Music department hosts guest pianist Wan-Chin Chang

Music department hosts guest artist for Piano Day event. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

Chia-Ying Chan is an SVSU professor who hosted Piano Day for students and the public
last Saturday.

The day began with lunch where people had the opportunity to meet SVSU faculty and musicians. Following lunch was a masterclass, which offered those who registered an opportunity to get their hands on a piano itself and learn from the professionals.

“Participants who attended the masterclass performed on stage and the master teachers offered feedback,” Chan said.

“Through the masterclass, young pianists had the chance to perform on stage, and to learn from each other. More importantly, we all witnessed the moment of transformation in young pianists.”

Chan said that the intention behind Piano Day was to connect with the community and inspire young pianists. After the masterclass, a lecture was given by Dr. Wan-Chin Chang, a guest artist and pianist from Taiwan.

Her lecture was called: Inspiration: musical inspirations and influences. Dr. Chang is the piano department chair at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. In addition, she is a faculty member at Soka University and MiraCosta College in California.

Piano Day concluded with a recital in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

“Half of our program consisted of works composed by underrepresented composers,” Chan said. “We believe they deserve more attention and would like to share them with the audience. Even though they faced restrictions and the difficulties at their time, they followed their passion inspired and influenced people around them.”

Chan said that she thought the audience would appreciate the recital more once they knew more about the background of
the composers. The recital itself consisted of several compositions, many containing multiple movements.

The concert began with Ballade, Op. 6 by Amy Beach, and was followed by Widmung by German composer Robert Schumann and Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Chan then performed Piano Sonata in G Minor by Clara Schumann and Harpsichord Sonata in G Major by Marianna Martines.

The final piece of the evening was Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K.448 by the renowned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This piece was unique in that Chan performed alongside Dr. Wan-Chin Chang.

Seth Bearden, a music performance junior, attended the recital.

He is a vocal performer as well as a piano and percussion instrumentalist who is also a member of the marching band.

Bearden said his favorite piece was Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major by Mozart, the piece which concluded
the recital.

“I felt that the concert was a wonderful experience overall,” he said. “It was very easy to get lost in the music, to the point where you forgot you were even listening.”

Bearden said it was a wonderful opportunity to see such incredible talent on display at SVSU during Piano Day.

“Both artists are some of the best at what they do, and it is a rare opportunity to see such a performance,” he said.

Dylan Messenheimer, a music education sophomore, said he shared the same favorite piece as Bearden: Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major by Mozart.

Messenheimer said that the recital was difficult to describe to someone who didn’t
actually attend.

“Oh man, you had to be there,” he said. “These concerts are always a guarantee for a good time, as well as good music. There really isn’t much else to say about it. Overall, it was just a great experience.”

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