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Young performers to deliver big performances at LSC-Kingwood recital

Young performers will amaze concertgoers with their talent and skill at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Piano Recital Series.

Chung Hon (Michael) Cheng and Patrick Pan will appear in concert on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Instructional Building’s Recital Hall (MUS 101).

At the tender ages of 14, both Cheng and Pan have won numerous awards at the local, state, regional and national levels. Both pianists are students of John Weems from Sugar Land.

“We are very fortunate to be able to present not one, but two of the finest young pianists in the country,” said Jay Whatley, music professor at LSC-Kingwood. “This is a great opportunity for our patrons to hear the legendary pianists of tomorrow.”

Cheng won the 2010 Houston Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition and performed with the Fort Bend Symphony in front of 1,000 people. Also an accomplished composer, Cheng recently won the 2012 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition where he performed his winning piece during the convention in New York City.

Pan won the 2011 and 2012 Texas Music Teachers Association Piano Solo Competition. He represented Texas and the south central division at the MTNA Piano Solo Competition in New York City where he won third place. Pan also won the 2012 Houston Symphony Young Artists Competition and will appear with the Houston Symphony Orchestra at its 2012 Christmas Concert.

“These young men are not only outstanding pianists, they are also outstanding members of their communities,” Whatley said. “They are proof positive of our bright future.”

Cheng enjoys many academic subjects, playing badminton, and volunteering for various causes. He is a member of the Student Council at William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, the Science National Honor Society, and the American Red Cross.

Pan likes science, earning both first prizes and the grand prize at the Houston Science Fair. He enjoys math, advancing to the Texas Mathcounts Championship, as well as computer programming, tennis, and chess. He is a student at Clear Lake High School.

Admission to the performance is free, but patrons can contribute to the college’s Fine Arts Scholarship. Reservations for the concert are encouraged. For more information or to make a reservation, call 281-312-1709.

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With 75,000 students in credit classes and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.