BMC Community Concert Series – December

First Mondays Concert Series

December 2, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Porter Center at Brevard College


Benjamin Sung, violin

PAGANINI 24 Caprices, Op. 1

Book 1

Caprice 1 in E Major
Caprice 2 in B Minor
Caprice 3 in E Minor
Caprice 4 in C Minor
Caprice 6 in G Minor

Book 2

Caprice 7 in A Major
Caprice 9 in E Major
Caprice 10 in G Minor
Caprice 11 in C Major

Book 3

Caprice 13 in B-flat Major
Caprice 14 in E-flat Major
Caprice 19 in E-flat Major
Caprice 20 in D Major
Caprice 24 in A Minor

Charity Partner

For our First Mondays series in Brevard we are proud to partner with local charities to highlight the challenges and needs facing our entire community. December's charity partner is The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program.

The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program (NC GAL) is sponsoring a food drive to collect plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly to deliver to a local food bank in Transylvania County. Peanut butter and jelly is something all food banks need. As adults we fondly remember peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a staple of a happy childhood. We believe that our peanut butter and jelly drive will help us mobilize and engage our neighbors, friends, and community groups to help us in getting these items to food banks, and will also give our program a higher profile in Transylvania County and surrounding communities. At the December First Mondays performance, there will be a table with information about the program and a collection box to collect peanut butter and jelly. Please consider bringing a jar of peanut butter and jelly to donate!

Benjamin Sung

Associate Professor of Violin at Florida State University, violinist Benjamin Sung is also a Faculty Artist and violin coordinator at the Brevard Music Center, and principal second violin of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Recent concert highlights include the 2019 Brevard Music Festival; a complete Beethoven cycle with pianist David Kalhous; an appearance with the FSU University Symphony Orchestra in Piazzolla's Estaciones Portenas for the 2016 ASTA National Conference; and a TED talk for TEDx Fargo. Mr. Sung has an upcoming new solo album featuring works by Sciarrino, Berio, Maderna, and Schnittke; in the 2019-2020 season, he has engagements to play the 24 Caprices by Paganini in Canada, Taiwan, Brazil, and throughout the United States.

Sung has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Camerata Romeu of Havana, Cuba, the Virtuosi of Festival Internacionale de Musica in Recife, Brazil, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He is equally in demand as a chamber musician, having shared the stage with great performers including pianist Monique Duphil, and cellists Antonio Meneses and Marcio Carneiro. He is a past winner of the Starling Award of the Eastman School of Music and the Violin Fellowship of the Montgomery Symphony, and an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant.

An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Sung has recorded the music of composers Steve Rouse and Marc Satterwhite for Centaur Records, has performed and taught for Studio 2021 at Seoul National University, and has worked with many of the greatest composers of this generation, including John Adams, Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, and Helmut Lachenmann. In 2012, he released an album of new American works entitled FluxFlummoxed on Albany Records, a recording hailed by Fanfare Magazine as "a brilliant performance of four superb works" with "impeccable intonation and tone production."

Sung holds a Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Oleh Krysa, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, from the studio of Nelli Shkolnikova. Sung also studied at the Professional Training Program at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival Academy, the New York String Seminar, and the Chamber Music Residency at The Banff Centre.