Press Coverage

August 1, 2021
International Piano Magazine

Sonic Tapestry

Inspired to create something positive out of the pandemic, Korean-born American pianist Min Kwon has invited 75 composers to write variations on the patriotic song, 'America the Beautiful'.

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July 4, 2021
NBC Nightly News

Iconic American Song Reimagined

During the pandemic, Kwon started a project with more than 70 composers to create different versions of the song to fit the many moods of America. She performs them across the nation.

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July 2, 2021
NPR

70 New Ways To Think About 'America The Beautiful'

Looking at how the country has evolved and changed over the last century, the pianist Min Kwon wondered what it would sound like if this traditional tune evolved and changed as well. So, she invited more than 70 composers to write variations for solo piano based on a theme of "America the Beautiful." The result is a new project, America/Beautiful.

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July 2, 2021
CNET

For July 4th, hear 75 composers reimagine America the Beautiful

From key to shining key. Pianist Min Kwon enlists leading musicians from a wide range of backgrounds for their take on the classic anthem.

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June 29, 2021
NJ Monthly

Pianist Enlists Top Composers in Salute to America

Min Kwon's pandemic-inspired project showcases 70 diverse interpretations of "America the Beautiful."

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May 1, 2021
Financial Times

America the Beautiful - one song, many voices

Pianist Min Kwon is the driving force behind a project to use the patriotic standard to celebrate the US’s diversity

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August 5, 2021
NBC Nightly News

Collaborative Project Reimagines ‘America The Beautiful’ Song Across The Nation

When pianist Min Kwon moved to the U.S. from South Korea at just 13 years old, she fell in love with the song and sentiments of “America the Beautiful.” During the height of the pandemic and a time of racial reckoning, Kwon decided to work with more than 70 composers to create different versions of the song to match the many moods of America.

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July 4, 2021
Newark Star-Ledger

75 global composers revamp ‘America the Beautiful,’ spurred by N.J. professor

Min Kwon, a Rutgers University professor and pianist, has commissioned 75 composers around the globe to reimagine "America the Beautiful."

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July 2, 2021
Southern Living

Min Kwon's America/Beautiful Project Brings Together 70 Composers for a Concert Series Beginning on July 4th

The upcoming event invites listeners to hear a familiar tune in a new way.

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July 2, 2021
AFAR Media

Pianist Min Kwon Is Remixing “America the Beautiful” for Our Tumultuous Times

Concert musician Min Kwon will be hosting a marathon performance of 70 variations of the patriotic anthem in her project “America/Beautiful” on July 4th.

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June 30, 2021
Forward

Does America still sound ‘beautiful?’ Reinventing a patriotic anthem in seemingly non-patriotic times

“America/Beautiful” is set to premiere in a series of virtual and live performances beginning on July 4 with variations by more than 70 composers. For an immigrant from a fairly homogenous society, Kwon said, having people of all different colors, cultures, histories and traditions is what’s so exhilarating about being in America.

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June 25, 2021
WCRB

70 Composers, One Anthem in Min Kwon's "America/Beautiful" Project

Kwon looks for the beauty in the American credo e pluribus unum.

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June 24, 2021
WWFM: The Classical Network

A Tempo: Pianist Explores Musical Variations of 'America the Beautiful'

Pianist Min Kwon had been considering commissioning a set of variations, not unlike the Diabelli Variations, before the pandemic put the world on hold. Over the past year she expanded her vision, reaching out to composers for their various reflections on "America the Beautiful."

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June 21, 2021
WWFM: The Classical Network

Pianist Min Kwon on Between the Keys June 22nd and 23rd

Join Min Kwon and Jed Distler for music and conversation on Between the Keys, exclusively on The Classical Network and WWFM.org.

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June 16, 2021
Korean Cultural Center NY

America/Beautiful presented by Pianist Min Kwon

July 4 - 9, 2021: Online Live Streaming & The Catacombs of The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

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June 3, 2021
Broadway World

Min Kwon Premieres Robert Sirota's Variations On America The Beautiful At Green-Wood Cemetery

On Friday, July 9, 2021, pianist Min Kwon will give the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota's Two Variations on America the Beautiful, presented by Death of Classical's Angel's Share series at Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th St., Brooklyn, NY).

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March 30, 2021
I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

5 Questions to Min Kwon (pianist, America/Beautiful)

Pianist Min Kwon speaks to ICIYL about her inspirations for the America/Beautiful project

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March 11, 2021
New Jersey Stage

Rutgers Professor Min Kwon Announces "America/Beautiful" Project

Min Kwon, Professor of Piano at Mason Gross School of the Arts, announces her new project "America/Beautiful" which will premiere in July of this year.

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February 22, 2021
San Francisco Classical Voice

Min Kwon Speaks of the Dream of America

Min Kwon speaks to SFCV about the origins and vision for her new project, America/Beautiful

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February 20, 2021
Air Mail

America/Beautiful

The Korean-born American pianist Min Kwon premieres 70 commissioned variations on “America the Beautiful.” To assemble her quilt, Kwon has reached out to composers from sea to shining sea.

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