Artfully Edmonds: Caffeinated classical pianist to appear at ECA, and other events around town
My Edmonds News - almost 5 years
By Janette Turner
Alpin Hong brings video game intensity and the Meadowdale High School Orchestras to Edmonds Center for the Arts on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Seeing Hong perform with the students will be like watching a show on a “tightrope,” according to the Juilliard-trained pianist in an interview this week. Hong relishes the opportunity to play and lead the kids, “risking it all on stage and succeeding.” As he says, at some point they have to perform in life — applying for a job or asking someone on a date — and this is a chance to “open a window into a larger world.”
Nudging students into Beethoven’s “Fifth” by comparing it to “Darth Vader’s Theme” from Star Wars, Hong’s goal is to “focus on things that unify us as a country and a human race.” In other words, music’s power cuts across nations, generations, and school cliques, and Hong leads it at a pace modern audiences appreciate. “People no longer have attention spans to concentrate for five, seven, 20, or
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