Guest artists Joanne Kong and Paul Hanson

Guest artists Joanne Kong and Paul Hanson, piano duo

Tuesday, Oct. 11 @ 8 p.m., Concert Hall

With their distinguished and diverse backgrounds as solo and chamber keyboardists, pianists Joanne Kong and Paul Hanson have been critically acclaimed for their impeccable musicianship, mastery of tone color, and exacting ensemble. They have appeared at numerous concert venues across the country, and later this month will perform on the Smithsonian Institution National Gallery Concert Series, in honor of the Liszt bicentennial.

Joanne Kong's performances have been praised for "great finesse and flexibility" (The Washington Post), "utmost keyboard sensitivity and variety of tone" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), "remarkable technical ability" (The Oregonian), and "superb artistry" (San Antonio Express-News) in works "sensitively played" (New York Times). Her versatility includes the distinction of being the first artist to release a harpsichord-piano recording of the Goldberg and Diabelli Variations, on the BRIOSO label, and she premiered Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass's keyboard concerto Side by Side for soloist in the dual role of pianist and harpsichordist. Kong is a recognized Bach specialist, and the recipient of national and international honors including performance fellowships from the American Academy of the Arts in Europe and the Bach Aria Festival, designation as a Laureate in the 1983 National Beethoven Foundation Fellowship Auditions, three Ruth Lorraine Close Fellowships, and the Irl Allison Grand Prize in the 1985 International Piano Recording Competition. Dr. Kong is currently the director of the accompanying and chamber music programs at the University of Richmond.

Paul Hanson has been acclaimed for his "dextrous authority" (Los Angeles Times), "relentless tension and drama" (The Virginian-Pilot), and the San Antonio Express-News wrote that "Hanson's tender singing line, intelligent phrasing and total magisterial command made this a distinguished performance." He holds degrees from Washington State University, the University of Southern California and University of Oregon, and has studied with Daniel Pollack, Leonard Stein, and Victor Steinhardt. Dr. Hanson's numerous performances include appearances for the Third Coast New Music Festival, Hindemith Festival, Columbia University, and concerts at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute where he was Assistant to the Archivist. His special interest in contemporary music includes performances of the complete solo music of Schoenberg, as well as repertoire of Charles Ives, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez, and many others. During the 2008-2009 season he gave several performances of Elliott Carter's Night Fantasies in honor of the composer's centennial, and was a guest artist and faculty member at New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Currently he is a music faculty member at the University of Richmond.

Ticket prices: $8–$10 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credit cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted.

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