Dance company, Ahn Trio combine for concert

A modern dance company and a trio of musicians whose signature is playing modern classical music will harmonize Friday at the Lied Center for a unique exploration of the ties between music and dance.

The Parsons Dance Company and Ahn Trio will perform separately and together. The program will begin with the Ahn sisters performing the compositions "Lullabye," "Yellow Beach" and "Milonga del Angel." The Parsons Dance Company will follow with "Rise and Fall." After intermission, the groups will join for "Slow Dance." The Parsons ensemble will then perform "Caught." Finally, the two groups will reconvene for "Swing Shift."

Parsons Dance Company, under the direction of David Parsons, originally from Kansas City, Mo., consists of nine full-time dancers based in New York City. The primary goals of the group are to allow Parsons to create as many new works as possible, to commission original musical scores and theatrical designs from leading artists, and to introduce new dances created by members of the ensemble.

The dance troupe is widely recognized for its community-based residencies and has given hundreds of master classes, lecture-demonstrations and workshops. Members of the company will give a master class to KU dance students the day before their Lied Center performance. David Parsons himself will speak at the Music Department convocation at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The company's accompaniment on several of the works are international stars in their own right.

What: Parsons Dance Company and Ahn TrioWhen: 7:30 p.m. FridayWhere: Lied CenterTickets: $27 and $22 for the public, $13.50 and $11 for students, $26 and $21 for seniors, $23 and $18 for KU faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the Lied Center, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall, 864-3982; SUA office, 864-SHOW; any TicketMaster outlet, (785) 234-4545 and (816) 931-3330; and online at or

Twins Maria and Lucia Ahn were born in Korea and were followed two years later by their sister Angella. All three played the piano early, but when Lucia became serious about it at age 7, Angella moved to the violin, Maria to the cello. The Seoul sisters became the Ahn Trio and made their first public appearance on Korean television in 1979.

They moved to the United States in 1981 and were trained at The Julliard School. American audiences became aware of the trio when it was featured in a 1987 Time Magazine story about Asian-American whiz kids and through NBC coverage of the Seoul Olympics.

The performance is part of the Lied Center's New Directions Series.


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