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KMF CONCERT SERIES

KCS-NY rings in the holidays with violinist Judy Kang and friends in the
KMF Christmas Concert!

Korean Cultural Service New York
460 Park Ave., at 57th St.
Sixth Floor
New York, NY 10022

Thursday, December 16, 7:00 pm
Admission: free
Presented by the Korea Music Foundation
Sponsored by the Korean Cultural Service New York

Judy Kang, violin
Richard O’Neill, viola
Eunjoo Lee, soprano
Seung-Yun Lee, piano
Hun-Jae Kim, piano
Scott Wright, saxophone
Elizabeth Pridgen, piano
Paul An, baritone
Beth Nam, piano
Yuri Kim, cello
Hun-Jae Kim, piano

Canadian violin virtuoso Judy Kang will help ring in the holidays with the Korea Music Foundation’s annual Christmas Concert at the Korean Cultural Service New York. Ms. Kang, violist Richard O’Neill, soprano Eun-joo Lee, saxophonist Scott Wright, baritone Paul An, cellist Yuri Kim, and pianists Hun-Jae Kim, Seung-Yun Lee, Elizabeth Pridgen, and Beth Nam will all appear in this festive celebration of music.
Works of Mozart, Handel, Chopin, and others will be performed. The audience is invited to join in a traditional carol singalong at the concert’s conclusion. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Planned Program

W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) Duo for Violin & Viola, K423
Allegro
Adagio
Rondo: Allegro
Judy Kang, violin
Richard O’Neill, viola


G. F. Händel (1685-1759) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! (Messiah)
P. Yon (1886-1943) Gesu Bambino
Eunjoo Lee, soprano
Seung-Yun Lee, piano


F. Chopin (1810-1849) Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22
Hun-Jae Kim, piano


F. Decruck (1896-1954) Sonata in C-Sharp Minor
Très modéré, expressif
Andante
Fileuse
Nocterne et Final
Scott Wright, saxophone
Elizabeth Pridgen, piano


G. F. Händel The Trumpet Shall Sound (Messiah)
M. Tormé (1925-1999) The Christmas Song
Paul An, baritone
Beth Nam, piano


M. Bruch (1838-1920) Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Adagio ma non troppo - Un poco piu animato
Yuri Kim, cello
Hun-Jae Kim, piano

Singalong Christmas Carols

About the artists
Recognized today as one of classical music’s rising stars, Canadian violinist Judy Kang gained national attention at age 10 in her critically acclaimed performance with the National Arts Center Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Canada and abroad. Ms. Kang made her New York recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has appeared in recital and as a chamber musician in major concert venues. She graduated with a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Kang received a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and became the first and sole recipient of the Artist Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a member of the International Sejong Soloists and has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs.

Violist Richard O’Neill has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Mendelssohn and Orion string quartets, and violinists Gil Shaham and Cho-Liang Lin. In 2004, he began a residency with Chamber Music Society Two, Lincoln Center. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton and Ravinia Rising Stars, as well as performances on Bargemusic. Mr. O’Neill has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro and is a member of the International Sejong Soloists. He was the first violist to be accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at The Juilliard School, studying with Paul Neubauer. Mr. O’Neill performs on a viola made by Gasparo da Salo, Brescia, Italy (c. 1590), most generously loaned to him by the Samsung Foundation of Culture.

Soprano Eunjoo Lee has performed in La Bohème, The Merry Widow, Le Nozze di Figaro, and as a soprano soloist in many choral works including Messa di Gloria of Puccini, and Händel’s Messiah. She has given recitals in Korea and the United States. Ms. Lee began her studies in early childhood and continued in the Sun-Hwa Special Music School, later earning a bachelor of music degree as a scholarship student at Kyung-Hee University. She continued her studies in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a master’s degree in 2001. Her teachers have included Hilda Harris and Raymond Beegle.

Hun-Jae Kim, piano, has performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Hannover, Essen, and Nürnberg, Germany. She studied at the Seoul Arts High School in Korea, and graduated from the Master’s program and “Konzertexamen” with honors at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany, where she studied with Nerine Barrett.

Scott Wright holds a master's degree in classical saxophone performance from the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, where he studied with Gary Louie. Mr. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Stockton, Calif., where he studied under Dr. Donald DaGrade. Mr. Wright has performed throughout the United States, Russia, and eastern Europe. He has played with the American-Russian Young Artists Orchestra and the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Pacific Saxophone Quartet, he competed in international chamber music competitions and reached the finals of the Fischoff, Carmel, and Coleman competitions.

Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen’s recent engagements include concerts at Alice Tully Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the DACOR Bacon House in Washington D.C., as well as recitals in Atlanta, Long Island, and Curacao. She has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and with the Mark Morris Dance Group at Jacob’s Pillow. During the past two summers, she performed extensively at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Pridgen recently earned a master’s degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Joseph Kalichstein. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Ann Schein.

As a soloist with the United States Army Field Band, Paul An has performed in forty-nine states within the United States for more than 400,000 people. During that three year tenure, he has been featured as soloist with such ensembles as The London Symphony Orchestra, The Ravinia Music Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra under such notable conductors as Marvin Hamlisch, Eric Kunzel, and Sir Simon Rattle. Mr. An has appeared on broadcast television with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and various PBS broadcasts with the Army Field Band and National Symphony Orchestra. He currently attends The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Alice Tully Scholarship.

Pianist Beth Nam immigrated to America eight years ago and has won numerous competitions such as the US Open Concerto Competition and The 15th Annual Young Pianist Beethoven Competition. Ms. Nam is currently studying at the Juilliard School with Martin Canin, and is a recipient of the Vladmir Horowitz Scholarship, Howar and Ethel B. Ross Piano Scholarship, and I. Freundlich Memorial Scholarship.


Cellist Yuri Kim graduated from the Seoul Arts High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University. She later graduated from the Master’s program and “Konzertexamen” with honors at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany, where she studied with Marcio Carneiro. She won second prize and the audience prize in the Sixth International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, and won first prize in the Music Association of Korea Music Competition. She has performed with the Buchun Philharmonic and the Korean Symphony orchestras, at the “Young Promising Artist Recital” in the Seoul Arts Center, and at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

About the presenters
The Korea Music Foundation (KMF) was chartered in 1984 in the state of New York as a nonprofit organization. Since its inception, KMF has presented more than 50 solo New York debut recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and at Merkin Concert Hall, seven orchestra and chamber ensemble debut concerts (including that of the International Sejong Soloists) at Alice Tully Hall, and has presented established artists such as Kun Woo Paik and Dong-Suk Kang in concert for fundraising events at Alice Tully Hall. In 1999, KMF launched a chamber music series at the Korean Cultural Service New York; it has presented more than 100 musicians at this venue.
The Korean Cultural Service New York works under the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea to promote mutual cultural understanding between the United States and Korea. For more information about the Cultural Service and its programs, please visit www.koreanculture.org.