Due to ongoing challenges posed by international travel, 2020 Hilton Head International Piano Competition winner Kevin Chen will be unable to perform for the January 9 and 10, 2022 Orchestra Series concerts. In his place, the 2019 HHIPC winner, Chaeyoung Park, will perform the originally programmed work, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2.
“We are disappointed that circumstances prevent Mr. Chen from appearing next month but are delighted that Ms. Park is both available and has the Saint-Saëns’ in her repertoire, on very short notice,” said Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO) President and CEO Alan Jordan.
The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO) will begin 2022 with two performances on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 4:00 pm, and Monday, January 10, 2022, at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. In addition to the Saint-Saëns, the program will open with Mary Watkins’ “Soul of Remembrance” from Five Movements in Color and conclude with Piotr Tchaikovsky’s titanic Symphony No. 5. Music Director John Morris Russell will conduct the concerts. He will also host pre-concert discussions with Chaeyoung Park beginning one hour prior to each performance.
Chaeyoung Park has most recently been featured on the Gilmore Rising Stars series, Bravo! Vail Music Festival and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as a soloist. Winner of the 2019 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, she has performed with orchestra across the U.S. and at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Four Seasons Winter Workshop and Kneisel Hall as a dedicated chamber musician. South-Korean born, but considering herself as also a Kansas native, she travels frequently to visit her family and two cats from New York City, where she is currently based.
Reserved tickets for the concerts are priced at $65, $50, and $25 and can be ordered through the HHSO’s website, hhso.org, or by calling the HHSO office at (843) 842-2055. All audience members must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks are recommended. Patrons under 12 years of age who are unable to receive the vaccine must wear masks or face shields.