VPAC Winter Underground Sound Series

CANCELED!! Due to artist health concerns, this performance will be rescheduled as part of the fall Underground Sounds Series.

February 22, 2019 7:30 pm

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CANCELED!! Due to artist health concerns, this performance will be rescheduled as part of the fall Underground Sounds Series.


Where Bach Meets Bon Jovi! An international music sensation and fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings.

Violist Ion Zanca was born in Romania in 1980. He began studying piano at the age of five and viola at the age of nine. He attended the National Conservatory of Music in Bucharest from 1999-2001, where he studied under the direction of Marian Movileanu. From 2001-2003 Mr. Zanca studied with Dr. Jerzy Kosmala at Louisiana State University and graduated with his Bachelors in Music Performance from Southern Methodist University. He has his Masters Degree in Music Performance from SMU with violist Ellen Rose -principal of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Ion Zanca performed with numerous orchestras in Europe as well as in the States. Some local orchestras include Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, and East Texas Symphony. Recently he had a solo performance with Meadows Symphony Orchestra after winning SMU’s 2005 concerto competition. Mr. Zanca was also invited to play principal viola in Philadelphia with the Atlantic Coast Opera in 2005 and he was a finalist in the Doria International Competition in Japan in 2004.

Melissa is from Chicago, Illinois where she began studying the violin at the age of four. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University where she studied with performing artist, Chee-Yun Kim. Melissa plays classical and electric violin with the Dallas String Quartet. In addition to DSQ, Melissa teaches violin at the Dallas Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

Violinist Eleanor Dunbar is an accomplished and commanding artist, performing regularly as a soloist, chamber music enthusiast, and concertmaster.  A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Emanuel Borok.  During her education at SMU, she was awarded the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, given to an outstanding music major each year. A native of California, Eleanor began her musical education at the young age of three. Under the tutelage of violinist Gail Gerding Mellert, she began her performance career throughout California, entered and placed in many competitions, and appeared as a soloist with symphonies such as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. From a young age, she attended music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. At the age of sixteen, she began her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University. Eleanor has been honored to share the stage with incredible artists such as Roberto and Andrés Díaz, the Escher Quartet, Chee-Yun Kim, Alessio Bax, and many more. She continues to perform throughout the country presenting recitals and performing with esteemed orchestras. Also as an avid chamber musician, Eleanor is a founding member of the Cézanne Quartet with whom she performs regularly. The quartet was named the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University in the fall of 2015. Eleanor plays on a violin made in 1896 by Joseph Anthony Chanot in London, England.

Young Heo Young Heo is a professional jazz bassist based in Dallas, Texas. Young had the opportunity to play in a professional setting with Ellis Marsalis, Adonis Rose, Delfeayo Marsalis, Stefan Karlsson, Shelly Carrol and Bernard Wright, and recorded over twenty albums including One O’clock Lab Band 2013. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Young Heo moved to United States when he was 16 years old. Young attended University of Texas at Arlington in 2007 and started playing intensively with the UTA Jazz Orchestra and top jazz combo. By the time he finished his bachelor degree in 2010, he had received multiple jazz scholarships and awards including Bill Snodgrass Endowed Jazz Scholarship Award. In 2011, Young was accepted on scholarship into the graduate jazz program at the University of North Texas. At the North Texas, Young performed with school’s top ensembles including the Two O’clock Lab Band and the Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band. While in the band, he had opportunities to play with such players as Peter Erskine, Bob Moses, Mike Stern, and many other jazz artists around the world. Young was awarded by UNT music faculty as the Outstanding Graduate Jazz Studies Student for 2013.

For more information, visit www.dallasstringquartet.com/


Single Ticket: $48 General Admission

*Single tickets do NOT include a beverage offering
*Ticket and pass price subject to change

*This show is part of the VPAC Pick 5 Ticket Package where you can select from a specific list of shows and get 1 Ticket to 5 Different Shows for only $150! For a list of available shows, and/or to purchase the package, click here.

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