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Water for Haiti Benefit Concert at the Lincoln Center
Alice Tully Hall
8:00 pm - Saturday March 13, 2010

The Program

Etude Op. 25, No 1 in A-Flat Major "Harp Etude"
F. Chopin (1810~1849)
R. Schumann (1810~1856), F. Liszt (1811~1886)

Hai-Kyung Suh, Piano


Passacaglia" Duo for Violin & Viola
G.F. Handel (1685-1759), J. Halvorsen (1864-1935)

Chin Kim, Violin / Joung Hoon Song, Viola


Partita No.2 in d minor (BWV.1004) "Ciaccona"
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Chin Kim, Violin


"The Floods of Spring" Op.14, No. 11
(Sung in Russian)
S. Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Ok-Ja Lim, Soprano
/ Hai-Kyung Suh, Piano

"Un bel di" from Madama Butterfly
G. Puccini (1858-1924)

Ok-Ja Lim, Soprano / Soomi Ro, Piano


"Pura siccome un angelo", Duet from La Traviata
G.Verdi (1813-1901)

Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee , Baritione
/ Dusica Bijelic, Soprano
/ Soyeon Kim, Piano




Troubled Water
Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

Damien Sneed, Piano


"Quando m'en vo" from La Boheme
G. Puccini (1858-1924)

Dusica Bijelic, Soprano
/ Damien Sneed, Piano


"Liber Tango"
A. Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Joung Hoon Song, Violin
/ Damien Sneed, Piano


"O! du mein holder abendstern" from Tannhauser
R. Wagner (1813-1883)

Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee , Baritione
/ Hai-Kyung Suh, Piano


Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66
F.Chopin (1810-1849)
Traumerei, Op.15 in F Major
R. Schumann (1810-1856)
La Campanella
F. Lizst (1811-1886), F. Busoni (1866-1924)

Hai-Kyung Suh, Piano

Special Appearances

Marigona Dragusha, Miss Universe Kosovo 2009 / Second runner up Miss Universe 2009 - World Water Organization Goodwill Ambassador
See Ms. Dragusha's Fox News interview here.

Additionally, His Excellency Ambassador Waheed Waheedullah, the Architect and the Designer of the Peace Process and Independence of Kosovo will also be in attendance.

The Artists Performing

Hai-Kyung Suh
Hai-Kyung Suh transfixes audiences with her passionate musicality and dramatic expressiveness rarely seen (Asahi Shimbun, Japan) and her hair-raising virtuosity (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin) having resoundingly made the difficult transition from prodigy to self-confident Old Master (New York Concert Review). Ms Suh endures as one of the most sublime interpreters of 19th century virtuoso piano repertoire and the classic works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninoff.
A soloist of international acclaim, Ms. Suh has toured as a recitalist in Germany, Australia, Japan, China, and the U.S., appearing yearly at Lincoln Center in New York City, as she continues annual tours in Korea.
The Juilliard School-educated pianist has also toured with the world's most celebrated orchestras, appeared on television and radio, and is also an established recording artist. She was also invited to perform with the Three Tenors at their concert in Seoul.

Chin Kim
Acclaimed for his deep musicality and virtuosity, Chin is one of the most versatile, and sought-after of violinists today, has been performing extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe as guest artist with orchestras as those of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Montreal, and Atlanta with conductors like Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, Myung Whun Chung, and Sixten Ehrling. As recitalist, Kim appeared in major halls of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Brussels, and Seoul.
Top prizewinner in several of the most prestigious international violin competitions including the Concours International de Musique de Montreal, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini Competition, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Kim's recent concerts include the performance of Bernstein's Serenade with the Atlanta Symphony, Barber Concerto with Wayne Chamber Orchestra, and the Glazunov Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic.

Joung Hoon Song
At the age of 10, Joung Hoon Song began his violin studies in South Korea. After winning the Seoul Philharmonic Concerto Soloist Competition, at age 15, he made his debut with the orchestra which was televised nationwide. Since then, Song has performed extensively in the United States, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hong Kong, Iceland and South Korea. His numerous appearances as orchestra soloist include the Budapest Radio Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Joung Hoon Song뭩 chamber music and recital engagements include Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Paul Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Song has also been featured on CBS radio뭩 Classical Music in New York. Song received his Bachelor뭩 degree from The Juilliard School and completed his Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees at Yale University on full scholarship. He finished a Doctorate degree in both violin and viola at Boston University. Mr. Song currently teaches at Harvard and he also serves as Director of the Preparatory String Orchestra and is on the violin, viola and chamber music faculty at the New England Conservatory.

Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee
An exceptional young lyric baritone Daniel Ihn-Kyu Lee has attracted the attention of opera companies and orchestras with his rich bel canto voice and musicality. The New York Times reviewed his appearance in L'Arlesiana with Opera Orchestra of New York, saying "The award for completeness should go to another baritone, Ihn-Kyu Lee, well sung and well conceived." Recently, he sang Il Carpentiere in Il Piccolo Marrat and with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall.
The New York Times praised his performance as "a substantial success", and Opera magazine hailed him, "best vocal actor of the whole cast." Mr. Lee made his successful European debut recital at Prinzregententheater in Bell'Arte Concert Series in Munich in 2007 and Sud Deutsch Zeitung acclaimed him as "The Asian Thomas Hampson, with a magnificent voice that melds profound with lyrical fluidity."
He has received numerous awards, including the Caruso International Voice Competition, the Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, and Opera Index Competition, San Antonio Opera Competition. Mr. Lee received full scholarships to The Juilliard School, where he graduated from the Professional Studies Program and studied with Daniel Ferro.

Damien Sneed
A Grammy-nominated and sought after pianist, organist, vocal coach, conductor, composer, arranger, lecturer and producer is a native of Augusta, Georgia and graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts School. Damien has studied at some of the finest conservatories and universities including Howard University, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, New York University and the Manhattan School of Music. Damien Sneed뭩 professional affiliations include the City University of New York (CUNY) as a professor of music, The Juilliard School as a staff accompanist, the Martina Arroyo Foundation as an artistic consultant, Jazz at Lincoln Center as an artistic consultant, New York University뭩 Clive Davis Department for Recorded Music as a guest lecturer, YAMAHA endorsed as an Influential Artist and The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York as Music Director. Some of Damien Sneed뭩 projects for the 2009-2010 season include performing with Jessye Norman in Augusta, GA at a fundraiser for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, performing with Kim Burrell for her LIVE Christmas recording at Jazz at Lincoln Center as music director and vocal arranger with full orchestra featuring his own ensemble, Chorale Le Chateau, performing at Columbia University뭩 Miller Theater on February 26,2010 for his long-awaited debut CD뭩 LIVE recording and conducting Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in London in June 2010.

 Dusica Bijelic
Dusica Bijelic is a lyric soprano currently singing leading roles in Europe including La Contessa di Folleville in Il Viaggio A Reims in the Teatro Real in Madrid in April 2010, la Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Adelina in Adelina in Wildbad, Germany as part of the Rossini Festival in July 2010.
Ms. Bijelic has studied with Raul Gimenez뭩 in Barcelona Concertante Academy (2009), was awarded full scholarship at the Opera Studio of Santa Cecilia in Rome under the direction of Renata Scotto (2008), and attended the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program in Greve Tuscany with full scholarship (2007-2009). She has given concerts and recitals in Hiroshima, Japan; Budapest and Miskolc, Hungary; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Vienna and Deutschlandsberg, Austria; Rome and Tuscany, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and throughout Serbia. Ms. Bijelic sang in the Bel Canto festival in Rome in 2008. She made her performance debut at the National Theater of Belgrade in the Marriage of Figaro singing Susanna in 2005.
Ms. Bijelic has won the Feruccio Tagliavini Music Competition in Deutsch-landsberg, Austria in 2007 where she received the Finalist Prize, and the International Singing Competition in Serbia in 2002 where she took the First Prize in the Nikola Cvejic Competition.

Ok-Ja Lim
Ok-Ja Lim earned widespread critical acclaim for her many fine performances with opera companies across the United States and in Europe. She is mostly noted for her portrayal of Cio-Cio San, appearing in the role with the Arizona Opera in Tucson and Phoenix for her second season, with Nevada Opera Theatre in Las Vegas, Sarasota opera in Sarasota, FL, - "Giacomo Puccini Would Have Been Delighted! All the elements have come together on a top-quality level; Ok-Ja Lim뭩 voice is extraordinary, true, strong and warm. Add the inimitable charm of her movement, and you have found the ideal of what Cio-Cio San should be."-The Music Scene by Herman Baar, The Longboat Observer----Florida, "Soprano Ok-Ja Lim is a Butterfly of the very highest calibre ... She뭩 simply wonderful; a strong, warm, effortless soprano, a major voice just waiting to be discovered, I have yet to see or hear a more beautiful Butterfly." -Bright and Early with Gregg Whiteside, WQXR, New York Times
As a guest soloist, she was invited to perform with the N.K. State Philharmonic Orchestra during "The 27th Spring International Art Festival" in Pyong Yang, N. Korea with a Gold Prize Award as an excellent artist, with Pusan Civic Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chung-Joo Civic Orchestra in Korea.
After winning the Artists International Young Musicians competition in New York City, Ms. Lim gave her debut recital at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, New York City, for which she was favorably reviewed by New York Times. -"Miss Lim was at her best in four Rachmaninoff works sung in Russian. She was able to let her voice out in an operatic manner, and the big phrases had line and dramatic power. The voice has an instrumental timbre with a touch of hardness that is very effective at full strength." The New York Times


