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020319 Dr Eunjung Choi

Pianist and Claflin University professor Dr. Eunjung Choi will perform a concert of classical music Saturday, Feb. 16, at Stevenson Auditorium. Orangeburg Music Club is hosting the event.

Musician and professor Dr. Eunjung Choi promises "a musical journey” for those attending her upcoming classical piano concert hosted by the Orangeburg Music Club.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Stevenson Auditorium, 222 Middleton St., Orangeburg.

Choi said she will be playing a piece by Mozart, three nocturnes by John Field and three Spanish dances by Enrique Granados. After the intermission, she’ll perform two pieces by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and will finish with a contemporary piece by American composer Emma Lou Diemer.

“Hopefully, people can get out of it some kind of musical journey by hearing my performances,” she said. The journey covers “classical to contemporary music ... so people can hear some beautiful music.”

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Choi currently serves as associate professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Claflin University. Most recently, she was awarded a South Carolina Arts Commission Quarterly Grant to make her solo piano performance CD (released in June 2016), titled "Inside Out: A Journey."

Dr. Choi was also awarded a major grant from the Humanities Council, titled "Promoting South Carolina African-American Composers' Classical Music," and has presented a lecture-recital series around the state. Her presentations have included topics such as multicultural music performance and teaching strategies, and curriculum development to integrate music and English language learning.

In addition to her active schedule as a soloist, collaborative artist, master-class clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Choi is a vice president of conferences of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and also serves on the board of directors of the Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy.

Dr. Choi holds a doctor of musical arts degree in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina, a master's degree in piano and organ performance from Ball State University, and a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Dongduk Women's University, Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Choi “is a friend of mine. She’s done musical programs for the music club before,” said Dale Clark, music club treasurer who is in charge of the program.

“She’s very well-versed in music,” Clark said. “I’ve known her for several years and she’s very, very good. She’s actually serving currently as the organist and choir director at Orangeburg Lutheran Church as well.

“She is very expressive in her playing,” she said. “There are a lot of people who enjoy classical music, and you don’t see that much of it anymore ... I think people have gotten away from the classical music a lot.

“But I think this will be a wonderful opportunity for people to hear some beautiful classical music played by someone who really, really appreciates it.”

Tickets for the concert are $10 each and may be reserved by calling 803-707-1405. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office on the evening of the event.

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