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Recital to feature accomplished faculty pianist

RELEASED: Jan. 19, 2010

Dr. Namji Kim
Dr. Namji Kim

EAU CLAIRE — A recital by Dr. Namji Kim, associate professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be presented at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

This classical program, recently performed in Madison for Wisconsin Public Radio, will highlight common elements from compositions by Bach, Chopin, Fauré, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Prokofieff and Scriabin.

"Regardless of the period of each composition, I found that there is a Romantic element in each work," said Kim. "I think that romanticism is something that everyone can relate to."

The program moves from prayerful, yearning and tender, through dark romanticism and macabre humor, and finally to unbridled joy in the Scriabin sonata, which she has performed for audiences in Korea, France and New York City.

"The Scriabin sonata is the romantic side at its most ecstatic," she said. "When playing it, I visualize stars that ultimately turn into bright, joyful flames."

Kim began piano studies at the age of 6 and gave her first recital in France when she was 8. Her concert schedule has included performances in North America, Europe, Russia and Korea.

She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School and holds a doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to teaching piano and applied piano at UW-Eau Claire, she is an active accompanist and performer.

For information about this performance, contact Dr. Namji Kim at kimnc@uwec.edu.

To view upcoming music and theatre arts events see the Calendar of Events.

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