Date: 3:00pm EDT September 28, 2014
Carnivals & Dances: Virtuoso French Music for Two Pianos
Pianists Grace Kim and Hanchien Lee join forces to showcase the virtuosity and versatility of the piano. Experience the thrilling sonorities of works for two pianos through Camille Saint-Saëns’ whimsical Carnival of the Animals and Dance Macabre, Francis Poulenc’s virtuosic Concerto for Two Pianos, and Maurice Ravel’s exhilarating La Valse. This all-French program promises to delight the youth and the young at heart.Kim and Lee appear collaboratively and as soloists in the US and abroad. Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Season tickets are available, as well. A reception will be provided during intermission and following the performance.
“Provocative, lustrous and rich with emotional contrasts” as reviewed by The Washington Post, and “Hypnotic from the first to the last note” by Die Rheinpfalz, Grace Eun Hae Kim has performed as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, South Korea, Germany, South Africa, and Spain. She has performed in notable venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Juilliard Theater, Steinway Hall, and at Aspen Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts, Pianofest, and Bowdoin Music Festival. Solo appearances with orchestras include the Minnesota Orchestra, Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Cherokee Symphony Orchestra, and Siouxland Youth Symphony. Chamber orchestral appearances include the New Juilliard Ensemble and New Millennium Festival Orchestra in Gijón, Spain.
Dr. Kim holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. For more information, please visit her website at www.pianist-gracekim.com
Since her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age sixteen, pianist Hanchien Lee has performed throughout the US, in Europe, and across her native Taiwan. She has delighted audiences at Steinway Hall in New York, Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Basilica San Pietro in Italy, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with diverse ensembles such as the Taiwan National Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis in Poland, the Plainfield Symphony in New Jersey, and the Chamber Orchestra of Perugia, Italy. Among her many awards are top prizes in the Heida Hermanns and Wonderlic Piano Competitions as well as the prestigious ChiMei Scholarship in Taiwan.
Ms. Lee earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory, the Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Yale University, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was admitted at age 11. Her principal teachers were Claude Frank, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Boris Slutsky. For more information, please visit her website at www.hanchienlee.com
Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Concerto for Two Pianos Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
La Valse Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Jonathan McCollum, Ph.D.
Ken Schweitzer, D.M.A