Pianists Hong and Kaeshammer blend two musical styles


Classical pianist Alpin Hong

Classical pianist Alpin Hong and boogie-woogie artist Michael Kaeshammer will perform a duo show with a unique blend of classical tradition and New Orleans jazz. On stage together for one night only, the two virtuosos will entertain the audience with personal favorites and special collaborations in this must-see concert at the Webb Center on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 pm.

Although this will be the musicians’ first joint appearance, they both performed on the Webb Center stage last season and share a similar creative background and appreciation for superior musicianship. Hong can expertly mix classical sounds with just about any musical style, and Kasehammer is known for his superlative improvisational skills. During the ground-breaking performance, the audience can expect a unique on-stage synergy between the two talented artists.

Jazz and boogie-woogie artist Michael Kaeshammer

Jazz and boogie-woogie artist Michael Kaeshammer

A technical master, Hong is also a rising star in the world of classical music for his astonishing ability to connect with people of all ages. With a uniquely humorous and visionary approach, Alpin’s show is a creative force unmatched in its youthful vivacity and boundless energy. A piano prodigy, Hong made his orchestral debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of ten, followed by multiple competition wins and eventually a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

Singer-songwriter Kaeshammer is a consummate entertainer, infusing energy into an impressive catalog of blues, standards and jazz.  Classically trained, by the age of 13 his musical interests began to reflect his newfound love of boogie-woogie, the piano-playing style which was to become his trademark. Equally adept at playing both jazz and blues, Kaeshammer had piano technique to burn and smooth vocals that explore both original and traditional numbers.

Together the pianists bring overwhelming talent and charisma to the stage that’s guaranteed to bring audiences to their feet. Tickets for this performance range from $22-$42 for adults and $5 for 18 and under. For seating availability, call the Webb Center Box Office at (928) 684-6624 or visit the event page here.

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