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World premier violinist will add “Fire and Fury” to Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

W. Kenneth Medley II • Feb 4, 2019 at 2:11 PM

Chee-Yun Kim, violinist, will perform, February 9, as the guest artist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestras’ presentation of “Fire and Fury.”

Kim is an acclaimed international talent. She has performed with the most well-known orchestras worldwide and entertained leaders of the U.N. Her tone is said to be “smooth, butter-like” and “flawless” by critics.

“We like to bring in guest artist that are nationally or internationally known,” said Lisa Wilkerson, JCSO General Manager in an interview. “Chee-Yun is one of those internationally known artist we bring into the area. It is a rare opportunity for someone of her caliber to come into this area.”

Chee-Yun’s past performances include guest appearances with the San Francisco, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Atlanta, and National symphony orchestras, as well as with the Saint Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. In 1993 Chee-Yun began her recording career releasing her first album. Her most recent recording, “Serenata Notturno,” went platinum in six months, according to Opus 3 Artists, her managing company.

Wilkerson says the JCSO was able to secure Chee-Yun through her acquaintance with Dr. Robert Seebacher, Conductor and Music Director of the symphony. According to Wilkerson, he is the brains and inspiration of “Fire and Fury.” Seebacher has been in his position since 2008, according to the JCSO website.

“When people come to the symphony they can come for a few hours,” said Wilkerson, “and get taken away from all the worries and problems of the world. [They] sit back and listen to good music, be entertained, relax and hopefully even learn a little something about the music being played.”

Seebacher and Chee-Yun are both educators aside from being musicians. Seebacher’s biography on the symphony website say he is Director of Instrumental Programs at Centre College in Kentucky.

Chee-Yun’s biography include past faculty positions as Resident Starling Soloist and Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was Visiting Professor of Music (violin) at the Indiana University School of Music. From 2007 to 2017, she served as Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

“Our conductor Rob Seebacher, interjects different facts about the composers and the music,” said Wilkerson. “Prior to the concert he has a lecture where he discusses the history, composer, our guest artist and different facts about the music. It is also an educational experience, if you want to take in the lecture and performance.”

Audience members can expect a night of musical entertainment fit for royalty and world leaders during this performance. Chee-Yun is one of the world’s most sought after violinist. Enough cannot be said about her acclaim from critics, peers and audience members.

“It is a great date night if you want to get away from the kids,” Wilkerson says, “a nice evening to come, get away from it all and relax with fellow music lovers. Just have an enjoyable night.”

If one has not taken in a symphony performance this would be one see. The bar will be set high for future performances. Chee-Yum is sure to impress. Wilkerson says audience members can expect to be blown away.

Concert times, tickets and more information is available at the JCSO website. More information can be found about Chee-Yun at chee-yun.com.

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