BMC Community Concert Series – October

First Mondays Concert Series

October 2, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Porter Center at Brevard College


Simon Gollo, violin
Jihye Chang, piano

BRAHMS "Scherzo" from the F.A.E. Sonata

BRAHMS Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 100

BRAHMS Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108

Charity Partner

For our First Mondays series in Brevard we are proud to partner with local charities to highlight the challenges and needs facing our entire community. October's charity partner is Muddy Sneakers.

Muddy Sneakers is an education non-profit that partners with public schools to supplement classroom science instruction with experiential, inquiry-based outdoor learning. Committed to measurable results, the organization provides fifth-grade students multiple field experiences throughout the school year. Students develop a connection with nature, become more physically active, gain in self-confidence, and increase science aptitude. Programs take place on nearby conserved lands where students are instructed in small groups by highly skilled outdoor educators.

Made possible by a single-year state appropriation, Muddy Sneakers opened a second field office in Salisbury, NC, in spring of 2017 to test the portability of programming in a new area of the state and serve an additional 1,000 students in the Piedmont of NC. In July of 2017, Muddy Sneakers was again awarded a state appropriation to further expand and provide programming to additional students in previously unserved areas of North Carolina in the 2017-2018 school year. This upcoming school year also marks the 10th anniversary of the locally founded organization, which first began programming in Transylvania County in spring of 2008.

Muddy Sneakers currently serves 44 schools across western and piedmont NC as well as upstate SC and reached over 2,700 students during the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, including how to sponsor student participation, visit

Simon Gollo

Award-winning Swiss-Venezuelan violinist and conductor Simon Gollo is recognized as both a chamber musician and soloist, performing with such prestigious organizations as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He has collaborated with many internationally known performers such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Dmitri Berlinsky, Richard Young, Miguel Dasilva, John Novacek, Mihai Marica, Yura Lee, Jacob Koranyi, and Jihye Chang. His solo appearances have included performances in Switzerland, the United States, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.

Committed to teaching, Mr. Gollo is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nuevo Mundo Festival & Academy (2000-2016), and the Aruba Symphony Festival (2017), as well as a faculty member at the Summit Music Festival in New York. From 2006 to 2012 he was a violin professor at "El Sistema" and Mozarteum in Caracas, Venezuela. From 2012 to 2015, Simon Gollo was a member of the Dali String Quartet, and performs regularly with the Orchestra of St. Luke's Camerata Nordica, Classical Jam, International Chamber Soloists, and the Post Classical Ensemble.

Simon Gollo has earned degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Music at New Mexico State University, Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic, a member of La Catrina String Quartet, and associate concertmaster and Education Director at the Classical Music Institute in San Antonio.

Jihye Chang

Pianist Jihye Chang is an international soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has appeared at Orleans Festival in France, Virtuosi X Festival and Festival Inverno de Garanhuns in Brazil, New Music Festivals and series at the University of Louisville, Ball State University, Brandeis University, and Florida State University, and has shared the stage with renowned musicians such as Frank Cohen, Anton Kuerti, William Preucil, and Richard Young. She is a recipient of the Henry Kohn Award from the Tanglewood Music Center, an Honorary Fellowship from the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Copland Recording Grant, and first prize of the Mikhashoff International Pianist-Composer Competition.

Her recordings can be found on labels including Sony Korea, Albany, Centaur, and Parma (Ravaello). Engagements in 2017-2018 season include a world premiere of Robert Aldridge's Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Brevard Music Center; performances for the Fort Worth Chamber Music Series, Seoul National University's Tuesday Concert Series, Brevard Mondays Series, The Arts Partnership of Fargo, Concerts in Cummer series, and Clarinettisimo festival of Seattle; a duo recital with violinist Chee-Yun Kim; guest chamber music concerts at Arizona State University, Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, and University of Michigan; and collaboration with young composers from Australia, Korea, and U.S.A. on the "Continuum 88" project, her multi-year exploration of the solo piano literature, with concerts in Seoul and Daejeon (Korea), Grand Forks, Fort Worth, Knoxville, Minot, Nashville, Taipei and Kaohsiung (Taiwan).

Ms. Chang graduated from Seoul National University, where she received the President's Award, and earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Most recently she served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University. Currently she is faculty member at the Brevard Music Center, lecturer at Florida State University and a core member of the Intersection Contemporary Ensemble.