Judson to Host Piano Recital and CD Release for Dr. Sojung Lee Hong
(ELGIN, IL – February 14, 2017) Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts will host a recital for Dr. Sojung Lee Hong on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Performance Hall in the Thompson Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin).
Dr. Hong is an associate professor of Music at Judson. She is also director of the Performance Certificate in Music program, thus responsible for organizing an annual scholarship benefit concert that raises funds to support talented students’ education.
During the recital, she will play three late piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Nos. 28, 30 and 31. The theme for the evening will be “Unshakable Hope,” based on Romans 15:13. A new CD, entitled “Tranquillity,” featuring Hong and renowned cellist SungChan Chang, will also be made available.
A Korean-born pianist, Hong has worked as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and church musician since her appointment to Judson’s music faculty in 1998. She is director of the Performance Certificate in Music program, and she teaches in the areas of applied lessons, piano literature, pedagogy and the history and practice of worship music.
Hong holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Seoul National University in Korea, and a doctoral degree in piano performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She has performed and taught internationally, and frequently performs for benefit and charity concerts, at senior residences, libraries, churches, universities and performing arts centers in the Chicago area, and she regularly organizes and performs in annual benefit concerts to support talented international students who come to the United States to further their music studies.
The new CD will feature a peaceful classical repertoire such as “Meditation,” by Massenet and “The Swan,” by Saint-Saëns as well as hymn arrangements such as “Amazing Grace,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” This beautifully performed CD, which is due for release Friday, Feb. 24, will be available through Judson University, Spotify, Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.
Chang is a doctoral student at Northwestern University and the associate principal cello of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous competitions and performed with various orchestras. The son of a Korean pastor, Chang came to the United States on a scholarship at age 14 to study at New York’s Juilliard Pre-College. He received a bachelor’s degree in Music from The Korean National University of Arts, a master's degree from The Julliard School and an Artist Diploma from Yale University.
The recital is free and open to the public. All CD proceeds will go directly to fund the Judson Korean Scholarship.