Sanford-Hill Piano Series returns to live performances with all-star line-up

Rachel Cheung plays piano with gusto. She wears a long red sleeveless dress.

Western Washington University’s prestigious Sanford-Hill Piano Series returns to live performances with a trio of concerts starting in January of 2022. The last live performance of the series was in the spring of 2020.

This season sees the return of audience favorite Spencer Myer on January 28, 2022. Myer presented a recorded performance with commentary and live Q&A to WWU piano fans in April 2021. His performances this year will include New York City's Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, as well as solo and chamber performances in New York, South Carolina, Ohio, and his third recital tour of Nova Scotia. He last performed with the Sanford-Hill Series in 2017.

Imogen Cooper’s spring 2020 appearance with the Sanford-Hill Series was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic – so we’re thrilled to have made her itinerary for 2022. Recently named Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Queen of England for her contributions to music, Cooper is regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire. Recent and future concerto performances include the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Sydney Symphony with Simone Young and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard. Imogen Cooper will perform in Bellingham on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

Pianist Rachel Cheung is hailed as “a poet, but also a dramatist” displaying “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News). She won over audiences and critics alike as a finalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with “stunningly imaginative” (Musical America) interpretations marked by “flights of both beauty and virtuosity” (Theater Jones) and was awarded the Audience Prize by online vote. Also a Young Steinway Artist, she continues to build a reputation for an elegant stage presence, giving sensitive and refined performances across three continents. Cheung comes to Bellingham courtesy of the Cliburn, and will perform on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at Western. Tickets for Spencer Myer go on sale on November 29. Tickets for Imogen Cooper and Rachel Cheung go on sale January 31, 2022. Discounts are available for students, WWU Music majors, music teachers, and staff and faculty of Western. Ticket purchasing information, online orders, and box office hours.

The Sanford-Hill Piano Series was established in 2002 by Professor Emeritus of Music, Ford Hill, and his former student, Sibyl Sanford. Professor of Piano Jeffrey Gilliam is the Artistic Director. All box office proceeds fund piano scholarships at Western. More about the Sanford-Hill Piano Series.

Imogen Cooper stands in the doorway of an antique patio with a wrought iron balcony rail.
Spencer Myer plays a Steinway piano

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Sep 2, 2021 2:53pm