BY MARY KAY SWEIKAR
The Danville Symphony will be joined by award-winning violinist Clara-Jumi Kang on March 9 for an evening of classical music.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School.
The program will open with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring Kang, who is known for her lyricism and virtuosity.
A German of Korean origin, Kang was born into a musical family in Mannheim in 1987. In September 2010 she won the Gold Medal at the Eighth Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, where she also won five additional special prizes. Since her triumph in Indianapolis, she has given concerts worldwide, including her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut last May.
Kang started violin and piano lessons at age 3 and entered the Mannheim Musikhochschule at 4. At 7, she auditioned at the Juilliard School and was accepted on a full scholarship, studying with the renowned Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. She gave her debut concert at 8 years old, performing with the Korean Chamber Ensemble at the Seoul Arts Center. She completed her studies with Nam Yun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts.
Staci Disney-Walker, symphony executive director, said, “The audience should really enjoy this concert. Our guest artist has a remarkable background and is an extremely talented performer. I find it amazing that she got started on the violin so young.”
After intermission, the orchestra will perform “Titans: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1,” which follows a young man’s journey through central European life in the 1880s and how he was influenced by Bohemia, the military, nature, love, despair and heroism.
Maestro Jeremy Swerling said, “For lovers of big orchestral and phenomenal soloist talent, it doesn’t get much better than this. Mahler’s First Symphony and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto are pieces of sublime beauty and musical entertainment. Each of them holds a special place in the classical music hall of fame for different reasons.
“It’s a miracle that we were able to bring Clara-Jumi Kang to Danville, since she has performed the Beethoven piece with the best orchestras in the world,” he added. “To say that I’m excited to be hosting and performing with her doesn’t adequately describe the honor.”
This concert is sponsored by the Danville Symphony Orchestra Foundation.
Symphony goers can enhance their concert experience by joining Swerling and guests for an in-depth exploration of Mahler’s First Symphony.
The program will run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. March 7 at Danville Area Community College’s Bremer Conference Center Room 141. There is no cost and it’s open to the public.
Attendees will learn about the background of the composer Gustav Mahler, as well as the origin of the many melodies and how they weave their way through the symphony.
Moments with Maestro
Concertgoers will have an opportunity to attend “Moments with the Maestro” prior to the concert, starting at 6:45 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. Swerling and guest artist Kang will share insights on the evening’s performance.