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Concert Program - 7th Susie Kim Memorial Concert


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 


Saturday Evening, August 23, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.  

National Association of Professional Asian American Women
Co-sponsored by the Susie Kim Memorial Fund and
The International Asian American Business Roundtable


Memorial Concert
"In Honor of Susanna Kim (Susie)"


JOHN NEWTON                                              Amazing Grace

                                Piano Prelude, Estella Kyungmi Lee, Piano
                                               Amy K. Kown, Soprano

BILL PARKINSON                                        Mother of Mine

                                                 Arranged by Estella Kyungmi Lee

HORATIO GATES SPAFFORD                     It Is Well with My Soul

                                                         Estella Kyungmi Lee, Piano

Giuseppe Verdi                                 Oh, tu che in seno, agli angeli
from "La Forza del Destino"

ErnestO dE Durtis                 Italian Song (Non ti Scordar di Me)

GiacomO PuccinI                            E lucevan le stelle
from "Tosca"

                                                         Daniel Heyk Chae, Tenor
                                                         Eunsil Kim, Piano

Johann Strauss                             'Mein Herr Marquis'
                                                                     from 'Die Fledermaus'

                                                          Amy K. Kown, Soprano
Eunsil Kim, Piano

David FosteR                                    The Prayer

Lee HoldridgE                                  A Love Until The End of Time

Daniel Heyk Chae, Tenor
                                                           Amy K. Kown, Soprano
                                                           Eunsil Kim, Piano

Leo DelibeS                                        Les Filles de Cadix

Victor HerberT                Italian Street Song (Naughty Marietta)

Guiseppe VerdI                                 Ah! fors' é lui... Sempre libera
                                                                    from La Traviata

                                                           Amy K. Kwon, Soprano
                                                           Eunsil Kim, Piano



Dedication by Special Invited Guests

Piano Duo

Yong Hi Moon and Dai Uk Lee

J. S. Bach-Myra HesS                          "Jesu, Joy of man's desiring"

Sergei RachmaninofF                  
           From Suite No.1 Op.5
                                                                              Night for love
                                                                              Russian Easter

Igor Stravinsky                                         Tango

Rimsky Korsakoff-Victor BabiN       Dance of the Tumblers

       Presentation of Special Recognitions & Scholarship Awards

*Life Time Achievement Award
*Susie Kim Scholarship Award

"I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to meet Susie. She will always be remembered at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Outpatient Center for her extraordinary sprit and energy and courage as well as for her love of family and the highest dignity and honor in which she conducted her life. Her influence will always be felt as she taught us more about the power of the human spirit than she could have imagined."

-Dan Laheru, M.D., the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Johns Hopkins University Hospital-

Meet the Artists

Text Box:  Dai Uk Lee, Conductor and Pianist

Born in Seoul, Korea, Dai Uk Lee began piano lessons with his mother at the age of five and made orchestral debut at the age of ten with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

After a successful early career as a pianist in Korea, he moved to the USA to study at the Juilliard School and later, at Peabody Conservatory of Music where he also studied conducting. After winning several competitions in the USA and Europe, he has performed widely throughout the United States and Far East as a solo pianist and duo-pianist (with Yong Hi Moon). As a conductor, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall and since then, has conducted a number of orchestras in the USA and Korea. In 1991 he organized Korea's first-ever complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the Composer's death. He also performed a cycle of complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in nine recitals at Michigan State University where he taught for 19 years as a member of piano and conducting faculty. In 1995 he founded and became the music director of the Michigan Chamber Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure with the Michigan Chamber Symphony, some of the most prominent artists appeared with MCSO, including Fou T'song, Sumi Jo and Midori. They performed the complete Brandenburg Concerti by J.S. Bach to commemorate the 250th year composer's death.

His operatic performances include <Carmen>, <Tales of Hoffmann>, <La Cenerentola>, <Merry Widow>, <Gianni Schicchi>, <Marriage of Figaro> and Offenbach's <Orpheus in the Underworld>. His CD of Czech four-hand piano music (with Yong Hi Moon) received a wide acclaim in this country and Europe. In recent years in Korea he has conducted Seoul Philharmonic, Kwangju Philharmonic orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic and the Korean Symphony Orchestra as well as his frequent appearances with Bushoen Philharmonic. In 2003, he was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach at Seoul National University.
From 2003 to 2007 he was the music director of Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra and since 2006 he has served as the artistic director of the Seoul Music Festival and Academy. Currently he is a professor at Hanyang University in Seoul.

