CU@SC: Hyunsoon Whang in concert at Simmons Center

The CU@SC concert series returns to the Simmons Center with a piano concert by Hyunsoon Whang, Professor of Music, on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for senior citizens, K-12 students and members of the military. Cameron students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid ID. Tickets can be reserved in advance calling 580-581-2491 and will also be available at the door. Following the recital, a reception will take place in the Chisholm Trail Hall.

Hyunsoon WhangWhang’s program will consist of selections by Mozart and Chopin as well as the world premiere of Dr. Greg Hoepfner’s “In D.”

“I have been wanting to play a newly written composition for a while since I believe it is our (the performers') responsibility to introduce new music,” Whang says. “I was delighted when Greg showed me a couple of piano pieces he had written recently. I read through them and decided on this work, ‘In D,’ to be premiered at the winter concert at Simmons Center. It is a unique, ethereal sounding piece.”

The program will begin with Mozart's celebrated “D Minor Fantasy,” followed by Hoepfner’s "In D." The first half will conclude with Mozart's “B-flat Major Sonata” of which Whang says, “This is an exuberant, large scale work. I wanted to play this particular sonata, my personal favorite of all Mozart's piano sonatas, to make everyone (including myself) happy ushering in the New Year.”

Whang will devote the second half of the recital to the music of Chopin, saying, “The three nocturnes and a scherzo will showcase many aspects of Chopin's music: from lyrical, wistful, melancholy to effervescent to fiery.”

Whang is a nationally renowned pianist who has performed nearly 500 concerts across the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Iceland, Japan and her native Korea. She studied at North Carolina School of the Arts, St. Louis Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School and Indiana University, where she earned her doctorate. She is a recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Art and Education Award and holds the Louise D. McMahon Endowed Chair in Music at Cameron University.

CU@SC is presented by the Cameron University School of Arts and Sciences. For more information about the concert, call 580-581-5506.

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January 17, 2017