The 12th Annual Endless Mountain Music Festival will close with two Festival Symphony Orchestra concerts this weekend.
The Friday, Aug. 4 concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Steadman Theatre on the Mansfield University campus in Mansfield, Pa. To be performed will be “Moncayo’s “Huapango,” Márquez’s “Conga del Fuega Nuevo” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47.”
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, the Festival Symphony Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture, Op. 26″ and Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan” with Chinese pianist Xixi Zhou. This concert and the festival will end with Tchaikovsky’s “Suite No. 3 in G Major, Op. 55.”
Zhou was born and raised in China and currently lives in Boston. An internationally acclaimed pianist, he has performed in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Seymour Centre in Sydney, Shanghai Concert Hall and Nanjing Culture and Arts Center. He is a Wideman International Piano Competition medalist.
When he was seven, Zhou began taking piano lessons. He attended a music-focused prep school and then the esteemed Shanghai Conservatory for his undergraduate and master’s degrees. There, he met Hung-Kuan Chen, who became his mentor. When Chen left Shnghai for Boston’s New England Conservatory, Zhou followed to study under him. He now teaches at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, Massachusetts.