Prodigies

October 22, 2016 | 8:00 PM | Grace Presbyterian Church


Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Mozart

George Stelluto, Conductor
Harmony Zhu, Piano


PROGRAM

Mendelssohn:  Hebrides Overture
Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 1
Mozart:  Symphony No. 40

The music of three masters who were young prodigies and Harmony Zhu, 11, who joins the PSO to share her own
young genius.

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Harmony Zhu, piano prodigy and chess champion

In a program featuring the music of three famous prodigies, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Beethoven, the PSO also welcomes piano prodigy HARMONY ZHU for her Peoria debut.  Harmony made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seven and has performed there twice.  She is the youngest Grand Prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition.  A chess prodigy, Harmony is the 2013 World Champion in her age group, as well as the current North American Champion.  She has appeared on the ELLEN show three times and will be featured in the WTVP/PSO’s Sound Bites series airing Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm (est).

The October 22nd program includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.  Mendelssohn’s masterpiece, composed at age 21, is the musical impression of his visit to the stormy Hebrides’ Islands off the coast of Scotland. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, written at age 27, is both an homage to the Classical predecessors (Haydn and Mozart) and a harbinger of his blossoming genius for combining intellect and emotion with humor and power. Having hear Harmony perform Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonato in 2015, Maestro Stelluto immediately engaged her to perform this piano concerto. Mozart’s famous Symphony No. 40 in G Minor brings the full scope of his life’s work into focus with both powerful ruminations and exquisite moments of beauty.

Click here for Harmony Zhu biography

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Click here to download a flyer about Chess Event at Dunlap High School with Harmony Zhu

Click here to view Harmony’s appearance at Carnegie Hall at 7 years old

Click here to see Harmony’s appearance on ELLEN at 10 years old

Click here to see Harmony’s appearance on ELLEN at 9 years old

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