Pianist Ann Chang will perform Jan. 22 with violinist Paul Hsun-Ling Chou on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is at 5 p.m. Central (6 p.m. EST) and will be streamed live online at http://go.unl.edu/changlive.
Chang is artistic director for the Lied Center for Performing Arts and artist-in-residence in UNL's School of Music.
The program, “Beethoven Masterworks,” will feature two named pieces, “Moonlight Sonata” (for solo piano) and “Kreutzer Sonata” (for violin and piano). Chang will be joined by Chou for “Kreutzer Sonata.”
“Those are two warhorses in the piano repertoire, and two of Beethoven's most famous works,” Chang said.
The Kennedy Center performance is the first of three performances for Chang, that will take her from the East Coast to the West Coast over the next month.
On Jan. 28, Chang will perform in Chicago as part of Pianoforte Foundation's Schubert Festival. The event, known in Chicago as “Schubertiade,” attracts Schubert scholars and lovers. Chang will perform Franz Schubert's D Major Sonata.
On Feb. 7, she will perform some Argentine tangos by Astor Piazzolla at the famous San Francisco's Yoshi's Jazz Club. She will be a guest performer with the Rastrelli Cello Quartet, who has performed several times for the Meadowlark Music Festival and at the Lied Center for Performing Arts during the 2008-09 season.
Chang is an active soloist and lecturer in the U.S. and Europe. Her curiosity and wide-ranging musical interests have taken her in many directions, allowing her to forge a unique career and establish a distinguished reputation. She is in demand as an artist and teacher, and her recent appointment as a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium (Brussels) gave her an opportunity to expand her interest in the study of classic performance practice.
Chang is the founder of the award-winning Meadowlark Music Festival in Lincoln. Recently, she was appointed Artistic Director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts and is Artist-in-Residence in the School of Music. Leveraging her extensive knowledge in arts presenting and management, she is Director of the University's Arts Entrepreneurship Program where she helps the next generation of musicians think creatively and thrive in the performing arts. Chang earned the degrees B.M., M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Chou, a classically trained violinist, has been featured on numerous international venues. His performances have been met with critical acclaim by domestic and international audiences and critics, having appeared twice at the Shenyang International Music Festival in China, the Ofecina di Curitiba in Brazil, in addition to recent performances in Italy with Chang. He has recorded with the progressive rock band Shadow Gallery on the Magna Carta label and has recently completed “Violino Brasileiro” with pianist Ney Fialkow following their Brazilian tour. Chou has presented as an arts advocate at American University, UNL, the Juilliard School and other performing arts schools in the United States and Canada.
Chou is currently a senior client partner at Korn/Ferry International where he co-leads the Education Practice. He received his formal undergraduate musical training at Indiana University-Bloomington and at the SUNY Stony Brook where he completed graduate studies.
Chou is familiar to the UNL community from his work as a search consultant for many of the recent dean and director positions, including the searches for deans of business administration, engineering, and fine and performing arts.
— Kathe Andersen, Fine and Performing Arts
More details at: http://go.unl.edu/changlive