SUU Music Hosts Two Nights with Guest Artists

Published: January 19, 2022 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

Southern Utah University’s Department of Music welcomes guest artists Dr. Donna Fairbanks, violinist, and Dr. Hsiang Tu, pianist, to the Thorley Recital Hall stage on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and Wednesday, February 2, 2022 with both performances held at 7:30 p.m. The concert on February 1 will include Dr. Fairbanks and Dr. Tu while the concert on February 2 will be a solo concert by Dr. Tu. These performances are free and open to the public.

Dr. Donna Fairbanks, violinAs a recording artist, violinist Dr. Donna Fairbanks has released several published CDs with labels such as Albany Records, MSR Classics, 4TAY Records, and Tantara Records. Her list of recorded repertoire include notoriously difficult works such as Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, as well as classic masterpieces such Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantasie for violin and harp. Reviewers praise her “great precision” (Fanfare), “delicacy and fire” (Gramophone), and describe her performances as “very convincing and pristine” (ConcertoNet), with “plenty of melodic beauty” (Atlanta Audio Club). Her recordings have been featured on major public radio stations and networks, among them WNYC New York City, WFMT Chicago, WPRB Princeton, WQED Pittsburgh, WSHU Connecticut, WFSU Florida, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Public Radio Networks, and the Beethoven Satellite Network.

Tuesday night’s performance will include music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith, Fritz Kreisler, and César Franck. Wednesday night’s performance will include music composed by Louis-Claude Daquin, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Arlene Elizabeth Sierra, and Frédéric Chopin.

Dr. Hsiang Tu, pianoPraised by The New York Times for his “eloquent sensitivity”, The Boston Intelligencer for his “impeccable technique”, and Fanfare for his “Chameleon-like ability to move between composers”, pianist Dr. Hsiang Tu has graced audiences with his thematic programs and broad range of repertoire. Dr. Tu is currently working on the complete cycle of piano solo works by Maurice Ravel and thematic recitals featuring animal-themed music. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he debuted in New York at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as the winner of The Juilliard School Concerto Competition and has performed in venues all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, National Museum Cardiff, and National Recital Hall in Taipei. 

Share the joy of live music with two concerts on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall. For more information about arts events at SUU, please visit

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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