‘Catch A Rising Star’ With The Terre Haute Symphony

Not just technical skill, but a real feeling and understanding of the music!

stephen kim

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The Terre Haute Symphony's 'Rising Star,' violinist Stephen Kim.

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Catch a Rising Star

Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra w. Stephen Kim, violin David Bowden, conductor


Tilson Music Hall

Saturday September 24, 2011 at 7:30

812 237 3737

“Catch a Rising Star” is the title of the opening concert of the 2011-2012 season of the Terre Haute Symphony. That rising star is violinist Stephen Kim, playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

A High School-Aged Soloist

Kim is a contest- and award-winning fifteen-year-old from California. Friends told the symphony’s artistic director David Bowden that he just had to engage Kim. “He’s an amazing young player,” Bowden says. “It’s not just because of his technical skill. He also deeply feels and understands the music, and is a wonderful partner for the symphonies that he’s played with as well.”

Along with the concerto the concert offers Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss, and an Overture to the Season by the symphony’s resident composer, Dan Powers. Bowden is enthusiastic about the whole program, particularly Powers’ overture. “It’s a delightful, airy piece that we played and that I’ve taken to share with other orchestras.”

…And Free Tickets For High School-Aged Listeners

In addition to featuring a high school-aged soloist, the symphony has a special invitation for area high school students. “We’ll have free tickets for any area high school student who shows an ID card,” says Bowden. And he adds, “We’re also encouraging people–families, kids, and babies–to come join us for a free preview concert at two in the afternoon, the day of the concert.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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