Pianist Soyeon Kim has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist with an extensive range of vocal and instrumental repertoire throughout the United States, Europe and Korea. She made her debut at the age of 14 with Mozart piano concerto with Taejeon Chamber Orchestra in Seoul. An avid chamber musician and recitalist, Ms Kim has performed at major venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Cami Hall, Yamaha Hall, the Croatian Music Institution in Zagreb, Croatia, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Gasteig in Munich, Germany, and St. Leonhard Kirche in Graz, Austria. Ms Kim has performed at chamber series such as Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Se-ries, Cathedral Saint John Divine Concert Series, Music at Penn Alps.
Soyeon Kim won awards for her artistry in several competitions, such as First Prize and Best interpretation in the Liszt in William Garrison Piano Competition. She currently serves on the faculty at Montclair State University and Manhattan School of Music as a vocal coach. She has received B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University and a M.M. degree in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music where she is pursuing her doctoral degree in accompanying with Dr. Heasook Rhee.

Soomi Ro is an accomplished piano accompanist, Soomi Ro began her piano studies at the age of 6 and began her musical career since 8 years-old as a resident pianist in various churches in Libya, Singapore, U.K. and New York. Her public performances include solo performance in Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore, musical director for Christmas concerts in Anglo-Chinese Auditorium, Singapore, and collaboration with Soprano, Ok-Ja, Lim on Ebru TV documentary in New York and other concert stages, and her current position as Music Director in Metropolitan Korean Church, New York, since 2005. Apart from her passion for music, her professional career focuses on public service, as a Procurement Officer in the United Nations, since 2004.

Rob Murat - Guest Speaker / Performer "Souls - Song for Haiti"
Listening to Rob Murat뭩 music is like traveling back to the future. Music lovers worldwide are falling in love with the New York-born singer, songwriter, and producer. The freshness of this Ivy League graduate뭩 sound is reminiscent of the icons that paved the way before him, yet it pushes forward with a unique flavor that hints at something never quite heard before.
Being of Haitian decent, Rob뭩 willingness to do something with meaningful impact led him to dedicating his John Lennon Award winning song, "Souls," to awareness building efforts in Haiti. "Souls" is a powerful piece that evokes perseverance in the face of poverty and catastrophe. It serves as an emotional tribute to the many families, including his, affected by the tragedy. "We must ensure that attention does not fade as the need for assistance persists." Rob says, "It is imperative that we remain engaged."
Rob has most recently been noted for the success of his debut album, So Much to Say, now available worldwide. The video to the album뭩 lead single, Dilemma, has been featured on VH1, MTV, and BET stations. It is also currently available OnDemand in over 30 million homes via Music Choice.
Accompanied by: Matthew Szemela
Preview "Souls" here

A Physician's direct experience with lack of clean drinking water

On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude devastated my home country. Though it lasted less than a minute, it managed to take away my childhood home, my 28 year-old cousin, her 6 year-old son and one of my aunts as well as greater than 200,000 lives. On January 22, I was fortunate enough to go to Haiti to participate in a medical relief effort. I worked at the Centre Diagnostique et Therapeutique Integre (CDTI)- Hospital Sacre-Coeur where I had an experience I will not soon forget. I was able to witness firsthand the resilience and the beauty of the Haitian spirit. But at times, I felt helpless at the magnitude of the task that was before me. Some nights I would leave the hospital in tears because I felt that there was no way I would be able to provide for the overwhelming need that existed, and still exists. When I started to think about what I wanted to write, I thought about doing a score card: earthquake-230,000/ Haiti- 0, but how do you quantify the loss of a life? The loss of property? All these people who are now homeless? Who have lost their limbs? The lack of an adequate sewage system and consequently, the lack of clean drinking water?
There is no number large enough to quantify the devastation created by the earthquake.
CDTI hospital, prior to the earthquake was a state-of-the-art private institution in Haiti, and since January 12 has opened its doors to the public, providing for over 8000 patients and performing over 1000 surgeries- depending mostly on the generosity of the director and his family, as well as some contributions from some private organizations. Unfortunately the hospital which opened its doors to the public free of charge since January 12 may soon be forced to close its doors because of lack of funding. This is in my mind a travesty. For this hospital to close would be one of the worst triumphs yet of the earthquake.
Mahalia S. Desruisseaux, MD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Program Details

