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Ahn Trio Lights Up Summerfest | June 26

Joins North Carolina Symphony for All-American Concert, from Gershwin to The Doors

The award-winning Ahn Trio takes the stage at Summerfest, June 26, with an exciting showcase of groundbreaking American composers. The group joins Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director William Henry Curry and the North Carolina Symphony in performances of Gershwin, Joplin and John Williams, not to mention The Doors. The Ahns also perform Kenji Bunch’s innovative Hardware Concerto, specially composed for them and premiered by the group with the China National Symphony Orchestra.

The concert takes place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary’s Regency Park, Saturday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Trained at The Juilliard School in New York, Korean-American sisters Maria (cello), Lucia (piano) and Angella (violin) have spent their careers exploring the cross-currents between instrumental music and other art forms. They received critical acclaim for their collaborations with the David Parsons Dance Company and Tata Bojs, an award-winning Czech rock band, while their 1999 recording of Dvořák, Suk and Shostakovich trios won Germany’s prestigious ECHO Award.

Meanwhile, they graced the cover of Time magazine and were featured in Vogue, GQ and, in 2003, among People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. Some of music’s finest working composers have taken note; the Ahns have premiered and performed original works by Pat Metheny, Kenji Bunch, Maurice Jarre, Nikolai Kapustin and Michael Nyman.

The June 26 concert opens with three favorite symphonic works by trailblazing American composers—including Scott Joplin’s classic The Entertainer—before the Ahns and the Symphony plug in with The Doors’ Riders on the Storm. Other highlights in an all-American concert lineup include Kenji Bunch’s Backstep, North Carolina-native Terry Mizesko’s Appalachian Lament, John Williams’s The Cowboys Overture and more.

Tickets to the Ahn Trio are $20 and $25. Koka Booth Amphitheatre is located at the Tryon Road exit off US-1, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518. The Symphony’s next concert at Koka Booth is the centerpiece of the Triangle’s largest Fourth of July festivities. Free and open to the public, the Independence Day concert features patriotic music and the Town of Cary’s special fireworks display, Sunday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at or call 919.733.2750. New to Summerfest this year, audience members can win prizes in the Symphony’s Picnic of the Week contest. Learn more at

Concert/Event Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
The Ahn Trio
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

June 26, 2010

Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
The Ahn Trio
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

June 26, 2010

Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches
George Whitefield Chadwick

The Entertainer
Scott Joplin/arr. Cacavas

Rhythm (20th Century) from Four Centuries Suite
Eric Coates

Riders on the Storm
The Doors/arr. Rataj
The Ahn Trio

Backstep from danceband
Kenji Bunch
The Ahn Trio

Symphony No. 2, Opus 30, “Romantic”
Howard Hanson
III. Allegro con brio

Strike Up the Band
George Gershwin/arr. Paul

Appalachian Lament from Highland Suite
Terry Mizesko

Hardware Concerto
Kenji Bunch

  • I. Moderate, steady
  • II. Slowly unfolding
  • III. With a strict groove

The Ahn Trio

The Cowboys Overture
John Williams

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1 Response

  1. Great article on the Ahn Trio! We filmed them for our TV show not too long ago. Here’s a link to a snippet and more information about the show: