Program 4

Spring Symphony

Saturday April 20th , 7:30pm
Sunday April 21st, 3pm

St. John’s United Church
262 Randall Street, Oakville
Spring inspires truly joyous music from composers, and the two Spring-themed pieces on this concert are no exception. You will instantly recognize the Strauss Waltz, and the Schumann is energetic and lyrical from beginning to end.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto #18, with supertalented Sunny Zhai, has a final movement that evokes a hunting party riding through the fields and forests.

Happiness is bursting out everywhere!
  • Strauss Jr. – Voices of Spring Waltz

  • Mozart – Piano Concerto #18 in B flat

    • Sunny Zhai soloist (2018 prize-winner)

  • Schumann – Symphony #1 “Spring”

Meet Our Soloist

Sunny Zhai at her piano

Sunny Zhai

Born in Toronto, 22 year old pianist Sunny Zhai enjoys playing in various kinds of performance settings, including casual gatherings with family and friends, formal concerts and recitals, as well as outreach performances in the community. Music became an important part of Sunny’s childhood from the time she began lessons at the Yamaha Music School, and a love for the piano was fostered soon after through lessons with her first piano teacher, Dr. Dong Dong Dong.

At age 11, Sunny was accepted with scholarship into the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studied music during the weekends alongside her regular schooling. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto, and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance this past spring of 2023.Sunny’s teachers have included Dianne Werner, Marietta Orlov, Steven Philcox, and LydiaWong, all of whom have been important guiding figures in her musical life. She is currently taking lessons with Simone Dinnerstein, in the Masters program at the Mannes School of Music in New York.

Sunny has participated and won awards in various local and national competitions and festivals, including the Kiwanis music festivals, the Canadian Music Competition, and the Oakville Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition. She has performed with the Taylor Academy Chamber orchestra at Koerner Hall, and the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and has had masterclasses with artists such as André Laplante, Ronan O’Hora, and Eric le Sage.

Sunny also greatly enjoys chamber music and has collaborated with fellow pianists, violinists, cellists, and singers. She hopes to continue playing with other musicians and is interested in exploring collaborations with artists of other disciplines as well in the years to come.

Venue Details

St. John’s United Church
262 Randall Street, Oakville
(905) 845-0551

Parking on streets and in Town of Oakville lots is free on Sundays, and all other days after 6 pm. There is a Town lot behind the Queen’s Head Pub on Church St. There is a large Town lot with entrance on the south side of Church street, between Trafalgar and Reynolds.
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