Bravo! A brilliant ending to 26 years of instruction

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Alicia Dougherty, Editor

The sound of music soared through the air at the Light Recital Hall as Dr. MyungHee Chung gave her final performance as piano professor and keyboard coordinator at UW-Whitewater after a 26 year career as a member of the faculty.

The Light Recital Hall seated students, faculty, and community members, eager to hear the beautiful pieces selected by Dr. Chung herself. With poise, she entered the stage in a flowing, blue gown and sat down on the leather bench before the large Steinway and Sons piano in the middle of the stage. She looked down on the keys, letting out a sigh and began to play. The sweet baroque melody of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach filled the dimly lit recital hall as audience members watched in awesome wonder the professor’s profound gift. She then played a piece by Mozart, and two by Franz Liszt, finishing the first half of the concert with an impressive performance of Zwei Konzert Etuden by Franz Liszt.

The next half of the concert started out with Chopin’s Notcturne in B Major, Op. 62, No.1. Her fingers danced across the ivory keys for her brilliant finale to the concert, Alborada del gracioso from Miroirs by Maurice Ravel. 

Dr. Chung gave several humble bows before the roaring audience who gave her a standing ovation. She was then greeted outside in the atrium of the Greenhill Center for the Arts with hugs and flowers from friends and past students. 

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