Thursday, May 10, 2012 , Updated 3:36 p.m., May 11, 2012
Van Cliburn winner to appear with Longview Symphony
Due to illness Hoachen Zhanh will not appear at May 12 concert.
Due to illness Hoachen Zhanh will be unable to make his scheduled appearance. He is being replaced by seasoned performer Antonio Pompa-Baldi. He will be performing the Grieg Piano Concerto which he recently recorded in South America. Questions or concerns about the performance or tickets should be directed to the LSO at 903-233-3080.
The Longview Symphony Orchestra will present Hoachen Zhang, 2009 winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition, in concert with the Longview Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Belcher Performance Center and Chapel on the LeTourneau University campus in Longview.
Zhang, a native of China, is considered a rising star in the world of piano performance in today’s classical music scene. The eyes of the music world are on this young man as he continues to amaze audiences and dominate piano competitions across the world. Hoachen won the Van Cliburn Competition at the tender age of nineteen, a feat of amazing talent and accomplishment.
“The LSO is especially proud to be able to bring this recent Van Cliburn Competition winner to Longview. Cliburn, now residing in Ft. Worth, is a native son of East Texas having grown up in Kilgore,” said a spokesperson for the orchestra. Van Cliburn, as a young man, was a piano student of Anne Dean Turk, a name that is known, loved, and respected in Longview as a pianist of accomplishment and a master teacher. Cliburn, on a recent visit to Kilgore, reminded friends and admirers that his East Texas roots established in him a drive for excellence and accomplishment as well as an appreciation of the natural beauty of this part of the state. This same philosophy — excellence, accomplishment, beauty — is reflected in the high standards of the Van Cliburn Competition. Hoachen Zhang represents all of these admirable traits in his tender and precise performances of great piano literature.
Tickets for this concert may be purchased by calling the Belcher Center Box Office at 903-233-3080. Doors open at 6 p.m. with an Opening Notes Concert Lecture by Dick Miller at 6:30. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.