Takoma Park, Md. (November 8, 2017) Washington Adventist University (WAU) launches its new Anna H. Wang Presidential Concert series—Saturday, November 11—with a performance by concert pianist Awadagin Pratt, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center, located on the WAU campus.
The concert series was initiated this year by the family of Anna H. Wang to commemorate the life of a remarkable woman whose great passions were education, music and service. Mrs. Wang was recently honored posthumously at the university’s annual Visionaries Gala. She was 105 when she passed on in November 2016.
Born in China, Anna Wang risked her own life during the Sino-Japanese War to establish her country’s first pharmacy and the first women’s hospital, where she cared for hundreds of babies and their mothers. She immigrated to the United States in 1948, eventually serving as owner-administrator of The Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Retreat Center in Knoxville, IL for 46 years.
Early life in an orphanage precluded Anna the opportunity to study music. However, she began studying the violin at age 60, eventually playing music along with her grandchildren. Two of her grandsons, now accomplished musicians, are on the faculty of the WAU Music Department. Pianist Daniel Lau, D.M.A, is chair of the Music Department and his cousin, violinist Brian Liu, D.M.A., is an adjunct faculty member.
The new concert series will feature two performances this academic year – pianist Awadagin Pratt on November 11, and violinist Charles Castleman on February 3, 2018. Performance proceeds will contribute to the building of the new concert hall, Phase II of the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center.
Awadagin Pratt is the first student in the history of the Peabody Conservatory of Music’s history to receive diplomas in all three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In 1992 Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has played recitals throughout the U.S. at venues that include Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Pratt is currently a Professor of Piano at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati.
For more information, please contact Tanya R. Sweeney at email@example.com or 301-576-0105.
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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.