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Faculty Select Series Presents Kim Duo Thursday Evening

September 10, 2013

How is it that composers have their own distinct manner of expression? It was only through traveling and experiencing the many different cultures of Europe that DePauw University faculty pianist Wonmin Kim (pictured at right) and violinist Wonji Kim, of Salzburg, Austria, came to understand the influence of language on a composer’s method of articulation, stress and phrasing.

The Kim sisters, natives of Seoul, South Korea, will be reunited for an evening of virtuoso works for violin and piano on the next Faculty Select Series concert at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, September 12, in the Green Center’s Thompson Recital Hall.

 Both widely traveled and accomplished artists, Wonji and Wonmin bring a fresh performance approach to masterpieces of the violin repertoire. In Thursday’s recital, they will present music from four different cultural and linguistic backgrounds -- Germany, France, Norway and Hungary -- including sonatas by Beethoven, Grieg and Ravel, along with Bela Bartók’s brilliant First Rhapsody written in the style of Eastern-European fiddle playing.

“We are indeed very happy about our musical reunion,” says Wonmin, a collaborative pianistviolin bow on the faculty of the DePauw University School of Music. “My sister and I are extremely excited to share with the audience the multitude of linguistic color through this program of beautiful violin and piano music.”

Violinist Wonji Kim is currently visiting DePauw from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 2003, following appointments with the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern.

Wonmin Kim, previously staff pianist for the prestigious Dorothy Delay studio at the Juilliard School of Music, began her professional career at the early age of twelve, performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 as soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra.  The recipient of many awards, including Juilliard’s distinguished David Garvey Scholarship, Wonmin joined the DePauw faculty in 2011 after serving several years as a much sought-after collaborative pianist in New York City.

Individual tickets for the Faculty Select Series are available for $5. Tickets for all students, seniors over 65, and youth, 12 years and younger, are free thanks to season sponsors, Judson and Joyce Green ('74 & '75). To ensure that any person wishing to attend a performance is able to do so, a pay-what-you-can option is available again this year, online and on request. All-access season passes are also available for purchase through September 15.

To order a season pass or purchase individual tickets, visit www.depauw.edu/music/tickets or call the Green Center Box Office additional details, (765) 658-4827.

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