Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Darke County Center for the Arts will present pianist Alpin Hong in a workshop performance for area junior high students at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Thursday, February 3 and Friday, February 4. A part of DCCA's Arts In Education series which reaches youngsters in each grade level of all local public schools at no charge to the students, this workshop entitled “Movies to Games, Classically Trained” is free and open to the public.

“Alpin has extensive classical training, plus a background in skateboarding, martial arts, and video games,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “His entertaining and enlightening workshop investigates and demonstrates how popular music found in movies and video games affects the listener; he's aptly billed as a classical pianist for the iPod generation, which pretty much says it all,” Rawlins explained. Rawlins points out that modern music has its roots in classical traditions, and that the workshop will utilize the entire range of piano literature.

DCCA's Arts In Education program is sponsored by Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Bocholt Foundation, Greenville Federal, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, The Andersons, Edison Community College, Littman Thomas Agency, Mercer Savings Bank, Greenville Rotary Club, Criterion Club, and Beta Sigma Xi Delta Alpha Chapter.

DCCA also receives support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and Ketrow Foundation. In addition, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund Darke County Center for the Arts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

For more information regarding specific times for the AIE performances which are scheduled at the convenience of the schools, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. DCCA will also present Alpin Hong in concert at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 as part of their Artists Series. Tickets are $20, and may be reserved by contacting DCCA; tickets will also be available at the door prior to the concert.

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