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Date: 7:30pm EST February 15, 2018

Lori Kesner (flute), Dan Shomper (cello) & Woobin Park (piano)

As part of its 2017-2018 Premier Artists Lineup, the Concert Series presents Lori Kesner (flute), Dan Shomper (cello), and Woobin Park (piano), performing works by George Crumb, Carl Maria von Weber, Bohuslav Martinu, and Astor Piazzolla. Advance tickets are available through EventBrite.

Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65 / WC faculty & staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Season tickets can be purchased on the Concert Series website. Inquires and ticket holds can be sent to  or 410-778-7839 (Debbie Reed).

 

An award-winning musician and scholar, Lori Kesner enjoys a distinguished and active career as both a performing flutist and world music lecturer. 

In 2002 Dr. Kesner was awarded a Fulbright grant to study Karnatak flute in South India. After earning both doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), as well as a Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude from Ithaca College, Dr. Kesner accepted a faculty position at CCM as Director of the Andean World Music Lab and Preparatory Instructor of Flute Performance. She was also appointed as a Visiting Instructor at Miami University, Ohio, where she directed Andean and African world music ensembles and taught flute and world music courses. Dr. Kesner currently serves on the performing arts faculties of both the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore County, and in 2008 was invited to be on the faculty of the Portugesa State Youth Orchestra for the Venezuelan El Sistema. In the fall of 2011 Dr. Kesner began a series of world music lectures at John Hopkins University.

As an experienced and actively-sought orchestral flutist, Dr. Kesner performs regularly with the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, and Mid-Atlantic Symphony in Maryland.  She has appeared with orchestras in the Americas and Europe, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra (TN), Richmond Symphony (VA), Binghamton Philharmonic (NY), Key West Symphony (FL), Utah Festival Opera, National Repertory Orchestra, AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria and the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy.

 

Dr. Shomper is an active performer and teacher in the Washington DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area.  The Baltimore Sun praised his ‘virtuoso playing’ and complimented his ‘masterful performance’ and ‘lyrical expression.’  He is a member of the Annapolis and Alexandria Symphony Orchestras, and has also performed with the National Philharmonic and Fairfax Symphony. 

In addition to his work as an orchestral performer, Dr. Shomper is an active chamber musician and recitalist.  He has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center, the National Art Gallery, and the Washington Arts Club, among others.  Additionally, he has performed concerts and in prestigious music festivals in the United States and abroad, including venues in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Praugue, Budapest, Helsinki and Quebec. While at Maryland, Daniel studied with David Hardy, and also worked with Peter Wiley, Kenneth Slowik, Evelyn Elsing, and members of the Guarneri Quartet.  Dr. Shomper maintains a robust private teaching studio and is also a faculty member at the Anne Arundel Community College.

 

Praised for her commanding stage presence and elegant musicianship, Dr. Woobin Park has appeared throughout the United States and South Korea with various types of solo and chamber recitals as well as collaboration with renowned orchestra. She has performed in distinguished concert venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, and Elizabeth Horowitz Performing Arts Center and Montpelier Arts Center in Maryland, Tedmann Concert Hall in Minneapolis and Auer Concert Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.

She is a winner of numerous competitions including Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, where she was also awarded “Best Performance of the Required Work,” San Nicola di Bari International Piano Competition in Italy, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, University of Minnesota Concerto Competition, and American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music.

Dr. Park holds the Master of Music degree and Performer’s Diploma from Indiana University Bloomington studying with Edward Auer and Shigeo Neriki and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, studying with Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw. Dr. Park was a recipient of biggest and most prestigious scholarship and fellowship for her outstanding performance/academic achievements.