Pianist Conrad Tao in Concert
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Organizations: Conrad Tao
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Music
Adult Tickets (based on seat location):
• Category A: $45.00
• Category B: $35.00
• Category C: $20.00

Students with ID and Youth 18 and Under: $10.00

The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents Pianist Conrad Tao in concert on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Conrad Tao will perform John Adams' China Gates; Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Jason Eckardt's Antennaria plantaginifolia, Pussytoes; Robert Schumann's Kinderszenen; Fred Hersch's Pastorale (dedicated to Schumann); and Beethoven's Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, op. 110; as well as a new work of his own, commissioned in part by the Moss Arts Center.

Conrad Tao is a leader of the new generation of classical music. The pianist and composer has amassed a steady stream of awards and critical acclaim for his performances, compositions, and recordings. A former prodigy, Tao has emerged as a mature, thoughtful, and thought-provoking artist with both a singular vision and the talent to realize it.

Dubbed a musician of "probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by the New York Times, Tao is the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist—an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists. As a composer, he was the recipient of a 2019 New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for "Outstanding Sound Design/Music Composition" for his work on More Forever, his collaboration with dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher.

Tao has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony, and was the focus of a series of concerts and interviews with the Finnish Radio Symphony, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto, no. 4 with Hannu Lintu and Andrew Norman’s Suspend with Sakari Oramo live on television. After his debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, his return date was canceled due to COVID; instead he was invited to give a streamed recital in their Great Performers series, where he played works by Felipe Lara, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Tania León, David Lang, and Beethoven.

Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York, and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.



Tickets range from $20.00-$45.00 depending on seat location and and $10.00 for students with ID and youth 18 and under.

To purchase tickets online, visit: https://tickets.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/mapSelect.asp?doWork::WSmap::loadMap=Load&createBO::WSmap=1&BOparam::WSmap::loadMap::performance_ids=C492E709-C3B1-4A17-9860-90B6109AAA5B.

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Moss Arts Center Box Office Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and by phone at 540-231-5300.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street for $5.00. Payment must be made in cash at the time of entry.

In accordance with current Virginia Tech university policy for indoor events, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the Moss Arts Center are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

For more information, visit: https://artscenter.vt.edu/performances/conrad-tao.html or https://www.facebook.com/artscenteratvt or https://www.instagram.com/artscenteratvt/ or call 540-231-5300.
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