• March 11, 2024

Concert 4

Concert 4

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Concert 4: David Kim and Friends will be held on Tuesday, July 30 at 7:30PM 

David Kim founded the Kingston Chamber Music Festival in 1989, serving as Artistic Director for the next 20 years. Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999, Kim’s return to Kingston is always a reason to celebrate! 

This concert offers the thrilling and rare opportunity to see Kim share the stage with current Artistic Director Natalie Zhu. They will perform Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano, an arrangement of several movements from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, composed in 1920. Twelve years later, Stravinsky and violinist Samuel Dushkin arranged the cello-and-piano suite into this violin-and-piano suite. The charm of Pergolesi’s melodies and the piquant flavor of Stravinsky’s rewriting makes his Suite Italienne one of his most enjoyable works. 

Kim and his stand partner, Juliette Kang, first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op.56. After more than a decade in Paris – then the cultural center of the world – Prokofiev wrote this piece on commission from Triton, a new Paris-based society dedicated to presenting new chamber music. Prokofiev famously stated that “there are still so many beautiful things to be said in C Major” and we couldn’t agree more – especially when the violins are in the hands of Kim and Kang.

In the second half of the concert, Kim and Kang will be joined by  Che-Hung Chen (viola), Priscilla Lee (cello), Clancy Newman (cello), and Burchard Tang (viola) for Johannes Brahms’s String Sextet No.1 in B-flat Major, Op.18. This group of musicians had originally been invited to KCMF by Kim years ago. They rarely get the chance to play chamber music together now so their reunion in Kingston promises to be delightful for all involved, whether playing or listening. This repertoire showcases the celebrated composer’s genius for blending different voices and creating rich textures, all leading to a joyful conclusion – for the piece, the musicians, and the concert alike!