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Presidential Concert Series to Feature Lee Piano Faculty

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Celebrating its 30th season, the Lee University Presidential Concert Series is pleased to welcome Jonathan Jung and fellow Lee faculty Joo-Hae Kim, ChoEun Lee, and Muen Vanessa Wei for an unforgettable night of piano. These artists, who have performed on some of the world’s greatest stages, will perform in Pangle Hall on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The evening will begin with Jung performing pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Carl Vine, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Following a brief intermission, the concert will continue with Jung, Kim, Lee, and Wei presenting two-piano performances by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Leonard Bernstein.  

Jonathan Jung

Jung is a South Korean-New Zealand pianist who concertizes regularly across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Japan. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts, a Master of Arts in Theory Pedagogy, and his Master of Music at the Eastman School of Music. He is the keyboard area coordinator for Lee’s School of Music and is the director of the annual Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition. 

Joo-Hae-Kim

Kim’s performances have earned numerous prizes in major piano competitions, including the Kerikeri Piano Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition, and the Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition. She was awarded the University of Auckland Blues Award for achievement in music in piano performance and was also a recipient of the Miss Willa Chapman Award from the Rotary Club of Tallahassee. She has collaborated with renowned artists and orchestras, including Michael Strauss, Jesús Castro-Balbi, Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Kim currently serves as an adjunct in music at Lee.

ChoEun Lee

ChoEun Lee, an assistant professor of collaborative piano and vocal coaching at Lee, has given numerous performances across the world in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood Music Center), and Harris Concert Hall (Aspen Music Festival). She was twice invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival and been named a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize. She has been invited as a repetitor to American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and most recently, she world-premiered a co-commissioned vocal chamber music for soprano, saxophone, and piano by Lori Laitman in the National Opera Center in New York City. 

Muen Vanessa Wei

Wei is an assistant professor of piano at Lee who has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and jazz pianist. She has appeared as a guest soloist under the baton of Ian Hobson, Donald Schleicher, and Xiaoying Zheng. As a chamber musician, Wei has collaborated with great musicians, such as Lynn Harrell, Henry Gronnior, Henry Hutchinson, and Joel Smirnoff and has performed in many prestigious festivals, such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Montecito International Music Festival. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from the China Conservatory of Music. 

Concert tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available for purchase one week before the concert date at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center, (423) 614-8343, or by visiting Eventbrite.com. 

For more information about the Presidential Concert Series, visit leeuniversity.edu/pcs/ or call (423) 473-1192. 

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