Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra Holds Concert with Guest Pianist Hwaen Ch’uqi

The Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert of music at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Main Stage of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features renowned pianist Hwaen Ch’uqi as guest artist and will be conducted by John Vaida, adjunct professor of violin at Wilkes and the director of the chamber orchestra. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

The concert program features Felix Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 37 and Franz Schubert’s “Overture in the Italian Style,” -D.590.

Ch’uqi, an Inca Indian and native of Peru, has performed throughout the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia, Taiwan and Japan. He is the co-founder of several ensembles including Duo Feathers, a piano duo which performs completely from memory; the Florestan Piano Quartet; Blue Ivory, a piano-banjo duo which seeks to fuse elements of genres particular to each instrument; and Johnny Carcrash, a piano-saxophone duo specializing in free improvisation. In March 2012, he was a finalist at the 17th International Piano Duo Composition Competition in Tokyo, Japan. Ch’uqi holds a bachelor’s and a master of music degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.

The Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra performs orchestral literature in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles.