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Madison Performing Arts Foundation

Piano duo with Pavey, Kim
to open Madison concert season

Annual series promotes classical music
in the Madison, Ind., community

(October 2021) – Many children often whine and complain about one hour of music lessons practice. But when pianists Curtis Pavey, 28, and Helena Hyesoo Kim, 33, were children, they practiced three to four hours daily. Today, that effort is evident as soon as the award-winning, professional pianists start to play.
Residents and visitors to Madison, Ind., will get to experience the energy and passion of the duo at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 412 W. Main Street in Madison.
The free, one-hour concert is part of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation’s annual concert series highlighting classical music. Madison Performing Arts Foundation, a non-profit sponsored by the Indiana Arts Commission, brings classical music and all genres of musical performances to the greater Madison, Jefferson County and Trimble County.

Curtis Pavey

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Curtis Pavey, pictured above, will perform a classical piano duo concert with Helen Hyesoo Kim (below) at the Oct. 22 season opening event.


Kim and Pavey, both doctoral candidates at the University of Cincinnati, will perform together using a single piano, which as one can imagine could cause some tension during particularly difficult or energetic pieces.
“There is certainly some choreography in having two pianists at the same piano,” said Pavey. “With hands overlapping and crossing, it gets interesting for the audience.”
Not only is Pavey an accomplished pianist, he is also an accomplished harpsichordist who has performed across the country. He teaches group and private piano lessons as a graduate assistant, and he also has a private studio, where he offers lessons for all ages.
“We teach people of all ages – from 5 to 75. Anyone is welcome and encouraged,” he said.
Pavey, who began playing the piano at age 8, graduated from the master’s program at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he majored in Piano Performance and Early Music - Harpsichord.
Kim, who began playing the piano at age 5, is a Korean-Canadian who moved to Ohio three years ago to pursue her musical education and career. According to her website, she debuted her piano skills at age 11 with the Poland Chamber Orchestra in South Korea, and she has performed solo and chamber recitals in Russia, Chile, Holland, France, Canada and America. She is a competitor who has won international competitions, including first prize at the Russian International Music Festival. She also maintains a private teaching studio.
Pavey and Kim originally met at orientation their first week of school. The rest of the story may one day be musical history. The program they plan to perform for the Madison Performing Arts Foundation concert will be a combination of German and French music by French composer Maurice Ravel and Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Each piece will be introduced, so the audience will understand what is happening.

Helen Hyesoo Kim

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Helen Hyesoo Kim, pictured above, and Curtis Pavey are both doctoral candidates at the University of Cincinnati.


“The music will have a variety of experiences including melodic and more dramatic,” said Kim. “It will be exciting.”
Pavey pointed out that Ravel was inspired by Schubert, so the pieces fit together well.
“For those who haven’t been able to travel, perhaps because of COVID, we want to allow people to travel ‘sonically’ and enjoy themselves.”
Madison Performing Arts Foundation President Starla Raley said she is excited about the pianists performing in Madison. “They are top notch and simply dazzling,” she said. Raley said foundation members are thrilled they can begin to have live performances again, which were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The classical music series presented by the foundation runs September through May, with one concert a month being performed at a downtown Madison church.
In November, the series will feature Classical Chamber Music by Hannah Christiansen (violinist), Teddy Schenkman (violist), Philip Bergman (cellist) and Raley (pianist), at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church. The string players hold advanced degrees in music and perform regularly in the Civic Orchestra in Chicago.
The Louisville Brass (Brass Faculty from the University of Louisville) will perform its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7.

• For the entire schedule, visit www.madisonperformingartsfoundation.com.

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