The overarching themes of “Elegance and Intensity” are perfectly fused in this program of Thrilling Virtuosity. Grammy Award- Winning violinist Karen Kim makes her San Juan Symphony debut with the flashy and heartfelt Barber Violin Concerto. The Coriolan Overture showcases the great Beethoven at his most passionate, and the First Symphony of Shostakovich creates wild contrasts and great tension that already reveal the composer’s mature voice—a voice that would challenge Soviet norms and spark revolution.
The performances are scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at Henderson Performance Hall in Farmington and Sunday, April 5 at 3 pm at the Community Concert Hall in Durango. Maestro Thomas Heuser will preview each concert an hour before showtime in the halls. The talks are free and the public is invited to attend.
Karen Kim has performed in such prestigious venues and series as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Zankel and Weill Recital Halls; the Celebrity Series of Boston; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the Vienna Musikverein; London’s Wigmore Hall; the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; the Seoul Arts Center; and Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. She received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011 for her recordings of the complete quartets of György Ligeti.
She is a member of the Jasper String Quartet and a founding member of Third Sound, which made its debut with an historic residency at the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in 2015. She is also a member of Talea Ensemble, Deviant Septet, and Ensemble Échappé, and frequently performs with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and NOVUS NY.
Thrilling Virtuosity is sponsored by James Foster and the Connie Gotsch Arts Foundation.
For Farmington tickets, please call the Henderson Hall box office at 505-566-3430. For more information, please visit www.sanjuansymphony.org. For Durango tickets, please call 970-247-7657, purchase online at www.durangoconcerts.com, or visit the Community Concert Hall ticket office in the Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Avenue.