Seven students of Martin Cuellar, associate professor of music, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in Heath Recital Hall in Beach Music Hall.
“(The audience) will listen to some very talented young performers who are very passionate about what they do,” Cuellar said.
The performance will be comprised of classical pieces from artists including Franz Liszt, Joseph Haydn and Frederic Chopin.
“I chose two sonatas by (Domenico) Scarlatti,” said Liyang Han, piano performance graduate student. “Both of them are very charming pieces and I really like them.”
All of the students have an interest in piano performance, Cuellar said.
“I think the audience will really enjoy the concert,” Cuellar said. “The audience will come and hear a concert of classical music selections by young performers who play in a very polished, very convincing way.”
The piano program has different tracts that students can take to get their degree.
“Some of (the students) pursue a performance major and some of the them pursue a pedagogy,” Cuellar said. “But their instrument is piano and that’s what they’ve been studying from a very early age.”
Han has been playing piano for over 10 years.
“When I was in China, I did a lot of piano recitals,” Han said. “Dr. Cuellar just wants to give the students more chances to show our performance talents.”
Cuellar holds concerts by his students at least once a year.
“This is an opportunity for them to perform for their friends, their relatives and the community,” Cuellar said.
Erin East, freshman music major, chose her piece because she was drawn to the melodic elements in the song.
“It’s the sonata I’m most comfortable with and I really liked the melody,” East said. “(The ending) notes make it sound like someone is laughing and I really like that.”
East has been playing piano for almost 12 years.
Anthony Foust, music education major, will play “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 in E minor” by Franz Liszt. Funa Wang, piano performance major, will play “Sonata in C minor” by Joseph Haydn.
Sun Zhu, piano performance major, will play “Sonata in D major” by Mateo Albeniz. Hua Jiang, piano performance major, will play two etudes by Frederic Chopin.
Shanshan Zuo, business major, will play “Etude in F Minor” by Frederic Chopin. East will play “Sonata in A major” by Cimarrosa.