Rushin to Russia

An Epic Journey

The second Olympics concert was a stunning event!

Held at the beautiful Calvary by the Sea Church, the musicians wowed the audience with music featuring works by Sarasate, Borodin, Piazzolla, and the great Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence.

Special thanks to Tom Poole (Director of Worship & the Arts) for making this concert possible!

The Sarasate piece, Navarra for two violins and piano, was a witty and fun performance played by violinists Mann-wen Lo, Eric Silberger, and pianist Shanice Aaron.

HSO cellist Nancy Masaki and local violist Tyler Katsura joined Mann-wen and Eric in the Borodin String Quartet No.2 in D major. This piece is famously beautiful, and the quartet gave a heartwarming experience.

Next was the bold and exotic jazz style of Piazzolla. Arranged for string quintet by Julian Milone, these two Piazzolla pieces, Oblivion and Libertango, were thrilling performances.

Joined by violinists Mann-wen, Dustin Wilkes-Kim, Evan Hjort, Charissa Leung, and bassist Chris Yick, the Piazzolla quintet arrangement was exciting entertainment.

The last piece on the program didn’t hold back. Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence told an epic tale and journey, a real euphoria of music.

Performed by violinists Evan Hjort, Mann-wen Lo, violists Drew Forde, Michael Chong, cellist Daniel Lim, and bassist Chris Yick, the Tchaikovsky was a breathtaking closer.


Pablo de Sarasate: Navarra, Op. 33
Mann-wen Lo, violin 1
Eric Silberger, violin 2
Shanice Aaron, piano

Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D major
Eric Silberger, violin 1
Mann-wen Lo, violin 2
Nancy Masaki, cello
Tyler Katsura, viola

Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion and Libertango (Arr. Julian Milone)
Mann-wen, violin 1
Dustin Wilkes-Kim, violin 2
Evan Hjort, violin 3
Charissa Leung, violin 4
Chris Yick, bass

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70
Evan Hjort, violin 1
Mann-wen Lo, violin 2
Drew Forde, viola 1
Michael Chong, viola 2
Daniel Lim, cello 1
Chris Yick, bass (cello 2)