Pianist Gives Free Concert at Adventist Church
Concert pianist Jee Wong presented a sacred concert at the Battle Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday evening, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 264 West Michigan Avenue. The concert was free, but an offering was taken to help local immigrants from Myanmar.
Jee Wong is a pianist, arranger, and composer who is dedicated to his music, whether he is teaching a small group of children as Director of Prosser Music Academy in Tukwila, Washington, or performing as a concert pianist for large audiences abroad. Prior to coming to the United States, Wong grew up in a Buddhist culture in a small town in Malaysia, 90 minutes north of Singapore. As a young child, he had a natural gift for hearing, feeling and playing music. He became a Christian while attending college in Montana.
He maintains an exciting and diverse performing career as pianist and solo vocalist. His work as a solo pianist and collaborative artist has brought him across the United States and many countries abroad. He has collaborated with pianist George Winston and choreographer Karen Kaufmann. His work with the mentally disabled, “A Step Forward,” was aired on PBS in 2007.
Wong is an advocate of music education in the school system. Despite his very busy performing schedule, he maintains a piano studio of 25 students, ranging from beginners to the very advanced. He also teaches students with learning and physical disabilities. Through MusicLink, a national music scholarship program, he has provided some of these children scholarships so they are able to afford music education. He often tours public schools and gives workshops on music literature and talks to young people about the power of music, encouraging students to engage in the art of making music.
Wong gained national attention when his multi-media soundtrack “Lotus” was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1999. One year later he was given the opportunity to embark on a seven-country concert and workshop tour sponsored by Yamaha Pianos.
He is known for his enthusiastic and energetic style of piano playing as well as his passion to help others. He is currently representing ASAP Ministries through benefit concerts that help the needy in Southeast Asia and the Myanmar refugees in the United States.