Professor Eunmi Ko Performs Works by Sekhon and Reller at the Kennedy Center

Monday, May 08, 2017

Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. Eunmi Ko joins acclaimed saxophonist Dr. Douglas O'Connor on May 11, 2017, for a recital of chamber works at the John F. Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Featured works on the program include those by music composition faculty Dr. Baljinder Sekhon and Professor Paul Reller.

Ko, Sekhon, and Reller represent the USF School of Music as their talents take the stage at the Kennedy Center, America's premier performing arts center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

Ko and O'Connor will perform Sekhon's globally commissioned work Sonata of Puzzles, Sekhon's frequently performed Gradient, and Reller's Hackneyed Expanse.

Sonata of Puzzles was commissioned by a consortium of 55 saxophonists representing 16 countries and 37 U.S. states. It has been released commercially by the AiDuo (Portugal) and on Albany Records (USA). Gradient has been released commercially on AMP Records (USA) and Klarthe Records (France), with a third release upcoming on Equilibrium Records (USA) in Fall 2017.

Reller's Hackneyed Expanse was composed for O'Connor in Fall 2016. The piece was premiered at USF in November 2016 by O'Connor with pianist Corey Holt Merenda.

Ko's visit to the D.C. metropolitan area also includes a residency at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland where she was the featured soloist in Sekhon's newest work for solo piano and percussion orchestra — Death Is An Advisor.

This Maryland premiere of Sekhon's work took place on May 1, 2017, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Ko's additional activities at the University of Maryland include masterclasses and a solo recital.

For more information about the performers, read more about Ko and O'Connor at the Kennedy Center website. Learn more about Sekhon and Reller at the USF School of Music.