Cameron University’s Hyunsoon Whang, Professor of Music and McMahon Endowed Chair in Music, will present a piano recital featuring the music of Schumann, Beethoven and Chopin on Sunday, February 3 at 4 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens, K-12 students and members of the military. Cameron students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid ID.
For this recital, Whang has selected Schumann’s “Arabeske” Op. 18, Beethoven’s Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1, and Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28.
“I've constructed this program around the complete 24 Preludes by Chopin, which will be the second half of the program,” Whang says. “Schumann’s Arabeske allows me to start with something soothing. I selected the Beethoven Sonata as the middle piece to contrast Schumann and Chopin’s Preludes, which combine for more than 40 minutes of exquisite music from the romantic era.”
Robert Schumann composed “Arabeske in C Major,” Op. 18, in 1839. The composer himself said that he was writing in a “lighter more feminine style” at this time, characterizing “Arabeske” as “delicate – for ladies.”
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 1, was composed during his early period, specifically between 1796 and 1798. It consists of three movements: Allegro molto e con brio, Adagio molto, and Prestissimo. Like the two other sonatas in Op. 10 (composed in F major and D major), Beethoven dedicated this piece to Anna Margarete von Browne, the wife of a Russian diplomat in Vienna who was one of his patrons.
“This particular sonata is an early, fiery work from the classical era,” Whang says. “This work fits in nicely for this program as well as serving my latest ‘need’ or an urge to learn a new Beethoven work. The outer movements are extremely concise and intense with the expansive slow movement being the heart of the sonata.”
Whang has long admired the works of Frederic Chopin, using the composer’s nocturnes as the theme of her first album, which was released last year. For this recital, she selected 24 Preludes, Op. 28, a set of short pieces for piano, one in each of the 24 keys. Chopin composed them between 1835 and 1839. According to Jeffrey Kallberg, a contributor to “The Cambridge Companion to Chopin,” “In publishing the 24 preludes together as a single opus, comprising miniatures that could either be used to introduce other music or as self-standing works, Chopin challenged contemporary attitudes regarding the worth of small musical forms.”
Whang is a nationally renowned pianist who has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Iceland, Japan and her native Korea. She released her first album, “Chopin Nocturnes,” last March. Whang 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.
January 24, 2019