Richmond Orchestra showcases rising stars

Angeni and Arthur Wang perform Saturday with the Richmond Orchestra.  - Matthew Hoekstra photo
Angeni and Arthur Wang perform Saturday with the Richmond Orchestra.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

Angeni Wang is 13, her brother Arthur is 12. Both pianists have big goals in music and enjoy playing on stage together.

It’s just that sibling rivalry thing that sometimes gets in the way.

“On stage it’s nice to have someone you know really well. But at home, it’s kind of frustrating,” smiles Angeni.

The sister-brother duo will be performing Saturday as special guests of the Richmond Orchestra, in the group’s fourth Rising Stars concert. They’ll play Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for two pianos. Also on the program is Mozart’s Symphony 41 “The Jupiter.”

Angeni, who won the prestigious Tom Lee Trophy at last fall’s Richmond Music Festival, started playing at age six, and her brother soon followed. As the story goes, Angeni was determined to play all she could out of a $5 second-hand keyboard, so her parents decided lessons on a real piano were in order.

Both have since developed into accomplished pianists under the guidance of Richmond teacher Victor Shevtsov.

The Richmond Orchestra and Chorus Association started the series to highlight young talent in Richmond and Metro Vancouver. Guest performers are invited to join the orchestra in performance as well as rehearsals so they have an opportunity to soak in the full experience.

According to administrator Paul Dufour, the association feels it’s important to mentor young musicians and help them get the exposure they deserve.

Rising Stars

•Angeni and Arthur Wang perform with the Richmond Orchestra Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

•Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 No. 1 Rd.

•Tickets, $6 to $18, at the door or in advance by calling 604-276-2747; children under age six are free

•Presented by the Richmond Orchestra and Chorus Association

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