By Joseph Pratt
Shawnee State University and the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association will present pianist Jenny Lin in concert on Wednesday, April 9 at the Vern Riffe Center For the Arts.
Lin a world-famous pianist was born in Taiwan and raised in Austria and the United States. Lin has been a part of 22 recordings and albums and has performed in many famous venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, (Le) Poisson Rouge, The National Gallery of Art and more.
Lin has performed throughout Europe and the Far East; as well as festivals worldwide such as Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, England, Spain, Switzerland and in Canada as well as the United States. She lives in New York City where she serves on the faculty of the 92nd Street Y.
Lin’s biography states she is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her ability to combine classical and contemporary literature has brought her to the attention of international critics and audiences. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by The New York Times.
“She’s kind of known for that extra sound that comes out of her music,” Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Director Joe Patti said. “It’s almost like she has another hand or at least another finger in there somewhere. It’s almost like she is being dubbed over, but it is all her.”
Lin will be performing songs from her new album “Get Happy” that contains show tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers, including “The Jazz Singer,” “My Fair Lady,” “The King and I” and “Kiss Me Kate.”
Lin is also giving a class on April 10, for local students interested in careers in music. Information on the class can be obtained by calling the Vern Riffe Center.
Tickets for lower tier seating of the concert are $36 regular, $32 senior, $30 students, $15 children under 12. Upper tier prices are discounted.
Tickets may be purchased at the McKinley Box Office in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster Outlet, or by calling 740-351-3600. Student and senior discounts are available. For more information, go to www.sopaa.org.
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