Westminster continues anniversary concert series

The Westminster Presbyterian Church 50th anniversary concert series will continue with a violin and piano recital at 3 p.m. May 11 at the church located at 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature Kam-Lung Cheng, concertmaster of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Jiaji Min, violin professor from Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, accompanied by Northern Illinois University piano professor William Koehler and local pianist Victoria Young.

The program will include “Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins” by J. S. Bach, “Duets for Two Violins and Piano” by D. Shostakovich, “On Wings of Song,” Op. 34, No. 2 by F. Mendelssohn/arrangement by J. Heifetz, “Estrellita” by M. Ponce/arrangement by J. Heifetz and “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (from “Porgy and Bess”) by G. Gershwin/arrangement by J. Heifetz.

Kam-Lung Cheng was born in Beijing, China, later moving to Hong Kong and Europe, where he studied with Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szeryng and Philippe Hirschorn. He is the concertmaster of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.

Jiaji Min studied at the Tianjin and Shanghai Conservatories as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a professor of violin at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China.

William Koehler has taught piano at NIU since 1985. He has recorded for Cedille Records, Canti Classics and Centaur Records as a collaborative pianist. He has performed with such artists as violinists David Perry and William Preucil, bass-baritone William Warfield and the Vermeer, Arianna, Avalon and Prague string quartets.  He also is the pianist for the First United Methodist Church in DeKalb.

Victoria Young is one of the organists/pianists at Westminster Presbyterian Church and a piano accompanist for NIU’s School of Dance. She studied piano with William Koehler at NIU, where she received a Master of Music degree.

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