Thursday, February 2, 2012

College of Music Students Headed to Carnegie Hall

The Florida State University College of Music is proud to announce the upcoming performance of two student groups, Albert Lee (tenor) and Edward Rothmel (piano), and Hyemin Kim and Joohae Kim (pianos) at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Carefully selected through a stringent audition process, these four students represent the College of Music's student body at its finest. (This performance is part of the University's "Sight, Sound & Motion" program, an annual showcase of Florida State's rising talents in the fields of theatre, music, dance, and film.)


An Evening of Chamber Music with the FSU College of Music

Monday, April 30, 20128 PM | Weill Recital Hall
Tickets for the performance are $10, Students/FSU Alumni $8 and may be purchased by contacting the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 212.247.7800 or



Montage of a Dreamer: Langston Hughes in Song
Albert Lee, tenor; Edward Rothmel, piano

Three Dream Portraits by Margaret Bonds
Selections from Night Songs by H. Leslie Adams
Selections from Shadow of the Blues by John Musto
Selections from Genius Child by Ricky Ian Gordon

Behind Every Artist
Hyemin Kim and Joohae Kim, piano

Wizards: Three Magic Masters by Judith Lang Zaimont
Landscape Preludes by John Psathas/Gareth Farr
L’Histoire de Babar by Francis Poulenc (tr. for piano four hands by Paul Yeon Lee)


The program showcases two duos; the first half features the settings of the poetry of Langston Hughes performed by Albert Lee (tenor) and Edward Rothmel (piano). Montage of a Dreamer highlights the contribution of one of the seminal figures of American literature, Langston Hughes. Through song settings of H. Leslie Adams, Margaret Bonds, Ricky Ian Gordon, and John Musto, Montage of a Dreamer transports the poetic voice of Langston Hughes from his inspirational home in Harlem into one of the most revered concert venues in the world.

The second half of the program, Behind Every Artist, traces the musical journey of dynamic pianists Hyemin Kim and Joohae Kim. Hyemin Kim introduces the program with a solo piano piece, Wizards: Three Magic Masters, by the renowned American composer, Judith Lang Zaimont. Joohae Kim then follows with two pieces from Landscape Preludes, a remarkable composition by New Zealanders John Psathas and Gareth Farr. To conclude the recital, these two prize-winning pianists combine their talents to perform L’Histoire de Babar, written by French composer Francis Poulenc and transcribed for piano four hands by Paul Yeon Lee.

Carnegie Hall Group


Tenor Albert Rudolph Lee’s performances have been described as “vocally sumptuous,” “musically distinctive” and even “acrobatically agile.” Mr. Lee has appeared with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, the Collegiate Chorale of New York City, Caramoor International Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Lee’s recent performances include Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore and Ferrando in Così fan tutte as well as the tenor solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Beethoven’s Mass in C. He has also worked to preserve and expand the performance of Negro Spirituals with domestic and international performances with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Mr. Lee is in his final year of study in the Doctor of Music program at The Florida State University.

Pianist Edward R. Rothmel has performed in solo and chamber music concerts across the US and China, and has performed in master classes with renowned artists including Ann Schein, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and many others. An avid collaborator, he is actively involved in the promotion and performance of chamber music. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Florida State University, where he studied with Heidi Louise Williams and Read Gainsford and coached chamber music with Carolyn Bridger, Stanford Olsen, and Douglas Fisher.

Korean-New Zealander pianist Joohae Kim began learning the piano at the age of three. Joohae has completed her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated with first class honors under leading pedagogue Rae de Lisle. With numerous successes in major piano competitions, including Kerikeri International Piano Competition of New Zealand, she was invited to record on Concert FM Radio for the Young New Zealand series then, made appearances as a soloist with several orchestras throughout the country. Joohae is now in her fourth year of Doctoral studies with Dr. Read Gainsford at The Florida State University. Her research focuses on four New Zealand piano preludes from 12 Landscape Preludes by John Psathas.

A native of South Korea, Hyemin Kim began playing the piano at the age of seven. After receiving highest award at the Young artist competition in Daejun at age of twelve, she began performing as a soloist at Gayang Catholic Church until fourteen. When she turned sixteen, she was also a winner at the Bucheon piano competition for two consecutive years. Ms. Kim studied piano performance at Kyung Hee University in Korea and Manhattan School of Music in US under Suk Kim and Daniel Epstein. After her New York public performance in 2008, she was awarded second prize at the Chopin Competition at The Florida State University. Ms. Kim is currently completing the Doctor of Music degree under Dr. Read Gainsford at The Florida State University.