- Date February 15th, 2020 Time 7:30pm Venue UIS Performing Arts Center (Sangamon Auditorium)
Take note that love is in the air this Valentine’s Day with the pure magic of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the seductive passion of Strauss’s Don Juan. The technical fireworks of pianist Sandra Wright Shen will be on display in Rachmaninoff’s captivating Third Piano Concerto. The perfect gift for this notable day.
Strauss: Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Selections from Swan Lake
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3
View Program Notes
Join us for Concert Comments one hour prior to the performance or stay after the concert to mingle with musicians from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Ken Lam, and the featured artist at a special post-concert reception hosted by our Guilds. It’s a great way to mingle and enjoy the concert afterglow with other music enthusiasts.
Tickets: $63 / $42 / $21
Students $6 (Age 6-26 with ID)
Students (5 & Below) Free with a paying adult
Friday, February 14, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Concert Comments @ 6:30 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL
Post concert reception will be held at the McLean County Arts Center, located across the street from the BCPA.
Saturday, February 15, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Concert Comments @ 6:30 PM
UIS Performing Arts Center, Springfield, IL
Post concert reception will be held in the lobby of the UIS Performing Arts Center.
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Springfield Venue UIS Performing Arts Center (Sangamon Auditorium)
1 University Plz #397, Springfield, IL 62703
UIS Ticket Office, University of Illinois Springfield, 1 University Plaza, MS PAC 292, Springfield, IL 62703
Physical Address: Public Affairs Center, 1 University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703
Ticket Office Information:
Phone: (217) 206-6160
The UIS Ticket Office is located in the UIS PAC Lobby on Level 2 of the Public Affairs Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Ticket Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed, On Performance Days - Opens Two Hours Prior to Performance
UIS Performing Arts Center offers a variety of parking, including free parking, premium parking, and valet parking. There is also a place to drop your passenger or guests at the entrance for easy accessibility. See more information and view a map of the UIS campus to plan your visit.
Sandra Wright Shen
Steinway Artist Sandra Wright Shen has been described as a classical “pianist of the first order.” With her passion, musicality, and inspiration, she aims to move hearts through music.
Sandra has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in 14 countries and throughout the US, at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Music Center in Washington, DC, the Chicago Cultural Center, Monte Carlo Opera House, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Korea Seoul Arts Center, Hong Kong City Hall, Granada International Music Festival, Recontres Musicale de Chaon in France, Brevard Music Festival and Masterworks Music Festival. As a guest artist, she has appeared with the Charleston Symphony, Hilton Head Symphony, Redlands Symphony, Brevard Festival Sinfonia, New Millennium Orchestra, Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Formosa Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, Taipei Symphony and others. Shen was the Artist-In-Residence of the Charleston Symphony for the 2017-18 season. She has played chamber concerts with Vesselin Paraschkevov, former concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and with Amos Yang, Assistant Principal Cello of the San Francisco Symphony. She has also performed on tour in Asia with cellist Nina Kotova.
Shen has received several first prizes in major piano competitions, including the 2012 France International Piano Competition, 1997 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the 1996 Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition and the 1990 Taiwan National Piano Competition.
Shen’s recordings include her debut CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, recorded live, and the Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals,” both released on the Taiwan Rolling Stone Music label.
As an educator, Shen served on the piano faculty at the Brevard Music Festival, Masterworks Music Festival, Steinway Society Summer Music camp and American Fine Arts Festival in Europe. She also served as piano faculty at Southern Illinois University. She was twice invited to be Distinguished Visiting Professor at Furman University.
Sandra performed live for WCQS radio station in Asheville, filmed a four-part series titled “The Movements of the Master Pianists” for Hong Kong TV and “Inspiration From Above” for US Creation TV. She also hosted a classical music program on Taiwan IC broadcast radio station. Mixing music and philanthropy, Sandra has played benefit concerts for disaster victims, foster children, and music education for underprivileged children. She is Honorary Advisor for Young Music Foundation and board member for Inspiring Foundation of Arts and Culture in Taiwan.
Sandra was born in Taiwan and continued her musical studies in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Music in 1994 with a piano performance major and organ minor from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with legendary pianist Ann Schein and organist Donald Sutherland. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
For more information, go to http://sandrashen.com/.