Piano series concert to feature classical, children’s music

February 5, 2014 | Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Angela Riddel

Dr. Jerry Wong will visit the University for the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series.



Wong will present a master class Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. and a recital Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. The free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Part of the Sunday recital program will explore classical music’s childlike side with three pieces from Debussy’s suite, “The Children’s Corner” and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Adding a bit of dramatic weight to the program will be Liszt’s “La Lugubre Gondola” and his “Liebestod” (love-death) from Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde.”

Wong has been described by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer as “eloquent and elegant … [with] passion and introspection … sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style” and praised by the Orange County Register for “clean technique, forthright sound and a straightforward approach to classical textures.”

In addition to his recordings, Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix-Ville de Fontainebleau, which was presented by French classical pianist and conductor Philippe Entremont.

A graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, Wong is an associate professor of piano at Kent State University.

For more information on the series, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of music, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

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