The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present “Romanticism in Transition” featuring guest soprano Amelia D’Arcy and Hyunsoon Whang on piano on Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. The concert takes place in the University Theatre. The event is sponsored by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts and is open to the public at no charge.
“After working with Amelia in concert and recording sessions, I truly appreciate her beautiful, full, powerful voice as well as her impeccable musicianship and intelligence,” says Whang. “In addition to the concert, she will be presenting a master class for Cameron students. As most of our music majors are voice majors, I wanted to provide this opportunity for our students to benefit from Amelia’s exceptional vocal prowess.”
“Romanticism in Transition” will feature works written between the late 19th and the mid-20th century by German (Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss), American (Samuel Barber and George Gershwin) and French (Frances Poulenc) composers.
“The first half is super romantic Germanic music which contrasts nicely with the second half of the recital with lighter, American and French music,” says Whang. “The program should appeal to both novices and connoisseurs of classical music as Amelia and I will comment on each composer/work and how they relate to ‘Romanticism in Transition.’"
A critically acclaimed soprano, D’Arcy has sung with orchestra, chamber ensemble, in recital and concert, and on the opera stage. She was a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and attended The Juilliard School and Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. At Columbia, she was the founder of the Columbia Opera Ensemble.
She has garnered awards from the Tanglewood Institute, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Rosa Ponselle Foundation and the Pittsburgh Concert Society. D’arcy’s intelligent style and musicianship have led to high critical praise. Opera News lauded her “compelling vocal quality” and The New York Times said “…a splendid performance…her voice invariably sounded lithe and alluring…she gave a shape to her phrases, an arc to her lines…”
Korean-American pianist Hyunsoon Whang has delighted audiences in hundreds of concerts across North America, 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."
She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and Nicholas Harsanyi. Her recent engagements have included solo and chamber music appearances and master classes in California, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Toronto and Reykjavik. Her live videos have been airing on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster.
A passionate educator, Whang has taught and nurtured generations of students. Her students have won competitions on a state and national level and received scholarships and fellowships from prestigious graduate schools. She presents mini-recitals for public school children each year, introducing and fostering the love of music to young people. She received Oklahoma Governor’s Arts and Education Award in 2010.
Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University.
January 31, 2018