For Immediate Release: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Presents Beethoven the Great

Escondido, California — :

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s (The Center) 50-voice Center Chorale will perform two of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s greatest works on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The Center Chorale, chamber orchestra, guest pianist Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng and guest vocal soloists will perform in this all Beethoven concert. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the grandeur of Beethoven’s music in the beautiful and intimate Center Theater.

Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is based on a similar melodic theme as Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony. The opening of the Fantasy is a concerto-like piano solo to be performed by California State University San Marcos piano professor, Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng.

Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng began her musical training at the age of 5 and her accomplishments include winning the silver medal in the 2013 International Keyboard Odyssiad Piano Competition along with additional honor performances with the North America Taiwanese Professor Association. Dr. Cheng will be accompanied by the orchestra and chorus conducted by guest conductor, John LoPiccolo.

Beethoven’s Mass in C Major is a dramatic, emotional ground-breaking work for its time period. Written for Hungarian royalty, Beethoven entered a new creative period with this composition, establishing his reputation as the premiere composer of his time. Joe Stanford, director of the Center Chorale, said “Beethoven’s Mass in C Major is one of the most beautiful works I know, and we hope you will join us to hear this beautiful music written by one of the greatest composers who ever lived.”

The vocal soloists for the performance will be Caroline Nelms, soprano, Katherine Lundeen, mezzo, Benjamin Plache, tenor, and Michael Blinco, bass.

** The Center Chorale performs Beethoven’s music at the Center Theater on March 1, 2015. More information can be found at



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