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TAA Performers and Performances

Performances are an integral part of the Tennessee Arts Academy experience. At Sunday’s opening Overture Celebration and at the Wednesday evening Bravo Banquet, world-class artists perform for TAA participants. Regional theatre, dance, and music soloists and ensembles are showcased each day during a thirty-minute presentation in the Massey Performing Arts Center. A diverse group of local artists and performing groups are featured as part of every special event function held throughout the Academy week.

2022 Tennessee Arts Academy Performers
Young Concert Artists on Tour
Clarinet, Flute, Piano Concert
4:00 pm
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Massey Performing Arts Center

Young Concert Artists on Tour features three extraordinarily talented musicians: clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, pianist Ying Li, and flutist Anthony Trionfo. Their program for TAA will feature solo works, duets, and trios. TAA is honored to host this one-of-a-kind concert to celebrate our return to live performances. Here is more about each artist.

Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who was described as reaching “passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” in a review from The Washington Post. As First Prize Winner of the Young Concert Artists International auditions, Arutyunian was presented in debut recitals in New York City at Merkin Concert Hall and in Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. In addition to solo recitals, he is a frequent soloist with orchestras around the world and has performed with the Boston Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, Prague Radio Symphony, the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, among others. Arutyunian also consistently receives acclaim for his educational outreach programs in New York City public schools and around the country.

Pianist Ying Li comes from Yantai, China. She is the winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International auditions and the inaugural Antonio Mormone International Prize in Italy. She has received top awards in numerous national and international competitions, including first prizes at the Sarasota Artist Series Piano Competition, Brevard Music Festival solo and concerto competitions, and the International Liszt Piano Competition for Young Pianists. Ying has performed with many orchestras including L’Accademia Orchestra del La Scala in Milan, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Ying has appeared at prestigious festivals including the Verbier Festival Academy, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Flutist Anthony Trionfo was recently praised as a “breezily virtuosic flutist” by the New York Times after his New York concerto debut with a performance of the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s  in May 2019. In 2018, he debuted in the Young Concert Artists series at the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Trionfo took the stage for the first time at fourteen in performance with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as a winner of their Young Artist Concerto Competition. During his teen years, he also performed with the “President’s Own” Marine Band and won the Alexander & Buono International Flute and National YoungArts Foundation Competitions. In addition to more formal performances, Trionfo is committed to community outreach and teaches through the Jumpstart program in Los Angeles.

Narek Arutyunian Ying Li, and Anthony Trionfo appear by arrangement with Young Concert Artists, Inc., YCA.org

The Young Concert Artists on Tour performance is made possible by generous gifts from Country Music Association Foundation and Amy Savell, in memory of Sara and Las Savell.

New Ballet Ensemble and School
11:30 am
Monday, July 11, 2022
Massey Performing Arts Center

¡José! is New Ballet Ensemble and School’s latest touring show. It is based on the life and work of the great Mexican dancer and choreographer José Arcadio Limón (1908–1972), who developed what is now known as the Limón technique. Inspired by the book José! Born to Dance, this show is a program that features various modern dance, music, and art genres, including flamenco, Spanish guitar, and modern art. All of these artistic elements inspired Limón on his journey to become one of the most influential modern dance choreographers of his time. During his life, he founded the José Limón Dance Company in the 1940s, followed by the José Limón Foundation in 1968, which he built to carry on his work.


About New Ballet Ensemble

Founded in 2001, New Ballet Ensemble and School is a thriving after-school dance program in the heart of midtown Memphis. Dancers from all over the Mid-South attend the school to train and explore cultural forms of dance while participating in a strong, college and career-ready classical ballet curriculum. Five out of the six salaried teaching artists and trainees, who are also key staff, have been involved with New Ballet since childhood. They provide programming to Shelby County Schools, including those they attended as children. New Ballet collaborates with education partners through school residencies and invests in other active community partnerships to reach students and audiences of all ages. In 2014, New Ballet was one of twelve organizations nationwide to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This award recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs that use engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase self-direction, academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment.

Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2022 Tennessee Arts Academy.