New Year Around the World (Classically Leoniaâ„¢)

01/12/2019 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM ET


New Year Around the World: On Wings of Song
Classically Leonia™ series














“On Wings of Song, Sweetheart, I carry you away ... to ... Where I know the most beautiful place.” – Heinrich Heine, “Auf Flügeln des Gesanges” (On Wings of Song)

Ring in the New Year with this jubilant concert that demonstrates the power of music to unite people around the world. The program features songs from diverse cultures and eras including art songs, operatic arias, spirituals, and instrumental arrangements of folk songs.

This event is part of our free Classically Leonia™ series with Leonia United Methodist Church, which presents classical music to the New Jersey community in a warm, acoustically resonant venue.

Program Director and Si-Yo Artist™
Kyung-Eun Na, piano

Guest Artists
Hye Young Kang, soprano
Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone

Si-Yo Artists™
Max Tan, violin
Andy Lin, viola/erhu
Jiwon Suh, cello

January 12, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Leonia United Methodist Church
396 Broad Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605


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To discuss the sponsorship program that best matches your corporate interests, please contact Ms. Ray Zeng, International Relations Director, or 347.305.0060.



Program Director Kyung-Eun Na, piano

Pianist Kyung-Eun Na has cultivated a multi-faceted music career not only as a performer, but also as an educator, opera coach, and music director for numerous concerts and radio program. Currently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of chamber and collaborative music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to this appointment she had served as Assistant Professor of Collaborative Artist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and as adjunct faculty at the Montclair State University in New Jersey, Seoul Arts High School and Sungshin Women’s University in Korea. Before entering academia, she worked at Virginia Opera as a Spectrum Resident Artist Coach and Education Outreach Tour Manager for the 2008–09 season’s three main stage productions, playing for staging rehearsals, conducting the off-stage chorus, coaching the cover casts, and leading outreach tours to approximately one hundred public schools in Virginia. As a winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation competition 2007, Ms. Na was featured in recital tour projects and master classes with emerging vocalists under auspices of the foundation collaborating with Nadine Sierra and Brenda Rae to name a few. She has served as a coach and pianist in multiple opera productions at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Theater Center, International Music Academy at Siena, Italy, and Ravinia Steans Music Institute. Beyond performing and teaching she has served as an assistant program director for The Classical Collection at TBS English FM in Korea. Ms. Na received her doctorate in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music, a master’s degree in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School, an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, and a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Yonsei University in Korea. As a Si-Yo Artist™, she has been presented internationally by the foundation, performing multiple concerts and giving presentations about classical music for schoolchildren.


Hye Young Kang, soprano

A native of South Korea, Hye Young Kang made her debut the role of Nannetta in Falstaff in Israeli Vocal Arts Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Ms. Kang has participated at the Nevada young artist program and performed leading roles in their productions of La Traviata and Idomeneo. She also performed with the Rockland Opera in Hänsel and Gretel. As a concert singer, she has sung Messiah, Mozart Coronation Mass, and St. Matthew Passion at Riverside church and Central Presbyterian Church of New York. She performed Beethoven Symphony no. 9, Elijah, Messe Solennelle, The Creation with the Korean American Presbyterian Church of NY and Korean Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Seoul Arts Center in Seoul in Korea. Ms. Kang has also appeared as a soloist with the Gloria Mission Choir, where she traveled all over the world such as Kenya, Brazil, Hawaii, Japan, Canada, Israel and Seoul to perform various works. Hye Young holds a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Han Yang University.


Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone

An active interpreter of Art Song, Opera and new music, Mario Diaz-Moresco is recognized for his versatility and strong stage presence. Recent highlights include recitals with pianist Spencer Myer on California’s "InConcert Sierra" series, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago and the Rocky River Chamber Music Society of Ohio, in addition to Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Baritone in Hydrogen Jukebox, William in The Fall of the House of Usher, playing the lead role in Robert Ashley’s Dust, which was named one of the 10 best classical music performances of 2017 by the New York Times, and performing the song cycle The Wanderlusting of Joseph C. by Joan La Barbara at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Mr. Diaz-Moresco has been a young artist with Central City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, a Stern Fellow at Songfest and a vocal fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. He is a student of Diana Soviero.


Max Tan, violin

Boston Globe, violinist Max Tan has performed as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, Lowell Philharmonic, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras, appearing on prominent stages in the United States and abroad in Europe. An avid chamber musician, his many festival appearances include Yellow Barn, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the Perlman Music Program, and others. Mr. Tan is a member of the Sarasota Orchestra and teaching assistant to Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School.


Recent engagements in 2018 include his Kennedy Center debut, being awarded 1st-prize at the 46th Hudson Valley Philharmonic International String Competition, as well as recital and chamber music appearances in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Italy. Mr. Tan appeared on the WQXR Midday Masterworks recital series in October.


Mr. Tan holds undergraduate degrees in human developmental and regenerative biology and music from Harvard College. As a former Kovner Fellowship recipient, he continues his studies in the Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein and Catherine Cho.


Andy Lin, viola/erhu

A violist and erhuist (Chinese violin), Wei-Yang Andy Lin is the artistic director and co-founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. He holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and received his Doctor’s degree in Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. He has won numerous competitions including First Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. He has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Orford Academy Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic and New York Classical Players. Andyis also a founding member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet and a member of the Musicians of Lenox Hill and serves as principal violist of the New York Classical Players and the Solisti Ensemble. He has been invited to perform chamber music with Itzhak Perlman where The New York Times described “Mr. Perlman, playing first violin… answered in kind by the violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin.”


As a world recognized erhu player, he has recently performed an erhu concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra at the Lincoln Center and with the Busan Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra in Korean. He has also performed at the U.S. premier of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production and Yeow-Kwon Chung’s “Red Cliff” with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” and Winnie Lan-In Yang’s “Fantasy for Erhu and Strings”. He has been invited by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to play the solo erhu part in “Iris dévoilée” by Chen Qi-Gang. He has also been invited by the Metropolitan Museum to give recitals at their Gallery Concert Series and Patrons Lounge Concert, as well as a recital at the Caramoor Center for the Music and the Arts. Andy plays on a viola made by one of his best friends Jacob Ho. (


Jiwon Suh, cello

Cellist Jiwon Suh has appeared in recitals, concerts, festivals, and master classes throughout the United States, Italy, and Korea. She has been featured as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including The Hungary Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Waltz Orchestra, and Jeju Symphony Orchestra, and New England Repertory Orchestra. As a principal cellist in the Mannes Orchestra and Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Suh performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Boston Symphony Hall. A devoted chamber musician, Jiwon has performed with Ensemble 212, New York Soloists Ensemble, and Boston Cello Ensemble, among others. Jiwon holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Ewha Woman's University in Korea. She earned her Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma from The Mannes College The New School for Music in New York, where she studied with Paul Tobias and Timothy Eddy. She received Doctoral degree of Musical Arts from Boston University, where she taught chamber music and non-major cello performance, under Michael Reynolds. Formal faculty member of Concord Conservatory of Music, Ms. Suh recently joined the faculty of New Jersey Music School. She is also in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation. Ms. Suh is currently managed by Beatus Artists Agency.