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Salon Series: Valdemar Castillo
November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts continues the virtual Salon Series on Sunday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. on WhartonArts.tv. Replacing cabaret-style seating on stage alongside the performers in Wharton’s black box theater, the intimate concert series can be viewed via livestream free of charge. Audience members are invited to watch from the comfort of home and share on social media the wine, cheese, and dessert pairings of their choice while viewing.
The second installment of the Sunday evening series features Valdemar Castillo performing works for trumpet and piano by Pennuquin, Marcello, Gershwin, and Kevin McKee, among others. Born and raised in Jersey City, Castillo is a dedicated and passionate trumpet player with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Performance from New Jersey City University, a degree he pursued while completing the requirements for teaching credentials for the state of New Jersey. He continued his studies under trumpet pedagogue Joe Burgstaller, former Canadian Brass member and faculty at Peabody Conservatory and Arizona State University. Castillo received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University and was recently the runner-up in the Naval Academy Band audition, one of two premiere United States Navy ensembles. Read an interview with Castillo in the Wharton Arts blog.
Pianist Soyeon Park has taken her music to audiences and communities throughout the United States, Canada, Romania, Italy, Czech Republic, China, and Korea. A passionate advocate and educator of music, Park teaches at New Jersey City University and William Paterson University and serves as artistic director of Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, Inc., while continuing to appear on stage as a soloist and chamber musician. Since 2018, Park has created innovative community engagement and educational programs with her team at Si-Yo Music, including The PoP (Power of Pondering): Awakening empathy and imagination with the transcendent power of music and Musical Phone Pal™: Offering companionship through music to communities in isolation.
Park earned Doctorate of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Zenon Fishbein and received the Svend Svendsen and Margarethe Svendsen Scholarship and the President’s Award.