HAHN-BIN, violin and John Blacklow, piano perform a spectacular show to a SOLD-OUT crowd at the Norton Center on Friday, September 30

HAHN-BIN, violin and John Blacklow, piano debuted the recital piece “Till Dawn Sunday” Friday night to a sold-out audience in the Norton Center’s 367-seat Weisiger Theatre.

Prior to the public performance, the duo particpated in two performance/discussions during the day on Thursday, September 29.  The first for area high school and middle school students and then later in a Centre College Convocation hosted by the Centre student-group, Q&A.

The performance and workshops received stellar reviews, and we’ve included a link to many of the articles below:

Review of the public performance on September 30
by Rich Copley, Arts & Culture Editor for The Lexington Herald-Leader

“Fleet and nimble with his fingers and wielding the bow like it was a natural appendage – albeit one that he liberally shredded – Hahn-Bin’s performance was thrilling and evocative, and his musicianship ultimately carried the evening. If you closed your eyes and listened, it was clear this would have been an exhilarating performance even if the violinist was in a regular haircut and formal-wear on a bare stage.” Rich Copley, The Lexington Herald-Leader

Overview of HAHN-BIN’s campus and community engagement activities on September 29
by Jennifer Brummett, The Advocate-Messenger

“A flash of amusement ripples through the young audience members — briefly. As Hahn-Bin progresses through his performance, the students grow more rapt, watching the violinist intently, occasionally glancing at a nearby friend. His foot stomps while he’s performing. He strolls over to a chair set onstage, settling there awhile to play. The adagio of the first piece flows into the allegro of the second; the performer ends the opening segment with a flourish. He smiles at the audience.
‘I’m excited to be here. I love this campus,’ Hahn-Bin says.” – Jennifer Brummett, The Advocate-Messenger

An interview with HAHN-BIN by the Centre College student newspaper, The Cento
by Topher Smith, The Cento

“[…]I really want all of us to feel comfortable in the uncertain, in the unknown, and to really enjoy every moment of our lives for what they are rather than what they have been defined as. I think we spend a lot of time focused on the definitions that people before us have laid out for us, and, in my life, being lost and being misunderstood, feeling completely alone have all been the greatest blessings – blessings in disguise – yes, that’s what I’d call them.” – HAHN-BIN, in an interview with Topher Smith, The Cento

Preview of HAHN-BIN’s engagement at the Norton Center
by Rich Copley, Arts & Culture Editor for The Lexington Herald-Leader

“When I was attending these conservatories like Juilliard, … I felt that in the classical music world, what they want the soloist or any musician to be is to be a mannequin and to wear these great works of art by Beethoven and Brahms, and we are just there to show people how it hangs on us,” Hahn-Bin says. “I wanted to wear these pieces. When I play to a crowd, I am truly living it and breathing it — I really live it.” HAHN-BIN, in an interview with Rich Copley of The Lexington Herald-Leader

Centre College announces HAHN-BIN’s performance on website homepage
by Centre College Communications

“Hahn-Bin does more than simply play the violin […] His performances also include theatrics, costume changes, lighting displays and performance art. Hahn-Bin has been called ‘the love-child of fiery violinist Paganini and super-diva Grace Jones.’ Along with watching world-class performances like these, this year Centre students will have more opportunities to interact with Norton Center for the Arts performers more than ever before.” – Elizabeth Trollinger, Centre College Communications Staff

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