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Cello, piano duo on tap for Camerata Musica concert

A blend of strings and piano will be the musical feast at the next Camerata Musica concert, scheduled Feb. 23 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

"We are very excited about this concert because it features works for the cello, surely one of the most beautiful instruments in the musical lexicon," said Nancy Welliver of the Camerata organization. "When I hear the cello, I think of the similar-sounding Italian word cielo, which means heaven."

The program includes traditional classical music by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Cellist Natasha Farny and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang are the featured performers. Farny is an associate professor of cello at the University of New York's School of Music at Fredonia. Huang is on the faculty at Roosevelt University's College of Performing Arts in Chicago.

Farny also has performed with the Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and Abilene Philharmonic, as well as international concert halls across Europe.

She earned a music degree at the Eastman School of Music in upstate New York, and a doctorate of music at the Guilford School in New York City.

Huang is a popular performer across the country as well as in Europe and Asia, Welliver said. But he is most often heard as a collaborator with other musicians with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He earned music degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University and Northwestern University. He's also a member of the New World Symphony.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal