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Cellist Kim to be featured in Jan. 31 concert

FALLBROOK - On Sunday, January 31, Conductor Jon Robertson returns to Fallbrook to lead the Redlands Symphony in “Romantic Carnival” - a program that offers emotionally expressive works written by French, German and Czech composers when Musical Romanticism was in full-sway. Fallbrook Music Society’s concert will illuminate the winter’s darkness with pieces that are passionate and expressive: the brilliant and luscious passages of Hector Berlioz’ well-known Roman Carnival Overture, along with Robert Schumann’s joyous and celebratory Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major (“Spring Symphony”). Dubbed an exceptional talent and at the top of his generation, youthful cellist Jonah Kim adds intensity to the repertoire with Dvorak’s emotional Cello Concerto in B minor.

Firmly established as one of the leading cellists of his generation, Jonah moved from Seoul, South Korea to the United States to begin his musical studies at seven years of age. After a brief period of instruction from his father, he was accepted to the Juilliard School with a full scholarship. During his first year at Juilliard, world-renowned cellist Janos Starker invited him to play at Indiana University. At only ten years of age, he was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied under Orlando Cole (Curtis String Quartet) who wrote “[Jonah] is one of the most accomplished cellists I have taught in my sixty-five years on the Curtis faculty.”

Since making his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2002 with Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, Mr. Kim has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony. As a recitalist, he earns high praise, having performed in major venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. He has also been broadcast on radio, as well as on television for NCB and CBS.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts, 2400 So. Stage Coach Lane in Fallbrook. Tickets are $38 adults and $10 full-time students, and can be purchased by calling Fallbrook Music Society at (760) 451-8644 or


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