KCA celebrates with ‘Trio Con Brio’

The Kauai Concert Association will celebrate its 40th season on Thursday by returning to its classical roots with a performance from the group, “Trio Con Brio Copenhagen.”

“The level of talent that we get to bring on this tour is something that you would need to live in the major metropolitan area to experience,” said Kauai Concert Association Board President Jason Blake. “It’s a level of accomplishment that people don’t get to see firsthand often.”  

Trio Con Brio has been together since 1999, and will visit the islands of Kauai, Oahu, and Maui while on their U.S. tour. 

The musical trio consists of two Korean sisters, violinist Soo-Jin Hong and cellist Soo-Kyung Hong, who have played together since childhood and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer, who is married to Kyung Hong. 

The musicians have been praised for their style of music and have performed in many countries, including the U.S., Germany, France and Norway.

The trio has transformed works from famous artists, such as Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert, into “the alive kicking music of today.” 

They have also won international competitions including Denmark’s most esteemed award, the “P2 Artists Prize.” The trio are also the creators of the “Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival,” which has gained international attention. 

“A lot of us have an idea of classical music,” said Blake. “We think it’s mainly for old people or it’s stuffy, but then when you really get to see the level of talent and music live, it’s a transcendent experience.” 

KCA worked with the Performing Arts Presenters of Hawaii to bring Trio Con Brio to the different islands.

KCA hosts three to 10 concerts over the course of a season on Kauai. The organization has hosted many performers, including the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland Ballet, Ernie Watts and Chanticleer. During its 40th season, KCA will also host two other concerts, Berklee College of Music and the annual Red Jazz Festival.

The performance will begin at 7 p.m. at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at kauai-concert.org/tickets. People may also call 245-7467 or purchase tickets at the door.


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