Department of Music

Program Notes: Orchestra Concerts - 05/07-08/2022

Program annotations for the Brown University Orchestra's May 7-8, 2022 concerts, directed by Mark Seto, featuring composer/violist Kenji Bunch and violinist Katherine Winterstein, and presented in Sayles Hall. These concerts are made possible in part through support from the Sara A. and Robert Reichley Concert Fund.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Finlandia, Op. 26 (1899, revised 1900)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91)
Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364 (1779)

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Presto

Katherine Winterstein, violin
Kenji Bunch, viola




Kenji Bunch (b. 1973)
Verso (2010)

I. Looking Back
II. Standing Still
III. Moving Forward

Katherine Winterstein, violin
Kenji Bunch, viola
Frederick Jodry, harpsichord

Florence Price (1887–1953)
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor (1940)

I. Andante—Allegro
II. Andante ma non troppo
III. Juba
IV. Scherzo. Finale

About the Program

In Latin, Verso is a flexible word that suggests the turning of a page. Commissioned in celebration of the 10th season of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon, the notion of the “other side of the page” seemed appropriate for a commemorative piece. It’s a way of looking back, but also forward to the next chapter. In this spirit, the work looks back, with a neoclassical scoring of string orchestra and harpsichord supporting the solo violin and viola, as well as respectful nods to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
At the same time, Verso incorporates more contemporary rhythmic and harmonic elements, with techniques and effects in the solo parts that bring us to the present day. Verso is written in a traditional three-movement form with a contrapuntal opening movement, a pensive and slow middle movement, and a brief but raucous finale.
-Kenji Bunch
Verso was premiered on June 7, 2010 in Corvallis, Oregon, by violinist Erik Peterson, violist Adam Matthes, and the Chintimini Festival Chamber Orchestra.

About the Musicians

Musicians are listed in alphabetical order except for string principals.

✣ principal on Sibelius
✦ principal on Mozart
✻ principal on Price

❁ denotes graduating musician (see biographies below)


❁Emily Kim, concertmaster
Charlie Loh, assistant concertmaster
❁Elbert Wu, principal second violin
Renee Choi, assistant principal second violin
Mark Appleman
Rebecca Bowers
Sabrina Chiang
Luke Choi
Pauline Gregory
Tiger Ji
Julian Joseph
Daniel Joh Kang
Isaac Kim
❁Kevin Kim
Minchae Kim
Sarah Kim
Kiran Klubock-Shukla
Brian Lee
Justin Lee
Bryce Li
James Li
Owen Lockwood
April Moon
Yui Musha
❁Rohun Rajpal
Kyoko Saito
Haley Seo
Anusha Srinivasan
Michael Sun
Maya Taylor
Ryan Urato
❁Mina Woo
❁Tomoki Yamanaka
Lily Zhou


❁Annie Wu, principal
Chloe Kim, assistant principal
Seowon Chang
Alexander Daskalopoulos
Arman Deendar
❁Susan Hasegawa
Bart Hearn
Sunny Li
❁Xinru Li
Kainoa Maruoka
Sarah Ogundare
Maya Silver-Lewis
❁Michael Tu

❁Jeffrey Zhu, principal
❁Ethan Chung, assistant principal
Elvin Choi
Tessa Devoe
Eli Flomenhoft
Aaron Gruen
Nicholas Huang
Sedong Hwang
❁Rebecca Kirby
Torben Parker
❁Sierra Rowley
Janek Schaller
William Suh
Sean Yu


Camille Donoho, principal
Emma Venarde, assistant principal


❁Lindsay Kunhardt
Maxime Pitchon✻
Grace Samaha
Faith Shim
Seehanah Tang
Chloe Zhao✣


