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Commissioned Work Unveiled at Cello Performance

Adam Liu, assistant principal cello in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2003 and an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University, will present the premiere of a commissioned work supported by Duquesne University and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.

The piece, Drinking Alone by Moonlight, inspired by a famous Tang Dynasty poem, was written by Liu’s brother Chang Yuan Liu, who is on the composition faculty of the Central Conservatory in Beijing. Adam Liu will play the piece on his 1759 Paolo Antonio Testore cello.

A native of Tianjin, China, Adam Liu has been a featured soloist with many fine orchestras worldwide, including the symphonies of Victoria, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, San Antonio, Baltimore and Los Angeles. He previously held the position of associate principal cello with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, acting as principal cello for the 1999-2000 season.

Pianist Becky Billock is an active recital soloist and chamber musician who has appeared as soloist with regional orchestras in Oregon and California and has performed solo and chamber recitals.  

Liu will play the Kodaly Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8 and together, the duo will  perform Beethoven’s A Major Sonata for Cello and Piano.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m.

Where: PNC Hall at Duquesne University

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