Violinist Benny Kim and pianist Anne Epperson will perform at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Violinist Benny Kim and pianist Anne Epperson will perform at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Benny Kim draws correlations between golf and playing the violin

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— Violinist Benny Kim will bring his fervent style of playing the violin to Steamboat Springs next week.

During a concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kim will perform selections from Bach, Saint-Saens and Piazzolla. He will be joined by pianist Anne Epperson.

Kim said attendees should expect to hear a high-energy concert.

"The first piece is Bach, and the second piece is a very romantic sonata where you will be able to hear what makes my style of playing different, with tremendous amounts of energy and passion involved," he said. "But Bach's basic style prohibits someone from getting overly involved."

The last two pieces Kim will perform are tangos.

"Tango music is very passionate and very romantic, but very restrained also," he said. "You can't go too crazy in the tango."

Kim, who is an associate professor of violin at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, teaches his students how to get into the character of the music.

Kim plays as many characters as there are moods in the music he performs.

"That's how I float from one second to the next," Kim said. "I have to feel and communicate that. If I sit there playing the same way the whole time, it's going to suck."

Kim has performed on five continents and in more than 20 countries, but he's curtailed his travel schedule in recent years.

"I did a ton of traveling," he said. "But then you get old and get tired and get comfortable."

Kim spends a lot of his time playing golf, and he finds many correlations between the sport and music.

"They both require a tremendous amount of discipline and dedication and repetition," he said. "There is a certain amount of creativity involved in golf and violin, and I use golf analogies when teaching."

Kim learned to play the violin in fifth grade.

"I took to it really well even though I hated to practice. Practicing is the means to an end," he said. "I love the music, but at some point you just want to get out there and play. It's not unlike an athlete."

Kim practices three to six hours a day when he is preparing for a concert.

When performing, he said his sole purpose is to communicate the composer's content and what they have to say to an audience.

"Otherwise there is nothing for music to do," he said. "I love the whole process of introducing and reintroducing music to an audience that is really great. And I interpret it as much as I can and communicate as much energy as possible."

- To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204

or e-mail aplean@steamboatpilot.com

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