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Beethoven for two at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

– Monday, September 15, 2014 12:00AM

Young Concert Artists (YCA) returns to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, and for the first time they will appear on the main stage. YCA presents two stellar soloists, pianist Louis Schwizgebel, and violinist Paul Huang for an exceptional afternoon of Beethoven’s violin and piano sonatas at the Macomb Center on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m.

Named a BBC New Generation Artist for 2013-15, Schwizgebel has won praise worldwide, appearing as soloist with the London Philharmonic, L'Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Lincoln Center. He makes his Detroit Symphony Orchestra debut under Joshua Weilerstein this fall. His first CD, Poems, which features Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and a group of Schubert-Liszt transcriptions, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Hailed by the Washington Post as "an artist with the goods for a significant career," Huang is both a noted soloist and chamber musician. Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Huang has appeared in the Moritzburg Festival in Germany, Minería Music Festival in Mexico City, with the Bilbao Symphony in Spain and Orchestra of St. Luke's at Lincoln Center. He recently recorded John Harbison's Four Songs of Solitude with Camerata Pacifica, to be released on Harmonia Mundi this fall.

Tickets are $25 and $15 for students. Purchase tickets in person at the Macomb Center box office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Friday 12 - 6 p.m.  Tickets and additional information, including a complete season schedule, are available online at www.MacombCenter.com or by calling 586.286.2222. The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

Even for an extraordinary artist, it is not easy to have the chance to be heard.  YCA is a non-profit organization founded by Susan Wadsworth in 1961, dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of exceptional, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world. YCA does everything to open the doors of the international concert world to their artists by providing all management services, New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston debuts, extensive performing experience, and career guidance.

Each YCA Artist is chosen by winning the annual Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The auditions differ in three important ways from competitions: YCA hears instruments, voice and chamber ensembles; there is no limit to the number of artists who can win; and the participants are competing against a standard of excellence – not each other.

Among the renowned musicians whose careers began with YCA are violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian and Chee-Yun; pianists Emanuel Ax, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Olli Mustonen, Ursula Oppens, Murray Perahia, Fazil Say and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; flutists Paula Robison, Marya Martin and Eugenia Zukerman; the St. Lawrence and Borromeo String Quartets; cellists Fred Sherry and Carter Brey; soprano Dawn Upshaw; and composers Kevin Puts, Andrew Norman and Mason Bates.

About Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College dedicated to providing a diverse range of family-oriented cultural enrichment experiences. Hosting more than 100,000 visitors annually, the Macomb Center presents high-quality professional performances, offers educational outreach in the arts and provides a performance venue for community-based arts organization. In partnership with the adjacent Lorenzo Cultural Center,the Macomb Center creates unique opportunities for multifaceted cultural programming. More than 25,000 K-12 students annually attend events at the Macomb Center, with 700 participating in arts education programs.  Further details about the Macomb Center and its current season’s lineup are available at www.MacombCenter.com.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact:  Sandy Hazelton-Pianko, 586.226.4737, hazeltons@macomb.edu