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Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts Presents International Prize Winner Alec Chien

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:10 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

Version 2FOXBURG, Pa. (EYT) – Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is welcoming back International Prize Winner Alec Chien.

Enjoy a Golden Autumn Afternoon in Lincoln Hall on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts welcomes back by popular demand, acclaimed international competition winner and Steinway artist, Alec Chien to perform a program of powerful Classic and Romantic master works by Beethoven and Schubert on Lincoln Hall’s Steinway.

Since winning first prize in the prestigious Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Chien has concertized throughout the world, performing in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras in countries on four continents, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Tickets are $25.00 for Adults, $20.00 for Members and $5.00 for Students. 

Call to reserve: 724-659-3153, or pay by cash or check at the door or buy online at alleghenyriverstone.org.

After the concert, Meet the Artist at a wine and cheese reception at the Red Brick Gallery for “Forest to Finish” featuring paintings and drawings of forest landscapes and interior forest spaces by RBG cooperative painter – Jason Floyd Lewis – and the finished natural edge furniture and forest forages of Mark DeWalt, also an RBG cooperative artist and woodworker.  As the fall colors are reflecting off the beautiful Allegheny River, you will feel as you if you have walked into a woodland haven on the second floor of The Red Brick Gallery.

Pianist Alec Chien received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, studying under Adele Marcus.  Prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition and the Affiliate Artists Xerox Piano Program, he has performed in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras in countries on four continents, including Australia, Austria, People’s Republic of China, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Taiwan.

He was one of the 25 Steinway artists performing at the Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City to celebrate the piano company’s 135th anniversary as well as its 500,000th piano. That commemorative piano has been brought to Allegheny twice for his solo recitals. Chien is also actively performing in chamber music, having appeared with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Alexander String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and a performance with the Ariel Woodwind Quintet.

Having retired in 2016 from Allegheny College where he was Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music, he had also given a 7-concert series of complete Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas and an 8-concert series featuring major works by Schubert and Chopin.  A firm believer in bringing music to the community, where he was honored as Meadville’s “adopted native son,” Chien has brought his music to the Crawford County school districts, performing and speaking to students in both the high school and elementary school levels.  His recitals have also been part of the Bicentennial Celebrations of the cities of Meadville, Erie and of the Allegheny College.

Active in his community, Chien is involved in local efforts such as Partner-in-Education, chairing the Meadville Neighborhood Center and presiding the Meadville Youth Vision Released Time.  He and his wife, Brenda, have three daughters – Brianna; Mikayla Trousdale with her husband Joel and Bethany Fields with husband Mike.


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