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Music: Spring Prelude

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Submitted Photo Hyerim Mapp is looking forward to performing in Roswell.

Free concert at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

Two outstanding musicians, Hyerim Mapp and Soojin Jin bring their talents to the Spring Prelude concert at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd., March 20 at 6:30 p.m. The event is open for the public and free of charge. A reception follows the concert.

The program for Spring Prelude includes “Clair De Lune,” a Gabriel Faure transcription by Emile Naoumoff, “The Swan” by Naoumoff, “Preludes” by Frederic Chopin and “Sonata in G minor, Opus 19 for Cello and Piano” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Mapp is an energetic orchestral musician as well as recital soloist, chamber music player and teacher. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of Kansas. Prior to her study at KU, she studied and taught music in her native Korea at Sejong University, where she was a concerto competition winner. She currently resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her husband, Michael W. Mapp and their little dog, Karma.

“I am a lecturer of music at New Mexico State University and a professional cellist,” Hyerim Mapp said. “Me and my husband, who is director of bands at NMSU, moved to Las Cruces in summer 2017 for his new position. I have taught Pittsburg State University, Kansas, before we moved here.”

Asked about her upbringing and interest in classical music, Mapp said, “I grew up listening to classical music so naturally because my father loved classical music, especially the opera. Every Sunday he played ‘La Traviata’ on his turntable. I guess I was musically talented when I was in kindergarten. Right after my parents heard my teacher, my father bought me a piano and my private piano lessons started. I was 5 years old.

“I’ve won several competitions at my early ages. However, when I became a teenager, I was very into rock ‘n’ roll and started to play the bass guitar. I started to play the cello when I was 17 years old, just because there was a cello/violin academy in my hometown and I have always wanted to learn. Again, my parents are really supportive, so I could get a cello and started to get private lessons,” Mapp said.

“Even though I started the cello pretty late, I loved learning and challenging myself. I always wanted to go study abroad, of course. I came to the U.S. in 2007 to study at the University of Kansas, where I finished my Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees and of course, met my best friend of my life, Michael Mapp.”

Michael Mapp grew up in Hobbs and Hyerim Mapp said that they celebrated all holidays in Hobbs and Artesia. “After moving to Las Cruces, I looked for a nearby orchestra and found the Roswell Symphony Orchestra. I have been playing with them since 2017,” Hyerim Mapp said. “I have been living in America now around 11 to 12 years. New Mexico is definitely a unique place — full of nice people, great food and comfortable winter weather.”

Asked about her favorite music, Hyerim Mapp said, “It’s so hard to choose because there are so many with different reasons. I would say Brahms for now.

“For this upcoming recital, I will perform Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata, which is a romantic sonata with a very demanding piano part. I think this sonata will steal Roswell audiences’ hearts — not only music lovers’ but also beginning music listeners’ — I would love to come back to Roswell to perform Bach’s solo suites and Brahms’ cello sonatas in the near future,” Hyerim Mapp said.

Hyerim Mapp has served as principal cellist of the Kansas City Civic, Kinnor Philharmonic, Saint Joseph Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Southeast Kansas Orchestras and the Neue Eutiner Festspiele in Eutin, Germany. She has also played with the Topeka Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Lawrence Community Orchestra, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and frequently played with the Kansas City Symphony and Omaha Symphony orchestras and also performed with the Kansas City Cello Quartet.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Southern Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Kansas Orchestra, Kansas City Medical Arts Symphony, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and was one of three local cellists selected to perform for the world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City. Before joining the faculty at NMSU, she has served as a lecturer of cello and bass at Pittsburg State University and as adjunct professor of cello at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Sejong University and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Kansas.

Hyerim Mapp met Soojin after she graduated school and they founded the Piano Trio Con Spirito touring throughout the U.S. In Roswell they will perform as a duo.

Pianist Soojin is an international sensation being hailed for her sensitive touch, technical command, and astounding versatility.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Soojin began piano lessons at the age of three. By the age of seven, she won her first national competition and performed a debut recital. Since then, Soojin has continued to win awards in major national and international competitions, including: Seoul National Piano Competition in Korea, American Protégé International Piano Competition and Metropolitan International Music Competition.

Soojin’s performances as an acclaimed soloist have spanned many major venues throughout the world, including those in Korea, Indonesia, Germany, Czech Republic and Italy. She has appeared as soloist with the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra under Robert Boardman, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra under Uri Segal, and University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra under David Neely. Recent concerts include Carnegie Hall, Kauffman Center, Lied Center, and Basilica di San Pietro in Italy.

An advocate of new music, Soojin has worked with many prominent living composers such as William Bolcom, Don Freund and Naoumoff. She displays a particular interest in Naoumoff’s compositions. Soojin’s doctoral document, “Perfume of the Soul: Compositional Influences of Emile Naoumoff” examines four different periods from Naoumoff’s compositional life with analysis of representative pieces from each period. She is currently recording a new CD of Emile Naoumoff’s compositions.

Soojin holds a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Steven Spooner. During her doctoral studies, she held a Teaching Assistant position in the piano department, was on the student council for the piano department, and was the director/faculty in the University of Kansas Community Music School. Soojin earned her Master of Music at Indiana University with Emile Naoumoff, while serving on the faculty as an assistant instructor at the Young Pianists Institute, a pre-college piano program at Indiana University. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton.

Recently, Soojin served as Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas, teaching graduate and undergraduate piano lessons. She is currently the artistic director/faculty at the Piano Academy of Kansas City.

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