Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pianist Chen Tzu-yi Returns to Museum Series Thursday (1/24/2013)

Chen Tzu-yi performs Franz Liszt's "Dante Sonata" (wiki).

2/5/2013 9:00 pm - There's a problem today with the video appearing above. I can't fix it. Here's a direct link to it. 10:15pm - It seems to be working, now.
My release for tomorrow's lunch-music concert didn't make the OA News today, so I'm posting it here. Also, Tzu-yi has posted some video online, so I've included that as well. This promises to be a terrific performance. There's more about Tzu-yi and the series in my last post and on the schedule page.

The release mentions that she is raising money for a Carnegie Hall performance in the fall with Distinguished Concerts International New York. If you would like to donate to this effort, make checks to...

[UPDATE, 2/5/2014: The DCINY concert has been postponed to fall 2014. Tzu-yi is still raising money for the performance, but the recipient of those funds has changed. It's below.

International Friendship Ministries
3404 University Ave.
Columbus, GA  31907
ofc: 706-653-0097

Note in the memo that the gift is to support Tzu-yi Chen. She is on staff at, and is co-founder of, the Ministries' art school.


"CSU Foundation" with "Piano studio - Chen Tzu-yi" in the memo and mail to...

Columbus State University
Schwob School of Music
4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907-5645

Direct any questions to Ms. Laura Saliba, Business and Development Coordinator, Schwob School of Music, at 706-649-7225.


AUBURN, Ala. - On Thursday, January 24, from noon to 1:00 PM, pianist Chen Tzu-yi will perform a free concert at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. This is part of the weekly series, A Little Lunch Music.

Chen is graduate teaching assistant to Alexander Kobrin, piano professor at Columbus State University. She is finishing her second year in the school’s Artist Diploma program and is competing in this year’s Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

On the program Thursday will be music by Domenico Scarlatti, César Franck, and Maurice Ravel. Patrick McCurry coordinates the series, and said that Chen will be performing some of this music at the next stage of the Cliburn competition in February.

Originally from Taiwan, Chen has appeared with orchestras and as a soloist around the world. She recently won her school’s concerto competition, and will be performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the Columbus State Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring.

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was founded in 1962, in part to discover the world’s finest pianists. Occurring every 4 years, it recently selected Chen as one of 133 pianists worldwide to perform for its screening auditions. On February 20, Chen will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, in hopes of winning a spot in the top 30. If she succeeds, she will compete in May for the Cliburn medals. Alexander Kobrin was a gold medalist in the 2005 competition.

“Tzu-yi is one of this series’ audience favorites,” said McCurry. “She has a pretty strong fan base around here,” he added, saying that he expects attendance to be strong.

McCurry also said that Tzu-yi is raising money for a Carnegie Hall performance in fall 2013. Distinguished Concerts International New York will present her in concert if she can raise $8,000. “If people want to help with this, they can contact me,” said McCurry.

McCurry said that anyone interested in making a gift for A Little Lunch Music should contact Cindy Cox, the museum's Development Coordinator, at or call 334-844-3005.

The Museum Café is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m and admission to the fine art exhibitions is free. The music can sometimes be heard inside the café, or visitors can dine before or after the concerts. Its menu changes weekly and consists of light, freshly prepared salads, Italian panini and seasonal soups and entrees. Items range from $5 to $9.

For more about A Little Lunch Music, contact Patrick McCurry at or go online to for details. For more about the Café or the museum's other programs, contact Charlotte Hendrix at, visit the museum online at or call 334-844-1484.


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