News From Terre Haute, Indiana


September 9, 2011

Terre Haute Symphony hosts 15-year-old violin prodigy

TERRE HAUTE — The new “Rising Star of California,” violin prodigy Stephen Kim, will perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor in Indiana State University’s Tilson Auditorium in Terre Haute at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 along with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Also being performed are the 1812 Overture of Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss’s flamboyant Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, and composer-in-residence Daniel Powers’ widely performed “Overture to the Season.”

Kim began playing violin at the age of 3. As one of nine Exceptional Young Violinists selected to participate in the 2009 Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies for master teachers including Itzhak Perlman, Kim played in public master classes and recitals.

At age 11, he was the youngest member to join the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, touring both Germany and the Czech Republic.

At age 13, he was broadcast on National Public Radio as a featured soloist on From the Top, NPR’s classical music program.

Perhaps most noteworthy, Kim also performed his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009. He has appeared in other prestigious venues including the Juilliard School, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Valle d’Aosta in Italy. In addition, Kim performed as a guest soloist before a special screening of Paramount Pictures’ film, “The Soloist.”

Recently, Kim was selected as the youngest performer to participate in the 2010 Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland. He won the Gold Medal in the 11th California International Young Artists Violin Competition in San Diego. Just this summer, he took home first place at The American Academy of Conducting Violin Competition in Aspen.

Single tickets for this Terre Haute Symphony concert are $18 for adults and begin at only $4 for youth/students and will be available Wednesday. Season tickets for all five THSO 2011-2012 concerts are on sale now at $85 and up for adults and $15 and up for youth/students. All tickets are available at the Hulman Center ticket office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The Tilson Auditorium accessible drop-off location is at Seventh Street and Larry Bird Avenue. Accessible seats are sold with one free companion seat and are available through Ticketmaster outlets at (812) 234-2424 or online at Discounted group rates are available for groups of 10 or more by calling the THSO office at (812) 242-8476.

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