Paganini-Liszt Smashoff

The Jamestown College Department of Music is hosting violinist Benjamin Sung and pianist Jihye Chang for a guest recital, “Paganini-Liszt Smashoff,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center’s DeNault Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Freewill donations will be accepted.

In 1851, Franz Liszt published his Grande Etudes de Paganini, a set of six concert etudes based on six works by the violinist Niccolo Paganini: five of his Caprices for solo violin, and the last movement of his Violin Concerto No. 2.  Sung and Chang will present these works in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth.

Benjamin Sung is Concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member at both Minnesota State University-Moorhead and North Dakota State University, and Artistic Director of the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series at MSUM.  In the 2010-2011 season Sung has performed solo recitals at the Santader Cultural of Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Virtuosi Festival of Recife, Brazil, and at the University of Minnesota.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and master’s and doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Jihye Chang is a faculty member at both Concordia College and North Dakota State University. She also serves as the Artistic Director of the newly created “Chamber Music ff” series in Fergus Falls, Minn. She has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, Costa Rica, and France.  In 2011, she will appear at the Orleans summer festival in France and appear as a soloist with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. She holds a master’s degree and doctorate from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University.

Sung and Chang will soon release an album of new American music for violin and piano, supported by a Recording Grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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