Wong Doe Invited to Perform for Pittsburgh Symphony Indiana Concert

Posted on 3/2/2011 4:41:25 PM
Henry Wong Doe

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has invited concert pianist and IUP assistant professor of piano Henry Wong Doe to perform a solo with the orchestra when it presents its concert in Indiana in March 2011.

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the partnership between the PSO and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the concert will be presented Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center. The concert is part of the Lively Arts’ Performance Plus series.

Wong Doe will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the world-acclaimed orchestra. The young musician has made an impressive name for himself, performing in major concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Wong Doe began his studies at the age of five in his native New Zealand and was the recipient of numerous national awards there before embarking on further study in the United States. He earned a master’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington and a doctorate from the Juilliard School in New York. He joined the IUP faculty in Fall 2009.

Wong Doe’s debut with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra was received with great acclaim, and he has since been a regular performer on its main concert series. He won Audience Favorite prizes at both the Rubinstein and Busoni international piano competitions and continues to enthrall audiences around the world with his uniquely captivating style.

He was recently awarded grants to record the complete piano work of renowned New Zealand composer Gareth Farr. The recording is set to be released this summer.

The Pittsburgh Symphony has presented a style of musical brilliance around the world since 1898. Under the direction of Manfred Honeck, the orchestra has embarked on its 2011–2012 season, including European tour appearances in Paris and Lithuania.

The Indiana engagement, under the baton of PSO resident director Thomas Hong, will perform an all-Beethoven concert, including the Sixth Symphony—more commonly known as the “Pastoral” Symphony—and Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus.”

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance are available now at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online at IUP Tickets.com. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the start of the performance.

Tickets are $16 for regular admission, $10 for students and children, and $14 for seniors (age sixty-two and older). For more information, call the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

Performance Plus is presented by the College of Fine Arts and is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, African American Cultural Center, Office of International Education, and Liberal Studies Program. This project is additionally supported by grants from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts provided through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.