Jocelyn ZhuJanuary 12, 2015 (Jackson, Miss.) - Two music recitals will launch Belhaven's 2016 Arts Ablaze spring season.

Jocelyn Zhu '14 will perform for the Alumni Violin Recital on January 15 at 7:30 p.m. She began her music studies at Belhaven at the age of 14. Zhu, now 20, is in her first year as a master's degree violinist at the Juilliard School with Mrs. Catherine Cho. She is currently the recipient of the John P. Hanvey Memorial Scholarship. Zhu has been invited to perform in many prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall as well as being named to prominent positions in orchestras across the nation. This concert is part of a two-concert series and will contain works by Mozart, Beethoven, Vieuxtemps and Bach-all performed by Jocelyn Zhu, violin; accompanied by Dr. Lynn Raley, piano.

Then, on January 16 at 7:30 p.m., Belhaven will host the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Young Artist Recital featuring pianist, Nicholas Susi. He has performed extensively as recitalist, soloist and accompanist across Nicholas Susithe United States and Europe. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he continued his piano studies at the University of Kansas where he earned his B.M. in Piano and then studied at the University of Michigan where he earned a M.M. in Piano. He later studied in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik and Tanz Köln as a two-time DAAD grantee. Primary teachers include Zena Ilyashov, Jack Winerock, Zitta Zohar, Arthur Greene and Nina Tichman.

Both of these concerts are free and will take place at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Riverside Drive.