DSO welcomes award-winning violinist
DANVILLE — The Danville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening will present a concert with the theme "Titans," featuring Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and Ludwig von Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with guest artist Clara-Jumi Kang, an Indianapolis violin competition winner.
The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St., under the direction of Maestro Jeremy Swerling.
Kang, a German of Korean origin, was born in Mannheim in 1987. She won the gold medal at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where she won five additional special prizes and the use of the 1683 Ex-Gingold Stradivari for four years.
Among other prizes, she has won first at the 2010 Sendai International Violin Competition, second at the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition and first at the 2009 Seoul International Violin Competition.
Kang has had multiple concert engagements throughout North America, including a Carnegie Hall debut. She also has performed at multiple recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States.
She started violin and piano lessons at age 3 and entered the Mannheim Musikhochschule at age 4, studying with Valerie Gradov. The next year, she moved to Lubeck to study with Zakhar Bron and debuted with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
At age 7, she auditioned at the Juilliard School; it gave her a full scholarship. There she studied with renowned pedagogues Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang.
Clara-Jumi Kang gave her debut concert in Korea at age 8, performing with the Korean Chamber Ensemble at the Seoul Arts Center. Since then, she has performed with all the major Korean orchestras.
She completed her studies with Nam Yun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts and now lives in Munich.
Concert-goers are invited to attend a preconcert Moments with the Maestro at 6:45 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. There, Kang and Swerling will share their insights into the evening's music.
Also, Swerling will present Listen In! from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 141 of Danville Area Community College's Bremer Conference Center. That event is free and open to the public.
"A little background can go a long way when listening to a big piece of music from the late Romantic period," reads a news release from the symphony. "Mahler's music is overflowing with links to his Austro-Hungarian heritage and childhood, including military parades, nature walks, religion, folk songs and more. So enhance your experience of hearing this great work by joining Maestro Swerling and guests for an in-depth exploration of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, including background on the composer as well as the origin of the many of the melodies and how they weave their way through the symphony."
Concert ticket prices for adults are $30 in Section A and $28 in Section B; for senior citizens, $28 and $26, respectively; and for students, $15. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. To order tickets by phone, call 443-5300.