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Pianist, Faculty Debuts Solo Concert at CSUSM

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) welcomes one of its newest faculty members, award-winning pianist Ching-Ming Cheng, to the university stage for a dynamic solo concert on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Arts and Lectures, the free community recital will journey from the classical era to modern romanticism.The program will include Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs; Frédéric Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23; Joseph Haydn’s Piano Sonata in C major, No.60 Hob.XVI:50; and Ferruccio Busoni’s Chaconne in D minor.A dedicated performer and educator, Dr. Cheng is an active and internationally renowned pianist, who has an enthusiastic heart for sharing her profession with others. Having started her musical training at the age of five, she was invited to participate in the Second Chinese International Piano Competition in 2009 in New York City, representing Taiwan. She has been featured in various performances both as a soloist and collaborative pianist around the world, including the New World Symphony in Florida, the Taipei Century Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. Dr. Cheng joined CSUSM in the fall as an assistant professor of music, teaching piano and music theory.Event sponsor, SoCal Pianos -- formerly The Piano Warehouse located in San Marcos -- will be providing the piano for Dr. Cheng’s recital.The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available first come, first serve.     What: Pianist Ching-Ming Cheng to perform solo concert     When: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 from 7-8 p.m.     Where: California State University San Marcos     333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos     Arts Building, Room 111Directions and ParkingCSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit www.csusm.edu/guide. On-campus parking is available and rates range from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay. About California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.