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Published: January 16, 2018

UT to Welcome (Forte)Pianist Mike Cheng-Yu Lee Jan. 23

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, The University of Tampa will welcome (forte)pianist Mike Cheng-Yu Lee, whose performances have been described as “absolutely radiant, a lesson in refinement mixed with deep devotion” (Herald Times, Bloomington, IN). The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values and is free and open to the public.

Lee will perform Mozart’s Sonata in C major, K. 330, Haydn’s Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI: 48 and Beethoven’s Sonata in C-sharp minor “quasi una Fantasia,” Op. 27, No. 2.

Awarded Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2011 Westfield International Fortepiano Competition, Lee has appeared with the New World Symphony and collaborated with musicians including Joseph Lin (Juilliard String Quartet) and the Formosa Quartet, among others, that integrate modern and period instruments.

He has performed and given master classes at The Royal Academy of Music (London), Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the 23Arts Festival (NY), the Mayfest Chamber Music Festival (NY), the Bloomington Early Music Festival (IN) and others.

Current projects include the complete cycle of Mozart’s piano sonatas and Beethoven Perspectives, a series of lecture-recitals that explore connections between works by Beethoven and others.

Lee is lecturer of piano/keyboard performance at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Music and director of the ANU Keyboard Institute.

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UT Research Finds Language Learning at UT is Equal Ground in Battle of the Sexes

While Mackenzie Harrington ’19 is in the female minority in her calculus class, it’s the complete opposite situation in her language and linguistics courses for her Spanish major.

“There are a lot of stereotypes and studies that say boys aren’t as good in second language acquisition as females,” said Harrington, who worked with Assistant Professor Andrew DeMil on the research project, “Gender differences in Spanish Language Learning: Speaking Exams,” which they presented at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in February and to the UT Board of Trustees March 22.

“We wanted to do a study of our own here at UT. In the previous year (DeMil) had studied reading comprehension of girls versus boys, so we wanted to study speaking this year,” said Harrington, of Maple Grove, MN. “The results were the same though. The boys aren’t any worse, if not the same, as females. They are just extremely underrepresented.”