On December 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., The First Presbyterian Church of Stirling will present classical pianist Joseph Hauer and cellist Jiafan Shi in an afternoon of classical seasonal and Christmas music and song.
Mr. Hauer is no stranger to Long Hill Township and had performed here last season. His virtuosity and command of the piano repertoire is more than impressive. A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, pianist Joseph Hauer is Artist-in-Residence at the Apollo Music Festival in Houston, MN. Based in New York City, he has performed at venues and series across the country, including the Kennedy Center, Avram Theater, NYU’S Frederick Loewe Theatre, Young Masters Recital Series (New York), Freeport Community Concert Association, Greaves Concert Hall (Northern Kentucky University), Britton Recital Hall (Ann Arbor), Overture Hall (Madison), the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (Appleton), Sitka Performing Arts Center, and Richard H. Allen Memorial Hall (Odess Theater, Sitka). Hauer has soloed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, and Oberlin Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on Television and
Radio Stations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Hauer is a Piano Accompanist at NYU Steinhardt, Brooklyn College, and the Lucy Moses School, and was the Piano Accompanist Assistant at the 2016 Sitka Fine Arts Camp. He served on the Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Eteri Andjaparidze. His Bachelor's degree was completed in piano performance at Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Takács. Although he concertizes widely as a piano soloist and chamber musician, he studied violin for ten years and held a position in the Fox Valley Symphony for two years. When he is not engaged in classical music, he enjoys biking the streets of New York, speaking Russian, and improvising jazz.
Cellist Jiafan Shi is currently completing her graduate studies at NYU with Marion Feldman, where she also serves as an adjunct instructor. She was the recipient of NYU Orchestral Scholarship and Talent Scholarship, and is the principle cellist of NYU symphony orchestra. Dedicated to both music performance and pedagogy, Jiafan worked as a professional cellist at the Shanghai Opera House (2010-2014), where she performed in more than 300 productions, including Turandot under Lorin Maazel and La Bohème under Daniel Oren. Prior to working at the Shanghai Opera House, Jiafan received her bachelor of art degree from Tongji University. She was a recipient of the National Scholarship, the highest awarded to Chinese university students.
For more information, go to www.fpcstirling.org or call the First Presbyterian Church of Stirling at (908) 647 - 1033.
This will be the fourth in the Church’s concert series for the 2016 – 2017 season. Admission, as always, is free. A short reception will follow the concert at which attendees may meet the performer. Refreshments will be served.
Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 J.S. Bach
Four Character Pieces (2014) Bethany Brown
I. Makes Me Anxious
II. Untitled (for N.)
III. We Need to Talk
IV. Our Covers Are A Fortress
Nutcracker Suite P.I. Tchaikovsky (arr. Hauer)
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Cello Sonata Op. 19 Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lento - Allegro moderato
White Christmas Irving Berlin
The Christmas Song Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Oh come all ye faithful Traditional
Joy to the world traditional