.

    Interested music and dance students are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary workshop on Saturday, September 28.

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    When

    September 29, 2019 @ 4pm

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    Program

    • Beethoven Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96
    • Bao Untitled
    • Schumann Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121

    Free Meet-the-Artists reception following the concert.

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    Ticket Info

    $25 general admission, $20 seniors/students 18+, and free for children under 18. Click Brown Paper Tickets logo to purchase. 

Yang Bao began his music studies at the age of three in Lanzhou China. He came to the U.S. at age nine to study at The Juilliard School’s Precollege division. At age fifteen he made his debut at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall in Philadelphia. He was invited to the White House in 2009 to represent the young musicians of Philadelphia, and has performed in Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Italian Consulate in New York, and Steinway Society concerts. Yang has also garnered critical acclaim as a filmmaker. His 2018 film DUALISM was featured exclusively on Apple Music as the first Visual Album of its kind in the classical music genre. He recently launched a performance and production studio in Vermont that explores the essence of human interaction and creativity through Classical performances and original artistic creations involving music, dance, and film. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston.

A native of San Francisco, violinist Kenneth Renshaw came to international attention in 2012 after winning the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing. He has since performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician at venues around the world including Paris’ Auditorium du Louvre, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, the Caramoor Festival in New York, the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany. Equally dedicated to teaching, Kenneth serves as Teaching Assistant to both Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at The Juilliard School. He was recently appointed chamber music faculty at the Perlman Music Program in New York, and holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from The Juilliard School. He is an alumnus of The Crowden School.

Whitney Schmanski is a performance artist and teacher based in Boston. Training primarily in classical and contemporary dance, she graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from The Juilliard School, previously studying at the SF School of the Arts. She has danced with Brian Brooks Moving Company, MOMIX, and DANAKA dance, alongside involvement with other interdisciplinary collaborations and her own choreographic endeavors. Enthusiastic about the profound connections between the mind and body, she is a certified Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® method teacher in which she guides people through body awareness and conditioning to promote a healthier well-being.

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