Classical pianist Alpin Hong will play Friday, March 18 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Classical pianist Alpin Hong will play Friday, March 18 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Classical pianist Alpin Hong to perform in Kent March 18

City Spotlight Series concert at Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center

Classical pianist Alpin Hong will make his return to Kent’s Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18 at Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 10020 SE 256th St.

Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned Hong the reputation as a modern-day Pied Piper, according to a city of Kent media release. From Walt Disney Hall to the White House, his combination of stunning technique, emotional range and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.

Rooted in extensive classical training and a background in extreme sports, martial arts and video games, Hong is a creative force unmatched in his vitality and charisma. Called “a pianistic firebrand” by the New York Times, Hong embodies a rare blend among contemporary classical musicians: An empathetic soul and skilled raconteur, with explosively dynamic piano technique.

His daring mashup of autobiographical storytelling and dazzling piano performance is at turns hilarious, tragic, and beautifully poignant. In addition to his public performances, Hong has an uncanny ability to captivate young audiences and will work with Kent School District students during his time in Kent.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors and $15 for youth. Tickets may be purchased online at kentarts.com, by calling 253-856-5051 or at the Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N.

Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services, and partially funded by 4Culture and a variety of business and individual sponsors. Alpin Hong is sponsored by Pete and Pat Curran through the Kent Community Foundation, with support from the Haffner family.


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