Local Rising Star to Perform at Merced Theater – Merced County Times

Elaine Chuang graduated from Merced High School.

Elaine Chuang, Merced’s rising music star, will perform “A Charity Recital” – a piano concert at the Merced Theater on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.

This special performance is presented in collaboration with the Merced Symphony Association and the studio of Janisse Foresti. Admission is free upon request for donations.

Elaine will perform a captivating variety of piano pieces for all audiences, ranging from a technically impressive Bach prelude and fugue to the diabolical sounds of a demonic invocation in Prokofiev’s “Diabolical Suggestion” to the beloved fantasy tunes of the Studio Ghibli.

Her sisters, Bella and Claire, will join her to perform “Merry Go Round of Life” in a small chamber music show.

Next, Elaine will welcome international talent Maёl Secretan to the recital stage. Maёl is a Merced High exchange student from Geneva, Switzerland. Together, they will play the invigorating tunes of Aram Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance”.

As a resident of Merced, Elaine has sat in the very seats where our audience can enjoy the incredible music found right here in town. She would never have thought that she would one day cross the auditorium to go on stage and bow under the lights. This is an exclusive event as this is Elaine’s first and last concert recital as she graduated from Merced High School and chose to continue her education at UC San Diego in Psychology next semester.

Beginning her musical career at age 5 in Rochester, New York, Elaine was only a 30 minute drive from the famous Eastman School of Music. This created the perfect foundation for her piano education and after moving twice more, Elaine found herself in the Central Valley of California at the age of ten.

Soon after, she joined Janisse Foresti’s Piano Studio and participated in the Baroque Festival, the United States Open Music Competition, and testing for California’s Certificate of Merit Program and the International Royal Conservatory of Music.

In her 13 years of piano, Elaine has played concertos, quartets, countless Bach pieces and, her favourite: physically demanding virtuoso etudes.

To register, go to: https://bit.ly/msarecital2022

For more information about the Merced Symphony Association, please visit mercedsymphony.org and facebook.com/MercedSymphony.

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