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Jan. 20th Piano Concert Begins Catawba Artist Series

January 11, 2013

Category: Events, Faculty, Music


JiaoA free piano concert provided by Catawba College adjunct faculty member, Wei Jiao, at 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel kicks off a Catawba Artist Series for spring semester. Jiao will perform works of Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and modern Chinese composer Zhou Long.

Born in Shenyang, Liaoning, People's Republic of China, Jiao started to play piano at the age of six. She holds a B.A. from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. She came to the United States in 2003 as the recipient of a generous scholarship at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, where she earned her B.M. in Piano Performance and was the recipient of the Woodruff Award from the Schwob School of Music there. She earned an M.M. in Piano Performance from Syracuse University and is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at UNCG.

Artists SeriesJiao teaches secondary private piano lessons, class piano, and aural skills classes. She is an active collaborative artist, and accompanies lessons and recitals for vocalists and instrumentalists.

Jiao's piano concert will be followed this spring by five additional free concerts offered by other artists in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. These include at 7 p.m., Feb. 22, a piano concert by Patrick  Behringer; at 7 p.m. Mar. 15, a piano performance by Renpeng "Peter" Dong; at 7 p.m. Mar. 22, a piano trio performance from Anne Sellitti, Dr. Dan Skidmore and Jacob Hahn; at 2 p.m. May 5, a piano performance by Jacob Hahn; and at 3 p.m. Apr. 21, a piano concert by Steven Heyman.

"There is nothing like this Artist Series in the community as far as a classical concert series goes," explained Jacob Hahn, a Catawba adjunct faculty member and Director of Catawba's Community Music Program. "Attending is a good way for community members, as well as students at Catawba and students enrolled in Catawba's Community Music Program, to be exposed to musicians of this caliber. We are pleased to offer performances from both Catawba faculty members and artists from around the country who excel in their discipline."

For additional information about the Catawba Artist Series, contact Hahn at jahahn@catawba.edu or by phone at (336) 456-4017.


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