Karen Lee

Friday, July 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., (Note special time)

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Last February, violinist Karen Lee thrilled the ASA audience with some of the most challenging pieces in the violin virtuoso repertoire, and had us mesmerized by her technical prowess and heartfelt musicality.

Kyungsun Choi

Returning for a special Friday afternoon concert, Dr. Lee is once again joined by pianist Kyungsun Choi and brings along two guest artists, flutist Christine Smith and violist Myrna Rian, to play music of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Kreisler and others.

Karen Lee began violin studies at age 4, competed internationally in her youth and appeared as soloist with orchestras around the world. She was featured on WGBH Boston, Minnesota Public Radio, WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase,” and was on track to pursue a career as a concert violinist. But she switched gears to study medicine at the University of MN, then obtained an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health as well as completing a geriatric medicine fellowship at Harvard-BIDMC in Boston.  Dr. Lee currently is a board-certified geriatrician and is medical director of Tucson Family and Geriatric Medicine. She maintains a musical website at www.classicalviolin.org.

Pianist Kyungsun Choi, a native of Seoul, South Korea, earned his doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Arizona, studying under Paula Fan. He has appeared as soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and maintains a private piano studio here in Tucson.

Flutist Christine Smith, professor emeritus of flute from Western Michigan University, has taught at the University of Oklahoma and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Her career included performances at Carnegie Hall, and a recording of music for alto flute with the London Symphony.

Academy Village resident Myrna Rian received her master’s degree in viola performance from Indiana University and spent 30 seasons as violist with the Minnesota Orchestra. She currently enjoys playing chamber music whenever possible.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village volunteer

July 26: “Violinist Karen Lee & Friends”