EV036 - Concert: EurekaFest 2020 [Online]

with . Eureka Ensemble , Brandon Johnson  ( Eureka Ensemble )

EurekaFest 2020

An online, musical celebration of community, featuring a live string quartet as well as talks by community leaders!


Wednesday, June 17th, 7:00-8:30pm EST US


Join us for EurekaFest 2020, an online, musical celebration of community, featuring music with a live string quartet and conversation with members of community organizations creating significant social impact: The Chelsea Collaborative, The Women’s Chorus, In Good Company, and Boston Hope Music.


$5 / $10 / $25 or whatever you can afford at a min. of $1
Register for the livestream broadcast online at EventBrite
All funds raised will go directly to support Eureka's community programming and COVID-19 relief efforts by Eureka partners: the Chelsea Collaborative for immigrant families and Women's Lunch Place for women experiencing homelessness in Boston.

Concert Program

(composers listed in all caps)
  • Welcome — San-San Lee (chair, Eureka Ensemble Board)
  • ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK — "American" Quartet, mvt. 1 (Eureka Quartet)
  • Talk — Dini Paulino (COO, Chelsea Collaborative)
  • J. ANDRÉS BALLESTEROS — Voz de Chelsea (Eureka Quartet)
** Brief Transition **
  • J. BRAHMS Quartet No. 3, mvt. 1 (Eureka Quartet)
  • Talk — Nancy Armstrong (Director of Operations, Women’s Lunch Place)
  • GOSPEL/TRADITIONAL "We Shall Overcome" (The Women's Chorus)
** Brief Transition **
  • FLORENCE PRICE — String Quartet in G Major, mvt. 2 (Eureka Quartet)
  • Talk – Jim Henderson & Andrés Ballesteros (Artistic Advisor, Eureka Ensemble and Composer of "Radiance of the Day")
  • VIOLETA PARRA — "Gracias a la Vida" (N. Sotomayor)
** Brief Transition **
  • Talk — Dr. Lisa Wong (cofounder, Boston Hope Music)
  • COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON — Lamentations for cello, mvt. 3 "Calvary" (Alan Toda-Ambaras, cello)
  • Closing remarks — Kristo Kondakçi & Alan Toda-Ambaras (Co-Founders, Eureka Ensemble)
  • JESSIE MONTGOMERY — Strum (Eureka Quartet)
** End **

Artist Biographies

Ha-Eun Ryu

Ha-Eun Ryu, violinist, has soloed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Orchestra Iowa. She was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award and won first prize at the Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. She has played in Orchestra Iowa and performed with members of the University of Iowa faculty. Ryu completed her Bachelor's at the Oberlin Conservatory with Milan Vitek and a Master's with Lynn Chang at the Boston Conservatory. She currently plays in Cape Ann Symphony and teaches in the greater Boston area.
Yoonhee Lee

Yoonhee Lee is a Korean-American violinist. She is based in Boston and performs around the world. Her biggest influences are the late Masuko Ushioda, Vera Beths, and the late Anner Bijlsma. Lee has premiered and recorded numerous works by composers such as Rebecca Saunders, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Barrett, and Nina Young. Other composers with whom she has worked closely include Enno Poppe, Georg Friedrich Haas, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jörg Widmann, Lei Liang, and Shiuan Chang. She is the dedicatee of a solo violin piece by Italian composer Simone Cardini, titled Ramificazioni d'indistinto (2018). In 2020 she traveled to the Blasket Islands of Ireland for a new chamber opera production by Irish composer Seán Ó Dálaigh. Born in Seoul, Lee and her family immigrated to Boston just before her tenth birthday. Early experiences of navigating between languages and culture remain a strong part of her identity; as an artist she is interested in fluidity and fragility of genres and boundaries, and she seeks innovation and experimentation in all her endeavors.
Ariel Chapman

Ariel Chapman is a 26 year old Boston-based musician who recently completed her Master's of Music at the New England Conservatory with Mai Motobuchi-Rosenthal. At NEC, she had previously completed her Graduate Diploma with Dimitri Murrath and her Bachelor's in Music with Martha Katz. Ariel has studied at many summer music festivals, including the Music Academy of the West (2019), the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Bowdoin Music Festival, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. A performer with an affinity for contemporary music, Ariel was invited to collaborate with Kaija Saariaho in a Prelude Concert for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ariel is passionate about eclectic genres of music as well as several non-musical interests. She has used NEC's diverse offerings to study music outside of that she performs, from Jazz to Afghan music to American folk music. She is also a fountain pen enthusiast. Ariel performs on an instrument commissioned from the French luthier Frank Ravatin.
Alan Toda-Ambaras

Recipient of the Prize for Most Promising Contestant at the 2005 Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris, Alan Toda-Ambaras is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed with Midori; Yo-Yo Ma, Sandeep Das, and other members of the Silk Road Ensemble; the Borromeo Quartet; the Parker Quartet; and has appeared twice as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony. Recent appearances include performances in Tokyo's Ohji Hall, Osaka's Phoenix Hall, Massachusetts State Hall, the Taos Music Festival, Harvard University's Paine Hall, and the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. He has been featured on French television and in several European documentaries due to his participation in the Rostropovich Competition; he has also been heard on New York's WKCR Classical station and Boston's Neighborhood News Network. Alan has a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. He is a co-founder of the Eureka Ensemble, a new social action-oriented Boston music organization.

A Warm Thank You To Our Partners

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Event Contact

Kristo Kondakci at kk@kristokondakci.com

Available Sessions:
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