Lee-Chin Siow prepares for return to stage after accident

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The last eight months have been quiet for violinist Lee-Chin Siow. The College of Charleston violin professor and director of strings broke her playing arm in a car accident eight months ago, and she’s been recovering ever since.

But on Fri. Nov. 30, Siow will make a triumphant return to the stage for the Charleston Music Fest’s season opener. She’s teaming up with alumni from the Curtis Institute of Music — her own alma mater — for the concert, including pianist Beatrice Long and cellist Peter Stumpf, professor of cello at Indiana University and former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. They’ll perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Paul Schoenfield, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

“Going ahead with this concert just eight months after my accident was a scary proposition, but in the key moments of my life, I’ve always taken the challenges that scare me,” Siow said in a recent release.

The concert will take place in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25. Find out more about the Charleston Music Fest, which includes three other concerts, at charlestonmusicfest.com.

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