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Piano Spectacular to Conclude Presidential Concert Series

Lee University’s 2018-19 Presidential Concert Series season will conclude on Tuesday, April 9, with Piano Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall. The evening will feature Lee School of Music faculty Drs. Jonathan Jung, ChoEun Lee, and Cahill Smith, with special guest Dr. Liu Liu from Renmin University in Beijing.

“From legendary guest artists to distinguished faculty to gifted students, Lee University has cultivated a tradition of excellence and fostered a deep love for all things piano,” says Smith. “We plan to celebrate that tradition with an evening of piano music, from two hands on one piano to 18 hands on three pianos, and everything in between.”

The performance will feature works by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, and triple keyboard concertos by Bach and Mozart.

Jonathan Jung
Jonathan Jung

Jung joined Lee’s faculty as an assistant professor of piano in the fall of 2017. He previously taught at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Jones County Junior College. In addition to teaching, Jung performs regularly across the United States. He has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra and Korean Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand.

ChoEun Lee to Perform
ChoEun Lee

Lee, an assistant professor of collaborative piano and vocal coaching at the university, has given numerous performances in Korea, the U.S., Austria, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, in major venues such as Carnegie Hall and Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood Music Center). She was named a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize and of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Keyboard Collaborative Arts scholarship four times.

Cahill Smith, Faculty Recital
Cahill Smith

Smith, assistant professor of piano at Lee, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major venues in the U.S. and abroad, including four performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony, and the Eastman Philharmonia. This January, his debut album, “Medtner: Forgotten Melodies,” was featured as Classical Radio Boston’s “CD of the Week.”

Liu Liu
Liu Liu

Liu, associate professor of music at Renmin University, has given recitals throughout China and the U.S. in venues such as Beijing Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Lincoln Center. Last year, Liu was awarded the Outstanding Young Talents Award in Beijing. Her latest CD, “Memories of Time,” was released by China Record Corporation. She earned her doctorate, masters, and bachelor degrees from Eastman School of Music.

Tickets for all performances are $15 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center or by contacting (423) 614-8343, one week prior to each concert, between 3-6 p.m. Tickets are also available at showclix.

For more information about the Presidential Concert Series, visit PCS or call the School of Music at (423) 614-8240.
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