• What: CSO Masterworks: "Variations," featuring Qing Jiang
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
• Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.
• Admission: $19-$81
• Phone: 267-8583
• Website: www.chattanoogasymphony.org
• What: Qing Jiang recital
• When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
• Where: Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Building, Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.
• Admission: Free
•Email: music@lee university.edu
Pianist Qing Jiang will join the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera for a performance of Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Tivoli Theatre. The concert, conducted by Kayoko Dan, is part of the CSO Masterworks series.
On Sunday, the pianist called an "exceptional talent" by The New York Sun will perform in Squires Recital Hall at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
Saturday's CSO concert will open with "Mozartiana," which is Tchaikovsky's tribute to Mozart, and include Elgar's "Enigma Variations," a piece in which the composer imagined how 14 of his friends plus a dog would play a melody, according to a CSO news release.
Sunday's program at Lee will include works from classical composers Debussy and Schumann as well as modern Australia composer Brett Dean.
Jiang has performed in concert halls across the United States and in the Central Conservatory in Beijing. She performed in the Vladimir Horowitz centennial celebration, in the Young Artist Showcase at the Isabella Gardner Museum and in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Sundays Live series.
Before the concerts, the pianist will lead a masterclass from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Lee University. Participation is $15 and by reservation only as space is limited. Make reservations at www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1344&AID=2435.