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Young Pianist, Ray Ushikubo, Enjoys Classic Bach And Classic Heavy Metal

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This Sunday afternoon, February 17th, seventeen year-old pianist, Ray Ushikubo, will present a recital of music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. No stranger of being heard on the radio, Ushikubo has been featured on NPR's "From the Top", APM's "Performance Today", and has even performed with pianist Lang Lang on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. While currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Ray has performed all over the United States, as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony, to name just a few.

While Ray enjoys music by Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt, he also likes listening to classic heavy metal. Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden are among his favorites. He's also interested in classic automobiles, and action movies when he's not practicing the piano or violin.

Sunday, Mr. Ushikubo performs as part of the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series. The concert is at 2:30pm in Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie Haslam music center on the UTK campus. More information is available online at youngpianistseries.com

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.