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Shin-Young Park at Foellinger

One of the truly fine pleasures of Urbana’s Krannert Center is the series known as the Sunday Salon Concerts. May 3rd will be the last of these concerts for this school year, and the scheduled performance by pianist Shin-Young Park serves as an example of Krannert’s ability to showcase a rising star in the performing arts.

Two to three times each school year, Sunday Salon patrons have the privilege of attending a recital of an emerging artist in the classical music world. Some patrons can even augment that experience by purchasing an upper tier ticket that puts them on the stage of the Foellinger Great Hall. These stage tickets not only put you close to music but also entitle you to snacks and champagne before the concert. For music lovers on a budget, less expensive seats can be had in the Great Hall’s regular seating area.

The 2014-2015 Sunday Salon series ends May 3rd with pianist Shin-Young Park, a graduate of Seoul’s National University who holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Her musical career has already garnered prizes at such venues as the Korean Chopin Competition, the Kukmin Competition, the Samick Piano Competition, and our own Sinfonia da Camera Student Concerto Competition.

The Sinfonia da Camera competition led her to our own Ian Hobson and into the University of Illinois School of Music’s Doctorate of Musical Arts program. In between all if these obligations, she has found time to perform at Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul, the Czech Museum of Music in Prague, and Carnegie Hall.

On May 3rd, her program in the Great Hall will include a selection of standards from 19th- and early 20th-century Europe. Works by Chopin, Schumann, Ravel, and Debussy will be featured.

This is your last chance to enjoy such an extraordinary glimpse of a future classical great — at least until next school year. And with student prices as low as $5, it is an unbeatable entertainment bargain for a Sunday afternoon. Please note that the Sunday Salon concerts begin at 3 p.m. For further information, visit the Krannert Center webite or call the Krannert box office at 217-333-6280.

Photo courtesy of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

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