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Premiering October 10 at 3 p.m.: Leland P. Ko, cello and Adria Ye, piano

FDA7467C-3DE1-4D4B-80F4-0D72D9FFCDB7 Leland KoThe Weston Public Library Music Committee is delighted to open its 2021-2022 Season on Sunday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m., with a virtual performance featuring Weston cellist Leland P. Ko and his accompanist, pianist Adria Ye (click here to watch).

 A cellist of Chinese-Canadian descent who grew up in Weston, Leland has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across America’s east coast, such as Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre in Boston, as well as internationally in Sweden, Israel, and Spain, including Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada.  Violinist Itzhak Perlman has said of Leland that he “plays with the beauty of sound and subtlety that we don’t often encounter in a cellist of his age,” and that he is “a musician who willingly considers all aspects of music.” Leland graduated from Princeton University with a degree in German Literature in 2020. He currently studies at the Juilliard School under the teaching of Minhye Clara Kim and Timothy Eddy. Since the end of 2020, Leland plays on the ex-Peled, ex-Greenhouse Thomas Dodd cello from 1790.

 Chinese-American pianist Adria Ye has been driven from a young age by a hopeless fascination with music, old and new. Described by cellist David Finckel as having a “naturally beautiful sound and lyric instinct,” she made her orchestral debut at nine with the Oregon Sinfonietta and has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe, China, and the United States. She has been featured in radio broadcasts of “Performance Today” with Fred Child, and National Public Radio’s “From the Top.” Adria earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Juilliard with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree with Julian Martin.

2021/2022 Season

What is the Music Committee?

The Music Committee of the Friends of the Weston Public Library oversees the presentation of an annual concert series in the Library’s Community Room. The Committee’s mission is “to promote the appreciation and love of music and to expand the cultural opportunities available in Weston by enabling the Library to present a variety of musical programs which are free and open to the public.”  

This Season, due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, the Music Committee will host a Virtual Concert Series of four performances beginning this October and running through January of 2022. In addition, the Committee has planned a spring season of four more concerts, beginning in March of 2022 and running through April. Depending on the status of COVID-19 this spring, it is possible that those concerts, and our annual MusicFest in May, may be held in person.

Our video concerts will be accessible through this webpage, on the Weston Media Center’s Videos On Demand service, and on local television channels: Verizon Channel 45 and Comcast Channel 9. After each première, concerts will continue to be available online and on the local cable channels for viewers to enjoy. Audience members on the Committee’s email list (see link below to sign up) will receive links to each performance in advance.

The Committee is grateful to the fabulous artists who have participated in creating this virtual season and to the Library and the Weston Media Center for the technological wizardry that enables us to share our season with you.

If you are interested in applying to perform during an upcoming season of the WPL Music Committee concert series, please submit some basic information and you will be contacted shortly by a member of the music committee.