The GAMAC Orchestra under the direction of R. Alexander Spainhour, III will present Two Pianos, Two Virtuosos featuring pianists Howard Kim and Lisa Kiser on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University. Featuring Francis Poulenc’s beloved Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, this will be a night of premieres for Anderson audiences!

Concert pianist, Howard Kim, serves as an Associate Professor of Piano at Anderson University. A collaborative artist, vocal coach and conductor, Dr. Kim received his early piano training from master teacher Dorothy Hwang at the R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts. Studying in California and New York, he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate while completing the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Kim has won numerous awards and honors and has been a featured soloist with orchestras nationwide.

Pianist Lisa Kiser is a faculty member at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities. She began studying at the age of four under the tutelage of her mother. She attended Yech Sei University and later Webster University in St. Louis, MO for a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance. While at Webster, she received an award from the St. Louis Symphony’s Young Artists Scholarship Competition and was chosen as “Best Artist” by the St. Louis Artist Society in 1996. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Fugo.

Poulenc’s Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra was commissioned by the American arts patroness, Princess Edmond de Polignac, nee Winnareta Singer. The princess, who was a friend to Poulenc, asked for a piece that two Frenchmen could play together. The concerto was written over a two-month period in 1932 and is beloved for its sprightly dynamics and buoyant energy. Woven throughout the work are dances and popular Parisian tunes from the café-concert circuit of Poulenc’s time along with an homage to Mozart. This ingenious dialogue between two superb soloists will delight with virtuosity, brilliance and exuberance.

In addition to Poulenc’s masterpiece, the GAMAC Orchestra will perform Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72 and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major. “These works are new to Anderson audiences,” said GAMAC Orchestra conductor, Alex Spainhour. “In fact, this will be the first Brahams symphony ever performed in Anderson County,” he said.

Tickets to Two Pianos, Two Virtuosos may be purchased by calling (864)231-6147. Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Seating is by general admission. This event is made possible with generous sponsorship from Mr. & Mrs. Harold Gilbert, Mrs. Dot Haddock, and Mr. & Mrs. John Miller. The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Inc. is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts. GAMAC is also funded in part by Accommodations Tax Funds from Anderson County and The City of Anderson.