College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Prize-winning Duo to Open International Piano Series

The Long Duo from Taiwan will open the 22nd Season of the College of Charleston’s International Piano Series. The performance will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

The program, titled “Mystere,” includes two piano versions of Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Amen of the angels, the saints, the songs of the birds from ‘Visions de l’Amen’ by Olivier Messiaen, Bela Bartok’s Microcosmos, Anton Arensky’s Silhouetten, Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche, and works by American composer Alan Hovhaness and Japanese composer Takeshi Asai. Tickets are $20. College of Charleston students and those under 18 years old are admitted free of charge. Credit card reservations and more information are available by calling (843) 953-6575, or by visiting

Sisters Beatrice and Christina Long are winners of the First Prize and the Award to the Best Performance of American Music in the Ellis Duo Competition sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. At their last appearance in Charleston, The Post and Courier wrote: “…the Long Duo defines cohesiveness of purpose, absolute accuracy of execution and a near-spiritual transparency.” Their performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, CBC (Canada), WRR (Dallas), Philharmonic Radio (Taiwan) and Radio France.

The duo who records for the Dorian Sono Luminus label has performed in such venues as Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., Dallas Museum of Art, Wu-Hang Music Hall and Sheng-Yang Conservatory in China, Irene Besse Hall in Canada and the National Music Theatre in Taipei.

Separately, both Beatrice and Christina have enjoyed distinguished solo careers. A top prize winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Beatrice has performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the Americas. Christina, artist-in-residence at Southeast Oklahoma University, records for the Centaur Label and has appeared in festivals across Europe and the U.S.A.

PRESS:, Sept. 28, 2011

The Post and Courier, Charleston, Oct. 2, 2011