Ashley Kim '23 Performs at Carnegie Hall
Ashley Kim '23 Performs at Carnegie Hall

Performing at Carnegie Hall is a dream for many musicians. EA flutist Ashley Kim '23 fulfilled that dream at the Music for Change festival on Saturday, Oct. 9.

"Performing at Carnegie was a magical experience," reflected Ashley. "While the venue itself is hundreds of years old, there is a timelessness to the music that fills its halls. On stage, all my senses were tuned into the music and the story that unfolded from the notes."

Ashley played the prelude to the "Suite Antique" by John Rutter. "I chose the piece because I love the soaring voice of the main melody, which juxtaposes the fast and fluttery phrases sprinkled throughout."

Ashley was a Dora Khayatt music winner last spring. "I fell in love with the flute when I was in second grade. I remember hearing the 'Aviary' from the 'Carnival of the Animals,' by Saint Saens, and went home that day and asked my mom if I could take lessons," reflected Ashley.

She especially enjoys sharing her talents with Lower School students.

"Through the flute, music has become an inextricable part of who I am. I love the freedom that music gives to explore emotional depths beyond words," shared Ashley. "I love the limitless room for improvement and the challenge of tackling a new piece. Most of all, I love how music connects musicians and non-musicians alike, how it transcends language, culture, and background."

Music For Change is an international youth-led organization that creates initiatives to promote music as a force of change, optimism, and hope. The event was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and relief efforts for COVID-19. Current initiatives include fundraising concerts, music in hospitals, and songwriting competitions for aspiring artists.

So what venue does Ashley have her eye on next? "There are so many beautiful venues around the world that I can dream of playing at. One venue I find particularly special is the Harpa Music Center in Reykjavik, Iceland," explained Ashley. "While Carnegie is known for its history and classical architecture, Harpa was built for 21st-century aesthetics, environmental priorities, and a minimalist approach reflecting much of today's contemporary music. I love the design's geometry, open space, and light that flows in through its glass facade."