Symphony Soirée features classical piano by Whitman prof

David Hyun-Su Kim, Whitman College professor of music, will perform classical works on piano Feb. 22 at Catherine Chism Hall.

David Hyun-Su Kim, Whitman College professor of music, will perform classical works on piano Feb. 22 at Catherine Chism Hall. Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Symphony


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WALLA WALLA — David Hyun-Su Kim is crazy about World Cup soccer and classical piano.

He’d probably bring his favorite team, London’s Arsenal to town if he could.

But since can’t, he’s bringing the works of a few other Europeans — Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert — to life on Saturday at Whitman College’s Catherine Chism Hall.

His solo performance is part of the Walla Walla Symphony’s Guest Artist Soirée series.

It will also serve as a preview of Hyun-Su Kim’s talent, which will be featured later this season in Soulmates, the Symphony’s season finale on May 20.

Following his Saturday performance there will be light refreshments and the opportunity to meet and talk with the soloist.

Hyun-Su Kim has performed around the world as a concert pianist and has been hailed by Malcolm Bilson, a foremost musicologist and professor at Cornell University, as one “who will doubtless make an important contribution to the musical life of this country.”

Hyun-Su Kim, who joined the faculty of Whitman College last year as a music professor himself, holds degrees from Harvard, Cornell, and Yale universities, as well as a doctorate from the New England Conservatory.

He has performed around the globe and participated in a number of prestigious festivals.

He made his debut in June 2009 as part of the Boston Early Music Festival with a program pairing works by Schubert and Schumann.

He returned in 2011, playing a program of Beethoven and Schumann.

His 2012-13 season included a tour with a five-octave fortepiano, with concerts and lectures at the University of Michigan, Bowdoin College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the New England Conservatory and the Orvieto Musica Concert Series in Chicago.

Tickets for his Saturday performance at 7:30 p.m. in Chism Hall are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for youth. Tickets for all Walla Walla Symphony concerts are available online at, by calling 509-529-8020, at the Symphony office at 13½ E. Main St., Suite 201, or at the door on the evening of the concert.

This story was modified Feb. 21 at 11:25 a.m. to reflect the following correction:

Because of a reporter's error, David Hyun-Su Kim's name was misspelled in a story that appeared in the Marquee. We regret the error.


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