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NEWS | April 5, 2012

Concert performance at Mondavi to benefit Medicos: The Kenya Project

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Classical pianist Tien Hsieh will perform a concert benefiting an exchange program between medical students at UC Davis and the University of Nairobi on Saturday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m., at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis.

Tien Hsieh © UC Regents
Tien Hsieh

Hsieh is a critically acclaimed pianist who has won several international competitions and performed across the U.S. and around the world. Among the competitions Hsieh has won are the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Artists International Presentations Auditions in New York, and the Pacific Piano Competition and Festival. She is a recipient of the prestigious Roy M. Rubinstein Award from the Manhattan School of Music and the Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation Grant.

Following her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Hsieh has appeared in recitals for festivals, colleges and universities, and cultural and art centers across the U.S., as well as in Germany, China and Budapest, Hungary, where she performed an all-Liszt program at the Liszt Museum.

Proceeds from the concert at the Mondavi Center will benefit Medicos: The Kenya Project, an exchange program involving the UC Davis and University of Nairobi medical schools. This year, the UC Davis contingent will be traveling through Kenya for about one month in May and June. Following the trip, Medicos will help several medical students from the University of Nairobi travel to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where they will join hospital rotations established for them.

Money raised from the concert will be used to purchase medications, hire local physicians, medical officers and pharmacists in Kenya, and to help pay for the University of Nairobi students' visit to Sacramento.

Medicos helps provide free care to the people of urban slums and rural villages, especially women and children who have been affected by AIDS and the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus. The UC Davis team works at medical camps in conjunction with University of Nairobi students and physicians, other health-care professionals in Kenya, and community members.

Tickets cost $100 each, and the ticket price is tax deductible.

To reserve tickets or for more information, send an e-mail to medicoskenya@googlegroups.com.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at medschool.ucdavis.edu.