Poway Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Classical Gems’

Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng

Poway Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Classical Gems’

The Poway Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will conclude its 20th anniversary concert season with “Classical Gems,” presenting a program of music that displays lyricism, elegance and expressive power in the spirit of the Classical period. The concert will take place May 26, at 4 p.m. in the Poway Center for Performing Arts.

Noted pianist Ching-Ming Cheng will be featured as guest soloist for the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 54 by Robert Schumann. Cheng, an award-winning music professor and chair of the music department at California State University, San Marcos, has performed as soloist with numerous ensembles locally, nationally and internationally.

The concert, under the direction of John LoPiccolo, music director and conductor for PSO, will also include the Overture to “Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony 104 in D major, known as “The London Symphony,” by Franz Joseph Haydn.

“I wanted to end our 20th Anniversary Season on a light and happy note, and this program of joyful classical music will do just that,” LoPiccolo said. “We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Cheng as soloist. Her virtuosity will bring Schumann’s beautiful piano concerto to full brilliance for our audience. We’re so fortunate to have her joining us as we close out our season with this gorgeous piece – the only concerto Schumann wrote for piano.”

Cheng has been a recipient of the Top Music Teacher Award from Steinway & Sons every year since 2016. In 2023, she was inducted into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame, a prestigious designation recognizing the work of North America’s most committed and passionate piano educators. 

Tickets are on sale at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts website, powaycenter.com, or by calling the box office, (858) 748-0505. Visit powaysymphonyorchestra.org.