Hyunsoon Whang, McMahon Endowed Chair and Professor of Music at Cameron University, will present “Schumann and Friends,” a free piano recital, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 10 at the 46th Star Auditorium of the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue in Oklahoma City. Whang will perform the music of Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth. Schumann, described as an “arch-romantic,” is considered one of the most beloved early 19th century composers. For more information, contact the Metropolitan Library System at (405) 606-3879.
Whang has performed in more than 500 concerts across the United States as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Korea. Critics have praised her as “the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music,” and as one who has “always delivered with grace and beauty.”
In addition to regional engagements this season in Duncan, Oklahoma City, and Lawton, she will also perform in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Cleveland, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Interlochen, Michigan.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Whang was trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Juilliard School; she holds a doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. She serves on the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Touring Artists Rosters. Last season she was invited to perform for the Oklahoma Consular Summit of the Asia-Pacific Region at the Governor’s Mansion. Her live performance videos from Drury University in Missouri have been broadcast recently on PBS stations in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
She has been on the faculty at Cameron University since 1993. Her honors include the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council’s “Artist of the Year,” induction into the Cameron University Alumni Association’s Faculty Hall of Fame, Earth Day Coalition’s “Entertainer of the Year,” and a multiple listing in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
September 30, 2010