After spending a week with the students of the School District of South Milwaukee, pianist Alpin Hong will return to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center May 14 and 15. On Saturday, May 14, Unplugged will feature “Star Wars Main Theme” along with a storytelling narrative of how music has influenced Alpin’s life. As an added bonus, the evening will begin with a free concert by the 484th Army Band at 7 pm. Then on Sunday, May 15, Classical Alpin will feature Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” The second half will be a set with the South Milwaukee High School music students. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 414-766-5049 or online at www.southmilwaukeepac.org.
Throughout his time here, Alpin has worked with a variety of students to promote the importance of music in their lives. He performed an interactive outreach concert for Blakewood, Lakeview, E.W. Luther and Rawson Elementary along with both the Middle and High School. The South Milwaukee High School Choir, Jazz Band and Orchestra students have worked with Alpin Hong throughout the past two weeks to prepare for their performance with him on stage during Classical Alpin.
The students were not the only ones reaping the benefit of Alpin Hong’s amazing talent. He also performed at Franciscan Villa and Marquette Manor during his stay.
Alpin Hong’s astonishing ability to connect to people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds distinguishes him and shapes his evolving performance style. His extensive classical training, matched with his background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts, and videogames, forms a creative force unmatched in its youthful vivacity and boundless energy. His tireless pursuit to find, inspire, and collaborate with talents in every community results in unforgettably magical presentations that simultaneously expand worlds yet hit close to home.
Alpin Hong is a native of Michigan and made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of ten. He moved to Los Angeles soon after and garnered competition victories at a young age with wins at the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition, the 1993 SYMF Competition and the 1994 Los Angeles Spotlight Awards Competition. His teachers have included Mark Richman, and Emilio del Rosario, and he completed his Master’s degree as a student of Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard School.
Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper. Opening the ears, eyes and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of Americans, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to
their feet. In recognition of the pianist’s immense gifts for communicating his passion for music to audiences of all ages, The McGraw-Hill Companies honored him in September 2005 with the $10,000 Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.
In July 2005, Gramophone magazine declared Mr. Hong’s first CD (works of Scarlatti, Brahms, Debussy and Stravinsky on MSR Classics) “a debut that enhances this young pianist’s reputation.” The release of his second album in January 2007, friendtaskmasterteacher, sold out of its first run within a matter of weeks. The New York Times lauded his “crystalline energy…clear and persuasive ideas…and remarkable breadth of coloration” in a review of his standing-room only New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Highlights of Mr. Hong’s recent appearances include performances at the internationally renowned Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Michigan, the Grand Opera House in Wisconsin, and “a rock-star-like performance” of the Ravel G minor Piano Concerto in the opening gala of the Boise Philharmonic’s 07-08 season. His uniquely humorous and visionary approach to arts education has resulted in artistic residencies from coast to coast, and recent appearances at the Schauer Arts Center in Wisconsin, Strings in the Mountains in Colorado, and Henderson/Las Vegas in Nevada left a new generation of young people inspired and cheering.
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is located inside the South Milwaukee High School at 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI between College and Rawson Avenues. It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794. Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot. Patrons should enter door #9. For tickets or directions, call 414-766-5049. For more information about the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, visit their website at www.southmilwaukeepac.org.
This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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