The Houston Symphony is coming to Lone Star College-Kingwood on Friday, Jan. 17.
The community is invited to hear musicians Eric Halen, violin; Kiju Joh, violin; Sheldon Person, viola; and Brinton Smith, cello; perform in the college’s Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20.
“We are thrilled to have world-caliber musicians on our campus for this unique and intimate event,” said Dr. Todd Miller, music professor. “Our new recital hall is an ideal venue for such an event and a small number of patrons will sit on the stage and watch the string quartet make music from a few feet away.”
Halen joined the Houston Symphony as assistant concertmaster in 1987. In 1997, he assumed the position of associate concertmaster and served as acting concertmaster for the 2005-06, 2008-09, and 2009-10 seasons. After earning his bachelor's degree at Central Missouri State University where he studied violin with his father, Dr. Walter Halen, Halen received his master's degree at the age of 20 from the University of Illinois, while studying with Sergiu Luca. At age 23, he became artist-teacher of violin at Texas Christian University. Halen has performed in solo and chamber music programs in the U.S. and abroad, including solo appearances with the St. Louis and Houston symphonies. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with many pre-eminent artists including violinist Sergiu Luca, violist Lawrence Dutton, cellists Gary Hoffman and Ralph Kirschbaum, and pianists Christoph Eschenbach and John Kimura Parker.
Joh has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 2007. She earned her Master of Music degree in Chamber Music Performance under a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There she was a member of the Arreaux String Quartet in the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music. Joh also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. The artist enjoys performing orchestral and chamber music throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Each summer, she travels to Asia and performs as a member of the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, a touring festival orchestra directed by Maestro Myung-Whun Chung. Joh's orchestral experience includes performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Prior to his membership with the Houston Symphony, Person was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a guest with the London Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the Artea String Quartet, Person performed throughout the United Kingdom, including concert appearances at Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, the Brighton Festival, Buckingham Palace, and live on the BBC Radio. As a guest with the Fidelis Quartet, he has performed on KUHA Houston Public Radio. Person holds degrees and certificates from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Alberta. His principal teachers have included Atar Arad, David Takeno, and Karen Ritscher.
Smith has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Houston Symphony since joining the orchestra as principal cellist in 2005. Prior to this, he was the first musician chosen by Lorin Maazel to join the New York Philharmonic and the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth Symphony orchestras. Smith's North American engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts and with orchestras throughout the country. A passionate advocate of compelling unfamiliar repertoire, Mr. Smith recently gave the North American premiers of rediscovered works of Jean Sibelius and Alexander Zemlinsky and his performances have been broadcast on CBS's “Sunday Morning” and on the radio throughout the U.S., including NPR’s “Performance Today”, and “Symphonycast”. The son of a mathematician and a pianist, Smith was admitted to Arizona State University at age 10, where he took courses in mathematics and German and, at age 17, completed a B.A. in mathematics. He then became a student of Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California, where he was also a teaching assistant in the mathematics department, and completed work for an M.A. in mathematics at age 19. He subsequently studied with the renowned cellist Zara Nelsova at The Juilliard School, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann.
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