Purdue Convocations to open season with special piano dedication recital

August 28, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Thanks to a generous gift from Janet and John Nine, Purdue University now owns a brand new Steinway D grand piano. A Piano Dedication Recital at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse will begin the 2015-16 Purdue Convocations season. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion of the program with Joel Harrison, the President/CEO and Artistic Director of the APA, at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310.

A 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano - known as the model D- is the global gold standard for concert pianos. They are hand-built machines with 12,000 parts.

This season-opening performance will feature 2013 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship laureate Eric Zuber and 2013 APA DeHaan Classical Fellow Sean Chen.

Eric Zuber

Making his orchestral debut at age 12 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Zuber has performed with orchestras in Cleveland, Israel, Minnesota, Calgary, South Korea and Ireland. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the Sydney Opera House and Severance Hall. Zuber holds a bachelor's degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from the Juilliard School.

Sean Chen

Chen was America's first pianist to reach the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in nearly 20 years. Chen was a prize-winning pianist long before earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at Juilliard, where he also took first prize in the 2008 Juilliard Concerto Competition. He went on to receive his Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music in 2014. Chen's performance repertoire includes symphony engagements in Philadelphia, Indianapolis and South Korea, as well as an international roster of recitals.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit https://purdue.edu/convocations/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres. Connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

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