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Four student pianists from CCPA to perform solos at Chicago Symphony Center

Posted: 05/25/2012
Four student pianists from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts will give solo performances as part of the Keys to the City Piano Festival, which is being held through June 12 at Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Student soloists SangHee “Joyce” Han, Jana Pavlovska, John Urban (pictured above) and Chenyang “Alice” Xu will perform selected pieces from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 in Orchestra Hall, just prior to the evening’s lecture and headline performance by guest artist Stewart Goodyear.

“This is an incredible opportunity for some of our most talented pianists to showcase their work,” said Winston Choi, assistant professor of piano and head of the piano program at CCPA.

The 30-minute student concert is a culmination of a year-long community outreach by CCPA’s piano program in which its award-winning student soloists have traveled throughout the Chicago area, giving live performances, including one at the University’s Ganz Hall that is available on YouTube, and which previously has been broadcast live on WFMT-radio.

For more information about the upcoming CCPA performance at Orchestra Hall or the Keys to the City Piano Festival, visit Tickets are $29 to $209 and include seats for the student performances as well as the CSO headline concert.

Here is more information on the Roosevelt student soloists:

Jana Pavlovska

Jana Pavlovska (pictured at right), a resident of Chicago’s Gold Coast and a native of Macedonia, is a national and international performer who has won solo and chamber prizes all over the world. This fall, she continues her studies at Roosevelt as a performance diploma student, studying with piano professors Winston Choi and Ludmila Lazar. She will perform Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1.

John Urban, a resident of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood and a native of Jacksonville, Fla., has won multiple prizes for his concerto, solo and collaborative piano performances. He recently received an undergraduate degree in piano performance at Roosvelt, studying with piano professor Ludmila Lazar. Recently a winner of the North Shore Musicians Club scholarship, Urban will perform Robert Schumann’s Arabeske, Op. 18.

Chenyang Xu

Chenyang “Alice” Xu (at left), a resident of Chicago’s South Loop and a native of Sichuan, China, has been a soloist and chamber musician in China, Canada and the United States.  The winner of CCPA’s solo competition, Xu will appear with the CCPA Symphony Orchestra at Roosevelt’s Auditorium Theatre. A senior in the bachelor of music program, Xu studies with piano professor Meng-Chieh Liu. She will perform Chopin's Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op.64, No. 2 and Maurice Ravel’s “Toccata” from Le tombeau de Couperin.

SangHeeSangHee "Joyce" Han (at right), a native of Korea who currently lives on Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus, recently won the annual concerto competition at Northern Illinois University and also has performed with the NIU Philharmonic Orchestra. Han is pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance with piano professors MinKyung Zong, Solomon Mikowsky and Winston Choi. She will perform Frederic Rzewski's North American Ballad No. 3: Down by the Riverside.