Soprano Ah Young Hong to perform, teach master class at Blair

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Renowned soprano Ah Young Hong will perform twice in October during a residency at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.

Hong will perform pieces by Alban Berg, Hugo Wolf, and a new work by Michael Hersch, rake forth the embers, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall on the Vanderbilt campus. Hong will be accompanied by pianist Mark Wait, the Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Professor of Music and dean of Blair.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, Hong will sing works by György Kurtág and other composers, accompanied by Wait, Carolyn Huebl on violin, and Felix Wang on cello. It will also take place in Turner Recital Hall.

The performances are free, and the public is invited. During the residency Hong also will teach a master class with Blair students majoring in voice.

Hong is best-known for her singing in the Hersch monodrama “On the Threshold of Winter” in 2014. The New York Times praised her as “the opera’s blazing, lone star” and said her performance was a “courageous, soul-baring performance.”