(ST.LOUIS) – Music Director David Robertson and The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) announced the appointment of three new full-time musicians beginning this season: Jessica Cheng, Section First Violin; Roger Kaza, Principal Horn; Weijing Wang, Fourth Chair Viola.
Jessica Cheng, Section First Violin, joins the SLSO from her position as Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Santa Barbara Symphony, as well as a substitute for the Pacific Symphony and Riverside Philharmonic. Jessica earned both her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Southern California , where she studied with Alice Schoenfeld. She was named Outstanding Graduate of the USC Class of 2006.
Roger Kaza, Principal Horn, rejoins the SLSO from his position as Associate Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony. Roger was previously a member of the SLSO horn section from 1983-1995. He has also served as Principal Horn of the Chautauqua Symphony in New York since 2002, and has held positions with the Vancouver and Boston Symphony orchestras, as well as with the Boston Pops.
Weijing Wang, Fourth Chair Viola, joins the SLSO from her position as Principal Viola of the Phoenix Symphony. She has numerous awards and solo appearances to her credit, including most recently the 2008 Robertson Award of the Primrose International Viola Competition. Weijing earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University.
SLSO 2009-2010 SEASON KICKOFF NEXT WEEK:
Forest Park Concert
Thu, September 17 at 7pm
Ward Stare, conductor
Free at Art Hill in Forest Park, St. Louis
On the eve of the Balloon Glow and Balloon Race, the SLSO performs a rousing program of orchestral favorites under the stars.
The Blue Planet Live!
Sat, September 19 at 7:30pm
Sun, September 20 at 2pm
Ward Stare, conductor
Tom Ackerman, narrator
Giant whales, playful dolphins, menacing sharks and so much more of the wondrous undersea world is revealed to you on the big screen at Powell Hall in The Blue Planet Live! Based on the popular BBC/Discovery Channel series, The Blue Planet Live! shows fascinating sea creatures as your SLSO plays an original musical score. KMOX sports anchor Tom Ackerman gives you insights into what you are seeing; Ward Stare conducts the orchestra. The Blue Planet Live! is an inspiring concert experience.