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Burrow, Cheng Team for Brightmusic Season Finale
Oklahoma City University professors Chad Burrow and Amy I-Lin Cheng will perform an 1896-themed program for Brightmusic’s final chamber music concert of the season. “Sounds of 1896” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 127 NW 7th Street in Oklahoma City. Admission is by donation. Cheng and Burrow are co-artistic directors of Brightmusic. They will appear on the program with violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza and cellist Jeffery Lastrappes. In 1896, the lives of the elder Brahms and the younger Austrian composers Zemlinsky and Rabl in Vienna intersected. At that time, Brahms’ trio for violin, cello and piano, op. 8 was still being performed in Viennese concert halls. Also in 1896, Brahms advanced the career of Zemlinsky by helping the 25-year-old composer arrange for publication of his Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, op. 3. During the same year, Brahms served as a juror in a competition that awarded first prize to the 23-year-old Rabl for his 1896 Quartet in E-flat major for violin, clarinet, cello and piano, op. 1. Burrow has performed to critical acclaim from Europe to the United States and Asia. His performances have been described by critics as "beyond reproach," possessing “a full, liquid tone." Burrow is assistant professor of clarinet at Oklahoma City University and the principal clarinetist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. A virtuosic concert pianist, chamber musician and international educator, Cheng is director of the piano program at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. She has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the National Recital Hall of Taiwan. She won the 2000 Heida Hermanns International Young Artist Piano Competition and the Rising Young Artist Series in Taipei. The New York Concert Review calls Cheng “a natural talent,” noting “her control of the keyboard is complete, technique easy and relaxed, with a wide range of touch, color and dynamics.” For more information on Brighmusic, visit www.okcbrightmusic.com.