CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov 6, 2009 – Chamber Music Sundays at Three will present a violin/piano duo recital at 3 p.m. Nov. 22. The event will be held in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
Violinist Sue Jean Parks and Pianist Jacob Clark will be performing Handel’s “Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 1, No. 13,” the “Violin Sonata in E Flat Major, Op. 18” by Strauss, Bartok’s “Rumanian Folk Dances,” and selections from “Porgy and Bess” by Gershwin.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Park began her studies on the violin with her mother. She graduated from Seoul National University, Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin. She also received instruction in chamber music from the Tokyo String Quartet, Miro Quartet and Peter Frankl. In addition, Park has participated in masterclasses from artists such as Leon Fleisher, James Buswell and the Guarneri Quartet. Park is currently concertmaster of The Jackson Symphony, Tenn., and previously served in that capacity for the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra (UNESCO Artist for Peace), Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul National University Symphony and The University of Texas at Austin Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Park has performed in Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Holland (Concertgebow Hall), Switzerland (Verbier Festival), Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines under the baton of Sir Neville Mariner and Kurt Mazur. She also was the associate concertmaster of the Rome Festival Orchestra in Italy and a principal violin of Yale Philharmonia, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, and the Victoria Symphony in Texas. In addition, Park held positions as a tenured member of the Austin Symphony and the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra in Texas. As a concerto soloist, Park has played with the Jenesses Musicales World Orchestra, Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony and Paducah Symphony. As a solo recitalist, she has performed recitals in Seoul and all over the United States. She has won competitions both in the United States and Korea in both solo and chamber music categories. Besides being a performer, Park is a dedicated educator and is serving as assistant professor of violin and viola at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Clark received his musical education primarily in Texas, completing his bachelor and master of music degrees, and his doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Clark has been awarded prizes in several competitions, most notably being named a prizewinner in the 2004 Sidney Wright Accompanying Competition, and the 2004 Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Award. Currently, Clark serves on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C., where he teaches both group and individual piano. An active performer, he has presented recitals in venues such as the historic Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., the Mansion at Strathmore, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Delta State University, Murray State University and the Capital City Christian Church where he performed his Washington concerto debut with the Washington Sinfonietta.
For more information about the event, call (573) 651-2141 or visit www.chambermusicsundays.com.
Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265.