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Piano boy wonder coming to Flushing Town Hall

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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:30 am

On a hot Monday morning, Flushing Town Hall stood out from the bustling street and passing cars.

Outside, there was noise and discord; inside, a melody rang through the doorways leading into the main room of the hall. Here, a 10-year-old boy delighted the staff and patrons of the venue.

Huang Tiange, who will be performing at Flushing Town Hall in October, gave a preview shortly before the commencement of the venue’s fall season, when a showcase of different musical and performing arts events will take place.

Ellen Kodadek, executive and artistic director of nearly seven years at Flushing Town Hall, introduced the composer and pianist after a brief introduction of the town hall, which will be celebrating its 35th anniversary as such.

Tiange is just one example of the many programs the venue will offer during the 2014-15 season.

Flushing Town Hall, which sits at the center of one of the densest areas in Queens, makes a point in promoting diversity and weaving together education, culture and art.

Though Tiange will take center stage to perform his music, the youngster has other interests as well.

In addition to his piano playing, Tiange also demonstrated a love for photography.

Before playing at the premiere of his own festival in Beijing in 2009, where many famous composers attended, Tiange’s family took a trip to a mountainside near the edge of Beijing.

There, Tiange took many photographs of the landscapes, which were published in a book for attendees to view at the town hall.

As he began to play, Tiange would evince moments of pure concentration.

The look in his eyes as he pressed each key with meaning struck the audience. His own composition, “Xinjiang Suite,” reminisced a feeling of springtime — a light pitter-patter of notes followed by heavy crescendos.

Tiange was introduced to the piano by his mother and father, who are also his teachers.

At 4 years old, he developed an affinity for the instrument and, a year later, wrote his very own composition.

When asked where his favorite place to perform is, Tiange said with a smile, “China, here, anyplace. I love to perform.”

Tiange also plays the violin for 30 minutes a day to “test his limits on a string instrument.”

He gets inspiration from many different composers.

“Bach,” he said. “Well, I have a lot of favorite composers: Bart—k, Beethoven …”

The list went on.

During his October show, Tiange will perform three of Mozart’s sonatas and his original composition, as a tribute to Beijing’s autumn, called “The Golden Season.”

Tickets are currently on sale, and start for nonmembers at $15.

In addition to Tiange’s performance, Flushing Town Hall’s fall cultural events will range from a Brazilian drumming workshop on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., to a demonstration of Arabic calligraphy on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., monthly Jazz clinics and jams starting in September, as well as a first annual Snowball Benefit Dance, where all proceeds will go to education and the venue’s public programs.

Along with a new event season, Flushing Town Hall has unveiled a new website where all tickets for events can be found.

Director of Marketing and Community Engagement Shawn Choi increased the site’s accessibility exponentially.

Choi explained that the introduction to the new user-friendly ticketing service, Vendini, as well as the layout, were created in hopes of making tickets and events more accessible.

For a full schedule of events, ticket prices or other information on Flushing Town Hall, visit flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700.

Huang Tiange
When: Sunday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m.
Where: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Tickets: $15, flushingtownhall.org

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