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Friday, January 30, 2018
Renowned Langley Pianist Returns Home for Concert at LCMS
With a career that has taken her around the world, LCMS alumna Dr. Susan Tang returns home for a special 50th Anniversary performance on February 10th at 2:30 pm in the Rose Gellert Hall at Langley Community Music School (LCMS).
Friends and fans alike will be delighted by the virtuoso pianist, who will woo her audience with a programme that includes a selection of Brahms’ romantic intermezzos. She will also be joined by LCMS ensemble in residence, the renowned Borealis String Quartet, for the beloved Schumann Piano Quintet.
The LCMS alumna looks forward to coming home to perform, and to serve as an adjudicator in the school’s Scholarship & Awards Festival on February 2-9, 2019.
“I am excited to return to LCMS to not only perform with the amazing Borealis quartet but to also listen and work with the talented young musicians during the school’s annual festival,” Tang said. “LCMS was my home growing up. I moved frequently and changed many schools before college, and it was LCMS that provided stability. I owe so much to this incredible community music school; it was truly my home base.”
Music has always been important to the acclaimed musician whose career includes a successful New York solo piano debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of Artist International Management Special Presentation Winners Series.
“The friends I made, the teachers I was able to work with and learn from and the community at LCMS was such a positive force in my life. Being good at music helped me transition through many of the challenges of growing up, and I credit LCMS and all the fabulous teachers who treated me with such affection and support for keeping me grounded and pushing me to strive to be better.”
Tang began studying music at the age of five and worked with Susan Magnusson at LCMS from the age of nine until she went to college at Eastman.
“She believed in me,” says Tang of Magnusson. “She provided support and made me see that a path in music could be rewarding and helped me see that the potential for success in music was vast. There are so many avenues in music, being a performer is only one of them. If it wasn’t for Susan, I would have never dreamt of pursing this field. Seeing her passion and leadership in the field and the dedication she had for growing LCMS was very inspirational. “
LCMS Principal Emeritus, Susan Magnusson, fondly remembers her former pupil with immense pride, “Susan was an exceptional student. I knew that she was capable of pursuing a career as a pianist because she learned repertoire very quickly, she was intelligent and sensitive, and she had parents that supported her ambitions. She challenged me as her teacher to provide her with the level of training that she required and deserved. We learned together and had a wonderful relationship that continues today.”
Dr. Tang went on to earn her B.M. and M.M. from the Eastman School of Music and D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music. Passionate about music education, she receives invitations to perform and teach around the globe and holds the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at Northwestern Illinois University.
Tang reflects on her musical journey, “Now that I am in my 11th year teaching music majors at the collegiate level, I am so honored to be able to wake up every day and teach students, talk about piano pedagogy, and help pianists find a way to be the best versions of themselves – both as musicians and teachers. I love my job!”
When asked for advice for young musicians, the pianist replied, “Keep your eye on you goal, be a good citizen and colleague, work hard, put your best foot forward, think positively and you will find a life that is full of surprises, beauty and fulfillment at every turn!”
The intimate Concerts Café Classico performance will begin at 2:30 pm with a pre-concert conversation with Tang, hosted by LCMS’s artistic director, Elizabeth Bergmann. There will be a short break with coffee and refreshments before the performance from 3:30-4:30 pm.
Tickets: Adult $20 / Senior $18 / Student $10
Call 604-534-2848 or visit LangleyMusic.com to learn more. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 Street, Langley, BC.
ABOUT LANGLEY COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is a non-profit organization and registered charity that is committed to providing the highest quality of musical education to students of all ages and levels, from early learning to pre-professional and adult programs. With the support of the community, LCMS has become one of the largest non-profit music schools in the province, earning both national and international acclaim for their comprehensive and innovative programs. Learn more about LCMS programs, scholarships, and bursaries.
The Langley Community Music School hosts multiple musical concerts from October to May, including the Rose Gellert Hall Series, a Saturday evening concert featuring renowned Canadian and international musicians, as well as the Concerts Café Classico Series, a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring stellar local and touring musicians playing classical, jazz or contemporary works.
Visit langleymusic.com or call 604-534-2848.