Award-Winning Pianist Fenia Chang To Perform Guest Recital Oct. 18

Sept. 16, 2004

by Richard Veit

Dr. Fenia Chang, an acclaimed keyboard artist who has performed recitals and triumphed in piano competitions all over the world, will present a guest recital at Baylor University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Chang's program will open with Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3, a work dating from the year 1802 and known as "The Hunt" because of its lively finale. She also will perform three impressionistic pieces from 1894 by French composer Claude Debussy, his first book of Images.

Chang will close her recital with a performance of Frédéric Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, written during the Polish composer's period of renewed creativity during the summer of 1844.

Chang serves on the piano faculty of Texas A&M University at Commerce. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from the University of Maryland, where she studied with Abbey Simon, Russell Sherman, Jerome Lowenthal, Thomas Schumacher and Santiago Rodríguez. Since the mid-1980s, she has maintained a successful concert career and has been a collaborative pianist in chamber music throughout much of Asia, Europe and North America, as well as in her native Taiwan. Her concert engagements have included recitals in Paris, Beijing, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

Chang has won top prizes at the Thomas Richner, Frinna Awerbuch and Young Keyboard Artist International Competitions, and has appeared as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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