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Gershwin’s distinctive and instantly recognizable “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring noted South Korean pianist Hye-Jin Kim, is the centerpiece of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming program led by Music Director Jaime Martín on Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Kim, who is on the piano faculty at Colburn School, is one of South Korea’s top classical stars. She is known for her musical sensitivity and deeply engaging performances that transport audiences beyond mere technical virtuosity. She first attracted international attention at age 17 when, as its youngest participant, she won third prize in Italy’s prestigious Busoni Competition. Kim also received prizes at the 2008 Hong Kong International Piano Competition, DAAD Prize, Steinway and Sons Advancement Award Competition and Toronto International Piano Competition. She has performed and toured with numerous orchestras, including the Russian State Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Praha Broadcast and Budapest Symphony Orchestras, the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg and Nürnberger Symphoniker. Kim made her major label debut with her recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerts Nos. 1 and 2 with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra led by Eduard Topchjan on Sony Classical in 2013 and her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2016.
Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” is made possible, in part, from a generous contribution from Hilda Hererra Adler. The appearance of Hye-Jin Kim is made possible, in part, with support from Dr. Hervey + Doris Segall.
LACO recognizes the generous support of the Colburn Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. LACO gratefully acknowledges Hogan Lovells US LLP for generous pro bono support.
Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Royce Hall is located at 340 Royce Drive. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Blvd. For tickets, priced $32 – $142, and information, please visit laco.org or call (213)221-3920.
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