Faculty Artist Series: Professors Xiao Hu and Du Huang to present recital Feb. 23

Luther College piano faculty members Xiao Hu and Du Huang will present a piano duo recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Luther’s Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

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

The piano duo has selected for the program Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s “Lebensstürme” (Storms of Life), D. 947 and 20th century Chinese composer Chu Wanghua’s “Girl in Red” and “Celebration Dance,” based on two traditional Chinese folk songs. The duo will also perform 20th century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring;” a piece published as a four-hand piano score in 1913, after its ballet and orchestral premiere inspired a riot.

Performing as Unison Piano Duo, Du Huang and Xiao Hu have performed in concert halls in Europe, Asia, and America, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, 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 the Czech Republic, they have performed as part of the Vysočina Music Festival and the South Bohemia Music Festival. They have premiered and commissioned many new works for the piano duo medium.

Unison Piano Duo has released recordings on Innova and MSR Classics labels in the United States. They also released an album on the Chinese label Yangtze River. Their performances have been broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio and Iowa Public Television.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and nearly 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

Xiao Hu and Du Huang