WMU News

DaXun Zhang opens Young Concert Artists Series

Sept. 11, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The first performance of the 2003­04 Young Concert Artists Series features double bassist DaXun Zhang Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall beginning at 8:15 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10. Students and senior citizens will be charged $5. Tickets are available in advance from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or toll-free (800) 228-9858. Tickets also may be purchased at the door.

DaXun Zhang comes from a family of double bassists in his native city of Harbin, in northeast China, and is the first double bass player to join the roster of Young Concert Artists. He has been playing the instrument since age 9, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from the age of 11. Zhang continued his studies in the United States at the Interlochen Arts Academy and is currently in the artist diploma program at the Indiana University School of Music.

At the Young Concert Artists auditions, he was awarded five special prizes, including the Claire Tow Prize, which will sponsor his New York debut on May 18, 2004.

Zhang's September residency at WMU also includes a university master class, and several appearances throughout the community in public schools and retirement homes.

Sponsored by the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute in collaboration with the Plaza Arts Circle, the Young Concert Artist Series has introduced artists with exciting and fresh programs for the past two decades.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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