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Pianist Alpin Hong to play in Kent March 22

Pianist Alpin Hong performs March 22 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. - COURTESY PHOTO
Pianist Alpin Hong performs March 22 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center.
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American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper.

Hong performs as part of Kent’s Spotlight Series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 10020 S.E. 256th St.

Hong's combination of humor, emotion and dazzling technique brings audiences of all ages to their feet, according to a city of Kent media release. The New York Times called him a “pianistic firebrand.”  His extensive classical training (master’s degree from The Julliard School), matched with his background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts and video games, forms a creative force unmatched in its youthful vivacity and boundless energy.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and $15 for youth (ages 25 and younger). Tickets are available on-line at, by calling 253-856-5051 or in person at the Kent Commons (525 4th Ave. N.).  Hours for phone and in-person sales are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The box office is closed on Sunday.

In addition to his public performance, Hong will conduct five educational outreach activities at schools in the Kent district. Approximately 1,500 students at Mill Creek Middle School, Meridian Middle School, Meeker Middle School, Northwood Middle School and Kent-Meridian High School will participate in his “From Movies to Games, Classically Trained,” assembly on March 20-22.

Spotlight Series is presented by the Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services. Alpin Hong’s performance is sponsored by the Pete and Pat Curran Family and partially funded by the Western States Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts and Washington State Arts Commission.

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