Chopin - Etude Opus 25 No 1
Chopin, a true poet of the piano, made use of new piano innovations to create pieces such as this with its shimmering arpeggios underneath a serene melody. Robert Schumann compared its sound to an aolean harp, and the piece is still known as the "Harp" Etude.
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Schumann,Liszt - Widmung Opus 25 No1
The original version of "Widmung" is part of a song cycle which means dedication. Schumann wrote it as a wedding present to his bride, Clara Wieck. The gentle but jubilant fanfares at the piano introduction and the wonderful lyrical melody express the passion and intimacy of this work.
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Handel, Halvorsen - "Passacaglia" Duo for Violin and Viola
Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) was a Norwegian violinist, composer and conductor. Halvorsen's compositions are now enjoying a revival in his homeland. Previously his fame rested on two works, arrangements of movements from the harpsichord suites of
George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759). Handel composed 12 suites for harpsichord. The Passacaglia is taken from Suite #7 in G Minor where it serves as the sixth movement. This work is very demanding on the performers; part of its virtuosity entails having the two instruments simulate the sonority of a string quartet, through the use of double stops (the playing of two or more tones simultaneously on the violin and related string instruments).
The Passacaglia is a form of baroque music said to derive from a Spanish dance. It unfolds as a continuous theme, usually in moderately slow triple meter, with a slow harmonic rhythm changing generally with the measure.
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Bach - Partita No.2 in d minor (BWV.1004) "Ciaccona"
The Ciaccona, which is the last movement of the Bach Partita BWV 1004 for solo violin, is a monumental work which serves as inspiration to all musicians whether violinist, or non-violinists. Based on simple four bar harmonic progression, the piece evolves into 64 non-stop variations emoting the most inspired of human imagination, and soul.
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Piazzolla - "Liber Tango"
Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla (1921-1992) was an Argentine tango composer and bandoneon player. who was The greatest master of the modern tango.He was attracted by the enthralling rhythm of the tango when his father bought him a used bandoneon at a pawnshop.
Yet his studies with Hungarian pianist Bela Wilda, a disciple of Rachmaninov, helped him appreciate the beauty of Western music. When he tried his hand at composing, he combined different elements into a totally new format. His works revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style called "Tango Nuevo," which incorporates elements from jazz, classical music, and other styles. An excellent bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with different ensembles.
Piazzolla left for Italy to complete a recording project in 1973. "Liber Tango," one of the most adored pieces of this series, was published in 1974. The title is a portmanteau of "Libertad" (Spanish for "liberty") and "Tango," symbolizing Piazzolla's break from classical tango to tango nuevo.
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Rachmaninoff - "The Floods of Spring", Op.14, No.11

The Fields are still all white with snow. Rushing waters ring with shouting;
"The Spring is coming. We are the young messengers of spring Queen sent in advance!" Warm May days ring joyfully behind the Spring.
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Puccini - Un bel di" from Madama Butterfly
"One fine day, we shall see a thread of smoke rising from the ocean". Butterfly describes how Pinkerton뭩 ship will come into the harbor and how he뭠l rush up to the little house on the hilltop to greet her. She뭠l wait for him with her strong faith in his love for her.
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Verdi -"Pura siccome un angelo", Duet from La traviata
Duet in Act II. Alfredo뭩 father, Giorgio Germont, is announced and demands that she break off her relationship with his son for the sake of his family. Meanwhile, he becomes impressed by Violetta뭩 nobility, something which he did not expect from a courtesan. She responds that she cannot end the relationship because she loves him so much, but Giorgio pleads with her for the sake of his family. She finally agrees and says goodbye to Giorgio.
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Wagner -"O! du mein holder abendstern" from Tannhauser
Wolfram's aria in Act III. Wolfram is in love with Elizabeth who is Tannhauser's lover, but because of the highly Christian theme he is doomed to love her from afar. In his beautiful aria, "O du mein holder Abendstern" he prays to the stars to keep her safe.
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Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu Opus 66
One of his most well know compositions is this 4th Impromptu with it's cross rhythmic sections and most lyrical mid section complete with tempo changes was dedicated to Julian Fontana, another Polish composer.
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Schumann wrote many pieces to express a mood or programmatic idea such as in his Kinderscenen, Opus 15. Traumerei is one of those pieces which means dreaming ? from an idyllic scene from childhood.
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Busoni-Lizst - La Campanella
La Campanella (meaning "The Little Bell") is the nickname given to the final movement of Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor. Franz Liszt used the tune and wrote many variations on it. This work was arranged by Busoni. This is a glittering piano solo of this fiendishly difficult and grandly elegant etude.

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