Tue September 20th, 2016
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $15 / $20
Day of Show: $20 / $25
free for members
Table Seating: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of show
TABLE SEATING POLICY Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area. All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify Ran Dank’s pianism and musicality. He brings his thoughtful and dynamic style to a 2015/2016 season that includes appearances with the Mobile Symphony performing Kevin Puts’ Night for piano and orchestra, the Ashland Symphony for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto. No. 4, and the season closing concerts of the Charleston Symphony’s season with Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2. An acclaimed recitalist, Ran Dankplays concerts at the Gilmore Foundation, at the Philip Lorenz Memorial Concerts in Fresno, and for Pro Musica in San Miguel de Allende as well as in duo recitals with his wife, Soyeon Kate Lee, for the Ames Town and Gown Association in Iowa, and for the Hawaii Concert Association.
2015 summer appearances included chamber works of Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert, a solo recital, and a world premiere for piano, four hands by Alexander Goehre with Ms. Lee at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Shanghai String Quartet at The Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, New York; and solo and chamber music programs of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Robert Hornstein, and Schumann at the Great Lakes Festival in Michigan.
A favorite with New York audiences, in the 2014/15 season Ran Dank was presented by Peoples Symphony Concerts at Town Hall, in several concerts at Bargemusic in Brooklyn and in the WQXR Beethoven piano sonata marathon. He performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 and Totentanz with the Jerusalem Symphony, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony as well as recitals in Charleston and a duo concert with Ms. Lee for the JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville, MD.
Among recent highlights are the Prokofiev Second Piano concerto at Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Grieg Concerto with Daniel Meyer and the Asheville Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and numerous other ensembles. Recitals have included the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland’s Mantta Festival, the Israel Conservatory of Music and chamber music at YCA’s Tokyo Festival, the Seattle, Montreal, and Israel Chamber Music Festivals. He and Ms. Lee also performed the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski’s “Four Hands” at (le) Poisson Rouge in the fall of 2013.
In 2014 Ran Dank joined the Music Department Faculty of the College of Charleston as the Director of Piano Studies and Assistant Professor and also serves as Artistic Director of the College of Charleston International Piano Series. He recently completed Doctoral studies with Ursula Oppens and Richard Good at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a Chancellor’s Fellow, and previously received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in his native Israel and a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.
Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York So-Ho art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen, mix and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works accompanied by treats sweet and savory paired with wines, by the glass. A delightful explanation of these popular events may be viewed on the organization’s website www.musicbytheglass.com.
The recipient of numerous honors, Ran Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut sponsored by YCA and the Jerome L.Greene Foundation at Merkin Hall December 14, 2009. He was a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Soyeon Kate Lee
First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by the New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”
Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, symphony orchestras of Columbus, Bangor, Bozeman, Boca Raton, Wyoming, Bozeman, Cheyenne, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, Abilene, Naples, Santa Fe and Shreveport in the United States; the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Ulsan Symphony Orchestra (South Korea), Orquesta de Valencia (Spain) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Dominican Republic), including performances under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jahja Ling, Jorge Mester and Otto-Werner Mueller.
Recent recital appearances include New York City programs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Art’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Stars” series, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid – part of a 13-city tour of Spain, tour of the Hawaiian Islands, Krannert Center, Herbst Theatre, and Finland’s Maanta Music Festival.
An active chamber musician, she frequently collaborates in many chamber music festivals throughout the United States including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Music Mountain, and has been a member of the coveted Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two program, where her performance of the Mozart Piano Trio was broadcast on PBS Live from Lincoln Center.
A Naxos recording artist, her discography spans Scarlatti Sonatas, Liszt Opera Transcriptions, and two volumes of Scriabin works, and she returns this season to Toronto to record early Clementi Sonatas, as well as another volume of Scarlatti Sonatas. Ms. Lee’s recording of Re!nvented under the E1 (formerly Koch Classics) label garnered her a feature review in the Gramophone Magazine and the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award.
A second prize and Mozart Prize winner of the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Santander International Piano Competition in Spain, she has worked extensively with Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ursula Oppens, and Jerome Lowenthal. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Lee was awarded every prize given to a pianist at Juilliard, including the William Petschek Piano Debut Award at Lincoln Center and the Arthur Rubinstein Award.
Ms. Lee is the co-founder and artistic director of Music by the Glass, a concert series dedicated to bringing together young professionals in New York City. A Yamaha Artist, Ms. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, pianist Ran Dank, and their one year old baby, Noah.