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“…nothing short of magic… a pianist one could listen to for hours…” 

– The Record (Waterloo, Ontario)

MASNO is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist ANGELA CHENG as NOCTURNE XVIII Guest Artist

Sunday, November 15, 2020

5:00 p.m. – Champagne Reception
6:00 p.m. – Concert
7:30 p.m. – Dinner
Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

Tickets on sale August 1

About the Artist

Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty, and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. In addition to regular guest appearances with virtually every orchestra in Canada, she has performed with the symphonies of Alabama, Annapolis, Colorado, Flint, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Saint Louis, San Diego, Syracuse, and Utah, as well as the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo, Louisiana, London, Minas Gerais/Brazil, and Israel. 

During the 2019/2020 season, Ms. Cheng will serve as an Artistic Partner of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra where she will perform three concertos throughout the season: de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Clara Schumann’s concerto in celebration of 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and Mozart’s 23rd piano concerto. Other highlights of the season include return engagements with the symphonies of Vancouver and Victoria and Symphony Nova Scotia where she will also perform the Clara Schumann concerto. In the U.S., Ms. Cheng will perform with the symphonies of Richmond and Canton, as well as the IRIS Chamber Orchestra where she will perform the Beethoven triple concerto and the Archduke trio with the Zukerman Trio. In addition to this engagement, her performance schedule also includes extensive touring with Pinchas Zukerman and as a member of the Zukerman Trio, including a European tour in March. 

Angela Cheng’s collaborations with Pinchas Zukerman began in 2009, when, at his invitation, she toured both Europe and China as a member of the Zukerman Chamber Players, and as Mr. Zukerman’s collaborative pianist. She joined them again in the spring of 2010 for a U.S. tour, which included concerts at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the 92nd Street Y in New York. Subsequent seasons have seen multiple tours of Europe and South America, including performances at the Salzburg Festival, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at the Schleswig-Holstein and Ravinia festivals. With Mr. Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth, as a member of the Zukerman Trio, Ms. Cheng made her debuts at the Verbier, Edinburgh, Miyazaki, St. Petersburg/Stars of the White Nights, and Enescu/Romania Festivals. 

An avid recitalist, Ms. Cheng appears regularly on recital series throughout the United States and Canada and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles including the Takács, Colorado, and Vogler quartets. Festival appearances have included Banff, Bravo! Vail, Chautauqua, Colorado, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla’s SummerFest, Ravinia, Vancouver, the Festival International de Lanaudière in Quebec, MasterWorks Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the Cartegena International Music Festival in Colombia. 

Angela Cheng’s debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include Clara Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falletta and the Women’s Philharmonic for Koch International; for CBC Records, four Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic; both Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra; and a solo disc of selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann. Most recently, an all-Chopin recital CD was released by Universal Music Canada. 

Ms. Cheng was Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, as well as the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition. Other awards include the Canada Council’s coveted Career Development Grant and the Medal of Excellence for outstanding interpretations of Mozart from the Mozarteum in Salzburg. 




NOCTURNE is the Annual Gala and Fundraiser of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Held at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown New Orleans, this beautiful event has become one of the most anticipated evenings of the year. The evening includes a champagne reception, salon recital by a world-renowned pianist, and a fabulous dinner. Proceeds from this event help us to continue offering you a wide variety of innovative musical programming during the year.


Postcards from Paris and Vienna

This month, Musaica Chamber Ensemble begins its 15th Season, “Reconnecting,” with “Postcards From Paris and Vienna,” program of elegant French works for Harp and Violin by Henriette Renié; the Harp Duo by Bernard Andrès; and the Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano by Jean Français; as well as Beethoven’s magnificent  String Quintet in C minor, op. 104. The performance will be free to the public via online streaming. Please go to musaica.org for a link to the site where you will be able to watch the concert. We have a recommended donation of $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.  You can contribute online by visiting the  Donations page at https://musaica.org/donations 

Dr. Nicholas Susi, piano

Described in The WholeNote as “an innovative musician and aggressive thinker with a gift for keyboard brilliance,” Dr. Nicholas Susi enjoys a multifaceted career living out his deep love for music; his varied activities in recent seasons have included solo and concerto performances, masterclasses, lectures, community outreach events, and competition adjudication.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Dr. Susi is currently based out of Duluth, MN where he is Assistant Professor of Music at the College of St. Scholastica. In addition to teaching private lessons in piano, Dr. Susi also teaches music theory and coordinates the class piano program. He completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan, with previous studies at the University of Kansas and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a two-time DAAD grantee. Primary teachers include Zena Ilyashov, Jack Winerock, Nina Tichman, and Arthur Greene.

Dr. Susi will present a recital on Thursday night in Roussel Hall and a masterclass on Friday afternoon in Nunemaker Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.


For the most up-to-date information on this and other events at the Loyola School of Music & Theatre Arts, visit Loyola Presents.


Dr. Spencer Myer, piano

Winner of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition Spencer Myer presents a recital and masterclass at Loyola.  Listen to recent performances here.

Ticket required.

For the most up-to-date information on this and other events at the Loyola School of Music & Theatre Arts, visit Loyola Presents.


Dr. Brian Hsu, piano

Loyola Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. Brian Hsu presents a recital, including Liszt’s Annees de pelerinage II – Italie. Event is free and open to the public.

For the most up-to-date information on this and other events at the Loyola School of Music & Theatre Arts, visit Loyola Presents.


Loyola Piano Alumni Day

Piano Alumni Day features Dr. Robert Roux from Rice University, and includes a masterclass at 2 p.m. and a student showcase at 4 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

For the most up-to-date information on this and other events at the School of Music & Theatre Arts, visit Loyola Presents.

Music at Midday

Music at Midday

Music at Midday

Music at Midday is a weekly concert series that is free and open to the public. This week features Chavdar Parashkevov, violin & Natasha Kuslenko, piano.

September 18, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM // Uptown Campus: Dixon Hall 

“The critically acclaimed violin and piano duo, Chavdar Parashkevov and Natasha Kislenko, recently released a new CD “Russian Sonatas” with three major sonatas by Prokofiev, Schnittke and Nikolayev. Currently, they are on tour playing recitals and promoting this CD in Europe, Asia and the United States.” Learn more here.

This event is hosted by the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University. “The mission of the Music Department at Tulane University is to train and inspire aspiring professionals as well as enthusiasts for lifelong involvement in the various facets of music. This instruction is offered by talented performers, historians, ethnomusicologists, theorists, composers and technologists, who honor and build upon the outstanding music tradition of the department. By giving freely of these strengths and resources, and offering educational guidance and enriching performances on and off campus, the influence of the department resonates in the greater New Orleans community. Rooted in the uniquely dynamic musical past and present of the city, it seeks to contribute to this cultural life, while fostering an understanding of the broader practice of music-making worldwide.”

Check out the event here. Learn more about other classical events happening in New Orleans on our calendar here!