International pianist Fang Zhang transcends borders, performs with Southern Utah University orchestra

Fang Zhang from Renmin University of China, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Featuring guest piano soloist Dr. Fang Zhang from Renmin University of China, Southern Utah University’s Music Masterwork Series will present the SUU Orchestra Concert Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater.

Music from Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Dmitri Shostakovich will be performed throughout the evening.

The SUU Orchestra performs at least twice each semester, pulling from the standard orchestral repertoire, as well as modern compositions and arrangements. They also combine with the university choirs, opera and other ensembles in collaborative concerts.

This will be a life learning experience for SUU students.” Xun Sun, director of orchestral studies, said of the opportunity to perform with Zhang.

Zhang, who is the chairman of the music department of RUC, received a bachelor of music degree in piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He earned a master of music at the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Eastman Performers Certificate, the school’s highest award for distinction in performance.

During his time studying for a doctorate degree of musical arts studies at Eastman School of Music, Zhang received the Liberace Award scholarship. He completed his education at Capital Normal University of Beijing, China, with a doctorate in music theory and analysis.

“It is a distinct honor to host Dr. Fang Zhang, chair of the music department of Renmin University in Beijing, China,” said Lawrence Johnson, chairman of the SUU department of music. “Not only is he sharing his gifted talent as a professional pianist in performing one of Franz Liszt’s treasured piano concertos with the SUU Symphony Orchestra, but he is also sharing his transcendence of international borders – something that music is uniquely able to provide,” 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff and students are free with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert or online.

Event details

  • What: SUU Orchestra Concert featuring piano soloist Fang Zhang from China.
  • When: Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: SUU Heritage Center Theater, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City.
  • Admission: Adults $10, youth $5 SUU faculty, staff and students free with valid ID card.

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