Experiencing world-class music in Columbia

(Left to right) Scott Yoo, Maurycy Banaszek, Peter Miyamoto and Sophie Shao performing at First Baptist Church of Columbia for “Quartets with Scott Yoo and Friends”

Columbia resident and internationally-renowned conductor Scott Yoo was joined by MU faculty and other virtuosic performers for concerts featuring the music of Brahms, Mozart and Fauré. These unique events are part of the 20th anniversary of the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, the only local organization specializing in chamber music.

Scott Yoo and Ayako Tsuruta

Maestro Yoo is an accomplished violinist, the host of PBS Great Performances’ “Now Hear This” series and the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. MU School of Music professors Peter Miyamoto (piano), Alice Dade (flute) and Odyssey’s Executive and Artistic Director Ayako Tsuruta were among those accompanying his powerful performances.

MU faculty Peter Miyamoto and Alice Dade

There’s a strong connection between Odyssey and Mizzou. Director Tsuruta came to Columbia in 2003 and is married to Professor Miyamoto. Maestro Yoo is married to Professor Dade and both are dedicated supporters of Odyssey and the creative community on campus and around mid-Missouri.

I’m grateful to Maestro Yoo, Director Tsuruta, our faculty and all the musicians for sharing their talent and artistic excellence.

— Mun