Friday, October 14, 2016


Music of Four Continents

WHEN: Monday, October 17, at 8 p.m.
the Welpe Theatre, Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: General admission tickets cost $12 each, $8 for seniors and students.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance from the Theatre Box Office, 908-725-3420.

The concert, which is being presented by RVCC’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, will be held in at the College’s Branchburg campus.

The program will feature RVCC Music Professor John Sichel's 2nd Cello Sonata, a work that was written for Dr. Tien in 1997. Stravinsky's “Suite Italienne” and music by Zhao Zhang, Yan Linda Zheng, Shirish Korde and Argentinian composer Astor Piazolla also will be performed.

Cellist Ning TienCellist Ning Tien has premiered and recorded works written specifically for her, including Cello Concerto by Dinos Constandinides; “Himalaya Capriccio” by Tian Lian-Tao; and Second Sonata for Cello and Piano by John Sichel. Dr. Tien in on the faculty of the Joy of Music Program in Worcester, MA, where in 2009 she gave the world premiere of a work written for her, Siren Nadamide’s “Zodiac with Twelve Animals” for cello and piano. She has made solo and chamber music appearances at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as in Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Rome, Athens, Vienna and Beijing.

Pianist Roy Imperio_headshotPianist Roy Imperio hails from the Philippines and has performed internationally and in the United States as a piano soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. He continues to perform in the New England area as a founding member of the Nashaway Trio and Trio Orione. In 2010 he released his first piano solo CD, Music of Frederic Chopin: a Life of Passion, to celebrate the composer's bicentennial. He resides in Massachusetts and is on the piano faculties of Atlantic Union College's Thayer Performing Arts Center, 77 Arts Academy, and Fitchburg State University. He also is a collaborative pianist at Boston Conservatory.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

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