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Pianist Bound for German Festival Plays Benefit at OCU
Sophomore pianist Daniel Zhander P’ng is performing a benefit concert June 25 to fund his participation in the InterHarmony International Music Festival, Birklehof this summer in Schwarzwald, Germany. To defray the $3,500 in festival-related expenses, P’ng will play at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Medium Rehearsal Hall at OCU’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The recital, entitled "Summertime Live,” will feature classics by Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and arrangements of Joplin’s "The Entertainer” and Gershwin’s "Summertime.” Vocalist Deonna Cattledge will perform selections from Handel. The InterHarmony festival, held July 22-Aug. 3, offers two weeks of private lessons, master classes, and the opportunity to perform in orchestra and chamber-ensembles coached by an international faculty. OCU pianists Jill Jantzen and Hsin-I Lin were also selected to attend. "When I play, I want to bring peace and joy into people’s heart and people’s ears,” P’ng told The Oklahoman for a feature story. "I speak several languages myself, but music is such a language where everybody understands ... whether you’re Malaysian, you’re American, you’re Chinese (or) you’re Indian. "My goal in life is to be a very good pianist, a very hardworking pianist. And my goal in life is to bring the message of peace to the world.”