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American violinist Soovin Kim was featured soloist as the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra performed Antonín Dvo?ák’s "Violin Concerto in A-minor, op. 53" on Saturday, April 2, at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center. It was a convincing demonstration of endurance in a composition uncharacteristically demanding of both bowing and fingering for long periods of time throughout its 32 minutes. The solo violin seemed to rise smoothly out of the ensemble, the orchestra deferring to the virtuoso’s cadenza passages, then just as smoothly ramping up again. The performance was met with an enthusiastic standing ovation from the full house. The program opened with John Mackey's Redline Tango and concluded with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, showing off many individual artists in the orchestra.