Sat, Aug 18|
Unitarian Universalist Church
Pei-Ju Wu/Chris Steele Recital
ASO violinist Pei-Ju Wu is presenting a violin recital with UAB pianist Chris Steele. Program includes Prokofiev The Five Melodies, Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor with special guest Andrew Dunn.
Time & Location
Aug 18, 2018, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4300 Hampton Heights Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
About The Event
Alabama Symphony Orchestra violinist Pei-Ju Wu is presenting a free violin recital with University of Alabama at Birmingham pianist Chris Steele.
Program includes Prokofiev The Five Melodies and Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano. Special guest and assistant principal cello of Alabama Symphony Orchestra Andrew Dunn will join the duo to play the Dvorak Piano Trio in F minor to round out this program.
Admission is free.
Taiwanese-American violinist Pei-Ju Wu moved to Birmingham in 2013 to join the first violin section of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. She has since become a member of the BAMA (Birmingham Art Music Alliance) Players, whose mission is to perform newly-created music by living Alabama composers, and made a few cameo appearances in a few Klezmer and Jazz bands, as well as the string-instrument cover band String Theory. During the summer, she serves as the principal 2nd violin with one of "the most enterprising opera fests in the nation" Des Moines Metro Opera, as hailed by Chicago Tribune. Besides performing, Pei-Ju Wu maintains a private violin studio in Hoover, Alabama.
Chris Steele held previous positions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as Staff Pianist, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) as both Lecturer of Music Theory and Ear Training, and as Faculty Fellow for the UNCG Grogan College Music Learning Community. At UNCG he studied with Andrew Harley and James Douglass and held assistantships in both accompanying and music theory/ear training. At The Florida State University, he studied with Carolyn Bridger.
Praised by AL.com for his “enchanting solo work,” Andrew Dunn was appointed Assistant Principal Cellist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in 2008. Since then, he has become well known to Birmingham audiences for his appearances as a soloist and chamber musician. Excelling in a variety of styles, from classical to jazz, Andrew has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Rouse, and Placido Domingo; played chamber music with members of the Cleveland and Cavani quartets; and performed with orchestras all over the southern United States, including the Houston, Nashville, and Huntsville Symphonies. As a member of the Nashville Music Scoring orchestra, he has contributed to the soundtracks of dozens of movies, television shows, and video games, working with composers Bear McCreary and Christopher Lennertz among others.