The Cameron University Department of Music will present “An Evening of Music for Viola and Piano” featuring guest artist Lembi Veskimets on viola and Dr. Hyunsoon Whang, Professor of Music, on piano. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre, the concert is open to the public at no charge and is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.
The duo will perform selections by Franz Schubert, ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical era; Mikhail Glinka, often regarded as the fountainhead of Russian classical music; and Sergei Prokofiev, considered one of the major composers of the 20th century.
“The program is built around the ‘Arpeggione,’ one of the most beloved masterpieces by Schubert which I have been dying to play,” Whang says. “Lembi also wanted to play the selections from Prokofiev's celebrated ballet score based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which in this case, is arranged for viola and piano from a full orchestral score. I find this to be an excellent arrangement and am having a great time learning it. The Glinka and Prokofiev make a nice first half of music by Russian composers, then we will perform the Schubert after the intermission.”
Veskimets has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, among the handful of the world's greatest symphonic ensembles, since 1997. She previously held the principal viola positions of both the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra, with which she was also featured as a soloist in the Bartok Concerto. Touring in Europe and appearing at Carnegie Hall annually with the Cleveland Orchestra, she has performed internationally as a chamber musician. She has participated in festivals such as the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, the Taos School of Music, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. She was a prize-winner at the ASTA National Solo Competition and winner of the Florence Hood-Bryson Trophy for strings at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival. The late violin soloist Isaac Stern called hers "a beautiful talent."
Veskimets received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music's Preparatory Department and Young Artist Program, the Cleveland Music School Settlement and the Encore School for Strings. She has also served as a chamber music and section coach for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and has given master classes at the Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and the University of Oklahoma.
Korean-American pianist Whang began her piano studies at the age of four and started playing public concerts at age twelve. Since then she 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." 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 joined the Cameron faculty in 1992, where she holds the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music. 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 the Lawton Public School children each year introducing and fostering the love of music to young people.
In 2010, she was honored with the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts and Education Award. 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 studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University.
For more information, contact the Department of Music at 580-581-2440.
March 13, 2015