Catharsis: Soovin Kim & Gloria Chien Violin-Piano Concert

Violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien gave an extraordinary duo recital on October 8.  Of course we knew this was going to be a wonderful concert, but it surpassed all expectations.  Those lucky enough to be present were witness to a perfect musical union of prodigious technique, profound intellect, deep wells of emotion, and the power to communicate.  Transcendent perfection.  It is mind-blowing to consider that mere humans, through art, can create and share such a euphoric experience.  Add to this the personal relationship, the long history of friendship in our community.  We feel an overwhelming deep happiness for Soovin that he has found an ideal partner in Gloria.  She is truly his musical and artistic match, and their deep love for the music and one another radiates from them.  The duo played Robert Schumann Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105; Charles Ives Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 2; Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18; and four short charming works by Fritz Kreisler.  The church was full – and the music and love soared to the heavens.

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