Grace Samaha


Vanessa Chang✣✦
Anna Ryu✻
Si Yuan Su


Shandra Stiemert


Marina Benson✣
Suhang Liu
Javier Nino-Sears
James Ro✻


Javier Nino-Sears


Bryan Kwon✻
Nitin Sreekumar
Autumn Wong✣


Lizzy Bernold
Robin Hwang✣✦
Brendan McMahon
Zach Potts✻
Mei Tiemeyer


❁Nina Dwumfour-Poku✻
James Hong
William MacDonald✣
Jackson Moore
Chris Shin


❁Zachary Bernstein
Nicholas Cancellaro✣
Bradley Smith✻


Rami Najjar


Sudatta Hor


Ryan Sawyer✻
Nicholas Vadasz✣


Tatsuya Daniel (March 8 only)
Jonathan Dou
Ian Gurland
Dawson Phillips (March 7 only)
Srikrishnan Raju
Ryan Sawyer
Nicholas Vadasz


Ryan Lum


David Moon

photo of Kenji BunchKenji Bunch is one of America’s most engaging, influential, and prolific composers. Through an expansive blend of classical and vernacular styles, Bunch makes music that’s “clearly modern but deeply respectful of tradition and instantly enjoyable.” (The Washington Post) Deemed “emotional Americana,” (Oregon ArtsWatch) and infused with folk and roots influences, Bunch’s work has inspired a new genre classification: “Call it neo-American: casual on the outside, complex underneath, immediate and accessible to first-time listeners… Bunch’s music is shiningly original.” (The Oregonian) Hailed by The New York Times as “A Composer To Watch” and cited by Alex Ross in his seminal book The Rest Is Noise, Bunch’s wit, lyricism, unpredictability, and exquisite craftsmanship earn acclaim from audiences, performers, and critics alike. His interests in history, philosophy, and intergenerational and cross-cultural sharing of the arts reflect in his work. Varied style references in Bunch's writing mirror the diversity of global influence on American culture and reveal his deft ability to integrate bluegrass, hip hop, jazz, and funk idioms. Rich, tonal harmonies and drawn-out, satisfying builds characterize Bunch’s work and easily lend themselves to dance and film. Over sixty American orchestras have performed Bunch’s music, which “reache(s) into every section of the orchestra to create an intriguing mixture of sonic colors.” (NW Reverb) As the inaugural Composer in Residence for the Moab Music Festival (2021), Bunch composed Lost Freedom: A Memory in collaboration with and starring actor George Takei as the narrator of his own writings, interwoven with chamber ensemble. Other recent works include commissions and premieres from the Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Lark Quartet, Britt Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Music From Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, Eugene Ballet, Third Angle New Music, Grant Park Music Festival, and 45th Parallel (2020 Composer in Residence). His extensive discography includes recordings on Sony/BMG, EMI Classics, Koch, RCA, and Naxos labels among others. Also an outstanding violist, Bunch was the first student ever to receive dual Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola and composition from The Juilliard School and was a founding member of the highly acclaimed ensembles Flux Quartet (1996-2002) and Ne(x)tworks (2003-2011). Bunch currently serves as Artistic Director of Fear No Music, directs MYSfits, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s conductorless string orchestra, and teaches viola, composition, and music theory at Portland State University, Reed College, and for the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

photo of Katherine WintersteinKatherine Winterstein is praised by critics for playing that is “as exciting as it is beautiful,” and for “livewire intensity” that is both “memorably demonic” and “delightfully effective.” She enjoys a wide range of musical endeavors, as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher. Ms. Winterstein is concertmaster of Vermont Symphony, associate concertmaster of Rhode Island Philharmonic, and co-concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. In recent seasons she has performed as concertmaster of Palm Beach Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and also performs regularly with Handel and Haydn Society and A Far Cry. The summer of 2022 is her 21st with Craftsbury Chamber Players of Vermont, and she has performed with Boston-based Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Radius Ensemble, and Dinosaur Annex, and with the Providence-based Aurea Ensemble. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including Vermont Symphony, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, Charlottesville Symphony, Champlain Philharmonic, Providence Baroque Orchestra, and Boston Virtuosi. She served on the performance faculty of Middlebury College from 2002-2015, joined the faculty of the Hartt School of Music in September of 2011, and began teaching at Brown University in September of 2015.

Ms. Winterstein plays on a 1779 J.B. Guadagnini violin, on generous loan to her from Mr. William P. Herbst of Montpelier, VT.  

photo of Mark SetoMark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, scholar, teacher, and violinist. He is Director of the Brown University Orchestra and Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Brown University, where he teaches courses in music history, theory, and conducting. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City. 

