Pianist Emily Yap Chua, who is associate professor of music at Randolph College, will present a guest artist recital at West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center on Wednesday (March 2) that features works by contemporary women composers.
The concert begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.
Works on the program include: “Tumbao” (2005) by Tania Le�n (b. 1949); “Kaleidoscopic Changes on an Original Theme, Ending with a Fugue” (1924) by Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953); “Secret & Glass Gardens” by Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962); “Duo Ye” (1985) and “Guessing” (1990) by Chen Yi (b. 1953); “Sonata No. 3” (2003) by Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927); and “I Wouldn’t Normally Say” (2004) by Errollyn Wallen (b. 1958).
Dr. Chua made her international solo debut at The Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, where she was described as a remarkably passionate piano soloist in a performance described as vibrant, spirited and movingly expressive.
An active soloist and chamber musician, her collaborations include performances with musicians of orchestras and institutions around the world, including recitals with members of the Cincinnati, San Francisco, Tenerife, Granada, Charlotte, and Nashville Symphony Orchestras, as well as faculty from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, The Juilliard School, University of Virginia, and Florida State University, among others.
Chua earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with minors in mathematics and dance from the Florida State University in 1996, graduating magna cum laude, and continued on to graduate study at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. As a full scholarship student and teaching assistant at CCM-UC, she earned the Master of Music degree in piano performance in 1998 and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with a cognate in music theory in 2002. Her CD recording of the piano works of composer Kent Holliday, a project in collaboration with pianist Nicholas Ross, was recently released by Centaur Records.
For more information about the concert, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
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