UCO Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert
UCO Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Ralph Morris, Director
Dr. Emily Butterfield, Associate Director
Dr. Hong Zhu, Violin
Dr. Dawn Lindblade-Evans, Clarinet
Overture on Three Russian Themes
Mily Balakirev (1837-1910)
Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, and Orchestra
James Niblock (1917-2018)
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MEMBERS
Anne Michelle Jean Baptiste
Alex Lance Hamm
GUEST SOLOIST BIO
Dr. Hong Zhu, is a tenured full professor of violin and chamber music, string division head, director of the chamber orchestra, and member of the Brisch Center for Historic Performance at the University Central Oklahoma. He is also a tenured member at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Dr. Zhu received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in music performance at Michigan State University, and Bachelor’s degree at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing China.
As a member of the Chinese Youth String Quartet, he won the Yehudi Menuhin Award at The Second England International String Quartet Competition. He accepted the assistant professor position at his alma mater, the Central Conservatory of Music, as soon as he completed the Bachelor’s degree there. During his tenure at the Central Conservatory of Music, with three other faculty members as the Peking Piano Quartet, they received grants from Australia Government to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for two years, as exchange students and performed around the country, including the Sydney Opera House. He was promoted to lecturer position (a position that is between assistant professor and associate professor in China) at the Central Conservatory of Music, after returning from Australia
Dr. Zhu has been invited to perform as a soloist with the Bangkok National Symphony Orchestra in Thailand, the Chihuahua Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra, the Oklahoma Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. He has also served as concertmaster and guest concertmaster at the Midland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra in Colorado and Lawton Symphony Orchestra.
As a well experienced violin teacher, Professor Zhu has also taught in University of Michigan- Flint, Flint Institute of Music, and Murrey State University. Many of his students have won awards in various of music competitions at the state and international levels. He has been invited to give master classes, judge competitions and perform in European and Asian countries.
Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans, D.M.A., Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, joined the faculty in the fall of 2011. She also teaches for Clarinet Pro Workshops with Executive Director, Julie Linder. She has previously held positions at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
An active chamber musician, she is currently a member of the Lupine Trio (Hong Zhu, violin and Sallie Pollack, piano), and the Otis Trio (Tess Remy-Schumacher, cello and Sallie Pollack, piano). In 2016, she toured China and performed with the Sugar Fish Reed Trio and taught classes in Guangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing. In 2019 she concertized with colleagues in Bangkok, Thailand. Most recently, the Otis Trio concertized through Germany and Montenegro in the summer of 2022.
Conference performances include the International Clarinet Association’s ‘Clarinetfest’, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, College Music Society National and Regional Conferences, and the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. Dawn is currently the Oklahoma state chair for the International Clarinet Association.
Lindblade-Evans studied with renowned pedagogues Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Dr. James Gillespie and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano.
Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans is a Selmer Paris/Conn Selmer artist and performs on Seles Présence clarinets. Dawn Marie is also a Performing Artist for D’Addario & Company and performs exclusively on Reserve and Reserve Classic reeds, and plays the Reserve clarinet mouthpiece.