In partnership with Lee University, the String Theory Outreach Initiative (STOI) will host violinist Danny Koo for a week-long residency Jan. 22 through 26. The events will culminate in a solo concert at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m.
Described as “unstinting in energetic projection every step of the way” (Calgary Herald), the STOI is excited to welcome the charismatic young Korean-American violinist Koo for this season’s outreach residency. Koo is a well-known media personality in Korea with a passion for reaching children through his music. His presentation, focusing on the relationship between voice and the violin, will center around a classical repertoire incorporated into the story of Ferdinand the Bull.
“Danny Koo's passion for classical music education will provide an enriching and exciting learning experience for the community,” said Dr. Gloria Chien, founder and artistic director of String Theory.
Throughout the week, Koo will perform at elementary schools in the Chattanooga and Cleveland area, in addition to a special performance for senior citizens at the Alexian Village on Signal Mountain.
There will be a social hour with Koo at the Tomorrow Building in Chattanooga on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., Koo will hold a solo performance, “Violin Voices,” at Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.mizpahcongregation.org/.
The week-long residency will conclude with the Annual Family Concert at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Sunday. The concert will be followed by an instrument petting zoo hosted by String Theory youth interns, a group of young arts advocates who make a social impact in Chattanooga through community outreach and education.
The concert is free with paid admission into the Hunter Museum. Admission is free for Hunter members and youth under 17 with paying adult.
The outreach week is funded through a grant given by the Performing Arts League. Musical instruments for the instrument petting zoo are provided by Mountain Music in Chattanooga.
In the past four years, String Theory has brought award-winning musicians and ensembles to present educational outreach programs to the community. The program has reached over 6,000 students, many of whom live in communities with little access to the arts and are experiencing live classical music for the first time.
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