Brandon University piano faculty members Kyung and Michael Kim are pleased to announce the inaugural Mayfest in Neepawa to take place on May 24 and 25, 2013, 7:30 pm, at Knox Presbyterian Church in Neepawa. It will feature a variety of musical talent drawn from Neepawa, the Westman region and abroad, including cellist Simon Fryer, pianists Jayoung Hong, Kyung Kim, Michael Kim, Sunhwa Her, and tenor Sangmyoung Kim conducting the Neepawa community choir. Mayfest will also introduce two rising young stars – Jinsung Kim, recent first place winner for the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Scholarship Competition, and 12 year old prodigy Jammie Lee. The concerts will feature a wide variety of exciting musical selections: "It's a celebration of music coming to Neepawa through Brandon University which is a prestigious musical university," VCC's Rrain Prior told The Neepawa Press Monday. "It is going to be a great event with some great music and we really hope it becomes an annual event." On May 24 “A Piano Extravaganza” will be featured with pianists Jayoung Hong, Kyung and Michael Kim, combining forces to create an unforgettable tour de force evening of works for piano (solo, four hands, six hands, and eight hands), including works by J.S. Bach, Glibert/Sullivan, and Rachmaninoff. It will also feature the world premiere of Mayfest 2013 by Neepawa composer Remi Bouchard performed by Kyung and Michael Kim. May 25 will be “Love and Song” day with Mayfest artists and the Neepawa community choir conducted by Sangmyoung Kim performing a potpourri of classical and popular music selections that is sure to delight and please the musical palate. “Michael and I are most grateful to Knox Presbyterian Church and Pastor Jeannie Lee, Rrain Prior at the Viscount Cultural Centre for the Arts, the residents of Neepawa, and Carolyn Durston for their generous assistance and willingness to host this inaugural festival," says co-artistic director Kyung Kim. “The historical beauty and rich acoustical qualities of the Knox Presbyterian Church, in combination with cultural vitality and richness that the Town of Neepawa offers its residents and visitors, makes this the ideal venue and location for a music festival of this stature.” Tickets will be available at the door, or can be reserved in advance at the Viscount Cultural Centre for the Arts, and are $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors for both nights (May 24 and 25), or $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors for each individual concert. The inaugural Mayfest has been made possible by the generous support and assistance of Knox Presbyterian Church, the Viscount Cultural Centre for the Arts, the Town of Neepawa and Carolyn Durston, RMT.