Mack McCray of the SF Conservatory joins Ning Zhou and Chenchen Zhang -- two "absolutely brilliant pianists" originally from Shanghai for three individual 35 minute sets on the 9 ft Steinway. Among other pieces, they will be playing Chopin's Second Sonata, a Fantasy on the Strauss Blue Danube Waltz, and the Brahms Paganini Variations.
Award-winning and international performer, Mack McCray has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1971. He is also Artistic Director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Among his many credit, McCray was concert accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera soprano Teresa Stratas. His recording of John Adams' piano work Phrygian Gates (New Albion Records) was placed on the Best Recordings of the Year (1981) lists of both the New York Times and High-Fidelity-Musical America. He has performed with such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Josef Krips, Leon Fleisher, Arthur Fiedler and John Adams.