FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents Renowned Pianist Haysun Kang
International Pianist, Faculty Member to Host Special Performance
CHICAGO, January 25, 2011 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will host a special on-campus concert featuring renowned faculty pianist Haysun Kang and guest vocalists at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 11. Kang and musical guests, baritone Kreshnik Zhabjaku and mezzo-soprano Kelli Morgan McHugh, will perform a program of classical works for solo piano and vocal selections in the auditorium of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, on the University’s Lake Shore Campus. The concert is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to RSVP to guarantee seating.
Haysun Kang has been a faculty member in the DFPA since 2007. Dr. Kang’s formal music studies began at the age of four in her native country of Korea, and she has been performing ever since. Her performances have won her numerous international awards and garnered widespread critical acclaim. On her recent tour of Poland, with the Philharmonia Sudecka and Philharmonia Dolnoslaska, Dr. Kang was praised for her “Immaculate technique and flawless dexterity.”
Joining Dr. Kang on stage will be fellow faculty member and mezzo-soprano Kelli Morgan-McHugh, instructor of voice and musical theatre at Loyola. Ms. McHugh, a founding member of the Chicago Cabaret Project, has an extensive background in opera and musical theatre in Chicago and toured with the USO, performing for United States troops overseas. Kreshnik Zhabjaku, a visiting baritone, will also perform. An Albanian native and award-winning soloist, Mr. Zhabjaku toured extensively in Europe before studying at the Mannes College of Music in New York and pursuing an opera career, winning impressive leading roles such as Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata.
In addition to serving as educators within the Loyola community, DFPA faculty members maintain professional careers as concert musicians, actively contributing to Chicago’s rich music scene. Professors Kang and McHugh are pleased to collaborate with Mr. Zhabjaku and provide an evening of free musical entertainment for the Loyola community and Rogers Park neighborhood.
To reserve a seat, visit LUC.tix.com or call the box office at 773.508.3847. The auditorium is located on the ground floor of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at 1020 West Sheridan Rd., in Rogers Park.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit LUC.edu/dfpa.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.