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Midday Mini-Concert: Fei Xie

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Fei Xie, principal bassoonist of the Minnesota Orchestra, presents a mini-recital of works for bassoon and piano. He will be joined by pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano faculty at the Eastman School of Music and principal keyboardist of the Rochester Philharmonic.

BÖDDECKER – Sonata Soprano “La Monica”
SAINT-SAËNS – Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
BITSCH – Concertino for Bassoon and Piano
FRANÇAIX – Divertissement

All Midday Mini-Concerts last no longer than one hour without an intermission.

Fei Xie
Fei was named principal bassoon of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2017. He served as principal of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2017, having joined the orchestra as second bassoon in 2008. Previously, he was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and the Mansfield Symphony. He has performed as guest principal with the Houston Symphony and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and has performed at several festivals including Sun Valley, Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, and Compos do Jordäo in Brazil. A Chinese native, Fei is the son of renowned Peking Opera musicians. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University.

Chiao-Wen Cheng
A versatile musician and educator, Taiwanese pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in major venues throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Cheng has become a sought-after collaborative partner through her sensitive playing, vibrant sound colors, and detailed voicing. Cheng’s solo engagements include concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony, Greece Symphony, and Taiwan Shin-Min Orchestra, as well as solo recitals in major venues. Cheng has won numerous piano competitions and awards, including the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Excellence in Accompanying at Peabody Institute (2009); the Excellence in Accompanying Award at the Eastman School of Music (2010); and first prizes in the the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival Concerto Competition (2010) and the Schubert Club Competition (2012). Cheng began piano lessons with her aunt at the age of four. She holds a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at the Eastman School of Music. She joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as a Principal Keyboard in 2022.


July 24
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Community Presbyterian Church
2250 Yorkshire Drive
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(805) 927-4356
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