KSU School of Music presents violinist Helen Kim in concert

Scholarship Series concert will feature Kim and pianist Sakiko Ohashi

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Helen Kim

KENNESAW, Ga. (February 28, 2013)

Kennesaw State University’s School of Music will celebrate an evening of stimulating music and astonishing partnership on Monday, March 18 for Helen Kim’s Scholarship Series concert. Emphasizing the classy and sophisticated vastness of KSU’s many gifted faculty and associations, the recital will feature a collaborative performance by one of KSU’s own professors, Helen Kim, and her longtime friend, Sakiko Ohashi. The exhilarating performance will take place at 8 p.m. in the Morgan Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, and it is the third Scholarship Series performance of the spring semester.


Kim, associate professor of violin, says the concert will feature her playing the violin with guest pianist, Sakiko Ohashi from Bard College in New York, accompanying her. “This is a very special concert to me personally,” Kim explains. “Sakiko and I met at the Aspen Music Festival and School when we were 16, and we became immediate friends. We met again a few years later at the Juilliard School in New York City, where we bonded another time and decided to collaborate as a violin and piano duo. At Juilliard, we auditioned to study chamber music, or more specifically, violin and piano works with the legendary Felix Galimir. We were fortunate enough to be accepted and to study the works that we will perform during the recital on March 18.”


As a result of their longtime companionship, Kim believes the audience will experience “the different styles and world sounds of the compositions, and more importantly, will be able to hear the works performed with the intimacy and trust that is produced as a result of having collaborated over the past 20 years!”


Michael Alexander, KSU director of orchestras and interim director of the School of Music, explains that the audience should “expect to hear some of the most challenging and exciting violin repertoire performed by a sensational violinist.” This unique cooperative show will feature Kim and Ohashi performing the works of Manuel de Falla, Leoš Janácek, César Franck and Ástor Piazzolla, among others.


Proceeds from the concert will go directly into a scholarship fund for the talented and deserving students of the School of Music. Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. For more information, visit the KSU Box Office online or call 770-423-6650.


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