Spring Broman Concert to Feature Award-Winning Violist

Mary Baldwin University is excited to present internationally acclaimed Jamaican American violist, Jordan Bak, for the first Broman Concert of 2023. Bak will be joined by award-winning pianist Jihye Chang at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Francis Auditorium. 

“We are thrilled to bring this exceptional young violist to our campus and make his music available to students, faculty, staff, and our local community,” said MBU Music Department Chair Lise Keiter. “Audiences will not want to miss this special concert.”

Keiter says the performers have chosen a terrific program that includes canonical selections and pieces that showcase the work of contemporary African American composers like H. Leslie Adams and Tyson Davis

Attendees will enjoy familiar delights like Robert Schumann’s “Adagio and Allegro,” Joseph Haydn’s spirited “Divertimento in D Major,” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s beautiful “Romance for Viola and Piano.” 

The lush, rich harmonies and melodies of Adams’s “L’Extase d’Amour” are a perfect showcase for the viola’s beautiful sound. Davis’sTableau XII for Solo Viola” is an exciting new work that was specially commissioned by New York Public Radio for Jordan Bak. The program will conclude with Arnold Bax’s stirring “Sonata for Viola and Piano.”

Bak has been hailed as a star-in-the-making by critics at music magazines and online verticals around the world. Staff writers at I Care If You Listen called him “an exciting new voice in classical performance.” Ivana Popovic writes in The Whole Note: “Bak is a powerhouse musician, with a strong voice and compelling sound.” He won both the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, as well as the 2019 John White Special Prize at the Tertis International Viola Competition.

Bak is fast establishing a global reputation “as an artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas,” Keiter said.

Chang is impressive in her own right. The pianist holds degrees from Seoul National University and Indiana University, and maintains a diverse career as a performer, educator, scholar, and advocate for new music in the U.S. and abroad. Chang’s many accolades include being named an honorary fellow by Alabama’s Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and winning first prize at the Mikhashoff International Pianist-Composer Competition.

Concert admission is free for Mary Baldwin students, faculty, and staff, with no need for advance reservations. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, and $5 for non-MBU students, and may be purchased online or at the door. Please email questions to music@marybaldwin.edu.

More information about Mary Baldwin University’s 2023 schedule of concerts — including Broman Concerts, Sunday Recitals, and choir events — can be found HERE.