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Honoring Korean War Veterans Benefit Concert 2023

JCCC Foundation
Polsky Theatre
Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 3:00 PM (CT)

Benefit Concert Honoring Korean Veterans – Helping Student Veterans
Enjoy a free classical concert to show gratitude to Korean War Veterans and to collect donations for student veteran scholarships.

Gracing the stage in beautiful Polsky Theatre will be talented performers from the Kansas City area as well as around the region. The program includes the songs that U.S. troops were comforted with while so far away from their beloved America. Performers who have agreed to perform at no cost for this benefit include:

Diane Hunter Robertson - Soprano

Diane Hunter Robertson is a Stephens College graduate receiving private-professional vocal/opera training years after college because of an unexpected open-heart surgery. It is quite a story. As well as local theatre, opera, private benefits and concerts, Robertson was a singing missionary with trips to Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Israel and Honduras, performing in many amazing venues. Robertson has also performed our National Anthem in professional baseball, basketball and tennis venues. Most dear to her, though, is performing for the dementia and Alzheimer’s souls, and at times, with Un Chong Christopher.

Soyoun Lim Chun – Soprano

Equally comfortable in opera as she is on a recital stage, as well as performing with an orchestra as she is within a chamber music setting, Soyoun Lim Chun started her teaching career at Bethel in 2006. She received her doctorate degree, with honors, at University of Kansas, a master’s from the New England Conservatory, and bachelor’s from Seoul National University. Additionally, she participated in masterclasses at the famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She has performed with Piu & Piu Opera in Seoul, Korea and at Wichita Grand Opera. Her recital appearances include a series at French Cultural Institute in Seoul, Korea, a tour of Guatemala and performances on the renowned Cantata Singers Recital Series in Boston. Born in Seoul, Korea, she lives in Lawrence, KS with her musician husband Peter and three children, Suzy, Jake, and Darren.

Dr. Jiwon Choi – Soloist, Pianist

Dr. Jiwon Choi is Staff Accompanist at Northwest Missouri State University, where she collaborates with the university choirs, vocal and instrumental studios, student pianists, music faculty, and guest artists. Born in Busan, South Korea, Choi won First Prize of the 2014 American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music making her debut at the Carnegie Hall. Her performances as a soloist and a collaborative pianist have spanned many venues throughout the United States, South Korea and Italy. She was invited to perform world premiere compositions at the 2013 International Beethoven Festival in Chicago and joined Italian Operatic Experience as a coach in Urbania, Italy. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Kansas, where she served as Graduate Teaching Assistantship and faculty member at the University of Kansas Community Music School. She received her Master of Music in Piano Performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Dong-Ah University in South Korea.

Peter Chun – Violist

Peter Chun has given numerous recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, including Boston, St. Louis and Kansas City, as well as performing internationally in Korea and Japan. In 2012, he toured as a member of the renowned Borromeo String Quartet, performing at the Busan International Music Festival. Later that year he toured China in a recital series to Shanghai, Beijing and Shenyang. In 2009, he was invited to perform and present a masterclass at the International Viola Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Over the years, he also has performed at numerous universities nationally and internationally, including the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and many others. He has appeared as soloist with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra. Chun currently is Adjunct Instructor at Park University. Previously, he taught for 16 years as Associate Professor of viola at the University of Kansas. Born in Seoul, Korea, Chun emigrated at the age of 12 with his family to the U.S. He trained at the New England Conservatory.

Therese Park - Cellist

Therese Park came to the United States as a new cellist with the Kansas City Philharmonic in 1966 having completed her master’s degree in cello performance at Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris in Andre Nararra's Class. After 30 years she retired from the Symphony and began writing. She has published four historical novels based on Korea’s modern history besides essays and articles depicting the Korean war she lived through. Between 2009-2016, Park wrote columns for the Kansas City Star-Johnson County Neighborhood News. Yet, she declares, “Music is my first love.”

Dr. Mark Strozier – Flutist/Composer

Having always been interested in mastering and performing in a variety of musical idioms, Mark Strozier is one of the few flautists who has dedicated himself to performing proficiently in classical as well as jazz, blues, pop, and Latin music incorporating written as well as improvised music in his performances. Originally performing on saxophone and flute Dr. Strozier decided to commit his energies solely to flute in part due to the inspiration of renowned flautists such as Hubert Laws and Sir James Galway. This resulted in a 10-year hiatus from active performance, part of that time spent under the tutelage of classical flautist Susan Murphy. Born in Chicago, IL and raised in Yonkers, NY, he currently resides in Kansas City, MO and has been honored to perform with such names as Karrin Allyson, Kevin Mahogany, Tito Puente, Beau Bledsoe, Joe Cartwright, Mark Lowrey, Los Texmaniacs, Juan-Carlos Chaurand of Making Movies, Cubanisms, Ensemble Iberica, Un Chong Christopher and Roger Wilder.

Un Chong Christopher, Mezzo-soprano and Pianist

Heralded by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as “the most dramatic standout in the cast” for her role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, as a mezzo-soprano, Un Chong Christopher has performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Madame Larina in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, to name a few. As a pianist, she has performed piano concerti with Kansas City Symphony, Liberty Symphony, Independence Symphony, and the Conservatory Orchestra. The Topeka Capital-Journal has reviewed her performance as a collaborative artist and said “Un Chong Christopher is unusually sensitive pianist”. She has taught at William Jewell College, Rockhurst University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri at Kansas City-Conservatory of Music and Dance, and Calvary University. She is in great demand as a recitalist, coach-accompanist, chamber musician, master class teacher and adjudicator both in piano and voice.

Because this event will raise money for student scholarships, donations will be accepted online and at the door. By donating $200, your name will be printed in the program, which will be distributed to every attendee. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Judi Reilly, Program Director, Development for the JCCC Foundation (913-469-2718 or

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Polsky Theatre, Midwest Trust Center Overland Park, KS 66210

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