Helen Sung Delivers a Lively Performance at MSUFCU's Blue Monday Concert
On Monday, February 5, 2018, the Credit Union welcomed celebrated jazz pianist, Helen Sung as the third performer of the 2017–2018 edition of the Blue Mondays concert series. Sung performed an evening of lively jazz music for community members and employees.
Blue Mondays is a jazz concert series that brings world-renowned jazz musicians to the MSUFCU Headquarters, where performances take place throughout the year. Blue Mondays is made possible by the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence Endowment. This endowment program serves as a means to support and enrich local music education programs. During her residency, Sung will teach MSU jazz students, present master classes, and perform for the public.
Her passion for the genre’s soulfulness is evident. During her Blue Monday performance, guests marveled at her prowess. Watching her on stage, there is a certain vigor behind every key she touches. These spirited notes have an electric effect on her audience. Within seconds, Sung masterfully fills a room with a sense of excitement. Each song she plays tells one animated story after another.
Before becoming the icon that she is today, Sung studied classical piano at the University of Texas (UT). During her undergraduate studies, Sung had an epiphany that the boundaries of classical piano could no longer hold her. She was drawn to the lively, spiritual music of jazz. After graduating from UT, Sung enrolled in the master’s program at Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Her love of jazz piano led her to perform on stages across the world, earning countless accolades along the way. Sung has performed with icons such as Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, and the Mingus Big Band.
Photo by Jessica Cowles, courtesy MSU College of Music.