Piano professor excites crowd at solo recital

Kellie Bowen, Arts & Entertainment editor

Dr. Albert Kim performed a moving piano recital of four pieces containing up to five movements by Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The auditorium was nearly full – most people were seated so they could watch Dr. Kim’s hands fly and drift over the piano keys.

The concert opened with Haydn’s Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI:31. It consisted of Moderato, Allegretto and Finale Presto movements.

Dr. Kim wrote in the recital program, “The E-major sonata’s central idea is heard in the very opening gesture: a descending melody in the right hand from B to E.”

After the first movement, Moderato, the audience roared in applause, even though the full Sonata was not yet finished.

The audience held their applause for the next collection of songs until the last movement, Impromptu in F Minor, Op 142 No.4, was completed.

After intermission, he continued with five movements from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-Tableaux.

He topped the show off with the last three numbers of Rachmaninoff’s Moments Musicaux which all had haunting, lyrical and canon-like tunes.

The last movement, No. 6 in C Major, was a flurry of notes that sent the audience flying.

People stood as they applauded Dr. Kim’s tremendous concert.