The Herald Bulletin

November 2, 2012

Pianist to perform at Central Christian

By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Central Christian Church has shared a century-long relationship with the arts, hosting a free concert series for as long as the historic building has stood on the corner of 10th and Jackson streets.

Sunday’s concert will feature Hoosier pianist Phoenix Park-Kim, associate professor of piano at Indiana Wesleyan University. She’s traveled across the country and in South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Switzerland and Russia as a performer winning top prizes at national and international competitions.  

Central Christian senior pastor Rick Vale said he’s excited about Park-Kim’s performance and said the church — which recently purchased a new piano — would be an “incredible” venue for the concert.

“She is an amazingly clean and yet passionate artist when she plays,” Vale said. “Her playing is not just perfect but it is also really lyrical; she really makes the piano sing.”

Park-Kim’s concert is a great one for people who may not think they like classical music, he said, pointing out that Park-Kim has a lot of personality during her performances and that concerts are “always fun.”

Anderson University professor of music Randy Frieling described Park-Kim as a “crowd pleaser” pointing out that she plays many familiar tunes.

“It will be an enjoyable Sunday afternoon,” he said. “It is a beautiful space and a wonderful concert with a free reception — a great time for those coming out to enjoy it.”

Frieling said Park-Kim is a friend and that the two have performed together in the past and have a concert together planned for March.

“She is a wonderful talent and her concert will be a great gift to our community,” he said.

Park-Kim, born in Seoul, South Korea, began playing the piano at 5 and gave her first public performance at 7 years old. She has given performances in various music festivals such as the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Piano Texas, ARIA International Summer Academy, and the Summer Music School in Siena, Italy.

She has been featured as a soloist performing Beethoven Concerto No. 5, Op. 73, “Emperor” with the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra; Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 with the University Missouri-Kansas City Chamber Orchestra; Mozart Piano Concerto K.365, and Chopin Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise brillante with Marion Philharmonic Orchestra and Hummel Piano Concerto No. 2 with Indiana Wesleyan Orchestra among others.

Her recent performances this season include a recital at the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a part of the Distinguished Concerts Artist Series.  

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