Laureate Series Concert at the Indiana History Center

Classical music for all is the mission of Indianapolis musical organization Ronen Chamber Ensemble. Tuesday, May 4, the Indiana History Center hosts Ronen Chamber Ensemble’s Souvenirs de Voyage with Violinist Yura Lee, an evening for Indianapolis music lovers. Tickets to this Indianapolis art event are $22.00 for Indianapolis people, $17.00 for seniors sixty and older and $10.00 for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID. The concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis downtown.

Violinist Yura Lee is joined on stage by pianist Chih-Yi Chen. Together, along with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, they will perform Haydn’s Piano Trio in G Major, the Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano and Bernard Hermann’s Souvenir de Voyage. As the 2006 Laureate of the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, Yura Lee returns to the Circle City with a warm welcome and plenty of adoring fans.

Born in South Korea in 1985, Yura Lee has had an exceptional career for someone so young. After immigrating to the United States in 1994, Lee has been invited to play with some of the most prestigious orchestra’s in the country including the New York Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. In addition, she has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic. In 1999 at only 14 years old, Lee made her Carnegie Hall debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin.

Lee began her study of the violin at the ripe old age of four years old under Namyoon Kim in Seoul, Korea. At only five, she took the top prize at the prestigious Hankook Ilbo Competition in Seoul, causing her mentors to take notice of an extreme gift. Only two years later at seven years old, she performed with Korea’s leading orchestra, the KBS Sym-phony. When she came to the United States in 1994, she continued her studies at the Juilliard School under Hyo Kang and the late Dorothy DeLay.

Joining Yura Lee on stage is pianist Chih-Yi Chen. Chen is a versatile performer, entertaining crowds as a soloist, a chamber musician and collaborative player. She has performed with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra under conductor Irwin Hoffman and, more recently, with the Indiana University Wind Ensemble. She belongs to a group of especially talented young musicians called “the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi.” As an increasing sought after performer, she has toured the United States, Europe and Asia, with recent tours to France, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Japan.

Chih-Yi Chen is an acomplished member of the Indiana University music community, having created a series of accompanying courses for undergraduate pianists at the large Indiana college. She began her studies at the age of three in Taipei, Taiwan, where she was born. After completing both her bachelors and masters degree at Indiana University, she went on to work with the former chair of the piano department at the Moscow Conservatory, Michael Block. She has been a valued faculty member at the IU Piano Department for many years. Recently she appeared with Joshua Bell in the Emmy Award nominated documentary “Circling Around.”

Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis event at the Indiana History Center downtown. With prime Indianapolis real estate along the Indianapolis Canal Walk and near White River State Park, the Indiana History Center is located near some wonderful Indianapolis attractions including the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

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Laureate Series Concert
Tuesday, May 4 at 7:30 pm

Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202