December 6 and 7, 2014: Kim Piano Duo and The WSO String Quintet


Michael Kim and Kyung Kim, piano


Gwen Hoebig, Karl Stobbe, violins;
Daniel Scholz, viola;
Yuri Hooker, cello;
Meredith Johnson, double bass


Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8 PM

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3 PM


La rappel des oiseaux (Kyung Kim)

WSO String Quintet Photo: Tony Nardella

Le tic-toc-choc (Kyung Kim)

String Quartet Movement (WSO Clearwater Quartet)

Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” (Michael Kim)

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114 “Trout” (Kyung Kim)

Humoreske, Op. 20, Section 1-Einfach (Kyung Kim)

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (Michael Kim)

La valse (Arranged. for one piano four hands by L. Garban)

Dear Music Lover

The December concert is ALL-MANITOBAN – featuring seven of the best musicians in the province. Pianists Michael Kim and Kyung Kim are collaborating with five of the Principals of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Concertmaster Gwen Hoebig, violin; Associate Concertmaster Karl Stobbe, violin; Daniel Scholz, viola; Yuri Hooker, cello; and Meredith Johnson, bass) to present a uniquely designed programme called “MY FAVOURITE KEY”.

Here is what Michael Kim wrote to me: “This concert will be a fascinating musical journey through the emotional landscapes of mood, character and colour that are brought to life by a composer’s choice of key.

Kyung and I have our contrasting biases with respect to our favourite key signatures and they are reflected in our chosen selections, ranging from – the philosophical spirituality and hope of B flat major (contrasted with the uneasiness and discontent of g minor), the tragic pathos of f minor, the cheery optimism of A major, and even to the use of no key signature. Overall, this program chronicles how a composer’s choice of key signature shapes the cognitive and emotional perceptions of the audience and influences the compositional process. We will learn how the key signature provides an emotional lens in shaping and projecting an artist’s interpretative perspective to the audience.

It will also highlight the emotional ethos of the diatonic major/minor keys in the Baroque and Classical eras, evolving to chromaticism in the Romantic era and then to the exquisite, exotic harmonic qualities of Impressionism.

My narration is designed to illustrate each point quite succinctly, so that the music remains the focus. Thus, “MY FAVOURITE KEY” should provide for a novel and creative concert experience, stimulating the audience to appreciate the music from a fresh perspective while deepening their understanding.  I will also demonstrate at the piano short excerpts of other works in the same key to further illustrate each mood.”

Michael Kim suggested that the audience can prepare for the concert by listening to some of the music at home. He suggests the following four pieces especially, and I have added YouTube links for your convenience:

1. Haydn String Quartet, No 1 in C major, Op. 20, 1st movement, as performed by the Attacca Quartet (who we presented in February 2012). Click here to view.

2. Beethoven’s in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” 1st movement; you may enjoy Horowitz. Click here to view.

3. Schubert Piano Quintet in A major Op. 114 “Trout”, the Finale. Click here to view.

4. Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. Many versions, but listen here to the opening.  Click here to choose one.