CU@SC: Hyunsoon Whang in recital at Simmons Center

Hyunsoon Whang with pianoCameron University Department of Music Professor Hyunsoon Whang, D.M., presents "An Elegant Evening," a solo piano recital, on Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. at the Simmons Center in Duncan as part of the CU@SC (CU at the Simmons Center) Concert Series. An elegant reception follows this fantastic no-miss concert, which includes works by Scarlatti, Schumann and Liszt. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for senior citizens, military and students. Cameron students are admitted free with CU ID. For tickets, call the Simmons Center at 580.252.2900.

The concert will begin with a delightful "Sonata" by Scarlatti, followed by Schumann's "Fantasy Pieces," "Op. 12," and Liszt's "Petrarch Sonnets." The concert closes with two song transcriptions ("Widmung" and "Spring Night)" by Schumann-Liszt.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Hyunsoon Whang began her piano studies at the age of four and started playing public concerts at age twelve. Since then she has distinguished herself in numerous concerts across the United States, Europe, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Japan, and Korea. She is a versatile pianist who equally enjoys performing solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and concertos with orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and the late Nicholas Harsanyi. As a recitalist and a collaborator she has performed at Paul Hall in Lincoln Center, the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Se-Jong Cultural Center in Seoul. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival Master Classes, Canada's Victoria Music Festival and the Taos School of Music.

With her pianist husband Thomas Labé, she performed as a two piano duo in Germany and France to critical acclaim and recorded Alexis Weissenberg's surrealistic musical "Nostalgie" on the Arkadia label in Montpellier, France. Her teachers have included Gyorgy Sebok, Michele Bloch, Joseph Kalichstein, Clifton Matthews, Jung-joo Oh, Jung-kyu Kim and Soo-jung Shin, and she has studied the harpsichord with Maryse Carlin and chamber music with Michael Tree and Felix Galimir.

Whang came to the United States in 1978 and studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and holds a doctorate from Indiana University School of Music. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Music at Cameron University since 1993. She was named Entertainer of the Year by the Cleveland Earth Day Coalition in 2001 and Artist of the Year by the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council in 2002, was inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association's Faculty Hall of Fame in 2004, and was named the Louise D. McMahon Endowed Chair in Music in 2006.

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March 30, 2009
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