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Pianist Chu-Fang Huang to Perform at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 31, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Pianist Chu-Fang Huang, a finalist in the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition last summer, will perform Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

The program will feature three solo groups consisting of two Haydn sonatas; the Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 25, by Chopin; and "Three Pieces for Piano" by the young Chinese composer Ruo Huang. The Artaria String Quartet will join Huang to close the concert with a performance of Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44, which Huang performed at the Cliburn competition.

Chu-Fang Huang began studying the piano when she was seven, and at the age of 12 she was accepted on full scholarship as the youngest student in the Shenyang Music Conservatory's pre-college division. She made her United States recital debut on the Prodigy Series of the La Jolla Music Society at the age of 15, soon after she moved from her native China. A top prizewinner of several regional and international competitions, Huang was awarded first prize at the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition two months after being named a finalist of the Cliburn competition.

At the age of 22, Huang has performed throughout China, Europe, and the United States, presenting recitals at Germany's prestigious Klavier Festival Ruhr, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kravis Arts Center in West Palm Beach, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and other prestigious halls. She also has collaborated with symphony orchestras in Charleston, Cleveland, Corpus Christi, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Pacific, and Sydney, as well as with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Shenzhen Philharmonic Orchestra. The day following her Artists Series performance, Huang will make her Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall.

Ms. Huang's performances have been broadcast on WQXR's ( New York) Young Artists Series, National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and across the Internet by the Australian Broadcast Corporation. She appears in the film documentary about the Twelfth Cliburn Competition, "In the Heart of Music," available on DVD and airing on PBS stations across the United States.

A recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Chu-Fang Huang is currently pursuing her master's degree at the Juilliard School of Music.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Reserved seats are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center. The Service Center is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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