October 26, 2016

Annapolis, MD – Pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan joins the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, for the second Masterworks Concert of the 2016-2017 season, November 18 and 19 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  From the infectiously contagious bouncy rhythms and tunes of Dvořák’s Scherzo Capriccioso, through the joyful piano dance of Zhou Long’s Postures, to the masterfully integrated essence of classical ballet in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Adam’s Giselle, this program explores how music and dance are so intrinsically linked to each other.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “Dance Mix” concert program includes Antonín Dvořák’s Scherzo Capriccioso, Zhou Long’s Postures, for Piano and Orchestra featuring Christopher Janwong McKiggan, Adolph Adam’s Grand Pas de Deux from Act II of Giselle, and Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite

Born in Christchurch, England, Christopher began his piano studies at age six with his father.  He moved to Thailand at age seven, residing with his father, British, and mother, a Thai citizen of Chinese heritage.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a Bachelor of Music studying under Doctor Robert Weirich, earned a Master’s Degree from Rice University and is currently a Doctoral of Musical Arts Candidate under Professor Jon Kimura Parker.  McKiggan won a top prize as laureate at the prestigious 12th UNISA International Piano Competition and won numerous other awards, including the Gold Medal in the Seattle International Piano Competition, second prize in the Isabel Scionti International Music Competition, First Prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and awards in other national and international competitions.  He is also the recipient of the Presser Award, for which he was awarded a grant to create the international relations project titled Resonance of Hope, an album of which will be released on CD later this year.

Tickets for the concerts are currently on sale online at www.annapolissymphony.org, by calling 410-263-0907, or in person at the Symphony’s office at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street Suite 204, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Funding for the ASO is generously provided by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, ezStorage, Coldwell Banker, M&T Bank, the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, and Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. 

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is led by renowned Music Director José-Luis Novo who is beginning his twelfth season with the orchestra and features 70 professional musicians who perform a variety of symphonic music for audiences of all ages.  Additionally, the non-profit organization provides educational programs through its partnerships with local schools, and various other community outreach efforts.

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