Lewis, Lu to perform piano concert

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BENNINGTON — Christopher Lewis and Tony Lu will perform piano duets and solo works during a 4 p.m. concert on Thursday, Aug. 15. They will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Gluck, Schubert, Schumann and Chopin. The concert will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St. Bennington. Admission will be by donation.

Lewis has taught and performed throughout the United States, Italy, and British Columbia. He has given concerts in major venues such as Carnegie, Weill, and Alice Tully Halls (New York); Orchestra Hall (Detroit); Empire State Performing Arts Center (Albany); Southern Vermont Arts Center, and Bennington Center for the Arts. A prizewinner at the American National Chopin Competition and the New York Leschetizky Society, he has made recordings for the Newport Classics label. He has held faculty positions at New York University as well as several private schools in New York City. He earned his B.A. from SUNY Purchase and has been an instructor at Bennington College since 2010. Lewis was FOMAG's organist for its 2006 Messiah Sing.

Lu is a graduate of Bennington College with concentrations in mathematics, history and piano performance. Born in Wuhan, China in 1997, Lu started learning and playing the piano at age 5 and due to his visual impairment, he has always learned music by ear. Tony began to study in the US in 2013 and has performed with various different chamber music groups and orchestras both in high school and college, including Alton Symphony Orchestra and Sage City Symphony. Tony has worked closely and performed with many Bennington College music faculty, including Lewis, Yoshiko Sato, Joan Forsyth, Nathaniel Parke, Kaori Washiyama, and Allen Shawn, both on and off campus. Lu also worked as a piano tutor, music history, and analysis lecturer, and accompanist helping students in the music department. He is also an active faculty member of Sonata International Piano Camp and Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp in Bennington. In addition to performing, Lu enjoys teaching piano, music history, analysis, classical piano improvisations, and chamber music.

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