The College of Southern Maryland will close out the 2015-16 Ward Virts Concert Series with a performance by the Octtava Piano Duo beginning at 3 p.m., May 1 at the Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick in the Multipurpose Room of Building B.
Comprised of pianists Wei-Der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng, the Octtava Duo have been praised for their “tacit understanding of the piano,” according to “World News, Chinese Edition” as well as their ability to “play with vigor and alacrity,” according to the “Greenbelt Review.”
Huang and Meng are now in their fifth year of collaboration since meeting while they individually pursued their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Maryland College Park. They both serve on the piano faculty at Howard Community College.
Octtava has performed for local communities through their annual concerts at Greenbelt Community Church and at Howard Community College. They perform regularly at well-known music venues such as Strathmore Hall, Levine School of Music and Sumner School in the Washington metropolitan area. They have also performed on the West Coast and in Taiwan.
The Ward Virts Concert Series is presented and sponsored by the CSM Foundation and is also sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Virts, Edward and Patricia Mehosky, Exelon Corporation, Nancy Powell Hempstead in memory of Roger Powell, and Stovy and Anne Brown.
Grants were provided by the Arts Council of Calvert County and Maryland State Arts Council.
CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Octtava Piano Duo, classical piano. 3 p.m., May 1. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Octtava Piano Duo has performed at annual concerts at Greenbelt Community Church and at Howard Community College. They perform regularly at music venues such as the Music Center at Strathmore, Levine Music and Charles Sumner School in the Washington metropolitan area. Both serve on the piano faculty at Howard Community College. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. email@example.com, 443-550-6011, http://www.csmd.edu/calendar/arts/prince-frederick/the-octtava-duo.