Solstice Celebration of Music and Light

12037 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
  • Dates: June 22, 2024
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $30, Youth under 16 is always free.

Get ready for an intimate concert in celebration
of the Summer Solstice.
Emma Burge (violin), Mia HyeYeon Kim (piano), and Valentyn Lysenko (bandura) will play together for only one evening to create a magical moment in time. Prepare to be delighted by their virtuosity and to witness beauty and passion!

Ukrainian bandura (a 62 string instrument of
lute family) is often associated with folk music only. We will proudly present the bandura as an academic instrument that sounds wonderfully in both solo and chamber ensemble performances of classical music. As always, our music program includes something
of renown composers, something of rarely performed East Central European music, and something Ukrainian.

Highlights of our awe-inspiring music program:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Chaconne in D Minor arr. by Ferruccio Busoni
Air on the G String
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Largo and Allegro

Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Ballade No. 4 in F Minor

Mykola Lysenko (1842 – 1912)
From 3 Esquisses

Henryk Wieniawski
– 1880)
Légende Op.17 for Violin and Piano

Bohdana Frolyak (b. 1968)

The full program and information about musicians
may be found here:

Emma Burge
Violinist Emma Burge is an avid supporter of
contemporary and new music, seeking to combine her classical training with improvisation. Emma is a third generation Suzuki violinist, whose grandparents Sandy and Joan Reuning were pivotal in bringing the Suzuki method to the US. Emma recently moved to Seattle
from Boston, where she got a degree from the New England Conservatory and was an active freelancer/teacher. Because of her intense performance education, Emma learned a lot about balance and how to use music as a positive force.

Mia HyeYeon Kim
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Mia
HyeYeon Kim began her piano studies at age seven. Her accomplishments include prizes competitions including the Frances Walton Competition founded by Ladies Musical club of Seattle, the Metropolitan International Piano Competition, Texas International Piano
Competition, Memphis International Piano Competition, Universal Music Competition, and Seoul Philharmonic Competition. Recently, she won the concerto competition at University of Washington, and performed Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with UW Symphony Orchestra
conducted by David Rahbee. She has performed as a soloist at venues such as Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall in New York, Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston, Cypress Hall at California State University Northridge, Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul, and
the Palazzo del Vignola with the Napolinova Orchestra in Todi, Italy. She also presented at masterclasses for legendary pianists including Richard Goode, John Perry, Julian Martin, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Enrico Elisi, Boris Slutsky, Jason Kwak, Hieyon Choi,
and Gary Graffman.

Valentyn Lysenko
Valentyn Lysenko brings back to life the 17-century
Bandura, the iconic Ukrainian psaltery. He graduated from Kyiv National Music Academy. Valentyn is a master builder of his own instruments. Valentyn has appeared as a headliner on numerous events in Ukraine and the United States including live TV shows, solo
and gala concerts, and art exhibitions. He performs classical works for the academic bandura and variations of folk music as well as his own compositions. The unique and wonderful sound of Valentyn's bandura creates a lofty and festive atmosphere.

Youth under 16 is always free.
Refreshments will be available at no additional charge.