Chamber Concert season kicks off with 19th century instruments


Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 12.26.53 PMLA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Symphony Association has announced a new start time for its Chamber Concert Series to make it more convenient for people to attend. The first concert of the season will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

This concert will feature 19th century instruments and two performers from Walla Walla, Washington.

The period instruments would have been familiar to the composers such as Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. The show will include a “historically informed repertoire” appropriate for the instruments.

David Hyun-su Kim

David Hyun-su Kim will play the featured instrument, a fortepiano. He will discuss the instrument’s history, which got its name from an Italian phrase for “loud-soft.”

Kim is a professor of piano and theory at Whitman College. He graduated from Cornell University in 1999 with a degree in chemistry.

“The lab stool was soon replaced by the piano bench,” according to a press release by GRSA.

Kim received a degree in music in 2003 and earned a master’s degree in piano performance from Yale and a master’s in historical performance from Harvard. He earned a doctorate from the New England Conservatory in 2013. He has been at Whitman College since then while performing as a featured soloist around the country and the world.

Lauren Basney

Lauren Basney, a period violinist and featured soloist, will play the violin during the chamber concert.

Basney received a bachelor’s degree from Juilliard School in 2001. She received a master’s from Yale in 2005 and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She is an enthusiastic chamber musician with performances in various groups using both modern and historic instruments.

Basney has been concertmaster and principal second violin under numerous well-known conductors.

Concert details

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The performance starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments and punch
provided by GRSA will be available after the performance.

The concert costs $25 for general admission or free with a season chamber concert pass.

For more information, visit or contact Patty Sandoz at or 541-963-7595 or Pam Moore at 541-910-1860.

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