Young Hi Moon accomplished pianist and teacher Yong Hi Moon made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 10 after winning the National Korean Broadcasting Competition. Among many awards and prizes Ms. Moon has won top prizes in the Elena-Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli, Italy, received the Chopin Prize from Geneva International Competition in Switzerland, and was also a prizewinner in the Vienna da Motta Competition in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ms. Moon has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the US as a recitalist and with orchestras including the Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo, and Korean National symphony orchestras. She has collaborated with her husband - pianist/conductor Dai Uk Lee in duo piano concerts in the US and Korea, and has performed under his baton with the Busan Philharmonic. In the summer of 2000, she made her first extensive concert tour of Korea, including solo recitals in five cities as well as performances with the Orchestras of Kwangju and Daejun. Upcoming engagements include Ms. Moon's return to Korea to perform with the Ulsan Philharmonic.

In 1975 Ms. Moon was invited officially by the Korean government to participate in a festival commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Korean liberation, and since 1990 has been regularly invited to perform and give master classes throughout Korea. In 1991 she performed in a cycle of the complete Mozart piano concerti with the Bu-Chon Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate the composer's bicentennial year. During 1997 Ms. Moon performed six all-Schubert solo recitals in both Korea and the US.

Her discography includes a CD recording on the Music and Art label of Czech four-hand piano music that has received outstanding critical acclaim. Ms. Moon is in high demand as a guest master class teacher and adjudicator. In 1993, she released a teaching video in Korea titled "Artistic Piano Playing" which has earned great popularity. Ms. Moon has been a regular faculty member at Shandelee, Aria, Prague and Bowdoin Summer Festivals. In addition, she has been invited to perform and conduct master classes in Chautauqua Summer Festival in New York and the International School for Musical Arts in Canada. As an adjudicator, she judged in Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy, Gilmore International Piano Competition as well as numerous MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) related competitions throughout the US and Korea. After teaching at Michigan State University School of Music for fifteen years, Ms. Moon joined the faculty of Peabody Conservatory of Music in 2002 where she currently maintains a full-time position.

A native of Korea, Ms. Moon studied at the Vienna Academy, from which she graduated with highest honors. She then continued her studies in London before completing her Artist Diploma degree at Indiana University. Her teachers include Dieter Weber, Maria Curcio, Georgy Sebok, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff and Fu Tsong, who were always an inspiration to her work.

Text Box:  Daniel Heyk Chae, Tenor, originally from South Korea, is an Opera Graduate Performance Diploma student at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Stanley Cornett's studio. He holds a B.M. from Yonsei University in South Korea, a Performance Diploma from Indiana University, and he will complete the GPDO in 2007. He has held merit and grant scholarships at Indiana University and Peabody. Mr. Chae has won first prize in the Asian Association Competition and the Paul Robeson Competition, as well as placing fourth in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition in 2006. Roles include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte, Yonsei University; Rudolfo (La Bohème, Indiana University and Peabody Opera Theater); Mr. Erlansson (A Little Night Music); and Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann). He is an avid performer in the community with the Baltimore Opera Chorus, Annapolis Opera, and Baltimore Concert Artists.

