Cameron University professor of music Hyunsoon Whang will present “Scenes From Childhood,” a piano recital, on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. The recital will feature compositions related to childhood by Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin and Villa-Lobos. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/military/senior citizens. Cameron students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CU id.
“I chose this title and the works related to childhood for rather personal reasons,” says Whang. “Since our only daughter Courtney will be off to college next fall, I have been reflecting and reminiscing about her growing up as well as my own childhood. We pianists are fortunate in that we have a plethora of great repertoire under any subject, be it childhood, love, life, death, religion, you name it. Schumann is one of my favorite composers and I took the title of this recital from one of his well-known works.”
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Whang began her piano studies at age 4 and started playing public concerts at 12. Since then she has delighted audiences in more than 500 concerts across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. 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."
As a recitalist and a collaborator, she has performed at Se-Jong Cultural Center in Seoul, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Paul Hall in Lincoln Center and the Ordway Theater in St. Paul. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival Master Classes, Canada’s Victoria Music Festival and the Taos School of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and Nicholas Harsanyi. 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.
Recent performances have included solo recitals and chamber music concerts in New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri and Oklahoma. Her engagements during the 2013-14 Season will include an appearance with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo performances and master classes in California, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Iceland. Whang’s live videos have been airing on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. She is on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. In 2010, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry presented her with the Governor’s Arts and Education Award.
Equally passionate as an educator, Whang has nurtured and influenced generations of students of all ages. Her piano students have garnered top prizes at competitions and received full scholarships to prestigious institutions. She presents recitals for public school children each year where she relates classical music to other subjects such as history, literature, science and environment. She has served as the faculty advisor for Cameron University’s Asian Club and as president of Cameron’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter. She was inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame by the Cameron University Alumni Association.
Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University. She studied piano with Gyorgy Sebok, Michele Block, Joseph Kalichstein, Clifton Matthews, Jung-joo Oh and Soo-jung Shin, and she has studied the harpsichord with Maryse Carlin and chamber music with Michael Tree and Felix Galimir. She has a member of the Cameron faculty since 1992 and was named the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music in 2006.
January 13, 2014\