The 2017-18 Hartness Organ Series will commence Thursday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus with a recital for organ and strings performed by organist Dongho Lee, and New England Conservatory of Music faculty members Nicholas Kitchen, violinist, and Yeesun Kim, cellist.
Tickets for the Sound Quality Series concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.
The recital highlights works for the unusual combination of organ and strings. Lee will perform on the C.B. Fisk Opus 121 (three manuals, 42 stops) organ housed in Daniel Chapel. The program includes Vitali’s “Chaconne” for violin and organ, Bruch’s “Canzone” for cello and organ, and two works for violin, cello, and organ: Saint-Saëns’ “La Muse et le Poéte,” and Rheinberger’s “Trio” Opus 149.
Dongho Lee, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is Artist-in-Residence at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C. She was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. Lee has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She was a featured artist at national conventions of the AGO (2012) and the Association of Anglican Musicians (2013), as well as at the 2013 and 2015 AGO Southeast and Great Lakes regional conventions. Her first commercial recording was released in 2011 on the Pro Organo label, and features 20th century organ music performed on the Fisk organ at Indiana University.
Violinist Nicholas Kitchen, whose musicianship has been hailed by The New York Times as “thrilling, vibrant and captivating,” is a faculty member at the renowned New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is also a founding member of the famed Borromeo Quartet. His New England Conservatory colleague Yeesun Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Also a founding member of the Borromeo Quartet, Kim has performed in over 20 countries, and in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and music festivals.
Furman’s Hartness Organ Series is named in honor of the late Tom and Edna Hartness, longtime supporters and Furman University benefactors, whose 1998 bequest made possible Daniel Chapel’s Fisk pipe organ. The Hartness Organ was given in honor of Bobby and Becky Berry Hartness. Each year the Hartness Organ Series brings to campus organists of national and international stature to perform in the beautiful, acoustically vibrant setting of Daniel Chapel.
The 2017-18 Hartness Organ series, in addition to the opening recital by Lee, Kitchen and Kim, includes a recital on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. by Katelyn Emerson, young American virtuoso and winner of the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing; and a recital on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at 8 p.m. by Nigel Potts, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Grace Cathedral (Episcopal), Charleston, S.C. Potts will be joined on this program by his wife, noted soprano Sarah Rose Taylor, for a performance of Edward Elgar’s song cycle “Sea Pictures.”
For more information, contact the Furman University Music Department office at 864- 294-2086, or email the department at FurmanMusic@furman.edu.