CROATIAN CULTURAL THURSDAYS
& HKD NAPREDAK - NEW YORK
JAMA JANDROKOVIC - soprano
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Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 7:00 PM
Croatian Cultural Center, Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church - large auditorium
502 West 41st Street (between 10th and 11th avenues)
New York, NY
Reception to follow
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Ms. Soyeon Kim will accompany Ms. Jandrokovic on a piano. The program will feature works by American and Croatian composers. Ms. Jandrokovic will be touring Croatia and Germany next month, performing in Ivanic Grad, Zagreb, Samobor, Rovinj, Munich and Berlin.
JAMA JANDROKOVICâ€™s silvery voice and interpretive sincerity shine in performances of art song, her first musical love. The young American soprano has concertized throughout the United States, and has been heard at New York venues such as Steinway Hall, Nicholas Roerich Museum, Kosciuszko Foundation, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Jandrokovic begins 2005 by making her European debut with a concert tour of Croatia, culminating in a recital in the capital of Zagreb, then on to recitals in Germany at the Gasteig in Munich and the Konzerthaus in Berlin. In New York City, Ms. Jandrokovic will sing concerts at Steinway Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Early fall of 2005 will see the release of Ms. Jandrokovicâ€™s debut recording, â€śSweet, Stay Awhileâ€? featuring songs of John Dowland and Henry Purcell.
Ms. Jandrokovicâ€™s Alice Tully Hall engagement marks her debut performance at the prestigious venue as both singer and poet. The artist will collaborate with leading American composers Lori Laitman, Luna Pearl Woolf and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for music, Paul Moravec, to present the world premiere of three new song cycles, written for Ms. Jandrokovic, based upon her collection of poetry, Five Lovers. The Five Lovers concert will be recorded and released in 2006.
SOYEON KIM, equally at home with vocal and instrumental repertoire, has performed as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout her home country of Korea and in the United States. Ms. Kim began her studies in Korea and at the age fifteen gave her professional debut with the Taejeon Chamber Orchestra performing the Mozart Piano Concerto. As a young student, she won many competitions, including First Prize in the Seoul National Teacher's College Piano Competition, Top Prize in the Teenager Piano Competition, Laureate in the Korea Festival Ensemble Chamber Music Competition and a fellowship at the New Triad Foundation in New York City.
She received her training at Seoul National University in solo piano performance where she was introduced to the collaborative aspect of performing and began working with chamber music ensembles and vocalists. Ms. Kim has participated frequently in master classes with such artists as Martin Katz, Edgar Meyer, Robert McDonald, Brian Zeger, Lauren Flanigan, Anna Moffo, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Betty Allen, and Daniel Pollack. Ms. Kimâ€™s current focus is the art of accompanying and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she is pursuing her doctoral degree and studies with Heasook Rhee.