Posted on March 9, 2010 by Tia Lalani

Robin Galenza speaks to Professor and Director of Music Dr. Milton Schlosser about classical music’s rock star coming to campus on March 11&12.

By Robin Galenza –

Internationally recognized Canadian pianist Angela Cheng will be teaching at U of A’s Augustana Campus on March 11, and performing on the 12th.

Angela Cheng, who was born in Hong Kong and moved to Edmonton with her family at a young age, has toured with numerous orchestras throughout North America and recently completed a tour in China with the Zukerman Chamber Players. Cheng won a Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition and she was the first Canadian to win the Montreal International Piano Competition.

Augustana Campus has been lucky to have one of Canada’s “national treasures” agree to perform the fifth and final recital of the Augustana Steinway Inaugural Series. The series has showcased both local talents, such as Augustana’s own Milton Schlosser and Roger Admiral, as well as international talents such as pianist Joel Harder.

Dr. Milton Schlosser, Professor and Director of Music at Augustana Campus, encourages all students to come and listen to Cheng’s performance, even if they are not music students.

“I really don’t feel that you can have a liberal arts education without attending some classical music concerts on our campus and experiencing live music,” he explains. “She’s a rock star in the classical music scene. If you like people who are passionate about what they do and who tour internationally, then you’d be interested in hearing her. This really is the concert of the year for us in Music; in fact, I would say this is THE concert of the past 25 years of my teaching at Augustana.”

Cheng will be teaching a Piano Masterclass on March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Faith and Life Chapel. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome to join. The class will showcase Augustana’s Bachelor of Music students.

On March 12 at 8:00 the Faith and Life Chapel, Cheng will perform the last Steinway recital of the school year. Her concert should be just over an hour long, and it will feature Chopin music exclusively: it is the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth and Cheng will be honouring his work.

Tickets to the recital are only $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. All proceeds go towards the purchase of the new 9-foot Steinway Grand Piano for Augustana Campus. Tickets are available at Candler Art Gallery or in the Augustana Bookstore.

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