An accomplished solo pianist will visit Aiken on Thursday to perform in a Winter Nocturne Concert at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center. The 7 p.m. concert will feature a public reception afterward complete with hot chocolate and the opportunity to meet Tzu-Feng Liu, the pianist who has performed in many different settings, including vocal, chamber, orchestral and solo concerts in both the United States and Taiwan. The concert is made possible by Ben Cox, a regular donor to USC Aiken's music department; last year, he brought composer and musician Scott Kirby to the school for a performance and, this year, is hoping to make just as big of an impact on students with Liu's concert. "Tzu-Feng has this aura of being transformed into another world; not only in her playing but in her demeanor, in her face and in her body language as she plays the piano," Cox said. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the USC Aiken music department, and Cox said the $15 ticket prices are quite low, considering the magnitude of the performer's ability. "The reason I set the prices at $15 is I wanted to generate some revenue for the music department, and I want people to have no excuse for not coming. ... It's enriching," he added. "It's all for the exposure for these young people." In addition to the concerts, Liu will also instruct a master class at the Etherredge Center at 3:30 p.m. the day of the concert, which will be open to the public. "The master class is going to be Tzu-Feng Liu working individually with each student. We have three students who have prepared a piece, Tzu-Feng has also been practicing these same pieces," said Judith Goodwin, USC Aiken's development officer. "She will work with them on these pieces and try to improve their technique." "It's subjective, of course. It's an opinion." noted Cox. "But it's an opinion of somebody that's accomplished ... and that's always sort of inspirational," he said. Liu will also make a stop at the Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School for private lecture and performance sessions, but is offering a public lecture to USC Aiken music students in the Etherredge Center on Friday at 2 p.m. "The purpose of her doing these lectures is to motivate any youngster that is contemplating studies in the fine arts - to motivate them to know that it's within their reach," Cox said. "My goal is to get people to come and listen to the music, to promote an interest in classical music and to generate some funds to keep the students using good quality instruments. My desire is to help these students." he said. "I feel so fortunate to be in a position to do this; and, it's fun." Tickets for the concert can be purchased by calling the Etherredge Center box office at 641-3305. Contact Ashleey Williamson at awilliamson@aikenstandard.com.