Acclaimed classical pianist Professor Angelin Chang, who is attending the international conference on Pacific regional security hosted by the Macmillan Brown Centre, will perform in Christchurch this month.
With multiple honours to her name, Professor Chang won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra in 2007. She will be in New Zealand to attend the regional security symposium, which is being hosted at the University of Canterbury in November, where she will facilitate a session on human rights, resource rights and security.
Recognised for her poetry and technical brilliance, she is the first female American classical pianist and the first pianist of Asian descent to win a Grammy. She is also the first American to be awarded the Premier Prix Piano and Premier Prix Musique de Chambre in the same year from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in France.
Professor Chang has performed in major concert halls on five continents and was the first Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and the first Academic Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America. She holds two doctorates (law and music) and is professor of music at Cleveland State University. Professor Chang is also co-chair of the Asia-Pacific research committee of the International Political Science Association.
The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury, in partnership with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, is presenting a piano concert by Prof Chang at 7pm on Wednesday 25 November, at Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale, Christchurch.
The University of Canterbury Club (formerly known as the UC Staff Club) is hosting another edition of the South Island Beer Festival at the Ilam Homestead on Saturday 21 November, from 12 midday until 6pm. The Club has run a number of these festivals over the last few years and they are thoroughly recommended by those who attend them.
This time we have 34 beers and ciders from brewers around the South Island for you to try. A variety of food vendors will be on hand as well as live music to keep the atmosphere relaxed. This is a family-friendly event so bring everybody along for a fun afternoon.
Entry is $25 (on the door, no pre-sales) which gets you a souvenir festival glass and a tasting card good for five samples. Further tasting cards are available for $20 each. No charge for non-sampling hangers-on. EFTPOS is available (but cash is generally quicker).