Bachauer concert series
Apr 29, 2022 : 7:30 pm
Session 115
The Ivory Menagerie

On a journey through the world of music inspired by animals, pianist Hsiang Tu introduces us to the Swan, Bumblebee, Goldfish, the Serpent, and even the Black Fly!

Hsiang Tu
Praised by The New York Times for his "eloquent sensitivity," and Fanfare for his “chameleon-like ability to move between the composers,” pianist Hsiang Tu has graced the audience with his creative programming and wide range of repertoire. Hsiang is currently working on the complete cycles of piano solo works by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel and thematic recitals featuring animal-themed music and opus-one compositions.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he has performed twice as concerto soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and appeared in venues all over the world. A winner of The Juilliard School Concerto Competition and a prizewinner at numerous international competitions, he has appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Before being appointed as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts in 2019, Dr. Tu taught at the University of New Hampshire, Utah Valley University, and Snow College in Utah. He studied with Hung-Kuan Chen, Jerome Lowenthal, and HaeSun Paik, and holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Calgary and an M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School. An avid baseball fan and foodie, Dr. Tu enjoys fantasy baseball, cooking, visiting breweries, and building Lego sets. His debut solo CD, Bestiary on Ivory, was released by Bridge Records in October 2020.
Louis-Claude Daquin

Le coucou (The Cuckoo)

François Couperin

Les fauvettes plaintives (Plaintive Warblers)

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Le rappel des oiseaux (The Conference of the Birds)

Arlene Elizabeth Sierra
Birds and Insects, Book 2 (2018)
Painted Bunting
Hermit Thrush
Black and White Warbler
Enrique Granados

Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor (The Maiden and the Nightingale)

Robert Schumann

Vogel als Prophet (Bird as Prophet)

Franz Liszt

St. François d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux (St. Francis of Assisi. The Sermon to the Birds)

Amy Beach

A Hermit Thrush at Eve, op. 92, no. 1

Camille Saint-Saëns / Leopold Godowsky

Le cygne (The Swan)

Claude Debussy

Poissons d'or (Goldfish)

Maurice Ravel

Noctuelles (Night Moths)

William Bolcom

Butterflies, hummingbirds

Béla Bartók

From the Diary of a Fly

Seymour Bernstein

The Black Fly

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Sergei Rachmaninoff

The Flight of the Bumblebee

William Bolcom

Tabby Cat Walk

California Porcupine Rag

The Serpent's Kiss - Rag Fantasy

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