Free Concert of Folk Songs From Korea and Brazil on Violin and Guitar

Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz are the guest musicians at Middletown's Russell Library Saturday for a very special classically-rooted, dance-inspired program.

Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz come to Middletown's Russell Library
Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz come to Middletown's Russell Library

Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist João Luiz team up for a classically-rooted, dance-inspired program that is guaranteed to delight everyone on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. 

The two offer dances by Paganini, Piazzolla and Paquito D’Rivera and original arrangements of traditional folk songs from their native cultures — Korea and Brazil.

Kim, winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been lauded by The Strad for her “…heart-stopping, unrivalled beauty…well-thought out, yet of the moment.”  

She crafts extraordinary programs often reflecting her interests in Art and Literature which, paired with her rare sensitivity and intellect, set her apart in today’s music scene. This artistry brought her to international prominence quite early in her career when she was awarded First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition at the age of 19.

Guitarist, arranger and composer Luiz has been half of the acclaimed Brazil Guitar Duo. João began to play the popular music of his native Brazil professionally during his childhood and was later trained in classical guitar by his mentor Henrique Pinto.

As a performer and composer, João is equally at home with classical, Brazilian and world music; his solo guitar and guitar ensemble repertoire cover all the main works in the guitar literature from Dowland to Carter and Brazilian rhythms from choro to baião.

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