The Cameron University Department of Music presents “Gardens in the Rain,” a faculty piano recital by Hyunsoon Whang, McMahon Endowed Chair and Professor of Music. The recital is scheduled for Thursday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Cameron students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CU ID. A portion of the proceeds will benefit music scholarships. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 580-581-2400.
“In keeping with the theme of Cameron’s 2014-15 Academic Festival, ‘Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities,’ I have selected compositions inspired by our natural surroundings,” says Whang.
The program will include a piano arrangement of Bach’s well-known cantata, “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 28, “Pastoral,” Ravel’s “Jeux d’eau (Water Games),” Chopin’s “Raindrop” Prelude and more.
Whang has performed in more than 500 concerts across the United States as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland, 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.” Born in Seoul, South Korea, Whang was trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Juilliard School and the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, where she earned a doctorate. She serves on the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Touring Artists Rosters.
She joined the Cameron faculty in 1993. Whang has been honored as the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council’s Artist of the Year and the Cleveland Earth Day Coalition’s Entertainer of the Year. Additional honors include induction into the Cameron University Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame, Cameron University’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and a multiple listing in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Whang is also a recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts and Education Award.
August 29, 2014