Following four days of complicated negotiations, a revised schedule for Utah State University’s Wassermann Festival has been set, and pianist Stephen Hough is still the opening artist with a solo recital Tuesday, Feb. 23. The new date necessitates a further adjustment, since Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang was originally scheduled to perform on that date. He will now perform March 9. Hough’s original appearance was canceled due to storms that affected the East Coast and stranded the artist in New York, while his luggage was snowbound in Chicago. The storm set off a series of changes in the Wassermann schedule. “We are pleased that we have been able to offer all the originally scheduled artists on our schedule,” said Wassermann Festival Director Dennis Hirst. “Adjustments have been made with the dates, and I would like to thank everyone who made the adjustments possible. I also want to thank our ticket holders for their understanding.” Scheduling adjustments are often difficult because performance dates are set several years in advance. Ticket holders for the canceled opening (Feb. 11), will be provided tickets for Hough’s new date, Feb. 23. Those who had purchased tickets for Haochen Zhang’s originally scheduled Feb. 23 appearance will receive new tickets for the March 9 date, but should not use their Zhang Feb. 23 tickets to attend the Hough event. “In the event that the date changes prevent a ticket holder from using their tickets, they should contact the box office for a ticket exchange or refund,” Hirst said. “We want to be as flexible as possible.” Both artists will provide master classes at the Wassermann Festival, but specific times and dates are being finalized. Details of the master class schedules will be posted on the Wassermann Festival Web site (www.usu.edu/wassermann). The program selections for Hough’s appearance remain the same. He plans a program that includes selections by J.S. Bach, Gabriel Faure, Cesar Frank and Frederic Chopin. Tickets for the Wassermann Festival events are available at the Caine School of the Arts Box Office, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center, FAC 139-B on the USU campus; online (http://csaboxoffice.usu.edu/) or call 435-797-8022. Adult reserved seats are $20 and student tickets, available to all students — not just USU students, are $8. The dates for the festival’s third artist, Bill Mays, are unchanged. Mays, a noted jazz pianist, will perform Tuesday, March 23. All performances are held in USU’s Performance Hall and begin at 7:30 p.m. The Wassermann Festival is presented by the Department of Music in the Caine School of the Arts at USU. For information on the 2010 Wassermann Festival, visit the festival Web site (www.usu.edu/wassermann) or contact Hirst at (435) 797-3257, Dennis.Hirst@usu.edu.
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