RAYMOND — Long before Beatlemania, there was Lisztomania, a term coined by Heinrich Heine to describe public reaction to the virtuoso’s legendary piano concerts in Berlin.

On Feb. 27 at 2 p.m., Sunday Afternoon Live will present another kind of genius, the tiny but powerful fingers of Tien Hsieh (pronounced Tee-Ann Shay) bring Liszt’s amazing music to life on the Boardman & Gray grand piano at the historic Raymond Theatre.  

Born of Chinese parents in Taiwan, Tien immigrated to the U.S. when she was nine years old.  A prizewinner of competitions, including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, she received the prestigious Roy M. Rubenstein Award from the Manhattan School of Music and the Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation Grant representing cross-cultural exchange

As a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music, Hsieh received the professional studies diploma and master of music degree. She was a full scholarship student for a bachelor of music degree from the University of Houston. She is a touring roster artist sponsored by the California Arts Council and Northwest on Tour.

Tien possesses a rare blend of great talent while stirring the souls of those for whom she performs.  This is a quality not seen in all artists. Concertgoers want to be entertained, they want to walk away happy and satisfied, they want good value, and they want their souls to be enhanced by the experience.  Without a doubt, Tien achieves all this and more. Her personality and sense of humor, her stage presence, and her exquisite artistry are beyond remarkable.

Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children can be obtained in South Bend at the South Bend Pharmacy and in Raymond at Sagen’s Pharmacy and the Raymond Theatre, by sending check or money order with SASE to SAL, PO Box 221, South Bend, WA 98586, or emailing sundayafternoonlive@comcast.net.

Sponsoring this outstanding musical event are Michael Plato CPA, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Hing, and Dave and Helen Wolfenbarger.

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