Statue of Korean War veterans with red, white and blue wreath

Honoring Korean War Veterans - Helping JCCC Student Veterans Benefit Concert

3 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2022 | Polsky Theatre

Free event but tickets required for admittance

Individual Tickets

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 from other areas of the country. 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:

Susanne Park - Violinist

Susanne joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's first violin section in 2006. She studied violin performance at Boston University with Peter Zazofsky of the Muir String Quartet before leaving school to join the San Diego Symphony in 1992. She moved to Pittsburgh in 1996 and served as assistant concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestras until winning a position with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2006. She lives in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh with husband John Moore, a double bassist in the PSO, their son Oliver, and a stubborn blue heeler named Marco.

Therese Park - Cellist

Therese 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 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, Unchong 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.

Gregory Sandomirsky - Violinist

Gregory Sandomirsky is consistently praised for his complete mastery of the violin, beautiful sound, impeccable intonation, natural musicianship and profound soloistic flair. Mr. Sandomirsky started his violin education in the USSR at Krivoy Rog Lysenko Music School. He graduated with honors from Krivoy Rog College of Music and received his Master’s in Violin from Odessa Conservatory. He began his teaching career at Odessa (USSR) Conservatory of Music as assistant to Professor Mordkovich, and later taught violin and chamber music at Kirovograd and Krivoy Rog Colleges of Music. In the United States, Sandomirsky was a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Mr. Sandomirsky’s pupils currently teach at world leading musical colleges and play with major orchestras around the world. From 1990 to 2011, Mr. Sandomirsky served as the associate concertmaster of Kansas City Symphony, as well as concertmaster of Kansas City Camerata, concertmaster of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and adjunct professor at Park University’s International Music Center. He is the associate concertmaster Emeritus of the Kansas City Symphony, and currently is a faculty member of International Music Academy Cremona (Italy).

Because this event will raise money for student scholarships, donations will be accepted online now, when you reserve your free tickets or at the door. Those who donate $200 or more will be distinguished as sponsors and their names will be published on the back of the event program. Please contact Judi Reilly, Program Director, Development for the JCCC Foundation (913-469-2718 or with questions.