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Feb. 1, 2006

School Groups Attend Jan. 27 Hancher Matinee By Pianist/Skateboarder Hong

More than 400 Eastern Iowa students attended a matinee performance/discussion with charismatic young classical pianist Alpin Hong, presented Jan. 27 by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium in Clapp Recital Hall.

Hong, who won first prize in the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has quickly established a reputation as not only a virtuoso artist -- not to mention skateboarder, snowboarder and martial artist -- but also as a consummate showman.

The Santa Barbara News Press described Hong's performance there as "a tour de force. Hong evoked a kind of Beatlemania when he came on stage. What a showman! What a musician!"

In recognition of his gifts for communicating his passion for music to audiences of all ages, the McGraw-Hill Companies honored Hong in September 2005 with the $10,000 Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.

Hong is a native of Michigan and made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of 10. He moved to Los Angeles soon after and garnered competition victories at a young age at the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition, the 1993 SYMF Competition and the 1994 Los Angeles Spotlight Awards Competition. He completed his master's degree as a student of Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School.

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420 students participated in the matinee:

CEDAR RAPIDS: Cedar Rapids Home Schools - 44 students

CENTER POINT: Vinton-Shellsburg Home Schools - 6 students

FAIRFIELD: Fairfield Home Schoolers: 32 students; Maharishi Lower School - 58 students

IOWA CITY: Christian Home Educators - 33 students; Lemme Elementary - 85 students; Sacred Heart Home Schools - 28 students

KALONA: Mid-Prairie Home Schools - 10 students

LONG GROVE: Heart of Mary Educators -- 18 students

MARION: St. Joseph School - 75 students

WASHINGTON: Washington-Waco Home Schools - 31

Hancher's educational programming is supported by the Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson Arts Education Fund.

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