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enhakē Headlines James S. Sclater Chamber Series

January 3, 2013

Splendid classical artists who’ve inspired audiences stretching from New York’s Carnegie Hall to an international chamber music festival in Osaka, Japan, the quartet enhakē will perform at Mississippi College on February 1.

The group will travel to the Clinton campus for the James S. Sclater Chamber Series named for the award-winning music faculty member who retired from MC in 2010 after four decades of distinguished service.

“They have a wonderful repertoire,” Sclater said when reached at his home in Clinton. “It’s a really fine group.”

The prominent composer said he’s enjoyed watching the group’s videos on YouTube.

The quartet consists of Korean-born Wonkak Kim on clarinet, M. Brent Williams on violin, Katherine Geeseman on cello and Korean pianist Eun-Hee Park. All are based at universities in Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi.

A Florida State graduate, Park recently joined the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, and also teaches at the Southern Miss Piano Institute.

Kim, who has performed at the Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., joined the music faculty at Tennessee Technological University in  Cookeville in 2011.

Geeseman is completing her doctorate at Florida State University. A Florida State graduate, Williams serves as the assistant concertmaster at the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and is the concertmaster at the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Georgia.

Their new album “Gulfstream” in 2012 received rave reviews in “Fanfare” and the “American Record Guide,” among other publications in the music industry.

Their works range from classical to contemporary masterworks. The quartet was the grand prize winner of the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition in 2009, and was a gold medalist at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall in 2008.

During the 2012 season, performances took enhakē to the University of North Carolina, the Oklahoma Mozart International Music Festival in Bartlesville, Tennessee Tech, North Georgia State University and Valdosta State. They performed at Florida State and the University of Florida in 2011, among other stops.

The concert at Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, $100 for a season subscription and $10 for any student with a school identification card.

For more information, contact Dottie Serio at the MC School of Music at 601.925.3440.

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