Kent State’s Kent Keyboard Series presents Cleveland International Piano Competition winner and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient April 14

Kent, Ohio – The Kent Keyboard Series concludes its dynamic 2018-2019 season with pianist Chu-Fang Huang, Steinway Artist, and internationally renowned soloist, on Sun., April 14 at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. In addition to performing solo piano works, she will be joined by Kent State faculty members Dr. Jerry Wong and Dr. Donna Lee for works for multiple hands. Kent State’s Ludwig Recital Hall is at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts on the Kent Campus. Ample free and handicap accessible parking is available.

Chu-Fang Huang opens the early evening recital with solo works by Franz Joseph Haydn and Frédéric Chopin. First on the program are Haydn’s Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI/32 followed by his Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI/31. Next, two works by Chopin will be featured: his emotionally turbulent Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Opus 31 followed by the beautiful Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 23.  Following intermission, Jerry and Donna join Chu-Fang to perform works for four and six hands. These works include Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Concertino,” Darius Milhaud’s “Scaramouche,” and concluding with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Waltz and Romance for Six Hands.”

Known for her “artistic maturity, technical gleam, and, especially, depth of interpretation" (The Miami Herald), internationally renowned pianist Chu-Fang Huang first came to the attention of the classical music community in 2005 as a finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition. She went on to claim First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Festival that same year. A year later, Ms. Huang won a place on the Young Concert Artists roster, earning rave reviews for recitals at Carnegie's Zankel Hall and the Kennedy Center on the Young Concert Artists Series. In 2011 she received the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant from New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Since her meteoric rise, she has established an international solo career, performing with The Orchestra of St. Lukes, and the Symphony Orchestras of Detroit, Phoenix, Pasadena, Des Moines, and many more. Featured performances as soloist and chamber musician have also brought her to Japan, China, The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Germany, France and more. She is a Steinway Artist and Artistic Director of the Ameri-China International Music Association residing in New York City.

Described by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer as "eloquent and elegant…(with) passion and introspection…sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style," pianist Jerry Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in prestigious venues such as Severance Hall, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and more. His performances have also been broadcast on stations around the world. A graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Mr. Wong's major teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, Sara Davis Buechner and Byron Janis. Currently, Dr. Wong serves as Professor of Piano at Kent State University, is the Coordinator of the Kent State Piano Institute and teaches at Kent Blossom Music Festival. He is a Steinway Artist.

Described as “elegant” and “refined” by critics, pianist Donna Lee made her solo debut in 1990 with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has since appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She has also performed in Asia, Europe and throughout the US, with recent performances in Hong Kong, Beijing, China and Puerto Rico. Donna has been heard in broadcast performances over radio stations such as New York City’s WQXR, Cleveland’s WCLV, Kent’s WKSU, Swedish Radio, Voice of America, and more. She has recorded for the Proprius, Innova and Musart labels. She made her solo recording debut, “Scenes from Childhood,” on the Azica label, with works by Schumann, del Tredici, Medtner, and Prokofieff.

The Kent State University Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent Campus and is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons can purchase tickets in advance three ways: in-person, by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS), or online at www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets. Tickets are $15, adults; $13, seniors and Kent State University faculty and staff; $10, groups of 10 or more; $8, non-Kent State students and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free; and FREE for full-time Kent State undergraduate students and those 18 and under. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

About the School of Music

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, nestled in beautiful and vibrant Kent, Ohio, is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest. For over 100 years, the School of Music has nurtured the next generation of music educators, performing artists and scholars. We offer some of the most comprehensive and innovative degree programs in the country, with an emphasis on experiential learning, quality scholarship and immersive technical training. Students enrolled in our programs can expect a warm and supportive environment where fostering professional growth and personal development is a priority. Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in music education, music performance, scholarly research, higher education and administration.

During the summer, the School of Music hosts the Kent Blossom Music Festival in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. The festival is regarded as one of the premier centers for professional music training for young artists in the United States. Now entering its 51st season in 2019, the festival continues its now half-century legacy of helping to launch the careers of young artists with alumni holding positions of prominence in many of the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and educational institutions.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:54pm
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