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Accomplished pianist to play St. James Concert Series


Submitted photo Jason Sia will perform Sunday at the Red Church in downtown Sonora as part of the St. James Concert Series.

The St. James Concert Series hosts pianist Jason Sia this weekend for the third concert of the season.

Recognized for his eloquently expressive depth of interpretation and seamless technique, Sia has reached audiences with his emotion-filled performances.

Sia’s repertoire as a solo performer and a concerto soloist spans the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary musical eras.

For Sunday’s concert, he will present such favorites as Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” Chopin’s “Nocturne in D flat,” Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” the “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Liszt, and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Sia began his piano studies at the age of six and received his formal musical education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Aspen Music School and Festival in Colorado. He earned his bachelor and master degrees in piano performance at California State University, Sacramento, under the tutelage of Dr. Gene Savage and Dr. Lorna Peters, graduating cum laude.

Sia has performed at Carnegie Hall and at master classes for internationally renowned concert pianists and pedagogues. Abroad, he has attended summer piano festivals and performed at master classes and recitals at such places as the Colmar International Music Festival in France, at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the Korean National University of Arts, and the University of the Philippine Conservatory of Music.

Sia has performed the “Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor” with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the “Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor” with the Manila Chamber Orchestra.

At CSUS, Sia was a member the international music honor society of Phi Kappa Lambda, the academic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Golden Key International Honor Society for academic excellence. He was a recipient for the talent-based music scholarship each semester through his graduation, and also received the CSUS Faculty Merit Scholarship Award in 1996 for academic achievement.

Sia’s avid enthusiasm for avant-garde music was recognized by becoming a three-time winner of the Festival of New American Music Artist Competition.

Sia is an active member and has served as an adjudicator for piano competitions for the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and the American College of Musicians.

Currently, Sia is the pianist for the Sacramento Valley Concert Choir. As an avid chamber music artist and piano accompanist, he is a frequent collaborator with musicians from the Sacramento Philharmonic, Auburn Symphony, Folsom Lake Symphony, CSUS Symphony, and the Camellia Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his concert Sunday in Sonora, Sia’s upcoming recitals will include three programs in Sacramento — the Crocker Art Museum Classical Concert Series at the Setzer Foundation Auditorium, the Music at Noon Concert Series at Westminster Presbyterian Church and a performance at the Pioneer Congregational United Church of Christ.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $15 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. Tickets are available at Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center, by calling (209) 536-0825 or at the door.

Upcoming concerts in the St. James Concert Series are Trio 180 on April 24, and Golden Bough on May 22. Both concerts will be held on Sundays at the Red Church at 3 p.m.

For more information regarding St. James Concert Series, visit sjconcertseries.org.

• What: St. James Concert Series.

• When: Sunday, 3 p.m.

• Where: The Red Church, downtown Sonora.

• Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students 18 and younger.

• Information: sjconcertseries.org, (209) 536-0825.