Fri., Nov. 8, 2019
Sat., Nov. 9, 2019
Sun., Nov. 10, 2019
Kernis | Newly Drawn Sky
Prokofiev | Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
Schumann | Symphony No. 2
John DeMain, Conductor
Joyce Yang, Piano
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Troubled with depression and hearing loss, Schumann reached deep to create the uplifting Symphony No. 2, a Beethovenian triumph over pessimism and despair. And Prokofiev’s third piano concerto radiates vitality and confidence. The power and agility of Joyce Yang is a perfect match for this demanding masterwork.
About Joyce Yang
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she took home two additional awards: Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet), and Best Performance of a New Work. In the last decade, Yang has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), showcasing her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians through more than 1,000 debuts. She received the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant and earned her first Grammy nomination (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) for her recording of Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann with violinist Augustin Hadelich. She has become a staple of the summer festival circuit with frequent appearances on the programs of the Aspen Summer Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest and the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
The sound is bold . . . the fingerwork is astounding. – BBC Magazine
The standout was Joyce Yang, who gave a knockout performance. – The New York Times
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