HPU To Celebrate All-Steinway Designation With Free Concert

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 6, 2011 – High Point University will celebrate its designation as the only “All-Steinway School” in North Carolina with a free concert on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Hosted by the Music Department, the event will feature a recital by Haochen Zhang, a Van Cliburn gold medalist and, at age 21, one of the youngest pianists to achieve this award. Zhang, a native of China, will perform several works at the concert, including “Sonata No. 23” by Beethoven, “Barcarolle” by Chopin, “Ballad No. 2” by Liszt and more.

“Zhang is an inspirational young artist who embodies many of the values that we model at High Point University, including that of hard work and achieving success,” says Marcia Dills, assistant professor of music at HPU. “We’re delighted to have this accomplished pianist on campus and to share his performance with the community.”

HPU achieved the “All Steinway School” designation in January when several of the high-quality instruments were delivered to campus. The 14 handsome Steinway pianos — which were all handmade in New York — made their way to the Hayworth Fine Arts Center, paving the way for faculty and students to experience music at its finest. A Steinway concert grand piano that came directly from the stage of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is also available in the University Center for students to play.

The university is the 110th in the world to receive the designation.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available by contacting 336-841-9209 or reservations@highpoint.edu.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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