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Faculty Artist Series: Luther College Unison Piano Duo to present recital Feb. 15

Faculty Artist Series: Luther College Unison Piano Duo to present recital Feb. 15

February 5, 2014

The Unison Piano Duo featuring husband and wife team Du Huang and Xiao Hu, members of the Luther College music faculty, will present a piano recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Noble Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The first half of the program features Sixteen Waltzes for piano, four-hands Op. 39 by Brahms, "Time Seems to Pass" by James Romig and "Three Pieces for Two Pianos" by Michael Eckert.

After an intermission, the duo will conclude the program with Suite No. 2 for two pianos Op. 17 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The recital will be performed in part on Luther's recently rebuilt New York Steinway grand piano. The family of Weston Noble, professor emeritus of music, funded the rebuilding project of this instrument.

Huang, Luther associate professor of music, has presented solo performances at the Grosser Saal of the Konzerthaus and the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna; Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris; Shanghai Music Hall and Beijing Music Hall in China; and other concert venues in Czech Republic.

Huang received early training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, and the Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Hu, Luther assistant professor in music, has performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and other concert venues in Europe and Asia.

Hu holds the Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, and the Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Praised by the New York Concert Review as "Sparkling and fleeting…unusually high level of ensemble playing," the duo’s performances have been broadcast nationwide, including on Minnesota Public Radio and Iowa Public Television.