Saturday, February 22, 2014


Darke County Center for the Arts will present workshop performances by classical pianist Alpin Hong for local junior high students on Thursday, March 6 and Friday March 7 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. A component of DCCA's Arts In Education program, the workshop is free and open to the public. “Alpin's visionary approach to arts education has earned prestigious awards, but what he most wants to do is share his passion for music with audiences of all ages,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Alpin's warmth, charm, and boundless energy help him effortlessly communicate, whether he's employing his gifts as a pianistic firebrand or discussing the relationship of modern electronic music to classical orchestral literature,” Mr. Rawlins said.

Entitled “Movies to Games, Classically Trained,” the workshop investigates how music from popular movies, television, and video games affect the listener, and demonstrates how classical composers used rhythm, harmony, and melody to emotionally influence their audiences. Alpin Hong, a Juilliard graduate who has performed at Carnegie Hall, is an avid fan of video games and composes music for the games, much of which is familiar to game players.

DCCA's Arts In Education program annually presents high quality performing artists for students in all grades of each local public school. AIE is sponsored by Target, DP & L Company Foundation, Vectren Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe, The Andersons, Edison Community College, Darke Rural Electric Trust, BASF, Family Health, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Mercer Savings Bank. Additional funding is provided from DCCA memberships and the schools. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

DCCA's Arts In Education programs are scheduled in cooperation with the schools; for more information about specific times for “Movies to Games, Classically Trained,” contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or at Alpin Hong will also perform as part of DCCA's Artists Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m; tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be reserved by contacting DCCA or purchased online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the performance.

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