CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Pianist Chen plays Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Janacek and Rachmaninov
in April 9 UI concert
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pianist Wendy Chen, winner of the 1997 Young Concert
Artists (YCA) International Auditions, will complete a three-day residency
at the University of Iowa with a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in
Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The concert, which
is part of Hancher Auditorium's Mercy on Call Rising Stars Series, will
feature works by Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Janacek and Rachmaninoff.
As the YCA winner and winner of the Bruce Hungerford Prize, Chen opened
the 37th YCA Series last October in New York City. The Hancher concert
program closely mirrors her New York concert. The program features the
Busoni arrangement of J.S. Bach's Three Organ Chorales; Chopin's Andante
Spianato and Grand Polonaise in E-Flat Major, op. 22; two impromptus by
Schubert; Janacek's Four Pieces from "On an Overgrown Path";
and the Sonata No. 2, op. 36, by Rachmaninoff.
Chen's current success was predicted when she performed with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 15, and at the age of 17 she won the
Gilmore Young Artists Award and the National Chopin Competition, leading
to her Lincoln Center debut. A native of Los Angeles, she is a scholarship
graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Leon Fleisher.
The critic of the Santa Cruz Sentinel in California concluded, "Wendy
Chen has launched a career that promises to skyrocket. Her technical precision
and musical sensitivity make a winning combination." Responding to
her YCA recital in New York, Allan Kozinn of the New York Times wrote,
"she struck a fine balance between muscularity and lyricism, and her
account of the Rachmaninoff Second Sonata had all the sweep, sparkle and
emotionalism the work demands."
Mercy Iowa City and Mercy on Call are the corporate sponsors of the
Rising Stars Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for Wendy Chen's concert are $17 ($13.60 for UI students and
senior citizens, and $8.50 for audience members 17 and younger).
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.