Mixed chamber ensemble Some Assembly Required requires some assembly as we collaborate with composers, guest performers, and our audience in the production of exciting, atypical, and carefully curated concerts.
SAR was founded in early 2015 as a collaborative effort between Boston professional and freelance artists to provide their audience with a unique musical experience, frequently venturing into repertoire that is rarely heard in public performance. In three seasons, SAR has performed dozens of concerts in New England and across the eastern United States, from Kentucky to the Bronx.
Not accepting the limitations placed upon us by the small amount of repertoire available for our instrumentation, SAR starts by choosing music that we want to present and then finding a way to provide a meaningful presentation of the music by methods of arrangement and collaboration with others. The core members of the ensemble strive to design programs that go beyond the traditional concert format by bringing the performers, audience, and venue into close contact.
Programs by SAR have included commissions and co-commissions by Oliver Caplan, Ian Wiese and Tyler Kline, a re-imagining of Schubert's Trout Quintet, our own interpretation of Sate's Socrate (released on the album "Stuff" in 2017), Brahms Lieder, Saint-Saens' Carnival of Animals, Stravinsky's Octet, and much more. The 2017-2018 season featured two new commissions, a beautiful and under-performed work by Franz Schreker, a piece for bass trombone and six instrumentalists by Frederic Rzewski, an event built around the connections of music and poetry, and our arrangement of Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."
Summer 2018 will feature performances in Vermont, upstate New York, and Boston, and the 2018-2019 season will find SAR in New England and Florida.
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Throughout Cholong Park’s active music career, she has developed a wide range of repertoire and discovered that chamber music, contemporary works, and piano pedagogy are her forte. She was a featured soloist performing works at the John Cage Festival, the Pre-college Piano Symposium, and the New Music Ensemble Concert at Florida State University. In May 2014, Park made her Carnegie Hall debut performing solo and ensemble works as an essential member of the new music ensemble, What Is Noise, as their pianist. A native of Korea, Park is the artistic director of "Voices of North Korean Refugees," an arts series that raises funds for refugees of North Korea. Park received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Sang Myung University, her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Florida State University under the guidance of Dr. David Kalhous, and a diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music studying with Dean Wayman Chin.
Trombonist Justin Croushore is in demand as a performer across many boundaries of musical style. As a classical musician, Justin performs regularly in various chamber groups and orchestras. Justin has served the position of second trombone with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra and also with the Cape Ann Symphony in Massachusetts. He is currently a member of Midwestern United States-based Auxilium Trombone Trio. Nationally recognized as a reggae musician, Justin has been thrice named a recipient of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for best reggae/world music artist in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Currently residing in Lexington Kentucky and maintaining an active career as a freelance performer and brass pedagogue, Justin holds degrees from Bard College, The Longy School of Music, and Morehead State University. Croushore is current a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky.
Justin has loved chamber music since he first encountered at age 12, when he played in his first brass trio in Texas. Through college at NYU and at the New England Conservatory, he heard incredible musicians perform chamber music: his teacher Joe Anderer’s performance of the Brahms Trio when he was 18, and hearing another teacher, Jean Rife, perform the Brandenburg Concerto on CD at 22. Justin played with many student chamber ensembles and started his own ensemble, the Wenham Street Brass (2010-2014). Justin has performed with many ensembles including the Lexington Symphony, the Plymouth Philharmonic, Salisbury Singers, the Lyric Stage Theatre, the Boston Opera Collaborative, the Cambridge Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, Evan Zipoyrn's Ambient Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Mechanics Hall, and the Shalin-Liu Center.