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Kernis, Prokofiev
& Schumann

Fri., Nov. 8, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 9, 2019
8:00 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 10, 2019
2:30 p.m.

Music Program:
KernisNewly Drawn Sky
Prokofiev | Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
Schumann | Symphony No. 2

John DeMain, Conductor
Joyce Yang, Piano

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Prelude Discussion
Enjoy a 30-minute talk by Anders Yocom starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.

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.

“November brings us another Madison Symphony debut, that of the amazing pianist Joyce Yang. She will perform the Prokofiev’s dazzling third piano concerto, one of the great and most popular of concertos, and certainly a favorite of mine. And I can’t wait for you to experience the hauntingly beautiful Newly Drawn Sky, by Aaron Kernis. Of the four beautiful symphonies by Robert Schumann, many regard his second as the greatest of them all. A perfect way to spend a late fall weekend.” – John DeMain


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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


Major funding provided by

Stephen D. Morton


Scott and Janet Cabot


Peggy and Tom Pyle

Additional funding provided by


Foley & Lardner LLP


Howard Kidd and Margaret Murphy

with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts


The Madison Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of more than 350 dedicated men and women who are committed to support the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Love the Symphony, Join the League! The MSOL presents the Symphony Gala, Concert on the Green, and Parties of Note as benefits where all proceeds support the MSO’s nationally recognized Education and Community Engagement Programs. These programs, such as Up Close and Musical® which sends the Hunt Quartet into schools for grades K-3, Young People’s Concerts designed for K-12 students, and HeartStringsSM, a music therapy-informed program for people with special needs, enrich the cultural life of the entire community and help build the future of the art form we all love so much.

Madison Symphony Orchestra League


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