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Cellist, pianist to perform at Westminster Jan. 27

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Westminster College will welcome David Ying, cellist for the prestigious Ying Quartet, and his wife, pianist Elinor Freer, in a chamber recital Sunday, Jan. 27.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Westminster College faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with ID. For more information, call 801-832-2435; for tickets, call 801-832-2119.

An accomplished cellist, Ying has enjoyed a successful career as a soloist with many orchestras and garnered awards in prestigious competitions, such as the Naumburg International Cello Competition and the Washington International Cello Competition.

As cellist for the Ying Quartet, Ying has performed for President Clinton in the White House (as part of a National Endowment for the Arts presentation), toured extensively throughout the world and won both the International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award.

Freer has likewise enjoyed success as both a solo and chamber musician. In addition to solo performances with various orchestras, she was one of two American pianists chosen by Pacific Artists International to tour Northern and Southern China in 1996, thereby promoting cultural relations between the two countries. Freer holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Utrechts Conservatorium in Holland and the University of Southern California. She is currently an assistant professor of piano at the University of Missouri.

When they come to Westminster, Ying and Freer will present a work by Kevin Puts that was written specifically for them, as well as works for cello and piano by Astor Piazzolla, Richard Strauss, Beethoven and Manuel de Falla.

E-mail: rcline@desnews.com