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Piano duet concludes chamber music series

May 01, 2014

The Sondheim Chamber Music Spotlight Series concludes with a piano duo featuring ChiHee Hwang and Agnes Wan at 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Hwang and Wan will perform a program featuring piano duet repertoire from Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

The duo was formed in 2010 and has given well-received recitals at various venues, most notably the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and the Alumni Auditorium at the University of Tennessee. This is the duo’s first visit to Iowa.

ChiHee Hwang has performed solo and chamber recitals in Korea and the United States. A senior artist teacher of piano at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, she is certified in multiple teaching methods including Suzuki, Robert Pace and Orff Schulwerk. As a Korean abroad, she was awarded a full scholarship by the Korean Ministry of Education to attend Hanyang University in Seoul, where she studied with Eun-Mo Chung and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music She also has another master’s degree in piano from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville under the tutelage of David Brunell.

Agnes Wan obtained her piano degrees from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of Iowa and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her mentors have included Gabriel Kwok, Nancy Loo, Jac McCracken, Uriel Tsachor, James Tocco and Michael Chertock. An active performer, she has given more than 70 solo recitals to date and has released a recording of Schumann’s solo piano works on Soundset Recordings label in 2012. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their toddler.

Tickets for Hwang and Wan Piano Duo are $15 for Zone 1, $12 for Zone 2 and $5 for youths. Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-2787 and www.FairfieldACC.com.

Fairfield Concert Association members receive admission to the concert with proof of membership.

Hwang and Wan Piano Duo is part of the Sondheim Chamber Music Spotlight Series and is presented in conjunction with the Fairfield Concert Association, Chamber Music Society Fairfield, Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau, Robert Tree, Edith Perry and Blake Overall.

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