The Summit Trio is the second in St. Catherine's Sixth Annual Concert Series and the first to be offered on a Sunday afternoon. The Friends of Music at St. Catherine's present these concerts, free of charge (a freewill offering will be taken) and open to the public, to enable all in our community to enjoy excellent musicians, experience an increased love of music, and offer a hope that young people will consider music as a possible choice for their lifetime career and enjoyment. All of the concerts offer "living footnotes", where the musicians share their thoughts about the music with the audience, and the post-concert reception, where the audience has an opportunity to meet and speak with the artists.
The Summit Trio is made up of three musicians on the faculty at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia.
Helen Kim, violin, joined the music faculty at Kennesaw in 2006 with a stellar performance background. At age 6 she had her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. She is currently the assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and recently joined the Atlanta Chamber Players.
Charae Krueger is Principal Cellist for the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet Orchestras. As Cello Professor at Kennesaw State University and member of the KSU Faculty Trio, she recently appeared at the Highlands Chamber Music Festival with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil and pianist William Ransom. She has played numerous concerts throughout the eastern U.S. and in Europe, including concerts at New York City's Merkin Hall, Rockefeller University, Brown University and MIT. Her quartet commissioned and championed a number of new works and appeared frequently on Boston's new music scene at Composers in Red Sneakers and the Boston Microtonal Society. She has also played in a jazz string quartet, several alternative rock bands and has recently appeared on albums of Bruce Springsteen, Faith Hill and Natalie Cole.
Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist, winning universal acclaim as orchestral soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Hailed as a "consummate artist--brilliant, formidable, effortless, and the epitome of control and poise", he has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center with tours in the United States, England, Nova Scotia, and Italy. He has appeared with such notable conductors as Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles and Stefan Sanderling. In response to Hurricane Katrina, he coordinated and performed in the 2006 "Pianists for New Orleans" tour of the United States, raising over $100,000. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University, Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Assistant Director of the Atlanta Boy Choir, and Artistic Director of the Great Performances Concert Series" in Highlands, NC.