The Illinois Central College Music Program presents The Sounds of Formosa, a recital featuring award-winning pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang on Monday, April 18 at 7:30 pm in Lecture/Recital Hall Room 127F, located on the East Peoria Campus.
The event features a selection of Taiwanese composers’ piano compositions performed by Wang and rising artist Meng-Chun Chien. Wang was the winner of the 2011 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, and Chien took first prize in the 2016 Kankakee Piano Concerto Competition.
The concert will include works for piano solo, piano duet, and piano duo music. Compositional styles include character pieces, suite, waltz, transcriptions/arrangements of Taiwanese folk tunes, the atonal work, and the delightful Western-Chinese synthetic medleys.
Music selected for this event was chosen in tribute to two prominent Taiwanese composers who passed away in 2015 ─ Shui-Long Ma and Tyzen Hsiao. Both composers were highly respected in the Taiwanese music society, leaving a lasting legacy and musical heritage along with their dedication and efforts in music education, which were invaluable to following generations. Pieces chosen for this recital were written by other composers who also received Western musical training and adapted the Taiwanese or Chinese folkloric influences in their compositions, including Su-Ti Chen, Yen Lu and the Wille-Yeh Piano Duo. In acknowledging those wonderful composers and their works, the concert will not only bring the audiences to enjoy Taiwanese cultural and musical traditions through the classical medium of piano but also will reflect their accomplishments on the viewpoints of ethnomusicology and recognize them as major contributors to the Taiwanese composition leagues and music society.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Box Office at (309) 694-5136.