World-class talent at Niskayuna Public Library

"They all need performance opportunities," said DuBlois.

Zhang, who has been playing the piano since age four, is currently receiving a master's degree from the Mannes College at the New School for Music in New York City. She has given recitals in Europe, Israel and the U.S., and has appeared as a soloist with the Dallas/Fort Worth, Eastern Connecticut and Helena (Montana) Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Zhang's upcoming engagements include Concerto performances with North Penn Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall.

Zhang's teacher at the Manne's School, Pavalina Dokovska, presented Zhang several months ago with the opportunity to play in Niskayuna, and she accepted.

"She introduced this opportunity to play at Charlotte's recital series," said Zhang.

"It was fabulous I loved it," she said of her stay with Charlotte DeBlois in Niskayuna. Ms. DeBlois hosts all of the musicians and shows them around the Capital Region while they're here.

At the age of 24, Zhang is trying to figure out what's next after she receives her master's degree. She is debating about whether she wants to continue performing, get doctorate of musical arts, or both.

"If you have a lot of concerts I don't think that one is able to take the D.M.A. courses [and perform] but some people, if they really love it, do it," said Zhang.

DeBlois noted the lack of American talent on the Young Musician's Forum.

"That is a sad answer I have to give you " there are hardly ever Americans, you see," said DeBlois, adding that there are very few young Americans who play classical music anymore. She said that all they are interested in is listening to contemporary and pop music.

"The idea was to bring the best of music into the neighborhood so that people have a chance to listen to it, because it is just dismal how pop music " I cannot even call it music " is forced upon everybody through the radio or whatever," said DeBlois.

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