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Soovin Kim Featured Performer in Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Feb. 16, 2010) - Internationally renowned violist and Plattsburgh native Soovin Kim will play a leading role with the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival when it comes to SUNY Plattsburgh's E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday, Feb. 26.

Titled "Viennese Romance," the concert will feature music from Viennese composers, including works by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf.

Kim, who serves as the festival's artistic director, made a name for himself in the classical-music world when, at the young age of 20, he won first prize at the Paganini International Competition. He was later named the recipient of the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Kim spent much of his childhood in Plattsburgh. He joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra as its then-youngest member at age 10 and later served as its concertmaster for three years. He is often heard in the Champlain Valley through his performances with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony, on the Lane Series at the University of Vermont, at Middlebury College, and on Vermont Public Radio, playing the 1709 ex-Kempner Stradivarius. He is the son of Dr. Jin Kim, SUNY Plattsburgh professor of communication.

Kim will be joined by SUNY Plattsburgh faculty member Ann Ellsworth (horn), Jeewon Park (piano) and  HyunahYu (voice).

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for SUNY Plattsburgh students with ID at the door. They may be purchased at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, the Angell College Center information desk at SUNY Plattsburgh and the FlynnTix Box Office at 802-863-5966 or www.flynntix.org.

The concert is co-sponsored by the SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music with support from the Student Association through the Campus Arts Council.

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