Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (MPAC) and Kumas Asian Bistro will offer northern Illinois residents an exciting evening of fun classical music and fine Asian fusion cuisine Friday, Oct. 13. The two organizations have joined together to offer concert-goers:
A special prix fixe pre-concert dinner at Kumas;
A recital by the internationally renowned Ahn Trio at Court Street United Methodist Church; and
A post-concert Meet-the-Artists reception at Kumas.
The Ahn Trioa piano trio of sisters originally from South Koreais critically praised for their fresh take on classical music. They are often credited with making classical music fun and for introducing the genre to the MTV Generation.
We are very excited to bring the Ahn sisters and their modern, fresh program to Rockford, said Mendelssohn Executive Director Bridget Fraser. Im confident that attendees will find the entire experience to be a world-class evening of exceptional dining and music.
The partnership between Mendelssohn and Kumas came from a mutual desire to nurture and grow the number of people who enjoy fine food and music, said Fred Sabet, who co-owns Kumas Asian Bistro with his wife, Kuma Kim. Both Kuma and I are music lovers, and we were very excited to be able to help bring the Ahn sisters to Rockford. Plus, the cultural link between the Ahn sisters and my wife made it a natural fit. (The Ahn sisters and Kim are all originally from Korea.)
Partnerships are important for Rockford-area businesses and cultural organizations to succeed and to draw in people from the surrounding region, said Kim Wheeler, executive director of the River District Association. This partnership will do just that.
A Guide to The Ahn Trio Experience
Step One: The Prix Fixe Dinner,Seatings will be available from 4 until 6:30 p.m., Oct. 13, at Kumas Asian Bistro, 420 E. State St. Reservations and selection of entree must be made at least 48 hours in advance by calling Kumas at 490-1000 to select a time for dinner. Diners must display Ahn Trio tickets to receive the prix fixe menu. Seatings are set based on availability, so call early to reserve preferred time.
Step Two: The Ahn Trio RecitalTickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, and can be reserved by calling Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at 964-9713. Concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St.
Step Three: Meet-the-Artists ReceptionAfter the concert, join the Ahn sisters at a special Meet-the-Artists reception at Kumas Asian Bistro. This event will provide an intimate gathering and a chance to meet and mingle with the Ahn Trio. Students of the Rockford College Music Academy will provide entertainment, and a special buffet of Asian fusion favorites will be offered, along with a cash bar. Admission is $40 per person, with all proceeds benefiting MPAC. This event is sponsored by Kumas Asian Bistro.
The Ahn TrioThis threesome of sistersviolinist Angella and twins Lucia on piano and Maria on cellostarted performing together as children. The Juilliard-trained trio, originally from South Korea, perform a refreshing blend of classical musicfrom the standards to works commissioned especially for the Trio by some of the most exciting composers working today.
Kumas Asian BistroKumas Asian Bistro, established in the heart of Rockfords River District at 420 E. State St., offers patrons contemporary Asian cuisine made to order with only the freshest ingredients. The setting is upscale and contemporary with staff devoted to impeccable service. In addition to offering lunch, dinner and kids menus, Kumas also provides patrons numerous choices through its bar. Kumas is open for lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday, dinner Saturday and closed Sunday. Visit www.kumas-asian-bistro.com for more information.
From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue