This weekend, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra kicks off their new season. On their opening program, they’ll be featuring guest artist Angela Cheng, a touring piano player and teacher at the Oberlin Conservatory.
She’ll be playing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2. She spoke with me about the music, including it's many moods and Saint-Saëns’ ability to write for the keyboard.
Listen to Angela Cheng describe the music
While she’s in Charleston, she'll also be teaching a master class on Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30pm. A master class is like a music lesson with an audience--everyone is welcome, you don't have to play an instrument to go to it.
Listen to Angela Cheng describe the connection between teaching and performing music
She's a very warm and friendly person, and I had a wonderful time talking to her. For the rest of the interview, we chatted about her favorite music, her experiences as a music student, teaching music to her own children, her hobbies, and her current projects.
Listen to Angela Cheng talk about her musical career and interests
To read more about Angela Cheng, check out this wonderful article/interview where she was featured in American Music Teacher magazine. You can hear her with the West Virginia Symphony at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, at the Clay Center in Charleston.