Master composers and innovative pioneers take the spotlight in the second Master Concert of the season presented by the critically acclaimed Key West Symphony Orchestra, on January 13th and 14h at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
This concert will showcase the sites and sounds that have an international flair as well as musical instruments rarely heard by those in the west when Korean percussionist Jin Hi Kim joins the Key West Symphony to present her original composition Monk Dance which has been dazzling audiences with its performance piece quality.
Jin Hi Kim plays the komungo—an ancient fretted bass zither with six silk strings that are plucked with a thin bamboo stick. She created quite a stir at a young age when she made the audacious decision to study the komungo, an instrument which by tradition was favored by male Confucian scholars and was generally not played by women at all. Kim went on to bring the instrument to the attention of the wider world through her contemporary chamber and orchestral compositions as well as her large-scale multimedia pieces.
Jin Hi Kim is now an accomplished composer and performer who has earned a renowned place in the American avant-garde music scene and has presented her compositions on the main stages of leading national and international cultural venues. This ground-breaking performer will bring to the Key West stage authentic Korean drums which require a combination of musicianship and choreography to play.
The evening’s performance will also include the original work of Israeli violinist Ittai Shapira. This rising star has performed with renowned symphonies around the world such as the Russian Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. He has also served as both conductor and soloist for noted chamber orchestras. He will bring to the Key West stage his spirited original composition Concierto Latino, which features the sound and feel of various Latin music including the Salsa, Tango, Rumba, and Flamenco.
Shapira grew up in Israel and moved to NY at 15 to study music at Juilliard. He began performing in his late teens, and now has a burgeoning standard repertoire to draw from as a guest soloist in addition to fifteen different concertos that were written especially for him to perform. He has already become a well respected composer in his own right.
Master Concert No. 2 will also include Antonin Dvorak’s powerful composition Symphony No. 8 which premiered in Prague in 1890. Many critics believe Dvorak’s Eighth is the best of his symphonies and believe it has been unfairly overshadowed by the immense popularity of Dvorak’s better known Symphony No. 9.
Sebrina Maria Alfonso, who is the talented musical director and conductor of the Key West Symphony, was born and raised in Key West. Her New York debut included conducting the American Symphony Orchestra and was called “dynamic” and “commanding” by New York critics. When selected as a prizewinner in the prestigious Stokowski International Competition, the New York Times proclaimed her “overwhelmingly” the crowd favorite.
Tickets are available for the January 13th and 14th performance at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Patrons can purchase online at www.keystix.com or by calling the box office at 305-295-7676. For more information on the Key West Symphony, please go to www.keywestsymphony.org or call 305-292-0756.