Since Seto’s tenure with The Chelsea Symphony began in 2011, the ensemble has strengthened its commitment to new music by programming dozens of world premieres and establishing an annual competition for early-career composers; performed at Lincoln Center for the red carpet premiere of Mozart in the Jungle, the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Original series starring Gael García Bernal, Bernadette Peters, and Malcolm McDowell; and established a program to bring music to New York City correctional facilities, including Rikers Island. Recent highlights with The Chelsea Symphony and at Brown include an Earth Day concert at the American Museum of Natural History featuring Become Ocean by Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, performances of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 in commemoration of Stonewall 50—WorldPride NYC, and collaborations with violinist Jennifer Koh and composer/pianist Vijay Iyer.

Seto's research as a musicologist explores issues of influence, nationalism, and cultural identity in fin-de-siècle Paris. His articles and reviews have been published in 19th-Century Music (University of California Press), Nineteenth-Century Choral Music (Routledge, 2013), Nineteenth-Century Music Review (Cambridge University Press), Current Musicology, and Nineteenth-Century French Studies. Working from manuscript sources in Paris, Seto prepared performance materials and conducted the western hemisphere premiere of La Nuit et l’amour by Augusta Holmès, one of the most significant women composers of the French Third Republic.

Seto holds a BA in Music from Yale University and an MA, MPhil, and PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University. He studied at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Maine, where he served as an assistant to music director Michael Jinbo for two seasons. His conducting teachers include Lawrence Leighton Smith and Shinik Hahm, and he has participated in workshops with Kenneth Kiesler, Daniel Lewis, Donald Portnoy, Donald Thulean, and Paul Vermel. He is a recipient of the Yale Friends of Music Prize and has been honored with an ASCAP Morton Gould award.

Zachary Bernstein is concentrating in Music and Modern Culture & Media and has been playing trombone in the BUO since his freshman year. Despite the interruption of the pandemic, he has greatly cherished the time he got to spend making music with others at Brown.

photo of Ethan ChungEthan Chung studies Computer Science-Economics and has loved his time playing cello in the BUO. After graduating, he will be in Boston, but he plans to come back and visit to see more BUO concerts and get Baja's with his friend Charlie.

photo of Nina Dwumfour-PokuNina Dwumfour-Poku is a senior studying neuroscience and music and has absolutely loved performing with the BUO during her time at Brown!  After Brown,  Nina will be taking a gap year before heading off to medical school. An aspiring neurosurgeon-scientist-artist, Nina hopes to integrate music as a complement to medical care in her practice as a physician. 

photo of Susan HasegawaSusan Hasegawa is a cognitive neuroscience concentrator from Honolulu, Hawaii. Outside of playing viola in orchestra, Susan spends time playing piano, volunteering at RI Hospital, and as a Crisis Text Counselor, and working with the SNAP/SOCIAL project at Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research. Many of her favorite memories in college came from all of the wonderful people that she has met through orchestra and she is very thankful for all of the years that she’s been in orchestra. 

photo of Xinru LiXinru Li is a music and computer science concentrator from Chicago, Illinois. Xinru has played viola and served on the board of BUO since her freshman year, and can be seen conducting musical theater (shows include Candide, Ragtime, and Sweeney Todd) and taking care of her 100 plants when she’s not in class. 

photo of Emily KimEmily Kim is a Biology concentrator from Irvine, California. She loves BeReal, iced maple lattes, and her red Birkenstocks. Emily fell in love with the Brown University Orchestra for its tight-knit, welcoming community and has been a member for the past four years. 

photo of Kevin KimKevin Kim is a senior at Brown finishing his studies in Economics. He joined the orchestra during his senior spring after 5 years away from symphonic orchestras. Originally from Suwanee, Georgia, he will be in NYC post-graduation working in consulting.

Rebecca Kirby has been in orchestra since her freshman year. She is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, and will be graduating with an Sc.B. in Biology. Next year she will be in Germany for a teaching Fulbright, before pursuing a PhD in Biology. 

