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April 8, 2009

Hong's return to UI will conclude with April 24 Hancher-sponsored concert

Alpin Hong, the charismatic young pianist whose impact has been compared to "Beatlemania," will return to the University of Iowa for a four-day residency that will culminate with an ambitious concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Opstad Auditorium of Iowa City High School, presented by Hancher Auditorium.

The far-ranging performance will feature J.S. Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903; two etudes by Chopin; three preludes by Rachmaninov; the Concert Etude No. 3 in D-flat Major by Liszt; Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14; Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata; Brahms' Intermezzo in A Major from Six Pieces, Op. 118, no. 2; and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

Two additional events during the residency will be free and open to the public:

--An Access to the Artists event at the Cedar Rapids Piano Lounge, 208 Second Ave. SE, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.

--A mini-performance at noon Thursday, April 23, in the John Colloton Atrium on the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The residency will also include:

--A master class for UI piano chamber music ensembles and a visit to the Arts in Performance course on Tuesday, April 21.

--A discussion with UI music education students and a performance for staff at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday April 22.

--A workshop for music teachers and a student piano clinic at West Music Company in Coralville on Thursday, April 23.

Hong, who presented a well-received residency and performance at the UI in 2006, won first prize in the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has quickly established a reputation as not only a virtuoso artist -- not to mention skateboarder, snowboarder, video-game master and martial artist -- but also as a consummate showman. The Santa Barbara News Press described Hong's performance as "a tour de force. Hong evoked a kind of Beatlemania when he came on stage. What a showman! What a musician!"

In recognition of his gifts for communicating his passion for music to audiences of all ages, the McGraw-Hill Companies honored Hong in September 2005 with the $10,000 Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach. He now has an interactive educational Web site for kids at

Hong is a native of Michigan and made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of 10. He moved to Los Angeles soon after and garnered competition victories at a young age at the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition, the 1993 SYMF Competition, and the 1994 Los Angeles Spotlight Awards Competition. He completed his master's degree as a student of Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School.

Hong's concert is supported by Jordan L. and Jana E. Cohen and John and Lynne Geweke through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $28; UI student $15; senior citizen $25.20; youth $14.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered online through Hancher's Web site

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Greg Litte,, 617-846-0067; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell), 319-338-4274 (home),