Text Box:   Amy Keesun Kwon, Soprano, received her Masters of Music from the Catholic University of America and is currently working on her Doctoral degree. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. She was seen as Kassandra in Agamemnon, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring and Adina in L'Elisir D'Amore at the Catholic University. She was invited to perform at the Italian Embassy and the Korean Embassy for the Christmas Concert. She performed the role of Violetta in La Traviata and Gilda in Rigoletto, Adina in L'Elisir D'Amore and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi for the Bethesda Music Festival. Ms. Kwon appeared as a Soprano soloist for the Millennium Stage Concert 'Songs of the Forgotten War' at the Kennedy Center and as a soloist with Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble for the Opera Gala Concert. She also appeared as a soprano soloist for Fauré Requiem with the Catholic University Concert Orchestra and Chorus. She made her oratorio debut by singing Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Handel's Foundling Hospital Anthem with Harford Choral Society and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with FMMC Chorale. Her additional training includes Songfest, Mannes Institute of Art Song festival and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater where she performed Madame Heart in Der Schauspieldirektor. Ms. Kwon made her New York debut with Gateway Classical Music Society. Ms. Kwon has participated in many master classes throughout the U.S, including lessons with Elly Ameling, John Shirly-Quirk, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Ruth Golden, Angelina Reaux, Ken Noda and many others. She is a grant recipient of Individual Artist award of Baltimore Arts & Humanities, Concerto competition at CUA, award winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York, a recipient of Peabody Career Development Grant, First place winner of Paul Robeson Vocal Competition (Urban Philharmonic Society), Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition, Vincent P. Walter Washington Summer Opera Guild Competition, Baltimore Music Club Competition, NATS in Mid-Atlantic Region, Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition (Maryland Opera Society), Study Award in the Annapolis Opera Competition.

Eunsil Kim, Pianist, received bachelor degree in Music from Pusan National University where she studied with Won Hee Ahn. In 1992, she went over to U.S for extend her music educations in Music. She started her masters in Piano Performance with Professor Gowen in University of Maryland in College Park. While she was pursuing her Master's degree in Music Performance, she changed her major to Piano Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with Dr. Jackson. Now she is pursuing a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America where she studies with Dr. Thomas Mastroianni. She has been performing in numerous musical events in Northern Virginia area including Kennedy Center, Ward Hall, McLean Korean Presbyterian Church, Church for All Nations, and the Korean Cultural Service, Embassy of the Republic of Korea. She has been performing as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and the chamber musician in the United States, as well as in Korea and Austria. She also coordinates many concerts and maintains a private music studio, Piano Studio of Eunsil Kim. She coordinates students as the piano instructor at the Jordan Kitt's Music. She is serving as the chief pianist at the Church for All Nations. Also, she was the music director for Monthly Concert at the Korean Cultural Service, Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

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Estella KyungMi Lee, pianist, began playing piano at the age of six in Seoul, Korea. She immigrated to the United States while in high school and studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. After completing her studies at Peabody, Ms. Lee turned her attention toward sacred music. She attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, TX before earning a Master of Music in Piano Performance at North Texas State University in Denton, TX. Currently she is working on her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Lee is an experienced concert performer and accompanist. She was a soloist with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra at a concert in Italy and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. She has performed in master classes including ones led by Vallery Stephanovich Vishnevsky at The St. Petersburg conservatory and Viktor Merzahnov at The Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. She was invited to be a soloist at the Asian Cultural Center Concert at Yale University.

Ms. Lee has taught at Richland College, Brookhaven College, and The Catholic University. She has also been a judge in the competitions for Maryland State Music Teachers Association, Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, and a seminar speaker and instructor at the Korean Christian College in Korea. In addition to having extensive experience in performance and accompaniment, Ms. Lee has been in demand as an artist at the Piano Praise Concert in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Korea and Singapore more than 200 times. She has received many awards and prizes including First Place at the 9th Annual Chopin Competition in Texas and at the International Friendship Piano Competition in Korea. Ms. Lee was a Nominee for the "Artist Award" from the Center for the World Holy Spirit Movement in Korea and she was selected to be one of the "100 Holy Spirit Men" in Korean Christian Society in Korea. She is listed in Oxford, England's Who's Who.

Ms. Lee has expressed her love of Christian music on television and radio. She performed weekly on Channel 56 TV's program "Spiritual Music for Your Soul" on which she added her own classical improvisations to traditional hymn melodies. The program combined entertainment and inspirational insight and had a wide audience. Ms. Lee has also hosted broadcasts on Christian Radio WDCT in Dallas, Texas and WBS TV in Washington DC.

Ms. Lee is a successful composer and songwriter. She has released three recordings of hymn melodies with her own improvisations. The Assemblies of God Churches of Korea chose her to write the theme song for it's 50th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea. Her songs were published in ChanMiYeSoo 2000, one of the most well-known Christian song books in Korea. Ms. Lee is grateful to her teachers Ellen Mack, Tong Il Han, Fernando Laires, Lydia Frumkin, Marilyn Neeley, and Dr. Thomas Mastroianni for their expertise and care for her development as a musician.

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