Pianist Frederic Chiu performing February 24 through Adams Foundation

Tue, 2013-02-12 13:39 -- univcomm
February 12, 2013

In partnership with the Adams Foundation, the Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will host Frederic Chiu.

Chiu is an internationally acclaimed American concert pianist who will take to the stage of the York Performance Hall on the AU campus at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 24. The performance is part of a recital series underwritten by the Adams Foundation in which Anderson is the only city in the Midwest to be included. The series aims to incite a revival of solo piano concerts in cities and smaller towns across the United States through funding by businessman and philanthropist, Stephen Adams.

The program for this recital includes several works by Debussy including Suite Bergamasque, Reverie, and L’isle Joyeuse and several works by Prokofiev including Sonata No. 3 in F minor and Toccata (1933). Chiu has built a formidable reputation for his ability to update traditional concert traditions for our time. This program is called a “Classical Smackdown” because it is divided into rounds with the audience votes determining the winner of each round. The question being posed in this recital is “Who would win if French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy were to go head to head with Russian early modernist Sergei Prokofiev?”

A frequent guest artist at concert venues in Europe, South America, and throughout the United States, Frederic Chiu is devoted to enhancing the live concert experience for diverse audiences. Chiu has created many innovative programs, often showcasing transcriptions and rarely- programmed repertoire. Also a skilled collaborator, he has performed with many friends in Classical music such as Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman, and the St Lawrence String Quartet. Chiu has released over 20 CDs, including the complete piano works of Prokofiev, as well as works of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini and Grieg. In addition, he is a frequent presence on popular radio shows such as St. Paul Sunday Morning, Performance Today, and WNYC’s Greene Space.

Through his Deeper Piano Studies – a philosophic and holistic training program – Chiu brings together advanced concert pianists, promising students, high-level amateurs and piano teachers from around the world for workshops that develop a Body/Mind/Heart approach to piano-playing and music-making. He has taught at the Juilliard School, Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Banff Centre, among others. After 12 years spent in France, Frederic Chiu recently returned to the United States, where any free time he can find is divided between writing, painting and cooking. He also co-directs artistic activities at Beechwood Arts, an arts immersion center in Connecticut.

Chiu is part of a special forum established by the Adams family in which the public can experience the extraordinary solo piano repertoire of fine American Pianists.

Tickets for this recital will be sold at the box office in the York Performance Hall at Anderson University at a cost of $10 for adults, $5 for students and free of charge for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the venue the day of the concert. Persons wishing to purchase tickets in advance by phone may call (765) 641-4351. View additional Arts Events online.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.