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Vail Society: Friend remembered for love of arts

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
Vail, CO Colorado
Performing artists Chee-yun, Jeewon Parks and Jeremy Turner.

VAIL, Colorado – I remember being at the Arrowhead Alpine Club shortly after Vail Valley, Colorado resident June Kang passed away and there was a near palpable heaviness in the air. The loss shook the community to its core.

Last Wednesday, at the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts we were reminded of why people loved June so much. Accomplished violinist, Chee-Yun , a longtime friend of June and Han Kang, gave touching testimonials about June – from how they met in 1985 in Aspen to June’s warmth, kindness and generosity, Chee-Yun spread the good word about her dear friend.

An event that could potentially prove heartrending instead was uplifting and positive. A near sold-out house was filled with joy as the charismatic and charming Chee-Yun wove her magic.

Accompanying her was pianist Jeewon Park, whose performance was remarkable. One quote described Park as “demonstrating rare skill and sensitivity, playing with a feline grace and glittering dexterity.” Park holds degrees from The Julliard School and Yale University.

Joining the two lovely ladies was cellist Jeremy Turner, who, at the age of 21, became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has recorded with David Byrne, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel and Joss Stone.

A hearty and heartfelt expression of gratitude came from Han Kang to those who contributed to The June S. Kang Love of the Arts Scholarship Fund that has been established to provide financial assistance and opportunities to Vail Valley students of the arts.

On leaving the event one might ask oneself, “What will I be remembered and honored for?” In June’s case it centered on, among other things, her compassion and passion for the arts.

For more information on The June S. Kang Fund, please contact The Vail Valley Foundation at or call 970 -949-1999.

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