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Pianist Eun Joo Chung plays East-West mix with Tacoma Concert Band

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 22, 2009 at 6:00 am |
April 22, 2009 6:00 am

Pianist Eun Joo Chung. Photo courtesy Tacoma Concert Band.

Tacoma Concert Band are going all out for their final performance for the season this Saturday night at the Pantages. The program is billed as East-meets-West: an American band playing both American and Asian pieces, and featuring young Korean concert pianist Eun Joo Chung.

Chung has made quite a career for herself since her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, giving recitals in Berlin and Vienna and opening Seattle’s Town Hall Virtuoso Piano Series. She’s won international competitions like the Viotti, Schubert and World Piano Competitions, and has been called “striking and impressive” by pianist Leon Fleischer (a former teacher) and “a remarkable artist” by the Seattle Symphony’s Gerard Schwarz.

This Saturday, Chung will be playing the solo in the concert band version of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and the "Grande Polonaise Brillante" of Fredric Chopin. The 28-year-old Tacoma Concert Band will play a variety of pieces with Asian themes (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese), as well as a Gershwin medley, Holst’s "Jupiter" from "The Planets," and Sousa (can you have a concert band show without it?)

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets from $15. 253-591-5894, 800-291-7593, www.broadwaycenter.org

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