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October 14, 2015


Sheryl Herchenroeder
Public Information
909 652-6114

David Rentz

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For Immediate Release


(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA.) - Chaffey College Music Department faculty member Minji Noh Lee, along with distinguished guest performers, will perform the inaugural concert of Chaffey College’s new Sunday afternoon recital series, November 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm in the Chaffey College Theatre. The repertoire will range from spectacular works for solo piano in which Franz Liszt reimagines pieces by fellow greats Schumann and Mendelssohn to the virtuosic Hyperventilations of a Fire Dragon, for piano four-hands, by Chaffey College music professor Drew Schnurr. The recital will conclude with the passionate yet elegant Piano Trio No. 2 of Felix Mendelssohn, for violin, cello, and piano.

Minji Noh Lee is active as a soloist and a chamber musician, and praised as a “superb pianist” by the Boston Globe. She started her piano career at age nine as a soloist with the Baroque Symphony in South Korea and subsequently appeared with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, State Academic Orchestra of Ukraine, Orange County Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, and Bellflower Symphony. Dr. Lee received degrees in Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory and University of Southern California. For more detailed bio, please visit www.minjinoh.com.

Kookhee Hong, a native of South Korea, began piano lessons at age four and won first prizes in numerous Korean national competitions. She continued her studies at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and completed the B.Mus., M.M. and D.M.A. at Manhattan School of Music. She won first prize at the Carlet International Competition in Valencia, second prize at the Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, the audience prize and the Alicia de Larrocha Spanish Prize at the Andorra International Competition, and was also a prize winner at the Panama International Competition.

Violinist Paul Manaster has been the associate concertmaster of Pacific Symphony since 1998 and has performed with numerous musical groups in the Southern California area, including the San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition his appointment in Pacific Symphony, Mr. Manaster has also served as the concertmaster of the Riverside Philharmonic, the Indian Wells Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.

Laszlo Mezo, cellist, was born in Budapest, Hungary, gained national recognition as one of the most talented cellists of his generation when he won First Prize in the Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition in 1998. He has forged a career as a soloist, recitalist, educator, chamber musician and conductor performing extensively in Europe, Asia and America, working with notable musicians such as Maestros Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano.

This concert is free and open to the public. The Chaffey College Theatre is located on the college’s Rancho Cucamonga campus, free parking is available. For more information on the college’s upcoming visual and performing arts events, please visit www.chaffey.edu/vpa.

Established in 1883, Chaffey College was one of the first colleges to be established in California and offers associate degrees, as well as vocational and transfer programs in a wide variety of subjects. Courses are offered at campuses in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, and Fontana, as well as online through the Distance Education program. For general information about the college, please visit www.chaffey.edu.

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