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Musicians settling into Alfred for 2017 MostArts Festival

Sixteen-year-old Derek Chung of Lincolnshire, Ill., the 2016 winner of Alfred University's  MostArts Young Pianist Competition, will perform as guest piano soloist when the 2017 MostArts Festival kicks off Sunday, July 9, with a grand opening festival concert at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater.

 Chung, a sophomore at Stevenson High School, will perform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra under the direction of Israeli-born conductor Yuval Zaliouk.

 The program will include Smetana's Moldau, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. The MostArts  Festival continues through the week with solo performances by Angelin Chang at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Miller Theater. 

 Chang, the first American female pianist awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra, has played with orchestras around the world, in venues that include the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, St. Martin-the-Fields and Shanghai Grand Theater. She will perform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra and will be joined by trumpet soloist Bruno Lourensetto. 

 Maestro Zaliouk will lead the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides Overture; Fingals Cave”; Shostakovitch’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for Trumpet and Strings; and Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C major. 

 On Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. world renowned pianist Andreas Klein will perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, with the MostArts Festival Orchestra, Maestro Zaliouk on the podium. In addition to his worldwide recognition as a dynamic and compelling performing, Klein also is an audio producer and recording engineer, producing concert recordings for National Public Radio affiliates and currently producing a Centennial Anniversary CD for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. 

 The Festival musicians will perform Monday through Friday at the "Sound Bites Sampler" Chamber Music Series, which are free and begin at noon in Holmes Auditorium, at Harder Hall.

 The Young Pianists Competition begins on Wednesday with free recitals at 2 p.m. and at 4 p.m. in Miller Theater. The competition continues Thursday and Friday evenings with finalists performing with the MostArts Festival Orchestra under the direction of Steven Thomas.

 Wednesday evening will also feature "Music under the Stars," at the Alfred Ceramic Art Music, featuring a barbecue, dance and Gallery Hop at additional art venues on the AU campus and galleries in the village beginning at 6 p.m.

Also: Concert preludes each evening beginning at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Miller Theater on the Van Cliburn Piano!

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