The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra performs the fourth annual Mary Lyon concert on Tuesday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Abbey Chapel. Commemorating Mary Lyon's commitment to the core value of music in higher education, the concerts celebrate works about and composed by women.
Join the orchestra for Rimsky-Korsakov's colorful symphonic suite "Scheherazade" based on tales from "The Arabian Nights", “Klap Ur Handz” from String Quartet No. 5 “Rosa Parks” by Daniel Bernard Roumain and the second violin concerto of Florence Price featuring guest soloist Er-Gene Kahng. Conducted by Netta Hadari. Free and open to the public.
Er-Gene Kahng currently serves as Concertmaster with the Fort Smith Symphony, who has also completed a Florence Price preservation project by recording her symphonies no. 1 and no. 4 (a world premiere). Er-Gene also serves as Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra’s concertmaster, where she premiered Florence Price’s Violin Concerto no. 2. Previously, Er-Gene has held title positions with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, SoNA (Symphony of Northwest Arkansas), Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, as well as section positions with the Lancaster Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.
Kahng co-curated a new music series “Fuse” (2015-16), at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art featuring the works of American minimalism, indeterminacy, and postmodernism. Her A/V collaborations include working with animator Wilson Borja, whose work, “Cheré” explores themes of forced and voluntary migration of the African diaspora. Other collaborations include those with the Texas Ballet Theater, and the Hong Kong Arts Academy, performing an original score “Crash” by choreographer Jonathan Watkins.
Kahng was a Visiting Wolfson Fellow at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK in 2016-2017. She received degrees from UCLA, Yale and Northwestern. Her primary teachers include Mark Kaplan, Erick Friedman, Syoko Aki, the Tokyo String Quartet and Almita and Roland Vamos. She is Professor of Violin and the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Her students have gained admission to some of the top music schools in the country, including New England Conservatory, University of Southern California, Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, as well as being prizewinners of the MTNA regional and national level competitions.