Lindsay Kunhardt is a double concentrator in biology and English. She has been part of the orchestra for four years, both as a tuba player and a flutist (yes, she knows this is a weird combination!). She plans on attending veterinary school after graduation.

photo of Rohun RajpalRohun Rajpal is a senior concentrating in Applied Mathematics. He has greatly enjoyed his time playing the violin in various chamber and orchestral ensembles during his time at Brown, and looks forward to starting work at Bank of America’s Global Sustainable Finance Group upon graduating.

Sierra RowleySierra Rowley is a computer science concentrator from Rhode Island. Next year she will be working for the Department of Defense dealing with computer things. She has spent 3 wonderful years as a member of BUO and is grateful for Mark and the rest of the orchestra for making it such a fun and loving community. Shout out to the cello section for always being the coolest and most fun group of people <3

photo of Michael TuMichael Tu is a senior studying computer science and music. Outside of orchestra, he conducts the Brown University Chamber Orchestra. He's always had a passion for video games, and that is what got him interested in music and computer science. Next year, he will be working as a software engineer at a mobile game company in San Francisco. 

photo of Mina WooMina Woo is an Art History and Health and Human Biology double concentrator from Long Island, NY. She has played violin with the orchestra every semester since sophomore year except this past fall when she studied abroad in Granada, Spain. In her free time, she enjoys running and salsa dancing. After graduation, she will be attending medical school at Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School and hopes to continue playing the violin.

photo of Annie WuAnnie Wu is a violist and neuroscience concentrator. Outside of playing in BUO, she studied with David Rubinstein and Consuelo Sherba, played in a variety of chamber music groups, and volunteered with Healing through Harmony. After graduation, she will be working as a lab technician at Brown and hanging out with her cats Smudge, Felix, and Temperance while applying to medical schools. 

Elbert Wu, violinist, shares the following message: "I'm a 5th year Master's student in Applied Mathematics from Fort Myers, Florida. I've been part of the BUO since I was a freshman and have enjoyed every minute of it. I love everyone in orchestra and hope to continue making amazing music in the future :)"

photo of Tomoki YamanakaTomoki Yamanaka is originally from Tokyo, Japan and he will be graduating with a degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics. He is grateful that he has been able to perform in the BUO since his freshmen year. His favorite piece performed in BUO was Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

photo of Jeffrey ZhuJeffrey Zhu is an Applied Math and Computer Science concentrator from Concord, Massachusetts. He joined the Brown University Orchestra his freshman year, and has had a blast ever since with the group. He hopes to continue making music when he moves to NYC after graduation.

The origins of the Brown University Orchestra date back at least to 1858, the year a “Grand Concert…accompanied by the Orchestra of Brown University” took place in Seekonk, Massachusetts. The modern era of the BUO began in the winter of 1919, when the College Orchestra was established. Renamed the Brown-Pembroke Orchestra in 1940, it became the Brown University Orchestra in 1953. The orchestra’s current membership consists of approximately 100 student musicians from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. The BUO has given concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, toured China and Ireland, and performed with such renowned soloists as Itzhak Perlman, Navah Perlman ’92, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Christopher O’Riley, Eugenia Zukerman, Pinchas Zukerman, Dave Brubeck, and Jennifer Koh. In 2006 Daniel Barenboim conducted the BUO during the first of his two residencies with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The BUO has hosted Samuel Adler, Lukas Foss, Steve Reich, Steven Stucky, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Torke, Peter Boyer, Nico Muhly, Joan Tower, John Harbison, Vijay Iyer, and other distinguished composers-in-residence, and won 7 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. BUO alumni include current and former members of the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Nashville Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and Opera, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

In the fall of 2014, the BUO recorded two compact discs for Naxos: Manhattan Intermezzo, featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel playing works for piano and orchestra by Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin; and Anthony Burgess: Orchestral Music, the first recording of orchestral works by the famed British composer-novelist. Both CDs were released in 2016, receiving rave reviews internationally. In March 2016, Manhattan Intermezzo topped the classical charts as the No. 1 best-selling Naxos recording worldwide.