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UR Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music
50 Crenshaw Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173
(804) 289-8980
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The UR Symphony Orchestra will present Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5, (“Egyptian”) with soloist Joanne Kong. The program will also include Carmen Suite No. 1 by Bizet.

The Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the University of Richmond Director of Accompaniment, Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles Joanne Kong. 

Joanne Kong

Pianist Joanne Kong’s performances have been praised for “great finesse and flexibility” (The Washington Post), “superb” playing (The Boston Globe), “utmost keyboard sensitivity and variety of tone” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), and “superb artistry” (San Antonio Express-News) for works “sensitively played” (The New York Times).

Kong has performed to critical acclaim at numerous venues including the Los Angeles and Oregon Bach Festivals, Memphis Chamber Music Society, San Antonio Festival, Los Angeles Monday Evening Concert Series, Virginia Waterfront International Festival of the Arts, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, National Gallery of Art Concert Series in Washington, D. C., Strathmore Hall’s “Music in the Mansion” series, Columbia University, Harvard University, the Conservatorio Dall’Abaco in Verona, Italy, the Melk Abbey Summer Concert Series and Baden’s Haus der Kunst in Austria, and the International Festival of Orchestras and Youth in Cartagena, Colombia. In 2015, under the auspices of the Partners of the Americas and the U. S. State Department, she travelled to Brazil for a 10-day concert and teaching tour, and this past October she performed with the University of Richmond’s Dr. Mike Davison and President Ronald Crutcher on a concert tour in Cuba. A gifted collaborator, she has performed with numerous artists including the Shanghai String Quartet, Eugenia Zukerman, cellist James Wilson, violinist Karen Johnson, and 4-time Grammy Award – winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Dr. Kong is in frequent demand as a chamber, instrumental and vocal coach, and is currently the director of the accompanying and chamber music programs at the University of Richmond.