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Jan. 13, 2006

Pianist Hong Completes UI Residency With Hancher-Sponsored Concert

Alpin Hong, the charismatic young pianist whose impact has been compared to "Beatlemania," will complete a University of Iowa residency with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The concert, presented by Hancher Auditorium, will feature Felix Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso, op. 14; Claude Debussy's "Suite bergamasque," which includes "Clair de lune"; Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 83; Alberto Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas, op. 2; Franz Liszt's "Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude"; and Igor Stravinsky's Suite from "Firebird."

The residency will include:

-- a pre-school activity at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Iowa City Public Library;

-- a performance for patients at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City at noon Jan. 26;

-- an interview on UI classical radio station KSUI, FM 91.7, at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26;

-- a performance for area school groups on Hancher's Stage Door series at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall; and

-- a free mini-performance, open to the public at noon Jan. 27 in the John Colloton Pavilion Atrium of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

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 Mr. Hong's performance 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 the 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.

Hong's concert is supported by John and Lynne Geweke through the University of  Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $24; UI student $15; senior citizen $21.60 youth $16.80.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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