The 36th Season of the Second Sunday Evensong/Organ Recital Series at St. Mark’s, Berkeley will continue on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Choral Evensong will be offered at 3:00 p.m. by the St. Mark’s Choir. At 4:00 p.m. organist Zoe Kai Wai Lei will offer an in-person recital on the Flentrop Organ. Please note: In order to attend the recital in person, all those in attendance must provide proof of vaccination and wear a mask. A reception will follow the recital.
Zoe Lei advocates new organ music and frequently plays twentieth and twenty-first-century repertories. As a Hong Kong recitalist, she is currently based in the United States and has performed in various venues in Hong Kong, Toronto, and Michigan. She is named 20 under 30 by Diapason (Class of 2021), which recognize the top 20 emerging artists in the field of Organ, Carillon and Harpsichord. She was currently awarded the second prize at Hong Kong Young Artist Organ Competition and the winner for the American Guild of Organist National Commissioning Project. In July 2018, she performed in the renowned festival, Oregon Bach Festival. In April 2017, she debuted as an organ soloist in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and was interviewed by Radio Television Hong Kong to promote the organ and was regarded as the “New Music Star.
Zoe enjoys performing as a soloist and an ensemble player. She performed in different notable places and concert series, including the St. James Cathedral (Toronto), Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Organix Festival. She gives carillon recitals regularly at Burton Memorial Tower in Michigan. Apart from appearing as a soloist, she will be premiering Jennifer Higdon’s music in 2021 with the saxophone ensemble at the University of Michigan. She worked as an organist at the Baroque Ensemble at the University of Michigan, Tafelmusik summer institute, and the Contemporary Ensemble at the University of Toronto. From 2017 to 2020, she worked as an organ scholar at Toronto Bloor Street United Church and an organist at Toronto Chinese Baptist Church.
Zoe is currently doing her Doctor of Musical Arts in sacred music (Organ) at the University of Michigan. She is recently appointed as the Music Director at St Luke’s Episcopal church in Michigan. She studies the organ with James Kibbie and Todd Wilson, the carillon with Tiffany Ng, the harpsichord, and continuo with Joseph Gascho. She completed master’s studies in organ performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Professor Kevin Komisaruk, after having studied with the renowned Hong Kong organist, Kin Yu Wong. She completed her undergraduate studies in organ and music education at Hong Kong Baptist University in June 2017. She also received additional instruction from Paul Jacob at the Oregon Bach Festival.
Her program will include:
J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 550
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Variations on “Mein Junges Leben hat ein End”
Johannes Brahms: Prelude in A-Flat Minor, WoO 8
Bach: Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527
Mendelssohn: Sonata Nol 6 in D minor
Tax-deductible contributions, at the following levels, are most welcome to help support the series.
Please make your check payable to St. Mark’s Choir Association, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Donations may also be received on-line at https://stmarksberkeley.org/music/friends-of-music/.
Thank you very much for your support!
If you have any questions, please contact George Emblom at GAEmblom@aol.com.