Northwestern Fine Arts Department to play host to pianist performance on Sept. 14

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Northwestern Fine Arts Department to play host to pianist performance on Sept. 14

August 31, 2016 

Dr. Hyunsoon WhangNorthwestern Oklahoma State University’s Fine Arts Department will play host to pianist on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Fine Arts Building, room 200.

Dr. Hyunsoon Whang will give a Masterclass at 1 p.m. with several local piano students. At 5 p.m., Whang will perform a recital featuring works by Ravel, Mozart and Chopin. The events are free and open to the public.

Whang, who serves as the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music at Cameron University in Lawton, began her piano studies at the age of 4 and started playing public concerts at age 12. Since then she has delighted audiences in hundreds of concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. Critics have praised her as "the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music," and as one who has "always delivered with grace and beauty."

She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and Nicholas Harsanyi. Her recent engagements have included solo and chamber music appearances and master classes in California, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Toronto and Reykjavik. Her live videos have been airing on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster.

A passionate educator, Whang has taught and nurtured generations of students. Her students have won competitions on a state and national level, and received scholarships and fellowships from prestigious graduate schools. She presents mini-recitals for the Public School children each year introducing and fostering the love of music to young people. She received the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts and Education Award in 2010.

Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University. Besides piano, she enjoys practicing yoga, watching baseball and being a virtual mom to her daughter Courtney who is a college student in Chicago.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Whang as a visiting artist here at Northwestern,” said Susan Duell, class piano instructor and choral accompanist at Northwestern. “We encourage everyone to come and hear this distinguished, world-renowned pianist. You will be delighted and inspired by her music!”

More information about Whang and her career can be found at www.hyunsoonwhang.com.

For more information on the event contact Duell at sjduell@nwosu.edu.

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