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Concert features music for cello and piano

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A concert showcasing music for cello and piano will be held Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall at Hood College.

Cellist Alison Bazala Kim and pianist Noel Lester will present a program featuring Sonata in A Major by Beethoven, Sonata in F Major by Brahms and Variations on a Slavic Theme by Martinu.

Bazala Kim performs with the Annapolis and Alexandria symphony orchestras. She has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Kennedy Center, and at the U.S. Department of State, the embassies of Bangladesh and Romania and at a number of colleges in the region. Internationally, she has toured with the New World Symphony of Miami Beach. Bazala Kim was the principal cellist of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and the associate principal cellist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

She is a faculty member at Hood and Washington Adventist University, and has taught at Michigan State University, Anne Arundel Community College and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Bazala Kim earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Maryland, a master of music degree from Rice University, and a bachelor's degree in music from the New England Conservatory, all in cello performance. She also studied at the Eastman School of Music.

Lester has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a concert pianist. He made his professional debut at the Baltimore Museum of Art as winner of Baltimore Music Club's Professional Recital Award. He has also won the Baltimore Chamber Music Award as a member of the Guilford Trio.

Lester has performed in Carnegie Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles County Museum, in addition to many collegiate series throughout the country. He made his European debut in Hamburg, Germany, and toured Japan in 2002. As an orchestral soloist, he has played with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Johnston Chamber Orchestra and others. As a recording artist, he can be heard on more than 15 CDs on the Centaur, Elan, Koch International, Sonora and RWYA labels.

Lester an adjunct instructor in piano, concert manager and staff accompanist at Hood. For more than 35 years he was a full-time professor of music there, and served as chair of its music department for 25 years. He is also artistic director of the Maryland Concert Opera, and director of music at Grace United Church of Christ in historic downtown Frederick and Hood's Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Lester earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in music at Peabody Conservatory.

For more information about this or other concerts at Hood, call 301-696-3429.