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February 14, 2014

Liu's to bring 'exotic' music to Kokomo

Classical and Chinese compositions collide in Yang and Olivia Liu's show.

Violinist Yang Liu was once a page-turner for an award-winning concert pianist.

Then he fell in love with that pianist, Olivia.

Both were students at the University of Cincinnati at the time. Yang Liu, a sought after violinist and prodigy from China, turned pages for the already-accomplished Olivia.

While in school, each won gold medals in Chinese national competitions, and Yang Liu earned honors in the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Since then, they married and became a dynamic duo, traveling the world together and playing music. They’ve performed in places like Chicago, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Brazil, Portugal and throughout China.

Now they’re coming to the City of Firsts.

They’ll perform at the Kokomo High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 as part of Kokomo Community Concerts.

Single tickets are available at the door for $20. Students are admitted for free with a school ID.

Mary Rusch, spokeswoman for Kokomo Community Concerts, said it’s a performance you won’t want to miss.

The couple will perform an exotic mix of classic repertoire like Beethoven and distinctive Chinese compositions.

“It’s going to be an interesting show,” she said. “They’re quite exquisite. They perform beautifully.”

And the husband and wife like to share their story with the audience. They take audience members on a journey, sharing their love story and stories about their children.

Rusch has seen bits of the show and said it all seemed to mesh really well together.

It’s quite the departure from the November show. Kokomo Community Concerts brought in a classic rock and roll group that sang the song that’s been dubbed the national anthem of rock and roll.

“The Diamonds” brought back music from a bygone era. Rusch said they did a lot of clowning around on stage.

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