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Organ at Davidson Sept 2017

Star-Studded Performance Kicks off 2017-2018 Series

A remarkable trio of celebrated artists kicks off the 12th year of the Organ at Davidson series on September 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. The opening concert of organ and string music combines prizewinning organist Dongho Lee with Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim, the latter two being founding members of the acclaimed Borromeo Quartet in residence at New England Conservatory of Music.  Featuring Josef Rheinberger's Suite for Organ, Violin and Cello, op. 149, the September program also includes works by Max Bruch and Tomaso Vitali.

Individually and collectively, the talents of these widely renowned musicians are celebrated worldwide in established chamber music groups; as performers, teachers, and innovators; at festivals, competitions, and long standing venues in Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.; as well as in China, Japan, Italy, Prague, Vancouver, Berlin and points truly too numerous to list.

As interesting as the backgrounds of the string concert artists themselves is the history of their instruments.  Nicholas Kitchen, in the continuing tradition of Szyman Goldberg and by arrangement with that violinist's wife, usually plays his mentor's Guarneri del Gesu known as the "Baron Vita."  On this tour he performs on the A. J. Fletcher Stradivarius on long term loan from the AJF Foundation in Raleigh.

One of the oldest cellos in the world, a Peregrino Zanetto circa 1576, provides insight into what the New York Times describes as Yeesun Kim's "focused intensity" and "remarkable" performance.  Her artistry as soloist, chamber musician and teacher is acclaimed worldwide.

Dongho Lee, a Seoul, South Korea native, will again marry her own artistry with the extensive range of DCPC's refurbished Wicks organ, having been a popular part of Organ at Davidson's 2015-2016 series. Ms. Lee is the first prize winner of the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte, co-founder and director of its David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series and Adjunct Professor of Organ at Davidson College.

Nicholas Kitchen, born in Durham, began performing publicly as a very young child.  Growing up in a family of musicians, he performed many times as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony.  At age 16 he started studies at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia where he worked intensively over five years with violinist and conductor Szymon Goldberg.  When his studies at Curtis ended in 1989, Kitchen and schoolmates founded the Borromeo String Quartet that, after quickly winning competitive prizes, went on to regularly perform a hundred concerts a year. 

Among his ongoing residencies and relationships have been with the Gardner Museum in Boston, Triton Arts in Japan, the Library of Congress, and the Taos School of Music in New Mexico, to name a few.  Since 1992 he has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music where the Borromeo was asked to remain as Quartet-in-Residence.

Cellist Yeesun Kim, also a founding member of Borromeo String Quartet, has performed in more than 20 countries and numerous of the world's most illustrious concert halls and festivals.  Recent highlights include her residency at Suntory Hall in Tokyo performing the complete Beethoven String Quartets; a Dvorak quartet cycle at Gardner Museum in Boston; complete Bartok quartet cycle at Curtis Institute of Music; and performances in NYC, Washington, D.C., Brazil, Japan and China. 

She currently serves on the New England Conservatory faculty in the cello and chamber music departments and teaches each summer at the Taos School of Music.

For more information, please visit:  www.dongholee-organist.com/organ-with-strings


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