Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang with Chih-Yi Chen, piano accompanist Nov.6th

Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang with Chih-Yi Chen, piano accompanist Nov.6th

By George Bennett

Friday at 2:15 p.m.

The Artists Showcase West concert series moves to Naperville’s Wentz Concert Hall November 6th for a Sunday afternoon concert featuring violinist Clara-Jumi Kang with piano accompanist Chih-Yi Chen. First Prize winner of international violin competitions at Seoul in 2009, and at Sendai and Indianapolis in 2010, Clara performs on the 1683 Stradivari previously owned by famed violinist Joseph Gingold. Piano accompanist Chih-Yi Chen returns to Artists Showcase West, having performed a solo recital in 2001. Music will include classical and romantic works for violin and piano by Tomasso Vitali, Ernest Chausson, Henryk Wieniawski and Richard Strauss.
Wentz Concert Hall is located at 171 East Chicago Avenue on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. The concert begins at 3 PM with a pre-concert conversation moderated by music commentator Joshua Kind introducing the program at 2 PM. Individual tickets are available in advance or on the afternoon of the event at a cost of $30, with full time students, including college students, admitted for $15. Group discounts are also available. For tickets or additional information phone 630-963-9093, or visit Personal checks, cash and credit cards are accepted.
Born in Germany to parents of Korean heritage, Clara-Jumi Kang exhibited a unique musical gift at a very early age and was admitted when just 4 years old to the Mannheim High School for Music as the youngest student ever. At age 5 she performed with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and when she turned 7 she auditioned at the Juilliard School where she was accepted with a full scholarship. During that period, not only did she perform widely in the United States, but also in Europe and Asia, including her debut concert in Korea’s Seoul Arts Center at the age of 8. She has since performed with every major Korean orchestra, and gone on to garner top awards in several major violin competitions including the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where she distinguished herself from the field with a moving final round performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Ms. Kang will release a solo album on the Decca label later this year, and is scheduled to make her Carnegie Hall Issac Stern Theater debut on May 4th, 2012.
Pianist Chih-Yi Chen returns to the Artists Showcase West Concert stage after an absence of 10 years. Ms. Chen, a noted soloist, is also a leading accompanist at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she has collaborated with many outstanding musicians including violinists Joshua Bell and Jaime Laredo. Her work with a group of especially talented young violinists, known as The Indiana University Violin Virtuosi, has given her recognition as a specialist in violin repertoire and made her an increasingly sought-after ensemble player.
The Downers Grove Concert Association is an independent not-for-profit organization employing no paid administrative staff. Contributions to assist in the production of Artists Showcase West are fully tax-deductible as charitable contributions. Remaining concerts in Artists Showcase West’s 65th season include:
February 19, 2012 – Gryphon Piano Trio (Johnson Auditorium, Downers Grove North High)
April 15, 2012 – Alon Goldstein, piano (Littlejohn Hall at Midwestern University)

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