KCC to host pianists Chu and Yang for Guest Artist Recital Feb. 22

A photo of pianists Wendy Wan-Hsing Chu and Yu-Hsuan Yang, who will be performing at an upcoming Guest Artist Recital event at KCC.

Kellogg Community College will open its 2015 Piano Concert Series this month with a free Guest Artist Recital featuring two international artists.

Pianists Wendy Wan-Hsing Chu and Yu-Hsuan Yang will be the featured performers in the event beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at KCC’s Binda Performing Arts Center, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

Chu and Yang, who each earned a bachelor’s degree in Taiwan before pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in music in the U.S., met in 2012. Recognizing their similar cultural background and affinity for music, the two have been playing as a duo ever since. They are currently on a 2015 tour that includes engagements at Central Michigan and Saginaw Valley State universities.

Opening for the pair at KCC will be piano duo Grands Grandioso, including guest pianist Joan King and KCC music faculty member and pianist Paula Krontz-Harris. King and Krontz-Harris will open the Guest Artist Recital program with “Variations on a Theme of Beethoven,” by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, and “Brazilian Dance,” by Canadian composer Roger Matton.

Chu and Yang will carry the program to intermission with American composer George Gershwin’s “Three Preludes” and French composer Georges Bizet’s “Children’s Games” before rounding out the second part of the program with Saint-Saëns’ “Dance of Death” and American composer Samuel Barber’s “Souvenirs (Ballet Suite).”

While the performance is free, a free-will offering to benefit music programming for KCC students will be collected.

The concert will be one of the first musical events held in the College’s newly renovated Binda Performing Arts Center since the completion of a $4.1 million renovation project at the facility last October. Additional upcoming events at the center include the continuation of KCC’s Piano Concert Series with a Faculty Artist Recital featuring pianist Katharine Cary beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1; and KCC’s spring musical production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” opening March 20.

For more information about the Feb. 22 recital, contact Dr. Gerald Blanchard, vocal music director and music coordinator at KCC, at blanchardg@kellogg.edu or 269-965-3931 ext. 2566.

CDs featuring music from guest artists Chu and Yang will be available for purchase following the concert in the Binda lobby.

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